Leslie Middle School Media
AGENDA / MINUTES
This is an open meeting. The public which lives, works, and recreates in the watershed is encouraged to attend.
Council Core Values:
Watershed Council Minutes: March 9, 2004
President Victor Dodier called the meeting to order at 6:31 pm. Present were: Susan Kephart, Robin Straughan, Alan Pennington, Victor Dodier, Roger Heusser, Charles Redon, Pat Smith, Bob Roth, and John Savage.
On Saturday, March 13, starting at 8:30 am, volunteers will remove ivy and poison hemlock next to Pringle Creek near Salem Hospital. That same day, from 9 am to 1 pm, volunteers will plant small trees, red and green huckleberry, salal, iris, and other native plants next to the Creek near Judson Middle School.
The Council discussed the proposed project to educate Salem homeowners about noxious weeds and ways to eradicate them. Alan Pennington recommended that the grant proposal include funds to design and post signs about invasive weeds at one or more Salem parks.
Alan reported that the City of Salem's Public Works Department will host a Public Works Day at Woodmansee Park. The event is tentatively scheduled for June 25.
Susan Kephart reported that nearly two-dozen volunteers planted 320 small and large camas bulbs and more than 100 larkspur at the Fairview Mitigation Wetland on February 27 and 29 and March 5. Susan will organize a work party in fall to plant a checkermallow, Sidalcea nelsoniana, at the Fairview site.
Robin Straughan reported on a recent court ruling that prohibits pesticide use within 60 feet of many local stream segments. The Marion Soil and Water Conservation District is educating landowners about the new requirement.
Victor Dodier revamped the Council's website and cleaned up its membership list.
Bob Roth handed out a list of current City of Salem projects and code amendments related to natural resources and environmental quality. The City Council will likely pass the proposed Greenway ordinance but likely reject the proposed wetlands ordinance.
Bob solicited volunteers for Earth Day at the Oregon Gardens. Bob made $88 selling Plantskydd at the recent Marion Soil and Water Conservation District plant sale. Bob also discussed a new pervious concrete pavement system
The Council will send a letter urging Marion County Commissioners to legally define Claggett Creek as a creek and not a ditch.
Robin Straughan will serve on the City of Woodburn's Greenway Task Force. Charles Redon will lead a tour of the Pringle Creek watershed.
The next Council meeting is Tuesday, April 13, at 6:30 pm at Leslie Middle School.
Respectfully Submitted, John Savage, Secretary.