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LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

July 12, 2011

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Michael Jones

 

Amy Simons

Kimberly Karish

 

 

Evelyn King

 

Commissioner:

Jennifer Lee

 

Lew Gaiter

Brian McCluskey

 

 

Ryan McShane

 

Staff :

Kate Muldoon

 

Doug Ryan

Earlie Thomas

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

The EAB welcomed two new members, Brian McCluskey and Joseph Wilson.  All in attendance introduced themselves and provided a brief background about their interest in the advisory board.  Mr. Wilson had a previous commitment and was not able to attend.

 

Discussion Items:

Orientation with New Members.  Doug Ryan provided an overview 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 has considered. Doug Ryan will meet with Joseph Wilson on this topic prior to the August meeting.

 

2011 Environmental Stewardship Awards.   The County’s press release announcing the nomination period for this year’s Environmental Stewardship Awards was distributed to the members.  The awards program is a joint project between the EAB and the Board of County Commissioners.  The EAB reviews the initial nominations and makes recommendations for awards to the Commissioners.  The EAB will form a committee to review the nominations at their next meeting.  The nominations deadline is August 31, 2011. Nominations can be made on the County website at: www.larimer.org/boards/eab/Awards/awards.htm.

 

Ozone Air Quality.    Doug Ryan provided an update on ozone air quality issues.  That presentation included background information on the ozone air quality standard, health impacts of ozone, control strategies, and current season monitoring results.  Ground level ozone is a form of air pollution that occurs in highest concentrations in the summer when hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxides emissions from transportation, industry and household sources react in the presence of heat and sunlight.  Ozone action alerts are issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on those days when weather conditions are expected to lead to increased ground-level ozone concentrations.  The Denver-Metro/North Front Range region is classified as a non-attainment area for ozone.  A number of emission control strategies have been implemented in order to reduce ozone concentrations.  New stricter ozone standards adopted by the U.S. EPA will mandate even more emission reductions in the future.  Additional information about regional efforts to control ozone is available at www.ozoneaware.org.

 

BCC Liaison Comments:

Commissioner Gaiter reported that he has had ongoing discussions with the Sheriff about the issue of wildfire hazards and how best to administer fire bans when they are needed.  The related topic of mapping for wildlife dangers was discussed at the EAB meeting in June.  Kimberly Karish noted that there are consulting firms in the area that specialize in producing fire danger maps that reflect current conditions.  Commissioner Gaiter is going to talk with Sheriff Smith about the ability to determine current conditions that allow making distinctions for the actual hazard in different parts of the County.

 

Approval of Previous Minutes:

Minutes from the January, March, May and June meetings were approved as amended

 

Updates:  

Kimberly Karish noted that the proponent for the Regional Water Supply Project, which would divert water from the Green River and pipe it to Colorado front range communities, is considering an expanded emphasis to include hydropower generation.  One option that the Million Conservation Resource Group is considering would be to describe the main purpose as hydropower generation, and ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to be the primary permitting regulatory agency.  If that change were to take place, the Environmental Impact Statement required under NEPA regulations would be lead by FERC, and the Army Corps of Engineers would be a Cooperating Agency in terms of preparing the EIS. 

 

Evelyn King brought up the topic of greenhouse gas emissions and the potential for future regulation by the state or EPA.  This issue is not on the EAB’s issue index.  Doug Ryan will attempt to obtain some summary information from the Air Pollution Control Division and provide that for the members. 

 

EAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.  Jennifer Lee asked members to review the index to gauge their interest in becoming an EAB coordinator for active and watch issues. 

 

August  Meeting Agenda:

Land Use Code regulations for small solar installations, zoonosis update, formation of stewardship awards review committee, assignment of EAB member coordinators for the Issue Index. 

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:00 PM.

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