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TextMyGov Alert System rolling out soon!

Next month, we’ll be rolling out of our new notification and reporting system! The first part, our town alert system, goes live on Monday, but you can help us test it beforehand by texting NEDERLAND to 91896.

Boulder County launches innovative pilot to reduce packaging pollution

From Boulder County

Boulder County, CO —With support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Boulder County has launched a pilot program to decrease environmental impacts associated with food and beverage packaging. The Boulder County Food & Beverage Pollution-Reduced Packaging Pilot will support manufacturers as they transition to pollution-reduced and sustainable packaging formats. 

The pilot program is funded by the EPA Source Reduction Assistance grant program. Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), a sustainability and material recovery consulting firm with a location in Boulder, will facilitate the program.

“This program will find ways to reduce food packaging impacts by conserving resources at the start of the manufacturing process through the design of reusable, recycled, recyclable, bio-based, and compostable packaging,” said Tim Broderick, Senior Sustainability Strategist at Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience. “With 46% of all manufacturing in Boulder County being attributed to the food and beverage industry, there’s a huge opportunity here to support the creation of closed-loop products. We hope this program helps accelerate the local circular economy.”

The county is encouraging area food and beverage manufacturers of all sizes to apply to participate in the program. Selected businesses will receive up to $10,000 in financial support for sustainable packaging related expenses, technical assistance from subject matter experts, access to tools to evaluate environmental and cost impacts associated with a packaging transition, and workshops where businesses can learn, collaborate, and meet with packaging experts.

To be eligible for the pilot program, businesses must be food or beverage manufacturers with headquarters or a business location within Boulder County. Eligible businesses may package their products directly or have a co-packager that they send the products to for packaging. The product packaging may take place outside of Boulder County. 

“Boulder County’s food industry is renowned for its long-standing history of sustainable business innovation,” said Susie Strife, Director of Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action & Resilience. “This is the perfect environment to launch a program that will inspire new ways of thinking about the potential and possibility of food packaging in reducing pollution and addressing the climate crisis.” 

Eligible food and beverage manufacturers can apply to participate in the program here. Applications close Friday, August 13, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Interested in participating in the pilot or want to learn more about sustainable packaging? Register for a free informational webinar hosted by Naturally Boulder  on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Timehttps://boco.org/PackagingPilotWebinar

For more information about this program contact Christian Herrmann at cherrmann@bouldercounty.org

Caribou Room Approved for Noise Variance 7/22/21 – 3PM – 8:00PM

The Town of Nederland has approved a noise variance for the Caribou Room and Peak to Peak Housing and Human Services Alliance on July 22nd, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM for their vaccine clinic and live music event.

The Caribou Room is located at 55 Indian Peaks Dr, Nederland, CO 80466.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Town Hall at 303-258-3266 or townclerk@nederlandco.org.

NedGravel Bike Race – Sunday, July 31st

On Saturday, July 31, 2021, NedGravel will be hosting a bike race in and around the Town of Nederland. There are three courses which will all start and end at Chipeta Park. Race start times begin between 7:00am and 8:00am and riders will return to the area in the early afternoon. We anticipate there will be 700 riders in Town plus their family and friends. Riders and spectators will be directed to park at Eldora, The Caribou Room, the Community Center, and the Nederland Elementary School. The event organizers will be providing flaggers to help direct traffic and the Town of Nederland will bring in Rangers to support with Police Department operations. No roads will be closed for this event, however, we do encourage people to allow for additional travel time if you are trying to leave the area. A noise variance has also been approved for this event from 5:00am – 7:00pm. In addition to the race, there will be a vendors area set up on the grassy area at Chipeta Park. Alcohol will be served in this area and will be fenced off. The playground will be accessible to the public.

For the NedGravel courses, visit: https://www.nedgravel.com/race-info/

If you have any questions or need additional information about this event, please contact Town Hall at 303-258-3266 or townclerk@nederlandco.org.

Caribou Ranch & Sherwood Gulch Forestry Project

A 100-acre forestry thinning project will be conducted on the Caribou Ranch and Sherwood Gulch properties this fall.

Project Overview

The main objectives are to reduce overstory density, remove ladder fuels, and establish a forest structure that is more resilient to wildfire and insect and disease issues. The treatment will aim to build a mosaic pattern of groups and clumps, isolated trees, and openings.

The work will also strive to maintain age class, size class, and species diversity on the site. The site has aspen pockets, lodgepole pine pockets, open ponderosa, and mixed conifer, and the work will look to retain these components. Additionally, trees that are identified as legacy trees (trees with old growth characteristics) will be retained and promoted throughout the site.

The project is partially funded by a State Fire Assistance Wildland Urban Interface Grant and matched with internal funding and staff time. The project is scheduled to be completed in early to mid-fall of 2021.

Maps and Updates can be found on the Boulder County Website: https://www.bouldercounty.org/open-space/management/caribou-sherwood-gulch-forestry-project/

Community Meeting

A community informational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nederland Community Center. Staff will be present to give an overview of the project and answer any questions.

Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Nederland Community Center
750 Highway 72 North, Nederland

Kids Bike Park – A Dream in the Making

A local business owner has approached the PROSAB with a very generous offer to build a kid’s bike park in Nederland; and provide maintenance for two years! The PROSAB is seeking Stakeholders to become part of a Kids Bike Park subcommittee and make this dream a reality for the children of Nederland.  Among its responsibilities, but not limited to it, the subcommittee will review the research that has already been gathered in previous planning, and report to the PROSAB on its recommendations. The commitment to the subcommittee will be a few months. Because it’s already mid-July, the PROSAB hopes to begin the project in late Spring 2022.

If you want to be part of the dream submit your letter of interest to: https://nederlandco.org/government/town-boards/prosab/