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Tuesday, February 12, 2002 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

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:

  1. Watershed Assessment Update - Wendy Kroger
  2. Website - Victor Dodier
  3. Spring Calendar - Wendy Kroger
  4. Tree Ordinance Committee - Mike Sepull
  5. Wetland Protection Committee - Larry Nasset
  6. Watershed Enhancement Team - Liz Frances
  7. Grant Requests Update - Wendy Kroger

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.

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 12, 2002


Paula Jourdan
Steven Parrett
Mark Brown,
Gerald Smotherman
Jannie Crossler-Laird
Hudson Minshew
Alan Pennington
Pat Smith
Tim Gerling
Gregg Dart
Roger Heusser
Ray Heller
Susan Suihkonen
Anne Taylor
Liz Frances
John Borden
Glenn Dolphin
Bob Roth
Mike Sepull
Wendy Kroger
Larry Nasset
John Taylor
Jerry Eder
Bill Warncke
Lee Hettema
Bill Ferber
Wes Helmer
David Neliton
Twyla Smith

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

  • Alan Pennington informed the Council that he has reserved us a table for the Earth Day Celebration at the Oregon Garden on April 20th.
  • Cannery Park Project will have a planting on March 16th.
  • Tim Gerling. Interim Public Works Director, introduced himself to the Council. He gave us an overview of some of the challenges facing Public Works - such as responding to saving the salmon. They are at present putting together an advisory group to rank projects.

Watershed Coordinator's Report

  • Wendy introduced the new watershed coordinator for the Salem urban watersheds, Bob Roth. Bob is the former Johnson Creek Watershed Coordinator. He mentioned the need of paying attention to elected officials and city management, as they can help in projects we are concerned with as a Council.
  • Wendy reported that we received the grant from Public Works for a list of needed items – such as a digital camera, signage, etc.
  • Bob is working to get an Americorp student to help with projects.
  • Glenn and Ann helped get money for publishing the Fish Wrapper.
  • An OWEB grant request was made for stream bank restoration at Judson Middle School.
  • Members of the Council are examining final draft of the Watershed assessment
  • Signup sheet for spring projects was passed around to council members and guests.
  • Next month Steve Downs will give us a report on Capitol Improvement Plans.

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.

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