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LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

June 8, 2010

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Ruben Blanco

 

LuAnn Goodyear

Melissa Chalona

 

Jim Goodyear

Michael Jones

 

Russ Legg, Planning Department

Kimberly Karish

 

 

Jennifer Lee

 

Commissioner:

Willem Scott

 

Lew Gaiter

Jarrett Tishmack

 

 

Bill Zawacki

 

Staff :

 

 

Doug Ryan

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

Resource Stewardship Plans for Horse Businesses.   Russ Legg and Doug Ryan facilitated a discussion about guidance materials being developed for use by operators for the preparation of resource stewardship plans for equestrian operations such as horse boarding facilities.  The initial outline of the guidance document was presented and discussed.  The EAB was supportive of the direction the task force is taking and the work they have seen so far, and offered several individual suggestions for consideration as the project moves forward:

 

  1. Pay attention to the relationship of the RSP to the Site Plan approval process.  A site plan is a more specific document than the RSP.
  2. Add at an appropriate place, (appendix?) Federal funding and grant opportunity links
  3. Add areas on surrounding property to the self assessment - i.e. If there are no wetlands on the applicants property but there is one immediately next door. 
  4. Perhaps relate dust as a topic to ref section 8.3 Air quality
  5. The Term BMP – Best Management Practices is strange to some ears. An idea might be to use a term such as equine management or barn management
  6. Maybe soften terms which carry stigma, i.e.  WETLANDS to wet areas of your property
  7. Discussed how detailed to get and also how the RSP is used in public hearing.  There will be pressure if used in public hearing to get more and more detailed
  8. With existing horse operations there needs to be an “attitude of acceptance” of existing placement of barns and facilities related to resources and gradual improvement  of management practices if health and safety is not being jeopardized.
  9. Use a lot of photos and drawings to illustrate best management practices.  Maybe some horse operators on the committee would offer photos of existing operations to use as examples.
  10. Discussed in detail how to change or amend RSP.  Simple as writing a letter to the Director, Acceptance of the change or require that site plan and/or RSP be officially modified. Ie. What if the change affected neighbors?
  11. Is the RSP information associated with the application or is it specially approved and therefore difficult to amend?
  12. Use Key indicators when they clearly exist.
  13. Jim Goodyear suggested a point system of a 1-10 of how you are doing on the plan. There were a lot of questions of would the plan be checked yearly etc.
  14. Create a bronze to silver and gold award system administrated similar to the Environmental stewardship awards to be given yearly by the BCC upon the advice of the EAB or AAB.
  15. Some BMP’s may need wide flexibility in how they are defined and implemented – for example between dry and wet years.

Summer Update.  Doug Ryan provided an update on ozone air quality for the summer season.  Ground level ozone is a form of air pollution that occurs in highest concentrations in the summer when hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxides emissions from transportation, industry and household sources react in the presence of heat and sunlight.  Ozone action alerts are issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on those days when weather conditions are expected to lead to increased ground-level ozone concentrations.  The Denver-Metro/North Front Range region is classified as a non-attainment area for ozone.  A number of emission control strategies have been implemented in order to reduce ozone concentrations.  New stricter ozone standards adopted by the U.S. EPA will mandate even more emission reductions in the future. 

 

Approval of Previous Minutes:

Minutes from the February 9, 2010 meeting were approved as presented.

Minutes from the April 13, 2010 meeting were approved as corrected.

 

Updates:  

Michael Jones provided an update on the status of the Alps tire pile cleanup.  Tires were dumped on this rural property beginning in the 1970’s.  Approximately 3 million tires were dumped.  Larimer County was able to secure grant funding through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for cleanup of the site.  Cleanup began in 2002, and at this time only about 100,000 tires remain in scattered areas on the property.  Aerial photos were shown to illustrate the visible difference.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently issued a new order for the final clean up of tires and other solid waste on the property. 

 

Michael Jones provided an update on the status of the proposed uranium mine in Weld County. In response to concerns about possible in-situ uranium mining by the Powertech Uranium Corporation beginning in 2006, two laws were passed in the state legislature.  House Bill 08-1161 sets groundwater protection standards that basically require mining interest to return groundwater back to its original quality.  Senate Bill 08-228 strengthens the notification standards for companies that want to engage in uranium mining.  At the current time, Powertech has acquired mineral rights to about 7,300 acres of property in Weld County, and is engaged in site characterization and planning for making formal permit applications to the U.S. EPA, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and Weld County.  In 2008 the EAB was asked to prepare a white paper on the potential environmental implications of uranium mining.  That paper is available on the EAB website. 

 

Doug Ryan noted that the County has received applications for EAB membership, and will be conducting interviews later in June.

 

EAB Issue Index:

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

 

July Meeting Agenda:

Resource Stewardship Plans for Horse Facilities, new member orientation

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 9:10 PM

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