LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

August 11, 2015

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Commissioner:

Jane Abels

 

Lew Gaiter

Jim Gerek 

 

 

Michael Jones, Chair

 

Staff :

Kimberly Karish

 

Doug Ryan

Ryan McShane

 

 

 

Discussion Item:

NISP Review.  The Advisory Board continued its review of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP). 

 

The SDEIS was released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on June 19, and is open for a 60 day public comment period ending on September 3.  The purpose of the project is to supply 40,000 acre feet of new municipal water supply annually to 15 providers working cooperatively through the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. The County Commissioners have asked the ESAB to review the document and provide comments for their consideration ahead of the review deadline.  The applicant’s preferred alternative includes the construction of Glade Reservoir in Larimer County.

 

Members submitted summary statements of their individual review of the SDEIS materials by email prior to the meeting.  Chair Jones and Doug Ryan worked with the individual summary statements and prepared an initial draft memo for consideration at the meeting.  The initial draft was organized into several categories:  General Observations, Comments on Specific Issues, Mitigation Measures, and Principal Recommendations.  The members present at the meeting discussed the draft and considered comments on the draft that were sent by email from members Evelyn King and Joe Wilson. 

 

The group agreed on a number of changes and additions to the draft.  Ryan McShane offered to modify or add to comments related to hydrological modeling, impacts to fish, and water quality.  Doug Ryan will note the other modifications made at the meeting. 

 

Kimberly Karish moved, and Jim Gerek seconded a motion that the updated memo be distributed to all members by email for a final review and comment, and that the Chair is authorized to make any final changes and forward the ESAB comments to the County Commissioners by Tuesday August 18. The motion passed unanimously. 

 

Approval of July Minutes:

Minutes from the July 14, 2015 meeting were approved as presented.

 

ESAB Issue Index:

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

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 7:55 PM