News Flash

County News

Posted on: August 28, 2019

QAC 1st in State to Ban the Intentional Release of Balloons

Osprey Chick Balloon

With a unanimous vote Tuesday, Queen Anne’s County became the first in the state to ban the intentional release of non-biodegradable balloons into the atmosphere which results in pollution of the environment and has been shown to be harmful to wildlife.

 “Intentionally releasing balloons into the atmosphere is nothing short of littering,” said Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Christopher M. Corchiarino. “This ordinance will allow us to protect a cross-section of interests in the county while furthering the stewardship of our waterways and rural landscapes.”

 Jay Falstad, Executive Director of Queen Anne’s Conservation Association said, “Deflated mylar and latex balloons, and the ribbons attached to them, harm the environment by maiming and killing wildlife, sea creatures, and farm animals. The balloons are often mistaken for food, and marine animals especially, such as turtles and birds, become tangled in the ribbons and are killed. This ordinance is a major accomplishment, and I couldn’t be more proud that Queen Anne’s County is taking the lead on this important environmental issue.”

 The releasing numbers of balloons is sometimes part of celebrations such as graduations or conversely, are used symbolically to pay tribute to those who have passed away. But Falstad said the cumulative effects of these releases are beginning to be recognized as an increasingly harmful form of environmental pollution.

 “Balloon releases are a nationwide problem,” said Falstad. “Non-biodegradable balloons in trees or farm-fields, or in the Chesapeake Bay or any other waterway, including the Atlantic Ocean, are a growing, if still not widely realized, environmental threat.”

 Ordinance 19-13 establishes fines of up to $250. It also excludes the use of a pilot balloon (pibal) used by hot air balloon pilots to determine meteorological conditions such as wind speed and direction.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in County News

Back to Business

QAC Back to Business

Posted on: June 5, 2020
FAQs 3

More Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on: May 20, 2020
Untitled (6)

QAC Needs Masks for Employees

Posted on: April 7, 2020


Posted on: April 7, 2020
Transit Facebook Post April 8

Route Changes to County Ride

Posted on: April 3, 2020
donations appreciated

Donations Appreciated

Posted on: April 1, 2020
Childcare Facebook Post

Child Care for Essential Personnel

Posted on: March 27, 2020

CENTREVILLE Walgreens Closes Doors

Posted on: March 23, 2020

QAC Looking for Interested Contractors

Posted on: February 19, 2020
Kmart site

County Passes Bill for Kmart Site Only

Posted on: February 3, 2020
year in review 2

QAC's 2019 Year in Review

Posted on: January 7, 2020

Banner Year for QAC Ag Preservation

Posted on: December 20, 2019
Cross County Connector Trail Open

Cross County Connector Trail-Now Open!

Posted on: November 4, 2019

Project Bright Future

Posted on: September 27, 2019

$2.5 Million Anonymous Gift to QAC YMCA

Posted on: September 25, 2019

Turf Fields Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Posted on: September 18, 2019
QACHS Turf Field ribbon cutting Websize

QACHS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Posted on: September 16, 2019

Bridge Major Delays Starting Sept 24th

Posted on: September 10, 2019
Higgs Family websize

Higgs Family Named Farm Family of Year

Posted on: August 21, 2019

QAC Commissioners' Meeting Tonight 5:30

Posted on: January 14, 2020
Haz Mit plan update website

DES Updates Hazard Mitigation Plan

Posted on: December 6, 2018

Safe Disposal of Mercury Thermostats

Posted on: August 9, 2018