LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMETNAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

†MEETING MINUTES

September 12, 2006

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Sanjay Advani

Devin Odell

Stephen Gillette, Solid Waste Dept

Mike Erickson

Jim Skarbek

Steve Harem, Solid Waste Dept

David Gilkey

Tom Sneider

Kate Muldoon

Dale Lockwood

Bill Zawacki

 

Vic Meyer

 

Staff:

 

 

Doug Ryan, Health & Environment

Commissioner:

 

 

Karen Wagner

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

All in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

Solid Waste.

Steve Harem and Stephen Gillette provided an update on solid waste and recycling issues from the Solid Waste Department.† Mr. Harem used a power point presentation and discussed trends in annual recycling, capacity at the landfill, the shooting range cleanup, methane gas monitoring, air emissions, and a new waste characterization study.† At current demand, the landfill has approximately 20 years of capacity.† The landfill operation is in compliance with applicable regulations concerning solid waste management, groundwater and air quality.† The move to single stream recycling has resulted in an increase in recyclables delivered to the recycling center.† Projections are for 36,000 tons of recyclables in 2006, which is a 25% increase over last year.†

 

Stephen Gillette provided an overview of the Solid Waste Department budget, staffing levels and organization. †Services include the sanitary landfill, recycling center (under contract), household hazardous waste facility, garbage garage education center, recycling drop off boxes in six locations, and four transfer stations.†

 

Ozone Air Quality.

Doug Ryan provided an update on the 2006 summer ozone season.† The Front Range did not violate the 8-hour ambient air quality standard for ozone for the current three year averaging period specified in the Clean Air Act.† However, ozone levels were significantly higher then the 2004 and 2005 summer seasons. There are 16 ozone monitoring stations along the Front Range.† This year there were 26 exceedances of the 0.085 parts per million 8-hour standard, and 49 ozone action day alerts were issued.† Weather conditions included may hot, sunny days with weak wind circulation and the surface and aloft.† These conditions allow ozone and its precursor pollutants to accumulate.† Next summerís ozone levels will be very important because they will determine if the region is in compliance with the ozone standard for the final 3-year cycle specified in the Early Action Compact .† The main activity at this time regarding ozone relates to the Air Pollution Control Commission rule making to lower the amount of allowable volatile organic compound emissions from the oil and gas industry.

 

BCC Liaison Comments:

Commissioner Wagner reported on the SB1 Transit Task Force.† It is anticipated that 61 to 66 million dollars will be available for transit projects over the next five years.† If the current task force recommendations get funding, projects in the region could include a bus line between Loveland and Greeley, the addition of up to 20 new VanGo busses, Mason Street Corridor improvements, and a south transit center in Fort Collins.

 

The North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold a meeting in October to discuss last monthís transportation summit.† This is considered a very important meeting to help put a broad-based coalition together in order to organize a ballot issue for the Regional Transportation Authority.† Doug Ryan will forward information on the meeting when it becomes available.

 

The so-called superslab highway project has been discussed among some state legislators.† It is likely that legislation will be introduced that would prohibit investors from owning private transportation infrastructure.†

 

The County Commissioners have discussed the idea of funding a rural acreage stewardship specialist in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Fort Collins and Big Thomson Conservation Districts.† This will be considered in conjunction with the 2007 budget.† The purpose of the position would be to offer consultation and education to rural landowners about private land management. The EAB did express support for educational services for rural land owners when they commented on the issue of livestock regulations in 2005.

 

The County Commissioners and Planning Commission are discussing the idea of an intra-county Transfer of Density Unit (TDU) program.† The basic idea would be to allow transfer of potential development rights from sensitive or important sending areas to places where the County wanted to see urban density development.† Commissioner Wagner indicated that the EAB could play an important role by suggesting criteria for selecting the sending areas.† She will talk with the other Commissioners for their thoughts on obtaining input from the appropriate advisory boards.

 

A planning process is underway to update the Parks Master Plan.† Commissioner Wagner asked the EAB if they would be interested in participating.† The answer was yes, and Commissioner Wagner will discus this with the other Commissioners.†

 

Part of the Commissionersí current workplan is to examine strategies for alternative fuels and energy conservation for County operations.† A potential role for the EAB and other advisory boards is to help the Commissioners identify an appropriate overarching goal for green strategies.† Commissioner Wagner will discuss this with the other Commissioners.

 

Commissioner Wagner received a complaint from a resident in the Cedar Park area about runoff from a magnesium chloride application.† Staff from the Departments will investigate.† The EAB is monitoring the status of some current studies about the use of various deicers and dust control agents.† It is anticipated that some the studies may be available in early 2007.

 

The North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization is planning a series of charrettes to discuss the 2035 Transportation Master Plan.† Doug Ryan will forward meeting information to the members.†

 

Approval of September Minutes:

Minutes from the September 12, 2006 meeting were approved as presented.

 

Updates:

Doug Ryan asked the members if they would be interested in a field trip to view the Soapstone and Red Mountain open space areas.† The answer was yes, and Mr. Ryan will help set up a visit.

 

The EABís stewardship committee will review the current environmental stewardship nominations and make their recommendations to the full EAB in October.

 

Bill Zawacki noted that the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District has a new newsletter about the NISP water project.† A representative from the District will be at the October EAB meeting to discuss the project.†

 

David Gilkey noted that the Big Thompson Watershed Forum will be holding their 5th annual River Revival on Saturday, September 23.† Several of his students in the CSU Environmental Health program will be participating.†

 

David Gilkey announced that the CSU Environmental Health Pollution Prevention Program (P2) has won an award from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

 

EAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.† Tom Sneider will be added as an EAB coordinator for the topics of Master Plan and Code Monitoring (1.01), and the North Front Range MPO Committee on the Regional Transpiration Plan (3.09).

 

October 10th Meeting Agenda:

NISP Water Project update, Environmental Priorities: Transportation, Stewardship Awards recommendations

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:40 pm.†