Monthly Archives: September 2015

Ward Sustainable Septic and Wastewater Subcommittee

Ward Sustainable Septic and Wastewater Subcommittee

Meeting notes 9/18/2015 9am Town Hall

9 in attendance

Ward residents are having issues as they move through the Boulder County permitting for septic and grey water systems. Clarification is needed as to what defines a permit. Both State and County laws need to be complied with and whichever is stricter. In one case, the State was going to require a 75 gal per person per day system, when the home did not have running water.

There was a review of grey water, waste water and black water definitions. The State and County both have regulations and review during the permitting process. Let’s not get put in a box when it comes to waste water solutions for the Town of Ward. We can identify solutions that will work in our community where lot sizes can affect your options and cost (initial project and ongoing maintenance). Through the Town of Ward’s Sustainability Planning Project this subcommittee will coordinate to support the identification and articulation of performance based alternatives i.e., composting systems and other cost effective solutions.

Let’s work together as a community to ensure that the Boulder County’s Septic Smart Program includes sustainable and cost conscious solutions that fit for Ward. Individually the permitting process is expensive and we could be picked off one by one. Solutions should be community generated and performance based, not prescriptive. Water Dept needs its authority and support for sustainable solutions.

Let’s get our terminology straight which will help use communicate effectively. Waterless toilet technology = composting toilet.

2023 is the Septic Smart deadline.


Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Regulations is available online (


Next meeting Oct 9, 9am Town Hall

Fire Bans by both Boulder County and the USFS 9/25/15

Sheriff Pelle Orders Fire Ban for Western Boulder County mountains

Boulder County has enacted a fire ban for the mountains

Here is summary of the ban:

The fire ban prohibits:

  • Slash fires
  • The use of any kind of fireworks or model rockets
  • All other outdoor spark or flame producing activities
  • All outdoor burning not listed below as allowable

This fire ban allows for:

  • Indoor fires in fireplaces or stoves
  • Smoking indoors or within an enclosed vehicle
  • Campfires in improved and maintained campgrounds that are currently open to thepublic, as long as the fuel for such fires are smaller than two feet in diameter by three feet in height.
  • Liquid or gas fuel stove use
  • Charcoal grill use on private land
  • Smoking outdoors in areas free of flammable material
  • Fires contained within maintained fire pits or grates on private land

The fire ban will be in effect until the sheriff finds that the hazardous conditions have subsided.

Additionally Fire Restrictions begin today on portions of the Roosevelt National Forest in Boulder County

Boulder, Colo. (Sept. 24, 2015) – Fire restrictions go into effect this morning, Sept. 24, 2015, on portions of the Roosevelt National Forest in support of the fire ban by Boulder County.

The fire restrictions are in an area bounded on the west by State Highways 7, 72, and 119 (Peak to Peak Highway);on the north by the Boulder County line just north of Highway 36; on the south by Highway 72 (Coal Creek Canyon); and on the east by the Roosevelt National Forest boundary in Boulder County. These restrictions limit where and what type of fires you can have and are in place until rescinded. Within the fire restriction area, forest visitors cannot:

  • Build or maintain a fire or use charcoal, coal, or wood stoves, except within a developed recreation site (e.g., campgrounds where fees are charged). The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices, providing such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety, is allowed.
  • Use explosives, including fireworks.
  • Smoke, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Weld or operate acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
  • Use any internal or external combustion engine (including chainsaws) without a spark arresting devise properly working.

To view both the closure and fire restriction orders as well as a map of the areas covered by both, go to They are listed in the “Alerts and Notices” box on the right. All visitors are reminded to be extra careful with fire this fall and winter, especially in windy and dry conditions and in places where tall grasses have cured.

K. “Reid” Armstrong
Public Affairs Specialist/Community Liaison

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Pawnee National Grassland

p: 303-541-2532
c: 970-222-7607

Caring for the land and serving people