|PRINGLE CREEK WATERSHED COUNCIL|
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AGENDA / MINUTES
Welcome, Introductions & Agenda Review
Approval of Last Month's Minutes
Comments from the Public
City of Salem Reports
Meet Our New Watershed Coordinator
Water Rights in Oregon - a presentation by Steve Parrett, West Side Project Manager, Oregon Water Trust
Watershed Council Reports / Action Items:
Old and New Business
Other Watershed Concerns
This is an open meeting. The public which lives, works, and recreates in the watershed is encouraged to attend.
Council Core Values:
The Pringle Creek Watershed Council is a nonprofit association representing watershed residents, businesses, schools, neighborhood associations, government, the scientific community and environmental organizations.
Meeting Minutes, February 12, 2002
Welcome, Introduction & Agenda Review
Wendy Kroger opened the meeting with introductions of all those present. The January Meeting Minutes were then approved.
City of Salem Reports
Watershed Coordinator's Report
Steve Parrett Water Rights in Oregon
Steve gave us a brief history of the organization , stating that it has existed since 1993 as a private nonprofit organization. They work to find water rights of individual owners who are not using them and willing to donate them to instream use. This becomes ecologically valuable water. They also help people develop better water use including get rid of fish barriers. Salmonid water rights bring in money for restoration , but other species benefit also. Funding sources for the organization include mitigation projects, dam operations, individuals, industry and others.
For priority streams, mailers are sent out. Rogue and Umpqua Rivers have been priority basins. The Willamette River basin may have more priority in the future as work is coordinated with ODFW.
The organization does not use a regulatory approach, but a marketable approach. They often compensate owners for their water, or improve their irrigation system, provide tax breaks and other benefits.
In the future Water Resources and ODFW will look at stream flow especially where it is a limiting factor for fish and where the natural habitat is in pretty good shape. Good examples might be the Rickreall River and the Little Pudding River.
Steve suggested that urban water rights may not be worth looking into as it is a time consuming process and no one is using it anyway. However at some time someone may decide to use it and could lower present water levels.
Should we pursue our own water on Pringle Creek? Mike suggested we send out a flyer to let people know about their water rights and the possibility of contributing it.
The next meeting was set for March 12, 2002; 6:30 PM at Leslie Middle School Media Center.