Understanding that all natural systems
have limits, we are committed to improve and protect the environment.
So that we may meet the needs for present and future generations,
we strive toward a balanced relationship between human populations
and the ecosystems of which we are a part. We cherish clean
air, pure water, wildlife, plant communities, and the vistas
and visual spaces that surround us.
Transportation systems are improved
and are integrated into land-use panning as they expand. Safe,
clean, efficient, and cost-effective alternative modes are
accessible to citizens throughout the county.
Social interaction is encouraged
by the creation of many safe, mixed-use and accessible "people
places." Children and elders are integrated into the daily
life of the community. Each neighborhood has a "small-town"
and "walkable" atmosphere. The uniqueness of each community
is encouraged, while all collaborate to achieve sustainable
goals for the regions among them.
Taken together, these indicators clearly illustrate the
varied yet related impacts of population growth and development
on the quality of the air, land and water which surround us.
The high quality of the natural environment in Boulder
county is a major community asset and has figured significantly
in the economic growth and prosperity we've enjoyed. However,
the costs and impacts of this growth cannot be ignored. Most
of the environmental trends and conditions examined here -
the "brown cloud," stream impairment, loss of biological diversity,
transmountain water diversions - are directly correlated with
urbanization, as measured by land annexations, vehicle miles
traveled, and conversion of agricultural land.