LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

August 15th, 2017

 


 

Members In Attendance:

Jane Abels

Richard Alper

Daniel Beveridge

Corey Broeckling

Richard Conant

Jim Gerek

Michael Jones

Kimberly Karish

Evelyn King

David Lehman

Matt Tobler

Joseph Wilson

 

 

 

Guests

Lori Hodges, Director, Larimer County Office of Emergency Management

 

 

 

Staff :

Shelley Bayard de Volo, Environmental Coordinator, Engineering

 

 

 


 

Meeting Start:  6:00 PM

 

Amendments or Additions to the Agenda:

Discussion of the following was suspended until the September meeting

·  Neighboring County Citizen Board

·  Nexus with other Larimer County advisory boards

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

The members and guests introduced themselves. 

 

Citizen Comments:

None

 

Discussion Items:

Larimer County Hazard Mitigation Plan

Lori Hodges presented on the County’s 2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The HMP gets approved by FEMA every five years, and approval of the Plan qualifies the County for pre-disaster hazard mitigation funding. 

 

There are 21 Goals and Actions identified in the Plan and Lori explained how the County is addressing each one.  Education and outreach on mitigation and preparedness is one important Goal, as are wildfire preparedness, floodplain mapping, flood warning systems, high water placards and reconstructing structurally deficient bridges.  Lori described the infrastructure risk assessment program they are using from Idaho National Labs, which will assist the County in tracking built and social infrastructures at risk. 

 

The Plan can be found at:  https://www.larimer.org/emergency/pdfs/LarimerHMP-Final.pdf?v=2017

 

Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan

Kimberly Karish summarized the Wildlife Committee’s review of the NISP FWMEP and development of the Committee’s general and specific comments.   Some points raised by members of the Board included whether the plan included agriculture in the premise of 120 gal/per person/per day, and the fact that it is very difficult to quantify and predict the impact of removing water from river flows.  As well, reducing the 3-day peak-flow interval from the natural three years to seven years under the FWMEP is a doubling of the length of time between which the river would experience extreme flushing flows.  The Plan does not address what impact this has on riparian and instream habitats, nor how to mitigate such impacts.   Richard Alper thanked the committee for their work, and noted he and Michael Jones would solidify those comments, produce a cover letter and move the comments forward for discussion with the Board of County Commissioners at their August 22nd Work Session. 

 

 

Approval of Minutes:

No minutes were approved.  The July minutes will be approved at the September meeting.

 

Updates:  

Wasteshed

J. Gerek provided an update on the North Front Range Wasteshed Coalition Stakeholder Group Meeting (Meeting #3: Solid Waste Volumes, Population Zones, and Finalize Goals & Objectives; August 2nd).  Three main points of discussion were (1) the origin for 95% of the waste has been identified, which is an improvement over the Phase I study; (2) the Wasteshed Coalition’s stated Goals and Objectives, were reviewed with the stakeholder group, and (3) education and outreach on waste management processes will be more uniform across the county, unlike the way it has been done in the past.

 

ESAB Issue Index:

The issue index will be updated for the items discussed tonight.

 

Next Meeting Agenda:

September 12th, Sam Adams ( NRCS District Conservationist), Gretchen Reuning (Conservation Forester), and Jonas Feinstein ( NRCS Forester) will discuss Forest Health in Larimer County and their Forest Restoration project at MacGregor Ranch, Estes Park.  Matt Lafferty, Larimer County Principal Planner, will provide an update on Boards and Commisions input for the draft Comprehansive Plan – Foothills and Mountain Area . 

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 9:00 PM