About the Department

The Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection was established in 1968 at the request of local industry. Originally formed as the Air Pollution Control Department to deal with such issues as air quality monitoring, open burning, and visible emissions, the name was changed to Environmental Affairs in 1974 to more accurately portray its involvement in the protection of land and water as well as air quality. In 1976, the Environmental Assistance and Protection Board was established for the purpose of advising the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and assisting the Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection with topics related to environmental management.

The goals of the Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection and the Environmental Assistance and Protection Board are to encourage the wise and beneficial use of the natural environment of Forsyth County, to minimize the adverse impact of environmental contaminants on human health and welfare, and to foster public awareness of environmental considerations.