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Leslie Middle School Media Center
3850 Pringle Rd SE

  Tuesday, December 14, 2004
6:30 PM
to 8:00 PM


Welcome, Introductions & Agenda Review

(5 min.)
Claggett Creek Wetlands Project - Bob Roth & Victor Dodier

(10 min)
Cambridge View Subdivision Issues - Victor Dodier

(5 min)
OWEB Council Support Grant Update - Bob Roth

(10 min)
ODOT I-5 Widening Project - Bob Roth

(5 min)
Winter & Spring Project Ideas - All

(15 min)
Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District Transitions - Robin Straughan

(5 min)
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.

Have you seen an oil seen on the water, trash being dumped, or some other problem?

Report stream problems to StreamWatch: 503-588-6333


Become involved ...


Thank you ...


To the 75 plus volunteers who turned out for Pringle Creek Watershed Council and Salem Rotary on October 21 to build walking trail and the boardwalk. We spread cedar hog fuel on 1,500+ feet of the trail along the top of the berm along Fairview Industrial Way and into the interior of the wetlands.

To the eleven PCWC and Salem Rotary volunteers who turned out on October 14 to build the footings an 80 foot long boardwalk. This was essential preliminary work for our October 21 project. Volunteers will complete the footbridge on October 21 and spread more cedar hog fuel to add to the walking and jogging trail along the top of the berm along 27th Court SE and Fairview Industrial Way. Thank you also to Mutual Materials for donation of concrete block and cement for the footings.

To the fourteen volunteers who turned out on August 26 for the council's trail building project at the Fairview Mitigation Wetland. We spread 5 loads of cedar hog fuel to make about about 750 feet of walking jogging trail along the top of the berm along 27th Court SE and Fairview Industrial Way. The work on August 26 was the first phase of what will eventually be about 6,300 feet of trail. The project is funded by a grant from the city of Salem, Public Works Department.

To volunteers who came out to Marion County's Bonesteele Park on Earth Day, April 22. It was a beautiful, warm spring morning. We pulled blackberry, ivy and other invasives. Also, we found large Trillium in bloom (pictures coming when your webmaster learns how put pictures onto the page without breaking the web page maker).

To volunteers who spent a nice spring morning at the Kroger Park Bioswale on March 3. We pulled blackberry and planting willow stakes.

To the hardy group of Volunteers who turned out on a wet January 21 Saturday to clean invasive willows and cottonwood trees from the Liberty Elementary School Bioswale. Great job! Before and after pictures show just how much we did.


Donations ...

Pringle Creek Watershed Council cannot make a difference without its many volunteers. Donations are also needed to buy incidental supplies for projects, provide match for grants, and support other council expenses. Pringle Creek is a member of Salem-Keizer Urban Watershed Councils' Association, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation on behalf of Pringle Creek Watershed Council to support our activities in 2005.

Donations may be mailed to Salem-Keizer Urban Watershed Councils' Association, 3867 Wolverine Street NE, Suite 16, Salem, OR, 97305.

Pringle 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.

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Thank you also to ...

To the Volunteers who turned out Saturday morning, December 10, to plant test plots of camas bulbs and seed at the Fairview Mitigation Wetlands.

To the Volunteers who turned out at the Salem Hospital Bend on Make-A-Difference Day, October 22, 2005 to pull ivy and morning glory, cut ivy from streamside trees, and plant willow stakes and native plants. A special thanks to Roger Heusser and Ryan Kinnett who organized the event, Salem Hospital which provided money to buy plants, and the city of Salem which loaned Pringle Creek Watershed Council tools for the volunteers. The Statesman Journal had a good article on Make-A-Difference Day and covered Pringle Creek's project.


To the 19 Volunteers who turned out on June 18, 2005 to cut ivy from the streamside trees, pull up the ivy and blackberry mat, and whack back poison hemlock and weeds at the Salem Hospital Bend on Pringle Creek. Kudos to Sparky for the 4 inch diameter ivy trunk!

To the Volunteers who helped pull ivy at Woodmansee Park Saturday, May 7, 2005. It's good to see the ivy mat retreat!

To the 22 Volunteers came out on a gorgeous early spring Saturday (March 5, 2005) to plant native plants at the Kroger Park Bioswale.

Volunteers who turned out for the November 2004 planting projects at Fairview Mitigation Wetland. The weatherman delivered a gorgeous fall afternoon on Sunday, November 21, to aid with the planting.

Volunteers who participated in the 2004 Make-A-Difference day planting and ivy pull project at Woodmansee Park. A great Blue Heron swooped in to inspect. Progress is being made, but there's lots more ivy for future projects.

Volunteers who pulled ivy at Woodmansee Park on Saturday, August 28, 2004. We cleared a strip 20 to 25 feet wide and about 150 feet in length. PCWC volunteers will be coming back to Woodmansee Park on Make-A-Difference Day (Oct. 23) to plant native plants in the cleared area.

Volunteers who turned out on July 15, 2004 to glue down storm drain markers in the Candalaria area.

Volunteers who turned out on February 27 and 29, 2004 for a wet and wild planting at Fairview Mitigation Wetland. Susan Kephart and Suzie Torre planned the planting. The combined efforts placed over 100 larkspurs with wild flower seed patches and 200 positions for large and small Camas.

Volunteers who turned out for the 2003 Leaf Haul. They helped neighbors unload 450 cubic yards of leaves at the city's Fairgrounds and Sprague High School collection sites. They also collected more than $700 for the Parks Memorial Fund and more than 800 pounds of food for the Marion County Food Bank.

The volunteers who turned out on yet another beautiful Saturday, October 25, 2003 to pull ivy and blackberry at Woodmansee Park.

The 100+ volunteers who turned out on a beautiful Saturday, October 18, 2003 to work on Claggett Creek Watershed Council's planting project. Also to the Statesman Journal for carrying the story in its October 22 edition.

Supra for organizing and supporting their employees and Supra employees who built a bark dust trail at Fairview Wetland. More than 100 Supra employees turned out to make short work of the October 2003 project.

Pringle Creek volunteers who turned out at Claggett Park in Keizer to help the Claggett Creek Watershed Council with its October 2003 planting project.


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

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