February 8, 2005
AGENDA / MINUTES
This is an open meeting. The public which lives, works, and recreates in the watershed is encouraged to attend.
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President Victor Dodier called the meeting to order at 6:32 pm. Present were: Bob Roth, Victor Dodier, Ed Emrick, Gail Simmons, Robin Straughan, Dave Furr, Alan Pennington, Aaron Pennington, Roger Heusser, Brian Steffel, Pat Smith, and John Savage.
Victor Dodier reported on the City hearing on Arithmetic Avenue. Victor testified on behalf of the Council. Residents in the area dispute whether to provide a traffic connection between Battle Creek and Boone Roads. The City Council decided to leave the record open for a week.
Pat Smith reported that Oregon Watersheds will be helping a landowner in the Woodmansee Park area improve a stretch of Pringle Creek for fish habitat. The project includes widening a 35-foot stretch and removing non-native vegetation. Oregon Watersheds has applied for a $3,000 OWEB grant. Ed Emrick asked that Oregon Watersheds assess the effectiveness of this restoration approach.
The City of Salem is selecting a consultant to write a watershed management plan. The plan will be initially focused on Pringle Creek. Ken Rollie will oversee the project for the City. Victor was asked to serve on the evaluation panel but had to decline.
Robin Straughan handed out the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District's new policy on staff serving as liaisons to Watershed Council. The one substantive change in policy is that SWCD staff will no longer be involved in contract development.
A work party to plant native trees and shrubs at the Kroger Park Bioswale is scheduled for 9 am on March 5. Volunteers are welcome, and should bring gloves, drinking water, clippers, and rain gear. The Council will sponsor an ivy removal at Woodmansee Park in early May. Susan Kephart and John Savage will organize an April event.
Alan Pennington will represent the Council at the February 28 environmental lobby day at the State Capitol.
David Furr, utilities coordinator for the Salem/Keizer School District, reported on current District projects.
Bob Roth reported on several issues. On February 26, the Claggett Creek is sponsoring a restoration party. On March 23, the City of Salem is sponsoring a workshop on local land use regulations and decision-making. In addition, Claggett Creek received $40,000 for restoration work at the Lake Labish wetlands mitigation site. Also, Bob has been working with Sustainable Develoment LLC and the Willamette Valley Basin Plan staff.
Respectfully Submitted, John Savage, Secretary.
Thank you also to ...
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
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