LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

February 9, 2016

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Commissioner:

Jane Abels

 

Lew Gaiter

Corey Broeckling

 

 

Jeremy Deuto

 

Staff :

Jim Gerek 

 

Doug Ryan

Michael Jones

 

 

Kimberly Karish

 

 

Evelyn King

 

 

David Lehman

 

 

Ryan McShane

 

 

Martin Nelson

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves and provided a brief background on their interest or training.  The Advisory Board welcomed three new members: Corey Broeckling, David Lehman and Martin Nelson. 

 

Discussion Items:

Climate Change.  Kimberly Karish is working to assemble a presentation for the ESAB on climate change issues.  On this date she provided a preview of potential topics related to climate change and asked Advisory Board members to help identify the topics they would like more details about.  The four main levels of inquiry relate to: the science of climate change, the physical changes that occur, how those changes can affect our daily lives through extreme events such as floods or wildfires, and strategies that communities can take to lower potential greenhouse emissions and/or adapt to become more resilient to climate changes that do occur. 

 

Those in attendance discussed a number of issues related to climate change, including the intersecting scientific and political aspects.  It was also pointed out that the anticipated future effects of climate change are expressed in terms of probabilities based on factors such as level of scientific understanding, interaction with other physical phenomenon, and various emission scenarios. 

 

Following the discussion, the consensus was to focus the ESAB’s attention on current planning efforts related to responding to the anticipated impacts.  Follow-up on this topic is tentatively scheduled for the May meeting. 

 

Stewardship Awards.  Doug Ryan outlined changes to the County’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program.  Each year the Larimer County Environmental & Science Advisory Board and the Larimer County Commissioners collaborate to recognize environmental stewardship efforts of county residents, businesses, organizations and/or agencies by awarding the Environmental Stewardship Awards. The awards program began in 1995 and has issued a total of 74 awards.  Due to low participation in 2015, a decision to update and refresh the program has been made.  Doug Ryan reported on ideas obtained from the ESAB and staff in the Commissioner’s office who help with the program each year.  The revised program is anticipated to begin in early 2017. 

 

Approval of Minutes:

Minutes from the December 2015 meeting were approved as presented. 

 

Updates:  

Doug Ryan noted that the Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Integrated Supply Project, or NISP, has been delayed and is now projected to come out in 2017 instead of the previously predicted summer 2016 release.  The delay comes because the Army Corps need to complete a number of tasks before releasing the final EIS.  Some of those include adding more measures to mitigate the project’s environmental impacts, completing analysis of alternatives, and finishing models that predict how the project would affect water quality and temperature. 

 

ESAB Issue Index:

 

Michael Jones asked about the potential to add the topic of gravel and aggregate resources to the Issue Index.  Jeremy Deuto offered to research if any recent inventories of those resources have been made for our region and to report back to the group at a future date. 

 

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

 

Future Meeting Agendas:

April – County Master Plan

May – 2013 flood recovery, climate change planning efforts

 

Adjourn:

The regular meeting ended at 7:30 PM

 

Orientation for new members:

Following the regular meeting, Doug Ryan provided an overview about the organization and function of the ESAB for the new members. That overview included a discussion of the County’s Administrative Policy for Boards and Commissions, the ESAB bylaws, the annual report and work plan, and the Issue Index used for tracking topics that the Advisory Board has considered.