December 14, 2004
AGENDA / MINUTES
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Creek Watershed Council Minutes: December 14, 2004
President Victor Dodier called the meeting to order at 6:32 pm. Present were: Bob Roth, Robin Straughan, Victor Dodier, Roger Heusser, Ed Emrick, Don Myers, Emily Cosci, Robin Rigoli, Mary Parks, Susan Kephart, and John Savage.
Bob Roth reported that the Claggett Creek Watershed Council may take title to a 20 acre wetlands mitigation site near Lake Labish being donated by a local landowner. The Council just submitted a $40,000 grant application to the Division of State Lands for restoration work at the site.
Robin Rigoli, a local landowner in the Cambridge Woods area of South Salem, described the harm done to West Middle Fork of Pringle Creek during construction of the Catherine's Addition development. She and her neighbors fear similar problems from other construction in the area and sought the Council's advice and help. After much discussion, the Council decided to send a support letter to the City Council and Salem Public Works Department.
Bob Roth reported that he sent in the 2005-2007 biennial grant request to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. The request totaled $194,000.
The Council discussed projects for the upcoming year. Susan Kephart is heading up a research project centered on the camas lily that is being sponsored by EarthWatch. Depending on sign-ups, volunteer teams will do field work on April 11 through April 23, April 23 through April 30, and May 1 through May 7. Other projects discussed include the Liberty School Bioswale project and the Woodmansee Park restoration project. A subset of the Council will prepare a list of possible 2005 projects for full Council consideration.
Debra Topps took over Alan Pennington's old job.
Robin Straughan reported that Monte Graham quit. Robin is now co-acting director of the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District. Because of her new responsibilities, Robin will need to cut back on some of her current duties.
Robin reported that the District has handed out more than 1,500 invasive weed brochures and 4,400 bookmarks. District staff have made presentations to more than 1,300 people. One of the next steps in the project is to develop and place interpretive signs in two city parks.
The District's native plant sale is scheduled for February 11 and 12 at the First Church of the Nazarene at Market and 15th.
Don Myers reported on the North 30 Acres development at the Sustainable Fairview project site. A recently created development corporation will build a "green" residential development over 32 acres.
Emily Cosci, the Watershed Education Coordinator for Marion and Polk Counties, reported that State climatologist George Taylor will speak about El Nino and La Nina on January 6 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Salem Public Library's Loucks Lecture Hall. .
Bob Roth reported on the I-5 widening project between the Santiam Exchange and Kuebler Boulevard. The Council may participate in an open house to provide information on Mill Creek mitigation projects associated with the freeway widening.
Respectfully Submitted, John Savage, Secretary.
Thank you also to ...
News ... The city of Salem built a fish ladder on Pringle Creek. It's located where Commercial Street and the Boise Cascade building cross Pringle Creek. If you missed it, read the July 11th Statesman Journal article about the project.
Wetlands have dollars and cents values,
too. See The
Oregonian March 3, 2004
article Johnson Creek study puts price on benefits
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