|PRINGLE CREEK WATERSHED COUNCIL||
Leslie Middle School
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.
Tuesday, July 8, 2003
Attendees: Roger Heusser, John Savage, Alan Pennington, Susan Kephart, Larry Nasset, Robin Straughan, Bob Roth, Victor Dodier
Draft Volunteer Recruitment Plan
John Savage reviewed the draft volunteer recruitment and retention strategies paper that he, Alan, and Bob prepared. John commented that membership, particularly for the boards, is a common problem for volunteer organizations. Bob noted that Crystal Burgoyne prepared a piece for Friends of Mill Creek that might be help in recruiting volunteers.
The draft outlines three committees (see next page). We talked about dividing up duties among the committees:
Alan Pennington covered several issues. He reported that the city would offer small restoration grants. The total city budget for restoration grants is $50,000 per year. The city's guidelines will be on line.
The city's "free tree" program is back. The city will send streamside property owners a letter soon. The city will be looking for volunteers to help those who aren't able to plant their trees.
The Cannery Park grand opening is scheduled for August 13.
Work on the Pringle Creek fish ladder has started. The contractor will work on one side of the creek, then switch to the other. Stream flow in Pringle Creek and Shelton's Ditch has been reduced so that the contractor can "de-water" the work site. Victor commented that a Statesman Journal reporter had contacted him for comment on the fish ladder project.
Alan also had news of the Sumco Supplemental Environmental Project. The SEP will fund a proposal by Mike Weddle, Waldo Middle School. The SEP money will fund a number of projects at the Jane Goodall Environmental Magnet School (JGEMS).
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) Council Support Grant
Victor briefly described the current status of the support grant. OWEB appears ready to approve a $70,000 watershed council support grant. However, there is a major controversy. The Glenn-Gibson Watershed Council (GGWC), one of the four Salem urban WCs that have been supported by this biennium's OWEB grant, recently decided to withdraw from the combined grant. GGWC wants to re-align itself with the WCs on the west side of the river and the Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District. While GGWC would like to take 25% of the combined Council Support Grant with it as it leaves, the other three (Friends of Mill Creek, Claggett Creek, and PCWC) have not agreed. Rather, they propose to continue with the four WCs in the council support grant for the next two years because that is how the grant was proposed to OWEB. In addition, the $70,000 offered by OWEB is barely sufficient to support about 80 percent of Bob's time. Support for a full position requires partnership with Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District to make up the difference.
The latest information from OWEB indicates that OWEB is prepared to offer a $70,000 council support grant for the four WCs. If GGWC wishes to leave, OWEB will reduce the support grant for the remaining three by 25 percent. OWEB will not offer council support funds to GGWC.
That said, the PCWC board must provide Bob guidance on how to prioritize within the PCWC work items initially proposed to OWEB. At best, we have to cut back about 20 percent since Bob will be working only part of the time for the WCs. Generally speaking, board members took on board development and volunteer recruitment, putting these activities at a lower priority. We advised Bob to emphasize activities that are common to the four (or three) WCs.
We had a brainstorming session for project ideas:
Additions after July 8 meeting:
Robin Straughan joined the Project Committee.
Another project idea:
Pringle Creek Watershed Council
Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Strategies