LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMETNAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

February 13, 2007

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Sanjay Advani

Devin Odell

Ernie Marx, CSU Extension Office

David Gilkey

Jim Skarbek

Kate Muldoon

Jennifer Lee

Tom Sneider

 

Dale Lockwood

Bill Zawacki

Staff:

 

 

Doug Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion Items:

Wind Energy. 

Ernie Marx of the CSU Cooperative Extension Office informed the EAB that the Agricultural Advisory Board (AAB) is forming a committee on wind energy.  They have extended an invitation to the EAB to join that committee.  The main objective will be to develop a citizen’s handbook to help rural property owners navigate through the system to permit and install an accessory wind turbine.  The County Planning Department is also working on land use code regulations for small and large wind energy projects.  Both the EAB and AAB have been identified as important boards to review the concept for these regulations at the appropriate time in the near future.  Tom Sneider and Sanjay Advani volunteered to help with the committee. 

 

Mr. Marx also reminded the members that they are invited to attend a lecture and discussion on the topic of carbon storage in agricultural settings.  Dr. Keith Paustian from CSU will speak on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 PM in the Carter Lake meeting room at the Court House Office Building.  Several members indicated their availability to attend the lecture.  Also related to this topic, the Agricultural Advisory Board has forwarded a letter to the County Commissioners asking that they recommend to the City of Fort Collins that a member of the agricultural community be appointed to the City’s task force on lowering greenhouse gas emissions. 

 

Atlas Missile Site Cleanup.

The Advisory Board discussed the Draft Feasibility Study Report dealing with groundwater cleanup at the Atlas “E” Missile Site 13 near LaPorte.  The report considered five remedial action alternatives.  Two alternatives: no action, and monitoring and aquifer use restrictions – were rejected in the report because they were not protective of public health.  The action alternatives included augmented pumping and treatment, and two underground treatment processes: enhanced reductive dechlorination biological treatment, and in situ chemical oxidation using potassium permanganate.  The three action alternatives would each cost over $2 million dollars, and each would need some level of feasibility testing prior to final design and implementation.  Estimated completion time for the pump and treat method is 24 years.  The two underground treatment processes were estimated to require nine years to finish.

 

The EAB concurred with the rejection of the no action and monitoring only alternatives on the basis that they do not protect public health.  Based on the information that is available now, the members indicated that in situ chemical oxidation (RAA-5) would be their preferable action alternative.  The reasons for this conclusion are that the timeframe for completion is significantly faster than the pump and treat option, and chemical oxidation does not involve infecting bacteria into the groundwater system.  The EAB realizes that a pilot study is necessary to make a final decision about the feasibility and effectiveness of this option.  If either underground treatment process is ultimately selected, monitoring of the contaminant plume and monitoring for buildup of treatment byproducts should be conducted during the course of the cleanup process.  Dave Gilkey moved, and Bill Zawacki seconded a motion to forward a letter to the Commissioners with these recommendations for their consideration to send to the Army Corps.  The deadline for commenting is February 16, 2007.  Doug Ryan and Dale Lockwood will work with the County Manager to facilitate the Commissioners’ review and submittal of comments. 

 

 

 

Approval of December Minutes:

The minutes from December 2006 were approved as presented.

 

Updates:

Jennifer Lee updated the Advisory Board on the Sustainability Committee’s process.  This topic will be scheduled for a full discussion at the March meeting.

 

Jim Skarbek updated the Advisory Board on the Transportation Committee’s meeting with County staff from the Public Works Department.  This topic will also be scheduled for a full discussion at the March meeting.

 

David Gilkey provided an update on the Alp’s tire pile cleanup issue.  A new grant cycle was approved, and cleanup operations are again underway.  Scheduled completion of tire cleanup is June 2007. 

 

David Gilkey has an upcoming meeting with staff in the Human Services Department about the Compass Project.  He will update the EAB as appropriate.

 

Doug Ryan indicated that the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the NISP water project is scheduled for release in March or April of this year.  The EAB will be asked to review the draft, and submit comments to the Commissioners as part of the County’s review process. 

 

The EAB Annual Report for 2006 was distributed to members in attendance.  Mr. Ryan will mail a copy to the other members. 

 

Doug Ryan reported that he is a member on the newly formed County green practices committee.  The main purpose of the committee will to examine internal County practices and make recommendations on policy and implementation to the Commissioners.  The committee has indicted that it would like to ask the EAB for assistance in evaluating the environmental implications of fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. 

 

Commissioner Wagner asked Mr. Ryan to request that the EAB keep track of the policy recommendations of the Sinapu Carnivore Protection Program as it relates to management of mountain lions along the Front Range.  Jennifer Lee and Dale Lockwood volunteered to look into this issue. 

 

EAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.  The topic of Wind Energy was added to the index, and a few EAB coordinator names were changed.

 

Summary of BCC Communication Issues:

Doug Ryan and Dale Lockwood will work with the Commissioners office on a time to present the EAB Annual Report to the Commissioners. 

 

Next Meeting Agenda:

Environmental Priorities Project updates on sustainability and transportation.

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:00 pm.