LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

December 8, 2015

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Staff :

Jane Abels

 

Doug Ryan

Richard Alper

 

 

Jim Gerek 

 

 

Michael Jones

 

 

Kimberly Karish

 

 

Evelyn King

 

 

Ryan McShane

 

 

 

Discussion Items:

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. 

 

In addition to the changes made to the Issue Index, the members indicated their intent to review a number of topics early in 2016 for possible addition to the index.  Those issues include the proposed regional bridge construction projects for I-25, ongoing flood recovery efforts related to the September 2013 flood, status of the Larimer County Master Plan (1997), and climate change. 

 

ESAB 2016 Workplan. Each year the Advisory Board prepares a workplan, which appears as a section in their annual report.  Members reviewed their previous plan, and discussed modifications for 2016.  The members decided to add language under the watershed category for the Halligan and Seaman water projects which are scheduled for draft Environmental Impact Statement release in 2016 and 2017 respectively. 

 

Election of Officers:

Michael Jones was selected by acclamation as Chair for 2016.  Ryan McShane was selected by acclamation as Vice Chair for 2016.

 

Approval of November Minutes:

Minutes from the November 10, 2015 meeting were approved as presented.

 

Updates:  

Kimberly Karish noted that the Colorado Supreme Court is scheduled to hear to appeals related to the lower court decision to overturn the City of Longmont fracking ban and the City of Fort Collins 5-year moratorium.  The case starts on December 9, 2015.

 

Kimberly Karish noted that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is currently considering two new regulatory standards.  The first would require owners or operators of oil and gas facilities to consult with local governments on well siting.  The second would require those owners or operators to register the location of wells with applicable counties or cities.  The regulations are part of the Governor’s Task Force Rulemaking, and are available online at http://cogcc.state.co.us/#/home

 

Kimberly Karish announced that Stephanie Malin, PhD will present an update on her research on the effects of fracking on quality of life.  The lecture will be at the Harmony Library on Friday December 11 at 2:00 PM. 

 

Doug Ryan announced that he participated in interviews for new ESAB members.  The County Commissioners are planning to appoint new members to fill existing vacancies.  It is anticipated that those appointments will be made for terms starting in January 2016. 

 

Future Meeting Agendas:

January – no meeting

February 9, 2016 – Climate change planning efforts in the state and region, introduction of new members

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 7:50 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 advise as requested by BCC

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.

Move to watch status

Jeremy Deuto

4.01 Recycling & 4.03 Solid Waste/Landfill Operations:   Last update was November 2015. 

Retain active status and annual updates

Jane Ables

Richard Alper

Jim Gerek

4.05 Roberts Ranch tire cleanup:   removal of illegal tire piles.  Initial phase complete.  2nd round cleanup funding under review by CDPHE. 

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.  The current standards were updated in 2015.  That update included a referral and review comments by the ESAB.

Move to watch status

Joe Wilson

6.02(a) Water storage NISP (& the related 3.06 Highway 287 bypass):   The ESAB reviewed the Supplemental Draft EIS and submitted comments to the BCC, who forwarded those comments to the Army Corps.  A final EIS is expected to be published summer 2016.   More info at http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/RegulatoryProgram/Colorado/EISNISP.aspx

Move to watch status

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

Richard Alper

8.01 Environmental Stewardship Awards:   This program is an annual BCC/ESAB partnership. 

Keep active category, and appoint an awards committee each year

Annual ad-hoc committee

9.02 Ozone:  The region is currently in non-attainment status for the ozone air quality standard.  A new State Implementation plan is underway.  New, more stringent standards were adopted by the U.S. EPA in October 2015.

 

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

Evelyn King

 

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.  Information in the Supplemental Draft EIS indicated that mitigation measures have been identified to prevent contamination at the forebay.

Move to watch status

 

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

 

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

Kimberly Karish

Michael Jones

 

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

Kimberly Karish

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 update on WNV and other zoonotic diseases

Ryan McShane

Other Topics on the Action Log recommended for change to “Active” status:

 

 

Landfill Expansion/Siting:  The current County landfill has an estimated capacity of 10 years.  The County wants to make a decision on future solid waste management activities in the next three years. 

Change this Issue Index item from watch to active

Jane Ables

Richard Alper

Jim Gerek

 

New Topics to add to the Action Log:

 

 

Halligan and Seaman Water Supply Projects:  The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Halligan project will be released for public comment in the fall of 2016, and for the Seaman project in late 2017.  Both projects are expansions of existing main-stem reservoirs on the North Fork of the Poudre River.  While these projects are no longer linked to a single EIS, they share potential combined effects as well as the opportunity for cooperation on mitigation strategies.

Add to the Issue Index as an Active review items {6.02(c) and (d)}

Evelyn King