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!
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We are holding a community meeting tonight Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30pm. Join us at the Shupes Homestead: 11931 N. 61st Street (just to the north of Hygiene Rd).
Attend our next community meeting on Tuesday, May 23, 6:30-8:30pm at the Shupe Homestead 11931 N. 61st Street (just to the north of Hygiene Rd). We’ll share recent developments concerning the mining permit and updates about community members’ activities over the past few weeks. Please join us, and invite a neighbor!
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.
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.
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.
See the April/May 2017 Redstone Review for Richard Cargill’s excellent guest editorial about the proposed mining operation outside of Lyons.
S.O.S.V.V. will have a booth at the Lyons Wilderness Fair and Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 23, 11:00am to 4:00 pm at Sandstone Park (350 Broadway, Lyons). Come on by; we would love to meet you! The event will feature speakers, live music, activities for the whole family, and many exhibitors.