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LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

February 14, 2012

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Melissa Chalona

 

Stacey Baumgarn, Facilities

Kimberly Karish

 

Eric Fried, Building Department

Evelyn King

 

 

Jennifer Lee

 

Staff :

Brian McCluskey

 

Doug Ryan

Ryan McShane

 

 

Kate Muldoon

 

 

Earlie Thomas

 

 

Joseph Wilson

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

LEED & Green Building.  Kimberly Karish began the discussion with an overview of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification program.  LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2002, and has detailed information available on their website at www.usgbc.org.  Dr. Karish used a PowerPoint presentation to outline the “whole building” approach that provides for the evaluation of items such as site selection, water efficiency, energy use, and building materials.  LEED certification is a voluntary program.  Like traditional energy conservation matters, designing and building to LEED standards can be more expensive initially, but can save money and energy over the long run.

 

Stacey Baumgarn provided background information on the County’s Alternative Sentencing Unit (ASU), which is under construction and planned as a LEED certified building.  Kimberly Karish then reviewed the LEED checklist for the ASU to illustrate how the project was planned to earn points in the various categories outlined for LEED certification.  As envisioned, the building is anticipated to earn a LEED Gold standard once it is operational and evaluation by the Green Building Council is complete. 

 

Eric Fried provided an overview of Larimer County’s voluntary Green Building Program.  Information on this program is available at http://larimer.org/building/green_building.htm.  Similar to LEED, the Green Building Program outlines a series of standards related to site selection, water, energy, materials, and indoor air quality.  The standards are from the International Code Council’s National Green Building Standard.  Home builders and property owners interested in the program are asked to contact the Building Department early in the design process so that they can fully understand the scoring and certification process. 

 

Lily Lake Dam Safety Project.   The EAB considered the request for input from Rocky Mountain National Park about options to mitigate the high-hazard dam at Lily Lake.  The County Commissioners asked the Advisory Board to review the project for them.  The Lily Lake Dam has been rated as a high-hazard dam, and the Park Service is evaluating two options: removal or repair.  If the dam is removed, Lily Lake would retain its original historical footprint.  The difference in surface area between the reservoir and the natural lake is about 3 acres (17 vs. 14 acres respectively).  The discussion noted that while the two options are very different in terms of cost, neither option appears to represent significant environmental impacts.  The discussion also noted that while this appears to be a relatively simple project, some issues were not specifically discussed on the website.  The EAB concluded their discussion by concurring with a number of general statements or cautions to forward to the County Commissioners.  These included observations about the lack of serious environmental issues, the potential advantages of a natural lake and stream system, the need to ensure that impacts to other plant and animal species were considered – especially for a severe drought, and the importance of understanding the relative flood risk on Fish Creek with and without the dam under normal situations where the dam functions as designed.  Kate Muldoon moved, and Brian McCluskey seconded a motion to authorize the Chair to sign a memo to the County Commissioners summarizing the discussion items.  The motion passed unanimously. 

 

Planning for Oil & Gas Development on County Lands.   The EAB previewed the Energy by Design planning process that is underway by The Nature Conservancy.  The process is designed to identify opportunities to avoid, minimize and mitigate the impacts of oil and gas development to natural and cultural values associated with public open space parcels in northern Larimer County.  The County’s Department of Natural Resources is scheduled to lead a discussion about this process with the EAB at their May meeting, and to ask for input as the project progresses from the onsite analysis of biological and cultural resources to a plan for potential mineral development and mitigation. 

 

Chair’s Comments:

Jennifer Lee noted that the Colorado Department of Education is soliciting comments on its draft Colorado Environmental Education Plan for primary grade students through the end of February.  The website to review the plan and submit comments is at http://www.cde.state.co.us/otl/environmentaleducationplan.htm

 

Approval of January Minutes:

Minutes from the January 10 meeting were approved as presented.

 

Updates:  

Evelyn King reported that the Clean Air Foundation, a group of car dealers, is working on a grant project that would allow them to scrap older cars (20 years) taken in trade in order to remove higher emitting vehicles from the road.  The Foundation is planning to make a presentation to the North Front Range MPO in March, and to ask for a letter of support. 

 

EAB Issue Index:

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

 

Tentative Agendas for Upcoming Meetings:

March 6 – Rawhide Power Plant tour (alternative meeting day & time)

April 10 – Hydraulic Fracking

May 8 – Planning for oil & gas development on County lands

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:50 PM

 

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