Monday, August 6, 2012

Public Info about the Tire Flood Incident


The Public Hearing Scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled.  Here is the revised agenda for the tire matter:  1:30pm (4H Event Center) -- The Public Hearings that were scheduled have been cancelled as adjudicatory hearings, and the BOCC will consider a proposed settlement agreement to resolve the county’s claims under the Rubbish Ordinance and the Solid Wastes Disposal Sites and Facilities Act. Public comment may
be taken, but will be limited to discussion of the proposed settlement agreement. Action may be taken by the Board on this item.
Public Hearing – Notice and Order to Show Cause concerning Removal of Rubbish: (This hearing was continued from July 24, 2012 to August 14, 2012.) Cancelled
Public Hearing – Notice of Violation pursuant to C.R.S. § 30-20-100 et, seq., the Solid Wastes Disposal Sites and Facilities Act: Cancelled

Disclaimer -- I have tried to include everything I know of in the public record. However, due to numerous correspondence between different attorneys and the volume of information, it is possible something may have been inadvertently missed.

Web Sites:

Photos from August 5, 2011 Ouray County Plaindealer, used with permission.
Photo from September 22, 2011 Ouray County Plaindealer, used with permission. Original source: CDPHE.

Newspaper Articles:

  • Sep 22, 2011: State requests cleanup, by Jessi Marlatt(Ouray County Plaindealer) -- "Gunn and Maynes told authorities from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment and the Ouray County Sheriff's Department during a site inspection on Aug. 12 that Maynes (owner of Maynes Tire in Montrose) has been supplying Gunn with tires for erosion mitigation at his property for roughly 15 year. They estimated roughly 4,000 tires remain on the property."
  • Oct 20, 2011: Army investigates Unc tires, by Jessi Marlatt(Ouray County Plaindealer) -- "According to the letter from the DA: 'Section 404 of the Clean Water Act requires a DA permit to be obtained prior to the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States, including wetlands. Since a DA permit has not been issued authorizing this discharge, the work appears to be in violation of the Clean Water Act."

Ouray County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Meeting Minutes:


Reports & Correspondence:

July 26, 2011 -- TIRE INCIDENT HAPPENS -- 1,000 or more waste tires are washed down aver 14 miles of Burro Cr, Cow Cr, and Uncompahgre River waterways from source on an Ouray County private property.

Photos (click on any photo to see an enlargement):

July 26, 2011, Tires and debris photographed on the Uncompahgre River near Buckhorn Road (photos courtesy of RIGGS):

November 2011, UWP volunteers spend 50 hours on 2 days removing 48 tires from State land at Cow Creek (photos courtesy of UWP):

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS & COUNTY FIRE RESTRICTIONS -- changes & updates effective 8/1/2012

Ouray County Fire Ban & Restrictions --

Due to additional significant recent rain and an increase in moisture within potential fuels, as well as Ouray County's desire to not burden residents and visitors with fire restrictions that are not absolutely necessary, all fire restrictions have been rescinded due to a decrease in fire hazard. This action was made at the recommendation of the Ouray County Sheriff and is in sync with the actions of federal land management agencies and other nearby counties. The Board of County Commissioners had a special session on August 1st and unanimously passed Resolution 2012-022: "Fire Restrictions Removal".

Certain NON-agricultural controlled burns are still regulated by Ordinance 2012-01: "Open Burning Notification For Slash". In 2012, a new Colorado state law and unfunded mandate required Ouray County to enact a slash burn notification system, but agricultural burns are specifically exempted.

Please also sign-up and check out:
Ouray County Target Notification Service (TNS) -- for all residents & property owners

Ouray County Wireless Emergency Notification Service (WENS) -- all residents & visitors

Ouray County web site

Log Hill Fire Department web site

Are you ready for an emergency?-- check out