LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

September 13, 2016

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Richard Alper

 

Jessica Royer, Health & Environment

Jeremy Deuto

 

Lea Schneider, Health & Environment

Jim Gerek  

 

 

Kimberly Karish

 

Staff :

Evelyn King

 

Doug Ryan

David Lehman

 

 

Joseph Wilson

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

Zoonosis Update.  Jessica Royer provided an update on zoonosis (diseases that can be transmitted from animals to people) activity for 2016.  She used a PowerPoint presentation to outline the status of rabies, tularemia, plague, Hanta Virus, and West Nile Virus.

 

There have been 12 positive tests for rabies in animals so far this year (all in bats).  A total of 23 people have gone through post-exposure rabies prophylaxis.  

 

The Department of Health and Environment has scaled back on testing of dead rabbits and other animals for tularemia this year.  Past testing has shown that the bacterial disease is endemic in rabbits, and the emphasis has shifted to public education and outreach.  Information about prevention is available on the Department’s zoonotic disease website below.  There has been one confirmed human case of Tularemia in the County this season.

 

There have been no human case of plague in Larimer County so far this year.  One prairie dog sample tested positive for the bacterial that causes plague, and the Department did investigate a suspected die off at a prairie dog colony but was not able to confirm the cause with samples. 

 

A total of 33 human cases of West Nile Viruses have been diagnosed so far this year in Larimer County.  The County and the City of Fort Collins sprayed for adult mosquito control several times in and around the City in response to testing that confirmed high numbers of mosquitoes infected with the virus. 

 

There have been no diagnosed cases of Hanta Virus in people or other animals in the county to date during 2016.   

 

The Department of Health and Environment maintains current information about zoonotic diseases on their website at http://larimer.org/health/cd/vector.asp.

 

Ozone Air Quality Update. Doug Ryan provided an update on the 2016 ozone summer season, and reviewed the efforts to present a required State Implementation Plan, or SIP to the EPA.

 

The Denver Metro-North Front Range region is classified as an ozone nonattainement area based on the 2008 standard of 0.075 parts per million.  The SIP is designed to show how reductions of ozone forming emissions is anticipated to lower the ozone levels below the 2008 standard for the summer 2017 ozone season.  The SIP provides a discussion of the ozone standard and details how the state and region have responded.  It is available at the Regional Air Quality Council website at http://raqc.org/our_programs/state_implementation_plans/

 

The new 2015 national air quality standard for ozone is 0.070 parts per million.  Compliance is measured as the 4th highest value at each monitor averaged over three years.   Values from 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be used to calculate attainment with this more-stringent standard.  It is anticipated that a new round of planning and emission controls will be needed to further reduce ozone levels based on the 2015 standard.  Information about the ozone standard and health effects is available on the U.S. EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/ozone-pollution/ozone-basics

 

Wasteshed update & discussion.   Richard Alper reported that he attended the Regional Wasteshed Planning Coalition Policy Advising Committee (PAC) on August 27.  The meeting covered a wide range of topics related to management of solid waste in the region.   Areas of particular interest for moving into the future included considering potential ways to extend the operational period for the existing landfill, the potential for waste-to-energy facilities, and the need to engage the public in greater detail about the process and economics of recycling. 

 

A series of public engagement forums is scheduled for the last two weeks in September.  Information about the Coalition and the solid waste planning process it is using is available at https://www.larimer.org/wasteshed/

 

Approval of August Minutes:

Minutes for the August 9, 2016 meeting were approved as corrected. 

 

Updates:  

Doug Ryan noted that the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization is holding a workshop on Preparing for Climate Extremes on September 26.  He is scheduled to attend and will report back to the Advisory Board.  Climate change is one of the ESAB’s issue index items (item 19.02).

 

ESAB Issue Index:

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

 

Future Meeting Agendas:

October – no meeting

November – change meeting date to Tuesday, November 15.  Discussion items to include stewardship awards, 2017 workplan, wasteshed update, election of officers in December. 

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:30 PM