Environment, Energy & Land Use Steering Committee

Responsible for all matters pertaining to air, water, energy, and land use, including water resources/management, stormwater, pesticides, air quality standards, solid, hazardous, and nuclear waste handling, transport, and disposal, national energy policy, renewable/alternative energy, alternative fuel vehicles, energy facility siting, electricity utility restructuring, pipeline safety, oil spills, superfund/brownfields, eminent domain, land use, coastal management, oceans, parks and recreation.

Policy Briefs

Latest Resources

  • Video | Sep. 26, 2018

    Klickitat County, Wash. Commissioner David Sauter will testify today on behalf of NACo on ESA modernization bills.

  • Press Release | Aug. 15, 2018

    Counties appreciate the Administration’s focus on Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting, which can create new opportunities for state and local governments to play a greater role in implementing the Act.

  • Reports & Toolkits | Aug. 10, 2018

    As the August recess continues and we approach the midterm elections, members of Congress will spend more time in their home states and districts than they will in Washington D.C. between now and the end of the year. This provides an opportunity for county leaders to advocate for legislative and regulatory priorities right at home.

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Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee


Kitty Barnes
Catawba County, North Carolina


Vice Chair

Melissa Cribbins
Coos County, Oregon


Penelope Gross
Fairfax County, Virginia


Ronald Peters
Tulsa County, Oklahoma


Victoria Reinhardt
Ramsey County, Minnesota


Subcommittee Chair

Kathie Gannon (Land)
DeKalb County, Georgia


Stan Ponstein (Energy)
Kent County, Michigan


Dennis Scott (Water)
Police Juror
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana


Carl Zalak (Air)
Marion County, Florida


Subcommittee Vice Chair

Michael Covert (Water)
Beaufort County, South Carolina


Mike Harper (Land)
Police Juror
Beauregard Parish, Louisiana


Sig Hutchinson (Land)
Wake County, North Carolina


Doug Martens (Air)
Rosebud County, Montana


Rick Rudometkin (Land)
County Manager
Eddy County, New Mexico


Gregg Todd (Energy)
County Administrator
Queen Anne's County, Maryland


Kenton Ward (Water)
Hamilton County, Indiana



  • Associate Legislative Director – Environment, Energy & Land Use  
    (202) 942-4269