Leslie Middle School Media
AGENDA / MINUTES
This is an open meeting. The public which lives, works, and recreates in the watershed is encouraged to attend.
Council Core Values:
Watershed Council Minutes: December 9, 2003
President Victor Dodier called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. Present were: Susan Kephart, Robin Straughan, Bob Roth, Alan Pennington, and John Savage.
The Council named John Savage as Secretary.
The President recommended that the Council transfer the funds about $141 from its account at Commercial Bank to an account managed by Salem-Keizer Urban Watersheds. The Council approved the transfer.
The Council discussed whether to submit a grant proposal for noxious weed eradication to the Department of Agriculture. Proposals are due in early January. The Council discussed projects to remove blackberries at Bush Park, to clean up weeds at past project sites, and to educate citizens about invasive plants. If an education program is eligible for funding, the Council will submit a proposal.
Tanya Beard, Marion County environmental specialist, is seeking volunteers to dig up native plants at the Mt. Jefferson farm near Minto-Brown Park and transplant them at the Aumsville ponds on a Saturday in January or February. Anyone interested should contact John Savage, 503-399-8615.
Robin Straughan reported on the November 15 gardening with native plants workshop sponsored by the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District and the Willamette Chapter of the Native Plant Society. More than 110 persons showed up. On January 31, the SWCD and the Willamette University Biology Department are sponsoring a follow-up workshop.
Bob Roth handed out a list of upcoming public hearings on watershed-related issues, highlighting the January 12 public hearing on urban wetlands. Bob also reported on the following: (1) Hudson Minshew, Jeanne Fromm, and Rose Owens have left or are leaving their jobs, (2) Work is progressing to establish a Mill Creek Watershed Council, (3) Willamette Valley Watershed Council coordinators are establishing an association to represent the Willamette Valley Watershed Councils; (4) On Friday, December 12, at 2:30 pm in the Soil and Water Conservation District conference room, there will be a presentation on mitigation banking, and (5) Plans are underway for workshops to train professionals on ways to ensure that restoration projects endure. Bob noted that nutria are eating the Claggett Creek plants. Bob also said that Plantskydd will be tried to repel wildlife at restoration sites.
Alan Pennington reported on citywide news. Mike Weddle organized a student and parent work party to remove blackberries at Bush Park. Adam Matot is organizing a planting at Judson Middle School in February. On Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30 pm, there will be a presentation and open house on Salem urban wetlands at the Library. Alan presented an idea for a blackberry cleanup at Cannery Park to the Salem Rotary Club. Alan also handed out a list of projects for the Council's consideration at the Council's next meeting.
Next Council meeting, the Council will discuss and finalize its 2004 projects. The next Council meeting is Tuesday, January 13 at 6:30 pm at Leslie Middle School.
Respectfully Submitted, John Savage, Secretary.