Lindstrom to give enviro update |

Lindstrom to give enviro update

This month’s meeting of the local Blue River Sierra Club group will feature State Rep. Gary Lindstrom (D-Breckenridge) giving an update on state environmental issues with a focus on environmental “wins and losses” in the state Legislature. As always, water is among the top issues, Lindstrom said. He expects that some bills that failed in this year’s session will be back, including measures dealing with voluntary water conservation and basin of origin mitigation (protection for West Slope watersheds).”The biggest thing is, even if C and D pass, there won’t be any money for at least a year, so our leadership (in the state Legislature) has told us not to introduce any bills that would cost money,” Lindstrom said.A few other environmentally oriented bills were criticized as “state nannyism,” Lindstrom said, mentioning failed measures addressing appliance efficiency and voluntary clean air protection.For Karn Stiegelmeier, chair of the Blue River Sierra Club group, a statewide ban on cyanide heap leach mining tops the list of important issues. Provisions of a newly adopted set of Summit County mining regulations that ban the process are at issue in a case before the Colorado Court of Appeals.The meeting is set for 6 p.m. in the Mount Royal Room at the County Commons, near Frisco. Call Stiegelmeier, (970) 468-9013, for more information.

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