ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)
March 8, 2011
Smith, City of Fort Collins
of Members and Guests:
in attendance introduced themselves.
Collins Draft Air Quality Plan.
Lucinda Smith, Environmental Planner
with the City of Fort Collins Natural Resources Department, provided an update
on the City’s draft Air Quality Plan. The principles and policies outlined in
the plan have been reviewed and approved by City Council as part of the
recently adopted City Plan. The City is asking for comments on the
Smith outlined the purpose of the Air Quality Plan to:
to a strong citizen mandate for the City to protect and improve air
current federal, state and county air quality efforts by providing local
education, incentives and regulation
a long-term planning framework for air quality protection
“short list” of implementation strategies selected for the draft Plan include
efforts in four categories: commute trip reduction, volunteers for sustainable
homes, promotion of alternative fuel vehicles, and promotion of individual
action through information and outreach. An overview of each strategy was
provided, followed by an open discussion with the EAB members. The main
questions or comments from that discussion are listed here:
would be helpful if the plan had a short discussion about the relationship
between indoor and outdoor air quality.
strategy for alternative fuel vehicles is understandably directed at City
fleet vehicles. It was suggested that the plan consider adding an action
step to broaden this emphasis in the future. Examples might include
technical assistance to businesses that may want to support alternative
vehicles by installing charging stations, consultation on potential energy
expressed concurrence with the purpose of the plan to complement the air
quality programs by others. It was pointed out, for example, that the
County concentrates on providing a consistent level of service for all
jurisdictions it services regarding inspections of permitted stationary
air emission sources.
was suggested that the plan point out that while the region is classified
as non-attainment for the 8-hour ozone standard, the monitors within the
City are in compliance with the 2008 standard for the most recent 3-year averaging
emission inventories in the plan do not include natural biogenic sources
of volatile organic compounds (VOC).
discussion clarified that the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) figures in the
plan will be updated from the listed projections to actual measurements
that are expected from the North Front Range MPO prior to final adoption.
was suggested that the plan highlight the forecasted downward trend in
nitrogen oxides and VOC emissions from vehicles that is achieved as the
fleet turns over to new vehicles with better emission controls.
plan would be strengthened if it provided figures for local incidence of
air quality related conditions for risk factors such as asthma. The
County Health Department may be able to assist in providing surveillance
urban forestry programs are generally considered a benefit for air
quality, it was pointed out that some varieties of trees emit large
amounts of natural, or biogenic, VOCs. An example is eucalyptus trees
commonly found in California.
discussion indicated that mobile source emission are the largest
contributor to the Brown Cloud. That contribution supports the emphasis
in the plan on reducing VMT associated with commuter trips.
was suggested that indoor air quality might deserve an even stronger
emphasis in the plan due to indoor pollution levels and the percentage of
time people spend indoors.
important point to consider in the alternative fuels program is assistance
to those considering a vehicle purchase with selecting the most efficient
vehicle that can meet their needs. An example that was provided was that
many city fleet vehicles probably make very short trips that would be
amendable to the range provided by electric vehicles.
discussion highlighted the valuable technical expertise that CSU offers
the community, and encouraged continued collaboration on Climate Wise,
FortZed and other issues.
discussion include a description of how new strategies can be added to the
long list, and how those items may be promoted to the short list for
implementation. The members concurred that it is important for the plan
to have a degree of flexibility in order to deal with emerging issues or
take advantage of funding or partnership opportunities.
County government conducted an alternative trips promotion in partnership
with Climate Wise and the City in 2008. That experience pointed out the
need for the type of consultation and technical assistance contemplated in
the commuter trip reduction strategies. If that element is funded, the
service would be useful the county and businesses located in the city.
was pointed out in the discussion that commute trip reductions have the
potential to offer health and exercise benefits to those who participate
by using alternative modes. Another benefit noted was that the reduced
traffic that results is also a benefit to people who must drive because
the roadways are less congested and more efficient.
Waste “World Café”.
The Solid Waste Department held a full-day retreat type meeting at the Ranch on
January 27. The meeting include a group of stakeholders for a discussion about
solid waste management issues and the role of the County. EAB members Jennifer
Lee, Evelyn King and Melissa Chalona attended the meeting. Jennifer Lee
provided an electronic copy of her notes from the meeting. Members noted that
this was a detailed summary from the meeting. Issues that were discussed at
the meeting included recycling, the need for a composing facility, the
importance of transportation costs and the need to have a close-in landfill,
the need for community-based programs for waste reduction opportunities, and
the potential for a waste-to-energy facility.
Poudre Runs Through It Forum.
EAB members Jennifer Lee and Ryan
McShane reported on the first two sessions for the forum. The program has been
organized into three basic categories. The first was a public introductory
forum held on February 3. It featured speakers about the importance of the
River and its future.
second category is a series of three educational sessions about water law and
management, water needs and streamflow implications, and future water
planning. The initial education session was held on February 24. The next two
sessions are scheduled for March 10th and 24th. The
third category will include two public dialogue sessions scheduled for April 11th
about the forum, including speakers’ presentation materials are available on
the UniverCity Connections website at: www.univercityconnections.org/.
King provided a handout describing the planned public outreach for the North
Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2035 Regional Transportation
Plan Update. The outreach efforts include a series of steps beginning this
month and concluding on June 17. Information on the plan is available on the
MPO’s website at: http://nfrmpo.org/ResourcesDocuments/2035RegTrans.aspx.
Karish reported that work by the Army Corps of Engineers and their consultants
on the Purpose and Need Statement for the proposed Regional Watershed Supply
Project EIS will probably not be completed until the end of 2011.
Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.
meeting ended at 8:30 PM