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LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

May 12, 2009

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Commissioner:

Melissa Chalona

 

Kathay Rennels 

Michael Jones

 

 

Jennifer Lee

 

Staff :

Kate Muldoon

 

Doug Ryan

Devin Odell

 

 

Tom Sneider

 

 

Heidi Steltzer

 

 

Sherm Worthington

 

 

Bill Zawacki

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

BCC Coordination Topics:  Commissioner Rennels and the advisory board members held a discussion about coordinating how issues are considered by the EAB.  Examples of topic addressed by the EAB in 2008 were used to illustrate how the Commissioners and several departments utilize the EAB for advice on specific environmental issues.  These included the review of environmental impact statements for the North I-25 transportation project and the NISP/Glade Reservoir proposal, uranium mining, 1041 Regulations, and the Owl Canyon Corridor project.  Commissioner Rennels noted that sometimes tight timelines prevent a referral to the EAB, while at other times departments may not consider a referral for projects that are not perceived to have significant environmental impacts.  The county has many boards and commissions, and it can be a challenge to use them all to their best advantage.

 

The County is currently working on a Strategy Mapping project that is intended to help in revising the budgeting process to more of an outcome-based process.  In this regard the Commissioners have selected seven vision statements and have asked staff to identify several key indicators that can be used to track progress for each one.  Commissioner Rennels suggested that the EAB should be consulted regarding the environmental indicators.  The Advisory Board was in favor of this, and Mr. Ryan will ask budget manager Bob Keister to schedule a discussion for the June meeting.

 

Other topics that came up for possible future review included helping the County identify incentives for promoting green building practices for residential and commercial projects, and review of a forthcoming workbook for local governments to assist in review of alternative energy projects.  That workbook is being prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 

 

Ozone Air Quality:  Doug Ryan provided an overview of ozone air quality issues ahead of the summer 2009 ozone season.  The overview included background information on the 1997 and 2008 8-hour ozone air quality standards, the Ozone Action Plan adopted in December 2008 to address compliance with the 1997 standard, the process for determining formal attainment status for the more-stringent 2008 standard, and some potential emission control strategies under consideration for the future.  A controversial topic regarding ozone control activities pertains to expanding vehicle inspection and maintenance requirements into the North Front Range area.  Current plans are to institute inspection and maintenance for portions of Larimer and Weld County by July 2010.

 

Approval of April Minutes:

Minutes from the April 14 EAB meeting were approved as corrected.

 

 

Updates:  

Heidi Steltzer announced that Alice Madden, the governor’s Climate Change Coordinator, will discuss the state’s climate change plan at an open session at the New Belgium Brewing Company on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 PM. 

 

Jennifer Lee noted that the next edition of the journal Science will contain a paper co-written by Heidi Steltzer.  Ms. Steltzer said the article is a literature review about how plant cycles adapt to global warming.  She will make an electronic copy available for advisory board members. 

 

Doug Ryan indicated that he and Rob Helmick from the Planning Department collaborated on a comment letter to the Army Corps of Engineers for the public scoping process for the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Regional Watershed Supply Project.  That project would divert water from the Green River and Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming - and pipe it east along I-80 and then south along the I-25 corridor as far as Pueblo.  The purpose as proposed by the proponents would be to supply a minimum of 240,000 acre-feet of water per year to communities and agricultural users along the pipeline.  Some members asked to see a copy of the staff comments. Mr. Ryan will forward the letter by email. 

 

EAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.  The issue of uranium mining will be changed from “watch” to “active”

 

June Meeting Agenda:

Strategy Mapping for the County budget process

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:00 PM

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