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County Executive Leopold Seeks New Members for Severn River Commission

Body advises elected officials on environmental policy

Annapolis, MD (May 7, 2012) - County Executive John R. Leopold is seeking citizens interested in environmental issues to become members of the Severn River Commission.

The Commission provides counsel and advice on policies, laws, rules, and regulations that may have an impact on the Severn River watershed. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month in the Severn Room of 2664 Riva Road in Annapolis.

The Commission consists of seven county and two city voting members and three ex-officio non-voting members. The nine voting members must be confirmed by either County or City Councils and all are bound by ethics laws. The members serve without compensation. All meetings are public, are advertised as required by law and minute s are maintained as public documents. A biennial report of its activities is required.

The Severn River Commission was created as a result of a decision by the State General Assembly to designate the Severn River and its tributaries as a State Scenic River - one of nine rivers chosen for such designation in Maryland. The Scenic Rivers Act of 1978 instructed the local governing bodies to establish boards to advise how to protect and enhance each river’s natural, scenic and cultural heritage.

To apply or for more information, call Arlene Berlin at 410-222-1090.

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