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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS 
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Larimer County, Colorado
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This team of 12 to 15 people has three sub-groups: water; renewable energy; and oil and gas. The sub-groups meet and work independently and collaboratively on these and other key issues.

The Team has a broad focus of study towards taking advocacy action (based on LWV, LWVCO and LWVLC position statements) on local and regional climate change, water, fracking, air quality, land use, transportation, agriculture, and biosphere matters.

The team has developed information and resource guides for the public on local and regional alternative energy sources and energy saving incentives and a bibliography on water issues. 


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Current Team Highlights

Minutes of the October 17th Team Meeting:  


      
 

Oil and Gas

                       

Discussion about October 16, 2018 Fort Collins City Council meeting regarding support/oppose ballot amendments/propositions 74, 110, 109 and 112. Good number of Fort Collins residents requesting Council to support 112 or not to take a position. Several Weld County residents and industry representatives also spoke in favor of opposing 112. LWV supports 112. Vicky testified at the meeting. It was noted that there were demonstrators outside the building from Greeley.

 

Karen Spead spoke twice at separate Loveland City Council meetings. Nancy will check re whether Loveland City Council will take a position on 112.

 

Loretta noted that Theresa Gilbert, teacher at Bella Romero, spoke at Greeley Indivisible meeting and at Weld Air and Water meeting.

 

COGCC to consider 1000 foot setback for schools and day cares.

Bonnie noted October 5 meeting was postponed or cancelled. Search of COGCC web site shows:

School Setback Rulemaking Stakeholder Meeting Postponed

Published: 10/01/2018

The final stakeholder meeting for the School Setback Rulemaking (scheduled for Friday, October 5th, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM) has been postponed until further notice.

Deadline to be included as a party is October 26, 2018.

 

Loretta noted that there are plans to build homes near capped wells in Greeley. There are no rules in Greeley re residential construction set backs from capped wells.

 

Sara asked where she can find good statistics re setbacks. Suggestions include Colorado Rising, NCAR, UCAR, NREL, Leanne Foster.

 

Question asked – does an increased number of wells on a pad increase risks?

 

Comment made on number of fracking sites traveling west on Highway 52 and recent fire that was reported by bystander.

Renewables

 

Fort Collins City Council adopted 100% renewable electricity goal by 2030, Resolution 2018-094 on October 2, 2018.

 

Nancy noted Loveland Council Member Ball may join the Mayor to consider having Council adopt 100% renewable electricity 2030 goal. Vicky noted that LWV would speak at Loveland City Council if needed. Nancy noted that an appreciation dinner is planned for the Loveland Mayor.

Water Group

 

The Water Group sent in comments on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) which were due 10/4. Comments have been submitted for the preliminary, revised and final EIS.

Bob gave synopsis of the NISP project. Northern Water has conditional water rights from the 1980s. Originally Northern Water wanted to build a dam on the main stem of the Poudre. Plan is to take water from the Poudre during peak flows in March, April and early May. 15 cities will receive the water to support future growth. Besides Glade and Galeton Reservoirs, the FEIS also noted a 3rd Cactus Hill Reservoir located on land owned by AB. Wellington planned to be included in NISP but pulled out because of cost. Army Core will eventually issue permit for NISP then will be in the courts for a number of years.

 

Nancy took a tour with Northern Water. Staff would be happy to speak with or present to LWV.

 

Bob attended CSU Water Seminar on Monday. Greg Hobbs, previous Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice presented. Colorado’s water supply is finite but we have increasing needs ad uses for water. Climate change also affects water supply through aridification.

 

Chimney Hollow Reservoir is in construction. Water supplied from the Colorado River – CBT water. Electricity generation has paid for the project.

 

Shirley noted water themed movie that can be rented, Mully. Takes place in Africa. https://mullymovie.com/

“What happens when a six-year-old boy in Kenya is abandoned by his family and left to raise himself on the streets? MULLY is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale. It’s the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, MULLY sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.”

 

Water Conservation

Bob would like to put together a list of groups interested in water conservation to provide for better action and involvement on water conservation including residential, industrial, commercial and agriculture conservation.

 

Water Reuse

The Fort Collins Water Treatment Plant is the largest user of electricity in the City. Treated water goes to Fossil Creek Reservoir then to the Poudre River. There’s a need to develop programs for water reuse. All who are interested in touring the water treatment plant let Bob know and he’ll arrange a tour.  A suggestion was made to put solar panels over the open treatment ponds at the Plant. The Plant produces methane – it would be great to capture the methane to produce electricity.

 

Bob noted the Yampa River flows are decreasing, especially through Steamboat Springs, resulting in increased water temps and oxygen levels in the water which puts the fish in jeopardy. Steamboat banned all activities on the River this summer. This could happen to the Poudre.

 

Water project public engagement process and webpage launched by Larimer County

Thornton Water Pipeline Project and the 1041 permit process. Northern Water and Thornton are working together on pipeline from Glade to communities east and south of Fort Collins.

https://www.larimer.org/spotlights/2018/09/13/water-project-public-engagement-process-and-webpage-launched

Larimer Water Projects – Thornton Pipeline and NISP

http://larimerwaterprojects.org/

Find information and data, working group schedule and agendas and public meeting schedules and agendas. Next public meeting tentatively scheduled for Nov. 15. Remaining working group meetings Wednesday, Oct. 24, Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Tuesday, Nov. 27 

Other Activities

 

March 2019 LWV meeting – EAT has the date and plans water presentation.

The meetings are the 2nd Monday of each month and open to the public. Suggested speaker – John Sanderson, Science Director for the Nature Conservancy in Colorado. Also suggested, someone who can speak about firefighting.


 




Sub-Groups

Water Resources
Oil and Gas
Renewable Energy

The Water group  developed comments on the Northern Integrated Supply Project for the Larimer League to send to the Army Corps of Engineers. These comments were approved by the Administrative Team.  Now the group will focus on the issues and challenges involving water as the effects of global warming on weather patterns and precipitation become clearer. 
     The group is developing a bibliography of books and materials on water issues.  The file is available on the documents list on the LWVLC website.
The Oil and Gas group is focused on issues of oil and gas wells, fracking, its impacts, and its (potential) regulation.

The Renewable Energy group has developed and disseminated resource and contact information for all the providers of wind and solar power in Larimer County. You can download this Guide to Renewable Energy from the Documents File on this website.