|PRINGLE CREEK WATERSHED COUNCIL|
Tuesday, April 9, 2002 6:30 PM
Leslie Middle School
AGENDA / MINUTES
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
This is an open meeting. The public which lives, works, and recreates in the watershed is encouraged to attend.
Council Core Values:
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
Wendy Kroger opened the meeting with introductions of all those present. The March Meeting Minutes were then approved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Each group listed ideas generated, as well as input for making the group workable and utilizing resources within the group.
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