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LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

†MEETING MINUTES

August 10, 2010

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Ruben Blanco

 

Lee Anne Kempton, Health & Environment

Melissa Chalona

 

 

Michael Jones

 

Staff :

Kimberly Karish

 

Doug Ryan

Evelyn King

 

 

Ryan McShane

 

 

Earlie Thomas

 

 

Jarrett Tishmack

 

 

Bill Zawacki

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

West Nile Virus and other zoonosis. † Lee Anne Kempton provided an update on the Countyís West Nile Virus surveillance program for the year-to-date.† West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne viral disease that is maintained through a transmission cycle between birds and mosquitoes.† The first human cases of WNV occurred in Colorado in 2003.† The County Department of Health and Environment conducts adult mosquito trapping and testing for the virus in partnership with cities and towns.† For the 2010 season so far, there have been two human cases of WNV reported from Larimer County and eight human cases in the State.† Eight mosquito pools in the County have tested positive for the virus.† Prevention remains the main activity that people can take to prevent mosquito bites and transmission of the virus.† The Departmentís website has information about WNV on its website at http://larimer.org/health/cd/westnile.asp.

 

It is anticipated that the U.S. EPA will begin requiring jurisdictions that apply mosquito control chemicals to water to obtain permits in 2011 in order to comply with the Clean Water Act.† So far, Colorado has not developed a process that might allow the state to administer that water quality permitting program.

 

Ms. Kempton also talked about other zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transmitted from animals to people) in the County.† Over the past two years, skunk rabies has become endemic in eastern Colorado.† In the past, bat rabies was the only relatively common form of the disease.† Larimer County has not had positive skunk cases this year, but is conducting surveillance.† There have been several cases of animal plague, but no human cases for the season.† Larimer County has not recorded human hantavirus cases in 2010, but other east slope counties have.†

 

Stewardship Awards committee.† The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2010 Environmental Stewardship Awards is August 31.† The Board selected members Kimberly Karish, Jennifer Lee, Ryan McShane and Jarrett Tishmack as the awards review committee. The committee will review each of the nominations and present recommendations to the full EAB at the October meeting.†

 

Approval of July Minutes:

The minutes from the July 13 meeting were approved as corrected.

 

Updates:

Kimberly Karish noted that the comment period for the Over the River Draft EIS concerning the Christo project on the Arkansas River is available online at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo/planning/otr.html.† The comment period closes at the end of September 14.† The closest public meeting to consider the project will be in Denver on August 19.†

 

Doug Ryan noted that the committee working on the guide for preparing Resource Stewardship Plans for Equestrian Operations is nearing completion of its work.† The comments provided previously from the EAB have been instrumental in this effort.†

 

EAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.† The EAB concurred with a recommendation from Evelyn King to change item # 3.01 - Transportation Alternatives Feasibility Study - from the Watch category to the Inactive category.†

 

September Meeting Agenda:

Solid Waste Update, Stormwater Management Update

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 7:30 PM

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