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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 6:30 PM

Leslie Middle School Media Center
3850 Pringle Rd SE   


Welcome, Introductions & Agenda Review

Approval of Last Month's Minutes

Comments from the Public

City of Salem Reports

Watershed Coordinator's Report

Presentation - Pringle Creek: What We Found
"The effect of varied riparian conditions on Benthic Microinvertebrates in an urban stream"
Willamette University Student Research Results
Matt Weeber and Renee Rutledge

Watershed Council Reports/Action Items:
a. Annual Meeting Pre-Planning
b. Replacement of Twyla

Work Group Break Outs

Old and New Business

Watershed Concerns

This is an open meeting. The public which lives, works, and recreates in the watershed is encouraged to attend.

About Pringle Creek

Council Core Values: 

  • Stewardship of the Pringle Creek watershed as a natural entity in an urban environment; 
  • Sustaining Pringle and Clark Creeks as naturally occurring watercourses;
  • Preserving Pringle and Clark Creeks’ riparian corridors to support native plants and wildlife;
  • Improving water quality; and
  • Promoting public awareness and education on watershed issues. 

The Pringle Creek Watershed Council is a nonprofit association representing watershed residents, businesses, schools, neighborhood associations, government, the scientific community and environmental organizations.

Pringle Creek Watershed Council

Meeting Minutes
April 10, 2002


Mike Sepull
Alan Pennington
Paula Jourdan
Liz Frances
Jerry Eder
Glenn Dolphin
Ken Roley
Laura Tesler
Ray Heller
Bob Roth
Matt Weeber
John Borden
Wendy Kroger
Victor Dodier
Susan Kephart
Larry Nagget
Twyla Smith
Scott Eden
Don Ouimet
Anne Taylor
Bill Warncke
Jannie Crossler-Laird
Renee Rutledge

Welcome, Introduction & Agenda Review

Wendy Kroger opened the meeting with introductions of all those present. The March Meeting Minutes were then approved.

City of Salem Reports

The second planting at Cannery Park is set for Saturday, April 15th.

Earth Day , April 20th, will be at Oregon Gardens. We need more people to sign up to help.

Ken Roley reported on the “washout” that occurred next to the fire department. An irrigation system has been installed, which should help keep the plants alive this summer. A subterranean visit is being planned to go below Boise Cascade and a trek along the creek.

Watershed Coordinator's Report

Bob reported that there will be a Watershed Festival on June 29th with more information to follow. He is still hoping to find an Americorp student this fall to help the urban watersheds.

Public Comments

Laura Tesler would like to see a restoration and revegitation project occur on the banks of Clark Creek. She is looking for interested participants and ideas for getting such a project started.

“Pringle Creek: What We Found” –Willamette University Student Research Results : Matt Weeber and Renee Rutledge

Matt Weeber, a Biology student, presented his research first. His emphasis was looking at the macroinvertebrates to understand stream health. He was looking for a correlation between physical and chemical characteristics with biotic data. He studied three disturbed reaches and three natural reaches on Pringle Creek. Being highly channelized, no trees, and lots of blackberries characterized the disturbed reaches. The natural reaches had trees, with little erosion and native vegetation. All the sites showed signs of pollution or impact from land use. The reach along Welcome Way was the most natural. He feels that the sites need to be studied more than one time and at different times of the year to be able to make a correlation between physical properties and biotic data.

Renee Rutledge shared the research she had done on the correlation between stream nutrient concentration and algal diversity. She was especially looking for effects of eutrophication (excessive nutrient enrichment) on Pringle Creek. She did a chemical analysis on the water and then looked at the algal species richness. Her study took place between October and February. She did not find a significant change in algal diversity. There was, however, a significant increase in algal species richness and turbidity after being kept in a research environment. She concluded that more studies need to be completed to make a correlation between nutrients in the stream and algal diversity.

Work Group Breakouts

At this point in our meeting, Wendy and Bob discussed some of the topics that they would like to see members become more actively involved in with regard to watershed topics. Members and interested parties could pick topics of interest and be more of a participant in the direction and leadership of our meetings and projects. Some of the topic headings were:

  • Specialized Volunteers
  • Restoration
  • Outreach and Education
  • Resource Development
  • Stewardship and Land Use

Each group listed ideas generated, as well as input for making the group workable and utilizing resources within the group.

The next meeting was set for May 14, 2002 6:30 PM at Leslie Middle School Media Center.

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