Call to action: Feedback due by June 20 and June 22 on Two Limited Impact Special Use Reviews with Boulder County

There are two Limited Impact Special Use Reviews applications with Boulder County that concern flood repair projects in the vicinity the proposed Martin Marietta mining area. Public feedback is due soon.

Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS) is the applicant for Docket # LU-17-0011. In 2015, BCPOS secured a Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief planning grant through the Colorado Watershed Resilience Planning Grant Program for the restoration planning along Reach 3 of the St. Vrain Creek, which affects 4 miles of the creek to the southeast of Lyons.

BCPOS and the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District are co-applicants for Docket # LU-17-0014, which is a project to perform flood-related dam and pipeline repairs and sediment removal for Lake 4 in the Boulder County Western Mobile Open Space. Lake 4 (AKA Rock’n WP Ranch Lake No. 4) is a lined, off-channel water storage reservoir owned jointly by the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District and Boulder County Parks and Open Space.

For details go to www.bouldercounty.org/landusedockets. Click on “SEARCH PLANNING APPLICATIONS”. Enter the Docket number LU-17-0011 or LU-17-0014. Click on “Application Materials”.

The public response to Docket # LU-17-0011, the Boulder County Parks and Open Space St. Vrain Creek Restoration project, is due by June 20. The public hearing will be July 25 at 9:00am. The location will be the Commissioners Hearing Room, Third Floor, Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street in Boulder.

The public response to Docket # LU-17-0014, the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Lake 4 Repairs project, is due by June 22.  The public hearing will be July 25 at 9:30am (in the same location and immediately following the hearing for # LU-17-0011 above).

Most of the areas affected by these two projects are designated as “Moderate Hazard Areas” in the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan (BCCP). The BCCP discourage “intensive uses” in Moderate Hazard Areas. Is mining considered an “intensive use?” Page 6 of the Docket # LU-17-0011 application states, “Breach repairs will prevent catastrophic breaching as happened in the 2013 flood, thereby protecting downstream reservoir infrastructure.” Does the county believe that this restoration project will change this area’s status as a Moderate Hazard Area? Please make sure you provide feedback to the County before the deadlines listed above, and join us at the public hearings on July 25!

June 2017 Newsletter

SOSvv has met with Land Use Director, Dale Case, privately at Silk Road Studies to ask questions, express concerns, and share testimonials on key concerns like traffic and the permanent drying-up of wells and artisanal spring by previous owners of SU 96-18, etc. Mr Case reported that Land Use asked Martin Marietta Materials, MMM, to provide information in February, such as that the permit was never dormant for any five year period– over the last two decades and four different owners. MMM has yet to provide any information. So it seems like we’re Waiting For Godot.
However, Martin Marietta Materials is not waiting for Land Use, environmental studies, or the community– they are busy at their Lyon’s homestead. Anonymous source shared these images of the Lyons building site off HWY 66 entrance. There were many BNF Rail Road trucks parked outside Marietta’s closed gate. No one in the trucks. The equipment seen looked like it was on the RR track next to the silos at MM an hour earlier. It appears like they were doing something on the top of silos.
During Mr. Case’s presentation, a map of the area detailing Land Use Department’s classification evidences that Hygiene’s only Industrial area is Cemex–  the 45 year old, cement plant on 1,800 acres who’s contract expires in 2021. So you may ask yourself, how could MMM conduct an open mining operation on possible 600+ acres in the Agricultural Zoning District in unincorporated Boulder County– particularly since we have existing 1,800 acres allocated to the cement industry? Not to mention that the valley has suffered a devastating, historic, natural disaster with the 2013 Floods. Is mining considered industrial or agricultural? Industrial. The proposed mining project, would allocate up to 600+ acres of Agricultural Zoned land– hundreds of acres currently being used by local family farmers including original settlers– wildlife corridors, migration, in an increasing populated area. How is this even acceptable? It is not. And as proved in the recent landmark Earth Guardian Climate Change case, industry is subordinate to human health, safety, and the environment. All it takes is civic engagement, showing up at city council meeting, and writing local ordinances. Making your preference known and voice heard one way or another.  That is where we are at and where we are headed. It’s not 1998. History is being made, united communities are taking back their power, and we are going to be on the right side of history.
A Steering Committee member also discovered that Martin Marietta Materials has contacted state agencies for various approvals– using 1998 permit information exclusively. This has been their strategy from the beginning in so far as the community goes as proven by the revival of SU 96-18 taking place during a business meeting, not public hearing (since 1998), and we have yet to receive that letter in the mail that Julie Mikulas promised in writing on March 15th: “In the next week, Martin Marietta will mail out a letter to all neighbors within 1,000 feet of the project site.  This letter will include a copy of the mine and reclamation plan, and http links to view the permit documents online. We will also send out a meeting invite to the same people as soon as we get that re-scheduled.” Julie Mikulas, Land Manager | Rocky Mountain Division
Martin Marietta julie.mikulas@martinmarietta.com
1800 N Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins, CO 80521
c.  970.227.4041 o.  970.407.3631 f. 970.407.3900
Neither deadline, promise, or protocol of the permit (stating that significant changes in technology and information, a five year lapse in activity, would require reapplication). However,  Mr. Case said at the Hygiene Community Association presentation that MMM hopes to commence in the Fall of 2017, seemingly in violation of Periodic review rule 7b that states that special interim reviews be held five years prior to mining.
MMM’s strategy is clearly to keep the community in the dark, and go under the radar– but S.O.S.v.v. members, like you, are shining light on this potentially devastating industrial take-over of agricultural land in the St Vrain Valley.
Please join us for our next community meeting on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:30 PM at The Shupe’s Homestead.  We have lots of developments to report, much to be done, and no time to wait. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to Save Our St Vrain Valley.
As expressed to Dale Case and County Commissioner, Deb Gardner, in attendance at the Hygiene Community Association presentation earlier this month:

Martin Marietta Materials’ gravel mining project is in direct contradiction to Boulder County Land Use Comprehensive Plan– put simply and in their own terms, it would blur or obliterate the “Urban Edge”, decimate “agricultural land”, deplete “environmental resources”, counter “historic preservation of area”, and defile our “community identity”.  
Thank you for reading, caring, sharing, and donating of your resources.
Amanda Dumenigo
Chairperson, S.O.S.v.v.
Save Our River, Save our Valley,
No Mining in the St Vrain Valley

May 10: Public meeting with Boulder County about the Comprehensive Plan and land use in the greater Hygiene area

Join us for a presentation of Boulder County’s Comprehensive Plan with Dale Case, Director of Land Use, and staff, Wednesday, May 10, 6:30-8:00pm at Hygiene Elementary School.

This meeting will be an overview of the Comprehensive Plan, specifically addressing land use in the greater Hygiene area. Its focus will not be on mining specifically, but mining is certainly a land use issue addressed in the Comprehensive Plan. There will be a short question and answer period following the presentation. Sponsored by the Hygiene Community Association.

Public meeting TONIGHT: Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study of the Colorado Highway 66 corridor

Are you concerned about up to 240 truck trips a day coming and going on Hwy 66 from Martin Marietta’s proposed mining operation near Lyons? Let your voice be heard tonight at a public meeting, Wednesday, April 26, 4:30-7:30 pm at Longs Peak Middle School, 1500 14th Avenue, Longmont.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is conducting a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study of the Colorado Highway 66 corridor, from McConnell Drive in Lyons to Weld County Road 19. The study team will identify the needs along CO 66 and develop a strategic, long-term vision for the corridor.

Can’t attend? Submit comments through the online feedback form.

Join us Thursday evening (4/27/17) at 6:30pm for We The People 2.0

This Thursday, April 27th at 6:30PM, S.O.S.V.V. will host a community meeting with a screening of the documentary We The People 2.0 at the Shupe’s homestead at 11931 N 61st Street, Longmont, CO 80503 (on 61st off Hygiene Rd, to the west of the town of Hygiene). Q & A with Joshua James of East Boulder County United will follow. See the trailer here.

From the film’s website: We the People 2.0 is a visual essay about the loss of democracy in the United States. Narrated by Walton Goggins, the film utilizes both original footage as well as found footage to describe a profound change in thinking at the grassroots level. The story unfolds through the eyes of rural people and sacrifice zones in urban communities who have faced decades of toxic dumps, drilling and mines in their communities. We learn with them that the reason why, in spite of all their efforts, they “get what they don’t want, again and again,” is because they are, by law, truly powerless in spite of propaganda that says they live in the “best democracy in the world.” These people come to understand that the reason they can’t stop the destruction is that the US has become an oligarchy, run by the corporate few who ignore the rights and will of the people. These people are frontally challenging our corporate state; thereby saving nature and themselves. Thomas Linzey, a nonprofit attorney’s inspiring words shows how, we, the people, can turn this around and lay claim to our democracy. This movement is building as you read this, not just in this country but around the world; our film shows how and where it all began.