LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

February 10, 2015

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Staff :

Jeremy Deuto

 

Doug Ryan

Michael Jones

 

 

Kimberly Karish

 

 

Ryan McShane

 

 

Joseph Wilson

 

 

 

The meeting this date was conducted as an informational meeting because a quorum was not present. 

 

Discussion Items:

Update on the Energy by Design planning process.   Kimberly Karish provided an update on the Mountain to Plains Energy by Design project.  Energy by Design is a collaborative planning process intended to guide oil and gas leasing on public lands owned by Larimer County (Red Mountain Open Space), and the City of Fort Collins (Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Meadow Springs Ranch).  The Colorado State Land Board (SLB) owns much of the minerals on these properties, and wanted to develop a process to allow energy development while achieving the biological, cultural, scenic and recreational resource conservation goals of the city and county as surface owners.  The Nature Conservancy led the planning process, with input from the SLB and surface owners.  The final report was completed in 2013, and is available at https://www.conservationgateway.org/Files/Pages/m2penergybydesign.aspx.

 

Dr. Karish reported that the SLB has scheduled an auction to lease the mineral rights on 10 parcels within the Meadow Springs Ranch.  That lease will be conducted online over a one week period beginning on February 12, 2015.  Any leases granted would be for a five year period and subject to compliance with the Energy by Design plan.  If successful, this would be a model for potential future leases at Red Mountain Open Space and Soapstone Prairie Natural Area.  The Advisory Board members indicated that they would be very interested in a follow-up discussion at their next meeting to hear about the auction and any immediate plans for energy development. 

 

Annual ESAB Issue Index Review.   The members reviewed their Issue Index, with emphasis on those items that are currently shown as “active” review status.  The Index is a listing of topics under current or previous consideration by the ESAB.  The results of those discussions are shown on the attached chart.  Doug Ryan will update the Index to reflect the discussion.

 

Updates:  

Joe Wilson attended the 2015 Poudre River Forum on January 31.  The theme for this year’s program was One River, Many Voices.  Information on the forum, including the presentations, is available at http://www.cwi.colostate.edu/thepoudrerunsthroughit/newforum/2015forum.shtml.

 

March Meeting Agenda:

Energy by Design follow-up, Our Lands Our Future update, NISP Water Project schedule update

 

May Meeting: 

Members indicted that they would be interested in holding the ESAB’s May 12 meeting at the Platte River Power Authority’s Rawhide Energy Station for the purpose of touring the facility.  Joe Wilson will check availability and report back on plans and logistics.  It is anticipated that this would be an afternoon meeting instead of the usual evening hours. 

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 7:35 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Issue Index Topic  (current active issues)

Discussion

ESAB Coordinator(s)

2.07 High Park Fire Mitigation & Response:  Individual owners rebuilding, ongoing erosion related issues.  More info at http://larimer.org/highparkfire/.

Retain active status and schedule an update from appropriate county staff in 2015

Kimberly Karish

2.08 Our Lands, Our Future Planning Process: This regional planning project is sponsored by the county’s Natural Resources Department.  ESAB reviewed the initial public survey findings in November 2012.  The final report was completed in October 2013.  Implementation to follow.  More info at http://larimer.org/ourlands_ourfuture/.

Retain active status and advise as requested by the Natural Resources Department

Kimberly Karish

3.06 Hwy 287 Glade Bypass:  See 6.02(a) below related to the NISP water project.

 

Jeremy Deuto

4.01 Recycling & 4.03 Solid Waste/Landfill Operations:  Last update was September 2014. 

Retain annual active status and annual updates

Kimberly Karish

4.05 Roberts Ranch tire cleanup:  removal of illegal tire piles.  Initial phase complete.  2nd round cleanup depending on grant funds. 

Retain active status and advise as requested by staff or BCC

Michael Jones

6.01 Floodplain management:  County management of floodplains and coordination with federal and state standards.

Retain active status and advise as requested by staff or BCC

Joe Wilson

6.02(a) Water storage NISP (& the related 3.06 Highway 287 bypass): A Supplemental Draft EIS is under preparation for anticipated release by the Army Corps of Engineers in the Summer of 2015.  Includes Glade reservoir More info at http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/RegulatoryProgram/Colorado/EISNISP.aspx

Retain active status.  Review & advise the BCC once the Supplemental EIS is released

Ryan McShane

Jeremy Deuto

6.04 NPDES Phase II: Larimer County administers a state-issued stormwater quality permit required for municipalities (MS4) that contains a series of compliance requirements.  More info at http://www.larimer.org/engineering/NPDES/NPDES.htm.

Retain active status and advise as requested by the Engineering Department

Jeremy Deuto

8.01 Environmental Stewardship Awards:  Three awards were issues in 2014 in this BCC/ESAB partnership. 

Keep active category, and appoint an awards committee each August

Annual ad-hoc committee

9.02 Ozone:   The region is currently in non-attainment status for the ozone air quality standard, and is operating under the provisions of a 2008 Ozone Action Plan and related air quality rules. New more stringent standards under EPA consideration.

Continue to follow the ozone compliance and planning process, and be available to consult with the BCC

Evelyn King

Cassie Archuleta

10.02 Atlas Missile Silo Cleanup:  The area of groundwater contamination is within the area of the planned forebay for the proposed Glade Reservoir.  That reservoir is part of the NISP water project which is currently in the EIS review phase.  The long-term monitoring report notes that a pilot study to evaluate groundwater cleanup methods is planned. 

Retain as an active review item.

 

Michael Jones

10.04 Hydraulic Fracturing: The ESAB reviewed draft air quality regulations for the oil and gas industry in 2013.  The BCC supported those recommendations and sent them to the Air Quality Control Commission. 

Continue to evaluate environmental impacts, and consult with the BCC as appropriate.  

Kimberly Karish

Cassie Archuleta

10.05 Oil & Gas Development on County Lands:  This topic relates to potential oil & gas development on county, city and state open space lands.  A plan, called “Energy by Design” was prepared in partnership with Larimer County and the City of Fort Collins and adopted by the State Land Board in February of 2013. 

Retain active status and advise as requested by the Natural Resources Department.  Follow the State Land Board’s leasing activity on Meadow Springs Ranch. 

Kimberly Karish

Cassie Archuleta

10.06 Martin Marietta Materials Asphalt Plant:  Air quality impacts.  CDPHE recently issued the stationary source air emissions permit. 

Change to watch status. 

Cassie Archuleta

12.02 Green Objectives:   The County is currently considering a strategic plan, which may contain some sustainability or energy conservation strategies.  More info at http://larimer.org/bocc/future/. The County is a member of ClimateWise and reports energy conservation measures annually.

Retain the active category and offer to review additional implementation  strategies as requested by staff or BCC

Joe Wilson

Kimberly Karish

18.01 Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse:  Endangered status, land use patterns, flood damage

Change to watch satus.

Michael Jones

18.03 West Nile Virus & Other Zoonosis:  Each year the ESAB receives an update from the Department of Health regarding WNV and other zoonotic diseases such as rabies, plague and hantavirus that occur in the County and Colorado. More info at http://www.larimer.org/health/cd/vector.asp.

Retain annual mid-season update on WNV and other zoonotic diseases.

Ryan McShane

Other Topics to revise on the Action Log:

 

 

3.09 Owl Canyon Road Corridor Project:

Change from watch to inactive status.

 

11.02 Syringe Disposal Issues:

Change from watch to inactive status.