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The State of the Environment Report (SOER) is an informative communication tool used to benchmark our region's air, land, water, and waste conditions. Released every two years since 1987, the report is a long standing tradition in the spirit to remain transparent and accountable to the public. Identified strategies and conclusions presented throughout the report should be incorporated into the policy forming process that helps define our pioneering community.
The report is divided into four chapters: Air, Land, Water, and Waste. Click the icons below to explore individual chapter of the report or continue further down on this page to learn more about the critical issues.
Each chapter includes an infographic divided into three sections. The top third shows areas of progress, the middle third shows areas that need improvement, and the bottom third lists ways you can help Mecklenburg County's quality of life.
If you are interested in learning more about how Mecklenburg County's State of the Environment reflects on our region, you are encouraged to read the 2010 SOER, the 2012 SOER, or the 2014 SOER. If you are interested in exploring trends back to 1987, you are encouraged to read the 2008 SOER.
Mecklenburg County is fortunate to have County staff with both the technical expertise and practical knowledge to produce the information contained in this 2016 edition of the State of the Environment Report. Please join us in thanking them for their determination and skill in producing this exceptional report! Icons used throughout the report are either in the Public Domain or were sourced from The Noun Project. Please view our attribution report here.
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