Who We Are

What We Do

What You Can Do

Other Resources & Links



Tuesday, March 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

Watershed Coordinator Reports

Capital Improvement Projects - Steve Downs, Salem Public Works

Watershed Council Reports/Action Items:

  • President1s Report - Wendy Kroger

  • Water Rights Work Plan - John Borden

  • Spring Calendar - Wendy Kroger

  • PW Grants Update - Mike Sepull, Gregg Dart

  • Small Grants Team - Jerry Eder

  • Watershed Enhancement Team - Liz Frances

  • Salem Hospital Restoration - Roger Heusser

  • Website - Victor Dodier

  • Proposed Recycling Options - Dave Neliton

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, March 13, 2002


Brad Nanke
Wes Helmer
Bob Roth
Alan Pennington
Anne Taylor
Liz Frances
Jerry Eder
Cooper Raines
John Bordon
Roger Heusser
Larry Nasset
Steve Downs
Wendy Kroger
Glenn Dolphin
Victor Dodier
Susan Kephart
Dave Neliton
Twyla Smith
Susan Suihkonen
Bill Warncke
John Jorgenson

Welcome, Introduction & Agenda Review

Wendy Kroger opened the meeting with introductions of all those present. The February Meeting Minutes were then approved.

City of Salem Reports

Need people to sign up to work for Earth Day, checking on plants at Minto Brown, and planting at Cannery Park Bioswale.

Watershed Coordinator's Report

The assessments document for our watershed is in the corrections phase and should be finished by the end of the month.

We are applying for an Americorp student, who would do work research on ownership of structures in Pringle Creek, which could be removed.

For Earth Day we would like to have a new interactive display for our table. We are looking for something that generates interest and is educational.

Bob would also like to see us create some smaller groups around various topics, like Public Education, Volunteer Recruitment, Resource Development, etc so that more can be accomplished outside our monthly council meeting.

Capital Improvement Projects - Steve Downs

Steve talked about some of the problems in identifying needy projects that are in the Capital Improvement Plan. Erosion control, Storm Water Management, Systems Development are some topics considered as a priority.

• The CIP master plan is looking at multiple use for regional detention, water quality and flood control – the sports fields at Leslie Middle School is an example detention basin for West Pringle Creek.

• Another need is to prioritize our streams according to restoration, water quality, the 99 Fish Survey, and culvert replacement – especially associated with road improvement and possible fish passage.

• They will also look at the two-bioassessment studies – again looking to see where to use money to the best advantage.

• The Willamette River will be the first to be studied for the Riparian Setback Plan. By starting here we will help to protect the streams.

• Urban Stream Flow Monitoring is also being planned. Four to six stations will be set up this summer to monitor temperature, bacteria, nitrates, dissolved oxygen and turbidity.

Revenue bonds in the city will help pay for these projects. Over the next 15 years storm water projects will cost $500 million and wastewater projects $300 million. Steve said that master plan projects could be used to take care of environmental projects along with other master plan projects.

Watershed Council ReportsPresident's Report- Wendy Kroger

• Wendy introduced Cooper Raines , an Eagle Scout, who is going to be doing a project for Pringle Creek.

• Working with Union Pacific RR to set guidelines for spraying.

• Willamette students doing projects in Pringle Creek watershed.

• Spring Calendar: Signup sheets going around room for Earth Day, Planting days, etc

Water Rights Work Plan- John Borden

It was moved and seconded that we accept John's Goal statement in regard to Water Rights. This statement is Goal: To improve and maintain stream flows in Pringle Creek and its tributaries to exceed the minimum needs of anadromous fish, including salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat.

It was approved that we include the modification added--- “and not to compromise other biotic organisms in the stream”.

It was suggested that we draft a detailed work plan looking at county assessor maps that could be marked up to show illegal water use.

Small Grants Team – Jerry Eder

OWEB has organized Oregon into small grants teams with $100,000 available for each area and $10,000 for individual projects. Jerry will be the representative for PCWC.

Salem Hospital Restoration – Roger Heusser

Roger said that Salem Hospital is willing to work with PCWC to help restore the section of creek bank between Mission and Winter.

Website –Victor Dodier

Victor is working on getting text to pictures for those we selected in January.

Proposed Recycling Options- Dave Neliton

Dave discussed the value of what is called “co-mingling of items” in recycling. Comingling just means homeowners do not have to separate all their recyclable materials. They have increased their recycling efforts by 75% in areas where this has been in practice.

Old and New Business

.Brad Nanke reported that the Supplemental and Environmental Program (SEP) has endorsed the project proposed by PCWC over a year ago involving some improvements for the parking area on the north side of Bush's Pasture. The final approval is contingent on DEQ's acceptance of the project.

The next meeting was set for April 9, 2002, 6:30 PM at Leslie Middle School Media Center.

Pringle Creek Watershed Council
c/o Marion Soil and Water Conservation District
EMAIL to Watershed Council

Copyright 1999 -- Pringle Creek Watershed Council-- All Rights Reserved.