Weed & Seed Program

Why Should You Care?

Some people believe that nature will “heal itself” and that as new plants come in, a new, more “resilient” ecosystem will be born.  While it is true that weeds can cause a plant community shift, it is usually into a far less biodiverse one.  The idea that the plant will heal itself is not more than wishful thinking.  Humans created the problem.  Therefore it is our duty to try to mitigate some of our effects.  It’s call stewardship.  Being a good steward is realizing that there is harm being done, and thereby working to prevent further harm.  If noxious weeds were simply pioneer species “doing their job” to fill in disturbed areas, there wouldn’t be a problem with them displacing wildlife and dominating an area that once held a mix of native species.  Residents of Blue River have expressed interest in preserving the health of the natural ecosystem.  It is desired to preserve and repair the ecosystem.

Weed & Seed

What is a Noxious Weed?

A ‘weed” is any plant growing where you don’t want it to.  A “noxious weed” is a legal and regulatory definition for a non-native, invasive, ecologically damaging plant that did not exist in the United States prior to human settlement.  Colorado’s native grasses and wildflowers evolved over millions of years to fill unique ecological niches and have insects and diseases keep them in balance.  The invasive noxious weeds that this plan targets were originally imported to the United States for their ornamental beauty, aggressive growth habits, xeriscape potential, or re-seeding capabilities.  However, the very aggressive growth traits which made these plants desirable for a garden or landscape have enabled them to thrive outside cultivated areas and become fierce competitors with our native vegetation.  Lacking environmental controls and natural predators, they have escaped cultivation and become aggressive invaders of wildlands, open space, housing subdivisions, municipal areas, private property and roadsides.

 

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Noxious Weed Advisory Board

BLUE RIVER, COLORADO

ORDINANCE NO. 2020-04

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 7-4-10 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE CONCERNING A LOCAL NOXIOUS WEED MANAGEMENT ADVISORY BOARD

WHEREAS, the Town of Blue River is a Colorado statutory municipality governed by its elected Mayor and Board of Trustees; and

WHEREAS, Section 35-5.5-101, et seq., titled the “Colorado Noxious Weed Act,” requires municipalities in the State to adopt a noxious weed management plan for all lands within the territorial limits of the municipality and provide for the enforcement thereof; and

WHEREAS, Section 35-5.5-107, C.R.S requires the governing body of each municipality to appoint a local advisory board to develop a recommended management plan for the integrated management of designated noxious weeds to be reviewed at least every three years, which plan shall then be transmitted to the governing body for approval, modification or rejection; and

WHEREAS, Section 7-4-10 of the Blue River Town Code currently provides that the Board of Trustees shall be appointed to act as the Undesirable Plant Management Advisory Commission for the Town and shall have the duties and responsibilities as provided by state statute; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees desires the authority and flexibility to appoint other residents of the Town with an interest in serving to the noxious weed management local advisory board from time to time.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE TOWN OF BLUE RIVER, COLORADO:

Section 1.        Amendment of Section 7-4-10 of the Town Code.  Section 7-4-10 of the Blue River Town Code is hereby amended to read as follows in its entreaty:

Sec. 7-4-10.   Local Noxious Weed Management Advisory Board.

The Board of Trustees shall appoint a Local Noxious Weed Management Advisory Board of at least one and up to five members, which members shall be residents of the Town and may also be members of the Town Board of Trustees.  Such Local Noxious Weed Management Advisory Board shall have the duties and responsibilities as provided by Section 35-5.5-107, C.R.S., as may be amended from time to time.

Section 2.  Severability.  Should any one or more sections or provisions of this Ordinance be judicially determined invalid or unenforceable, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remaining provisions of this Ordinance, the intention being that the various sections and provisions are severable.

Section 3.  Repeal.  Any and all ordinances or codes or parts thereof in conflict or inconsistent herewith are, to the extent of such conflict or inconsistency, hereby repealed; provided, however, that the repeal of any such ordinance or code or part thereof shall not revive any other section or part of any ordinance or code heretofore repealed or superseded and this repeal shall not affect or prevent the prosecution or punishment of any person for any act done or committed in violation of any ordinance hereby repealed prior to the effective date of this Ordinance.

Section 4Effective Date. The provisions of this Ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days after publication following final passage.