Summary Notes From Our Last Monthly Meeting
July 20, 2022 – LWV Larimer Environmental Action Team
9:30 – 10:45 AM Meeting via Zoom
Pollinator Habitat –
The June 18th event in front of city hall had attendance of 700, by an estimate of the City of Fort Collins. The pollinator groups raised about 1200 plants for the event and gave them all away. The city has invited the League group to participate in next year’s event, which it will do, since the city does all the set up work and most of the clean up.
In the Fall, on the last Saturday in October, there will be a seed swap event for people to trade seeds of native plants. Before that, there will be workshops on how to collect seeds and store them.
The City of Fort Collins plans to host winter classes for how to start plants from seeds and then transplant them. More details later as dates are announced.
The Pollinator Blog is posted on the first Tuesday of the month. Articles and announcements are welcomed.
We need to find a new coordinator for the Plastics Group or unite the group with the Sustainability Group. We will put a notice in the next League Lines to find a new coordinator.
A start-up company in Salt Lake City converts plastic waste into fuels. Right now the company can process several tons of plastic per day, and it hopes to expand to other cities and increase how much it can recycle.
Oil and Gas – Notes
Air Quality Presentation 7-14-2022. See here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvSPH_8qKkI
Recommended Actions and Next Steps from presentation slide – Commissioners agreed to all
1. Budget and Implement Air Quality measures within the Climate and Sustainability Action Plan
a. Allocate funding to RAQC for Larimer County residents to increase participation in the Mow Down initiatives
b. Increase EV infrastructure in unincorporated Larimer County
2. Ensure compliance with COGCC regulations regarding Financial Assurance
a. Engage operators using the new tools for local government to plug and abandon low-producing wells that pose a threat to public health and the environment
3. Identify a location for a new regulatory monitoring station
a. Review results of temporary ozone monitors placed in Loveland, Livermore and Bellvue with CDPHE and RAQC to determine if one or more of these locations would be beneficial for siting a new regulatory monitor.
b. Opportunity to pair a regulatory monitoring site with new requirements of HB22-1244 to establish a monitor for toxic air contaminants in Larimer County.
4. Leak detection, compliance and outreach
a. Purchase optical gas imaging camera to enhance our ability to complete inspections and investigate complaints.
Governor Polis Letter
Recommends collaboration between APCD and COGCC
Recommends using funding from the 2022 long bill and future appropriations, CDPHE should implement a user friendly public facing internet portal to provide public access to APCD information.
Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) Meeting 7-21-2022 https://cdphe.colorado.gov/aqcc
Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC)
According to RAQC the state will meet compliance with ozone 75 ppb standard by 2027 attainment date. The state will probably not meet the 2024 compliance date for the 70 ppb standard attainment date without additional control measures. RAQC The Public’s Guide to the Ozone State Implementation Plan https://raqc.egnyte.com/dl/SLZX0r1UUd/Public_GuideToTheSIP.pdf_
The CSU Water Center’s schedule for GRAD 592 seminar this Fall is on line. The topic is the Colorado River Compact – its history and the on-going negotiations to adapt it to the new climate realities. The seminar sessions are on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, and are Zoom. If you want to attend, you sign up on the seminar’s page, and you will be sent the Zoom link.
The Colorado Water Congress will be held in Steamboat from August 23 to 25th. This is an important conference for water professionals, and candidates for state-wide offices will speak. Here’s a link to the conference agenda: https://www.cowatercongress.org/uploads/1/1/9/2/119211024/2022_cwc_summer_conference_session_description_072322.pdf
October 11 to 13th in Avon there will be the Sustainability Colorado Watersheds Conference. More information will be available later from Water Education Colorado.
The Poudre River Fest will be held August 20th from Noon to 6:00 PM at New Belgium Brewing. Here’s a link to the schedule of events: https://poudreriverfest.org/schedule-of-events
With the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP), we wait for the Army Corps of Engineers to issue their final report, which will either approve the project or say that the project is environmentally harmful and should not be built. If the project is approved, several environmental groups are ready to appeal that decision in court. The litigation will take years to clear all the different court levels, perhaps even reaching the US Supreme Court.
The City of Fort Collins is waiting for the Army Corps of Engineers to issue its revised report on Halligan Reservoir expansion. The plan is to raise the dam 25 feet and increase the capacity of the reservoir, to better protect Fort Collins’s water supply. Many different levels of environmental impact involved with this project.
There are 8 major river basins in Colorado, and the Colorado Water Plan charges each with developing a program for water use and conservation in that basin. We should examine the plans developed by the South Platte Basin Roundtable to have input on those ideas.
The City of Fort Collins is seeking comments on the draft 1041 Land Use Regulations. There are several citizen groups that are involved in this process. The regulations will then be revised, and that version will go to City Council for adoption.
The other major environmental issue that the City of Fort Collins is considering is how to handle waste/garbage hauling. One idea was to divide the city into zones and have one hauler for each zone. The alternate plan is to have one hauler for the entire city. This is an on-going discussion.
Larimer County is preparing a new land fill site, in the Northern part of the county near Wellington. It was supposed to have several additional recycling and composting components, but those are being delayed because of the increased costs to construct them and the difficulty of finding companies to reuse the material that would result from those recycling operations.
The State League’s Climate Emergency Task Force is planning a forum on September 14th at 6:00 PM. Several State Senators who are not up for reelection will be asked about plans for the next legislative session to meet the intensifying climate emergency. The Task Force is asking League members to submit possible questions that could be used. Send the questions to Jane.
Back to League Night is Monday September 12th. It will be outdoors, and the Environmental Team will have a table. We need to have information there about all of our activities, and we need representatives to talk to the people who stop at the table.
Next EAT Meeting – August 17, 2022 at 9:30 AM. More information later.