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LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

December 9, 2008

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Melissa Chalona

 

Molly Somes

Mike Erickson

 

Nick Kiggins

Michael Jones

 

Sean McCarthy

Jennifer Lee

 

 

Dale Lockwood

 

Staff:

Kate Muldoon

 

Doug Ryan

Devin Odell

 

 

Tom Sneider

 

 

Heidi Steltzer

 

 

Sherm Worthington

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

EAB Issue Index:  The Advisory Board reviewed the list of active status topics as outlined on their Issue Index.  The Index is a compilation of issues that the EAB has considered.  It functions as a tracking mechanism for current topics, and as a history of past actions.  The purpose of the review was to check on the current status of each issue, and to update the Index in terms of potential future review dates and appropriate review categories.   Following the discussion, Sherm Worthington moved, and Jennifer Lee seconded a motion to modify the action log as discussed by the members.  The motion passed unanimously.  The results of that review are attached.

 

Chair’s Comments:

Dale Lockwood provided an update on the work session that was held with the County Commissioners on December 8 concerning the North I-25 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The Commissioners considered input from staff and the EAB on the EIS in general and on the selection of a preferred alternative in particular.  At the conclusion of the work session, Commissioners Eubanks and Rennels indicated that they were leaning toward Package A – which includes general purpose land additions on I-25 and commuter rail on the BNSF rail line.  Commissioner Gibson indicated that he favors Package B – which includes tolled barrier separated lanes on I-25 to be utilized by passenger vehicles and a bus rapid transit system.  The Commissioners scheduled to take this item up again at their Administrative Matters meeting scheduled for December 16. 

 

Election of Officers: 

Devin Odell was elected Chair, and Heidi Steltzer was elected Vice-chair for 2009.

 

Approval of Previous Minutes:

Minutes from the November 2008 meeting were approved as presented.

 

Updates: 

Mike Erickson noted that the new dual-flush water saving toilets are now available locally for approximately $100.  These toilets have the option of a 1 gallon flush for liquids and a 1.6 gallon flush for solids. 

 

Heidi Steltzer attended the Greenbuild International Conference in Boston in November.  One of the most interesting talks was on the concept of biomimicry, which attempts to improve the build environment by understanding how certain natural systems function and taking appropriate lessons from them.  A book has been published on this research.  The title is Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus.

 

Melissa Chalona announced that she recently passed the exam to become LEED certified.  The certification is offered through the U.S. Green Building Council.  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications can be obtained in a number of categories.  Ms. Chalona’s certification is LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, which is  desigened to provide a benchmark for building owners and operators to measure operations, improvements and maintenance.

 

EAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.

 

January 2009 Meeting Agenda:

2009 workplan, Green Practices Committee goals, North I-25 EIS status update

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:30 PM.
Environmental Advisory Board (EAB)

Issue Index Review

December 2008

 

Issue Index Topic  (current active issues)

Action by EAB

EAB Coordinator(s)

Wind Energy regulations & Alternative energy:  Larimer County adopted regulations for wind energy in 2008 partly in anticipation of future wind farm applications.  Future regulations under statutory“1041 Powers” are pending.

Change to the “watch” category

Tom Sneider

Maxwell Ranch Wind Farm:  Anticipated February 2008 submittal, with Planning Commission & County Commissioner hearings in April/May.

Schedule for EAB review March 2009

Kate Muldoon

Tom Sneider

North I-25 EIS:  Commissioners reviewed EAB and staff comments, and will finalize their official comments on the Environmental Impact Statement in mid-December.  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) plans meetings with local governments for selecting the preferred alternative in January 2009.

Keep on active status through the CDOT/local government review process and provide EAB consultation as requested.

Bill Zawacki

Devin Odell

Magnesium chloride for road treatment:  MgCl2 on County mountain gravel roads has been restricted.  Experience with the substitute X-hesion® less satisfactory than hoped.  Ongoing studies with CSU have been expanded to more mountain/plains gravel roads.  Very limited use of MgCl2 in conjunction with winter sanding on plowed paved roadways. 

Ask Public Work to update the EAB as future studies are completed

Dale Lockwood

Owl Canyon Corridor project:  Commissioners adopted the Owl Canyon Corridor plan in 2008.  EAB indicated an interest in reviewing environmental assessment for final route selection.

Keep active category, and mark next review date as TBD (to be determined)

Jennifer Lee

Recycling/Solid Waste/Landfill Operations:  Last update was September 2008.  Major emphasis regarding changes was on recycling.  Economics and quality of recyclables are key indicators.

Retain annual update schedule

Tom Sneider

Melissa Chalona

Alps Tire Pile cleanup:  Majority of approximately 5 million tires removed under the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant.  Serious environmental hazard mitigated.  Approx 2 thousand stacked tires remain.  The Colorado Department of Health & Environment (CDPHE) plans an early 2009 inspection.

 

Schedule an update following the CDPHE inspection

Dale Lockwood

Water storage (NISP & the related Highway 287 bypass):  The Army Corps of Engineers has reviewed the public comments.  They are currently considering whether to require a Supplemental Draft EIS, or a Supplemental Information Report.  This process decision will be made in early 2009.  Additional field data collection will occur in mid-2009. 

Keep active category, and mark next review date as TBD (to be determined)

Devin Odell

Sherm Worthington

Bill Zawacki

Jennifer Lee

Environmental Stewardship Awards:  The awards ceremony for 2009 is scheduled for December 15 at 3:00 PM in the Commissioners’ hearing room.

Keep active category, and appoint a committee for 2009 in August

Melissa Chalona

Tom Sneider

Todd McCowin

Dale Lockwood

Ozone:  The Air Quality Control Commission has scheduled a hearing to adopt an Ozone Action Plan and related regulations at their December 11-13, hearing in response to the region’s non-attainment status.  Larimer Co, as a member of the North Front Range Metropolitan Organization (MPO), has endorsed the Action Plan.

Schedule an update for May to coincide with the start of the 2009 ozone season. 

Melissa Chalona

Uranium Mining:  The EAB prepared a white paper on in-situ uranium mining for the Commissioners in 2008.  Powertech Uranium Corporation plans to make their formal application for mining permits on their Weld County site in mid to late 2009.

Switch to the “watch” category

Dale Lockwood

Sherm Worthington

Mike Erickson

Green Objectives:  The staff-level Green Practices Committee has established formal goals and plans to present these to department heads & elected officials in early 2009.

Review the goals in January 2009

Mike Erickson

Todd McCowin

Compass Indicator Project:  The indicator project at www.larimer.org/compass is periodically updated by interns and volunteers.  Longer-term volunteers are needed.

Switch to the “inactive” category

 

West Nile Virus:  The incidence of West Nile Virus in humans declined in 2008.  Future funding issues are anticipated.  Ongoing surveillance is planned for the mosquito season.  The summer EAB update for 2008 was missed.

Retain annual mid-season update schedule, and schedule 2008 overview for February

Dale Lockwood

Environmental Priorities:  This project has evolved significantly.  See the minutes from November 2007 for additional background.  The current emphasis is on encouraging regional decision making regarding the North I-25 EIS.

Need EAB discussion on this item.

EAB Chair

 

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