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Pringle Creek Watershed Council


Tuesday, February 13, 2001 6:30 PM
Leslie Middle School Media Center
3850 Pringle Rd SE   


Welcome, Introductions & Agenda Review

Approval of Last Month's Minutes

Comments from the Public

City of Salem Reports

Watershed Coordinator's Report

Action Items:

  • State Watershed Association
  • Grass is Greener ... Streams are Cleaner
  • Heads Up for Summer ... Drought?
  • Gabion Problems: Pringle Creek
  • Annual Work Plan
  • Spring Calendar

Watershed Council Reports:

  • Watershed Enhancement Team
  • Website
  • Judson Middle School
  • Fund Raising

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. 

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

Meeting Minutes

February 13, 2001


  • Twyla Smith
  • Victor Dodier
  • Paula Jourdan
  • Jannie Crossler-Laird
  • Elaine Crawley
  • Susan Suihkonen
  • Mike Sepull
  • Wendy Kroger
  • Bill Lindburg
  • Liz Frances
  • Alan Pennington
  • John Taylor
  • Wendy Kroger opened the meeting.

    The minutes for December 2000 and January 2001 were approved.

    City of Salem Report- Alan Pennington

    • Steve Downs reported to Al White of Oregon Watersheds that FEMA is looking at new regulations that might affect the project on Pringle Creek involving woody debris. The project is on hold temporarily.
    • March 12th - Erosion Control ordinances will be open for discussion

    Watershed Coordinator Reports

    • Newsletter articles due March 15th
    • Draft for the fish chapter is out for the assessment committee to examine.
    • Winter's Speakers Forum will be March 8th at Loucks Auditorium.
    • Watershed Council Information Day at the Capitol will be Tuesday, April 3rd.
    • HB 5043 – Questions have arisen concerning effects on funding from OWEB.

    Action Item

    • State Watershed Association: A Board of Directors from regions around the state plus an additional person from the east side of the state would be developed.. The cost to join may be difficult to obtain ($200 to $400/yr), however, we can join the organization with no money and be part of the network. The positive benefits to joining are a network with watershed councils around the state, for educational purposes, to setup a structure for funding of the councils, and making it easier for legislators to have a contact person for discussing environmental issues. Victor made a motion to join the network for a year and see if fundraising provides money for the future. There was unanimous agreement.

    Report - Liz.

    • Grass is Greener- is a symposium being sponsored by Pringle Creek Watershed Council, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, and many others. Liz provided the following information. It will be held 8am to 12pm, March 13th at Building 50,CCC, rooms 111 and 112. Tom Cook, professor of horticulture at OSU, will speak on turf management. Other speakers will discuss the effects of water quality from runoff at golf courses and related topics to grass and the environment.
    • Heads up for summer—Drought? We need to start discussing water use and information we can give to the public.
    • Gabion problems- Flood control mitigation that was put in at Boise Cascade is being washed out. We need to check to see if the structures are causing problems in other locations and no longer effective. Wendy volunteered to talk to the city, which originally put these structures in and see if they are aware of the changes.

    Spring Calendar

    o March 10th – Neighborhood Associations need help from watershed council members to plant trees.

    o March 24th – Cannery Park Day. There is $2000 from Make a Difference Day. Wendy asked for ideas in using this money for the park.

    o Tour of Archibald Detention Basin coming up

    o Clean up day at the Pringle Creek Nature Preserve coming up

    o April 21st- Earth Day presentations and displays at Oregon Gardens. Ideas to earn money?

    o March 8th –Union Pacific Railroad will give a tour of the area along the creek that is sprayed. They also will contact us prior to this years spraying.

    Judson Middle School and Morningside School are wanting to do some tree planting.

    Watershed Council Reports

    Website- Victor reported that the website is presently `under repair'. He is presently looking for a site.

    WET- Booklet are available for individuals and businesses to make a commitment to good environmental practices. A plaque is being made for businesses to display to customers.

    Sue said she would write an article for the Morningside Neighborhood Assoc. newsletter on what watersheds are doing.

    Old and New Business

    A letter from PC was sent to SCAMP regarding recommendations for bioswales in planting strips along streets.

    Mike Sepull has kneehigh boots available at a good price for Judson Middle School.

    Watershed Concern

    Fairview Industrial Park- Fishman Environmental is doing a report on mitigation projects, but no reports have been done. Wendy and others have looked at the area where it is obvious some of the mitigation sites have failed.

    `Next meeting will be held at Leslie Middle School at 6:30PM, March 13, 200l.


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