LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

August 11, 2009

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Ruben Blanco

 

Lee Anne Kempton, Health and Environment

Melissa Chalona

 

 

Michael Jones

 

Staff :

Kimberly Karish

 

Doug Ryan

Todd McCowin

 

 

Ryan McShane

 

 

Kate Muldoon

 

 

Tom Sneider

 

 

Jarrett Tishmack

 

 

Bill Zawacki

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves, and offered a brief introduction for the benefit of new and continuing members.

 

Discussion Items:

West Nile Virus:  Lee Anne Kempton provided an update on the County’s West Nile Virus surveillance program for the year-to-date.  West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne viral disease that is maintained through a transmission cycle between birds and mosquitoes.  The first human cases of WNV occurred in Colorado in 2003.  The County Department of Health and Environment conducts adult mosquito trapping and testing for the virus in partnership with cities and towns.  Funding is provided through a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  Based on mosquito trap results and reported human cases, risk estimates for human transmission are provided to assist communities in making decisions about spraying for adult mosquito control.  For the 2009 season so far, there have only been two human cases of WNV reported Colorado, neither of which was from Larimer County.  Ten mosquito pools (out of 300) have tested positive for the virus.  Ms. Kempton noted that current funding for WNV control activities at the County level are provided through grant funds that originate with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Those funding sources may not be available in the future.  One option for sustaining an ongoing mosquito control program is the creation of a mosquito control district with responsibilities for conducting an integrated WNV control program.

 

Election of Chair and Vice-chair:   Melissa Chalona was elected Chair, and Bill Zawacki was elected Vice-chair to fill vacancies in those offices for the remainder of 2009.

 

Orientation with new members:  Doug Ryan provided an overview for the new members about the organization and function of the EAB.  That overview included a discussion of the County’s Administrative Policy for Boards and Commissions, the EAB bylaws, the annual report and work plan, and the Issue Index used for tracking topics that the Advisory Board is interested in. 

 

Environmental Stewardship Awards:  Advisory Board members selected Michael Jones, Kimberly Karish, Ryan McShane and Kate Muldoon as committee members to conduct the initial review of the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award nominations.  The committee will report back to the EAB with their recommendations at the October 13 EAB meeting.  The deadline for submitting nominations is August 31. 

 

Strategy Mapping:  Doug Ryan led a discussion about the Strategy Maps that are currently under development to help guide budget decisions.  This followed an initial presentation to the Advisory Board from Budget Director Bob Keister in June.  The County has developed seven strategy maps.  At the center of each is the main topic (such as Environment, Mobility, and Safety).  Those topics are linked to an End Result Statement that is printed on each sheet.  The End Result Statements were prepared by the County Commissioners and are intended to represent the elected officials overall vision regarding each topic.  On the maps, the main topic is connected to two outer layers or “factors” that represent causal pathways for achieving the desired End Results.  The County Commissioners have invited the EAB to review the strategy maps that are relevant to the environment, and to provide comments or suggestions back to staff.  In order to put a boundary on that review, Mr. Ryan suggested that the EAB concentrate on three items:  1) Are the factors for each main topic the important ones for the County to address?, 2) Suggestions for modifications to improve the causal pathways to the End Statements., and 3) Advice or experience from that members may have on using strategy maps for budget decisions.  Members discussed options for moving forward and had several questions about clarifying the intended use of the strategy maps.  The Board asked Mr. Ryan to communicate with the Budget Director about his view of the three suggested discussion items, and about the advisability of Mr. Keister coming back to another EAB meeting for more discussions. 

 

Approval of May and June Minutes:

Minutes from the May 12 EAB meeting were approved as presented.  Minutes from the June 9 meeting were approved as corrected.

 

Updates:  

Ryan McShane noted that he recently attended a conference in Denver about aquatic ecosystem services that concentrated on the selection of indicators that would be relevant and meaningful for reporting to the public. 

 

Kimberly Karish noted that in her professional work for the environmental consulting firm EDAW (soon to be renamed AECOM) she has experience with several projects of County interest.  Those projects include the proposed Maxwell Ranch wind farm, and the proposed Regional Watershed Supply Project pipeline designed to deliver water from the Green River to communities in southern Wyoming and Front Range Colorado.  Dr. Karish offered to share publicly-available information about any of these projects with interested members.

 

Melissa Chalona asked the members if they felt that a short printed bio providing information from each of the EAB members would be helpful for getting to know the group and understanding their interests and professional backgrounds.  The group did express and interest and Ms. Chalona will prepare an outline for email distribution.

 

Michael Jones attended a three day conference on emerging contaminants found in water.  The emphasis was on pharmaceuticals and personal care products.  The take-home message from the conference was that these contaminates are showing up in small concentrations wherever they are being looked for.  Mr. Jones will provide some web links for members interested in further information.

 

EAB Issue Index:

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

 

Next Meeting Agenda:

Solid Waste update, Ozone air quality, Strategy Mapping

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 9:00 PM