Mecklenburg County’s 2016 State of the Environment report, which has been issued every two years since 1987, is now online.
The report benchmarks the Charlotte region’s air and water quality, land use and waste conditions. It’s readable, one-stop shopping for consumers.
This year’s edition tells us that the county’s air is cleaner and meets federal standards – but still suffers some of the highest ozone spikes in the Southeast.
It tells us that more than half of Mecklenburg County, despite development, was still covered in trees according to 2012 data, and that natural areas are being overrun by non-native species.
It says 79 percent of county streams, when they’re not swollen by stormwater, are free enough of bacteria to safely splash around in. But sewage overflows are still a problem.
And while the county has enough waste disposal capacity through 2020, more non-recyclable material is being left in curbside recycling bins.