Leslie Middle School
AGENDA / NOTES
This is an open meeting. The public which lives, works, and recreates in the watershed is encouraged to attend.
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December 13, 2005
Victor Dodier called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Present were: Ed Emrick, Roger Heusser, Glenn Dolphin, Susan Kephart, Emily Cosci, Emily Acklandary, Victor Dodier, and John Savage.
Emily Cosci discussed the upcoming Master Watershed Steward series. The series will run from January 24 through May 13. It will stress leadership skills, water- and fish-friendly landscaping practices, watershed restoration, and the environmental impact of urban areas on watersheds. On February 2, representatives from watershed councils and the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District will talk to the trainees. To register, call Karen Buell at 503-566-2906 or contact her by e-mail at Karen.Buell@oregonstate.edu. The training costs $85.
The Council will sponsor a work party to remove shrubs and weeds at the Liberty Elementary School bioswale. The work party is tentatively scheduled for the morning of January 21.
Susan Kephart reported that an Earthwatch team will plant Sidalcea nelsoniana (NelsonŐs Checkermallow) at Fairview the first week of May.
The Council discussed two other ideas for projects at Fairview. Tentatively, the Council will sponsor a work party to remove blackberry and thistle at Fairview in February. Also, the Council will submit a grant request in March to the City to build out the Cedar hog fuel path at Fairview.
Victor will contact Adam Matot about needed restoration work at Woodmansee Park.
Victor gave an update on the Salem/Keizer Watershed Coordinating grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Victor submitted documentation of volunteer hours. Some minor changes in the grant request still need to be made, but authorization of the $57,000 grant is imminent.
Emily Acklandary of Marion County reported that the County will be hosting meetings on February 3 and February 7 to discuss water quality and watershed enhancement projects in the County. The County will be inviting representatives from all relevant government agencies and volunteer organizations, including local watershed councils. One aim of the meeting is to improve coordination.
The Council agreed to set aside its entire February meeting to develop a big-picture plan for restoration of the Fairview wetlands.
Respectfully Submitted, John Savage, Secretary.