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Tuesday, May 14, 2002 6:30 PM

Leslie Middle School Media Center
3850 Pringle Rd SE   


Welcome, Introductions & Agenda Review

Approval of Last Month's Minutes

Work Group Break-out

Comments from the Public

Watershed Coordinator's Report

WET Residential Project

Judson-Woodmansee Project Survey Results

TMDL Summer Storm Event Surveys in Pringle Creek - Beth Woodward, DEQ

Watershed Council Reports:

  • Work Group Reports
  • Annual Meeting Pre-Planning
  • Secretary
  • Board Vacancies

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
May 14, 2002


Mike Sepull
Ron DeWilde
John Taylor
Jerry Eder
Glenn Dolphin
Anne Taylor
Beth Woodward
John Borden
Wendy Kroger
Victor Dodier
Larry Nasset
Twyla Smith
Scott Eden
Bill Warncke
Linda Crane

Wendy Kroger opened the meeting with introductions of all those present. The April Meeting Minutes were then approved with the corrected spelling of Larry Nasset.

The first half hour the small groups met to discuss some of the goals and action plans generated in last month's meeting. Each group reported on their discussions at the end of the meeting.

Watershed Coordinator's Report

  • Bob Roth is spending a considerable amount of his time attending OWEB's meetings. OWEB's new policy of supporting watershed councils has left our coordinator as well as other regions with little funding. There are 97 watersheds in the state with funding being frozen between 5 regions in the state.
  • Bob especially thanked all those supporting Earth Day celebration at Oregon Gardens. The Watershed Festival will be June 29th at Oregon Gardens.
  • The small Grant Program funded by OWEB, which provides $10,000 per project, has met a couple of times. Jerry Eder is our representative.
  • Bob is still looking for an Americorp student – especially to help Friends of Mill Creek establish a watershed council. If you know a student or someone interested in getting experience working with watersheds contact Bob. Good communication skills and a high energy level are needed.

WET Report

John Taylor gave us an update on this program developed and supported by DEQ. Over 99% of the businesses in the Pringle Creek Watershed have made a pledge to voluntarily adopt practices to protect the local streams. The WET team is now looking for ways to reach residents of the watershed to take the pledge. To date only about 300 individuals have signed the pledge, including Mayor Swaim. John encouraged members of the council to pick up several of the pledge booklets to give to their neighbors.

Judson- Woodmansee Park Project

Glenn Dolphin reported that a grant has been submitted to OWEB for funding of this project. The Marion County Soil and Water Conservation are surveying the area and identifying cross sections of the stream. A stream gradient profile will also be done to look at stream flow and maximum flow. The wetland sites and riparian site's assessment will then go on a GIS map. The grant is for a site assessment of the hydrologic function and water flow.

Beth Woodward- DEQ

Beth reported on DEQ's role in finding the TMDL's, total maximum daily loads, in designated streams and rivers. One of the required tests is for bacteria loads in the stream. They will monitor a storm in the fall this year and then collect water samples and test for pesticides and PCB loads. DEQ calculates what level of pollutants could go into a stream and be taken care of naturally. This is called the loading capacity. They are looking for additional data and people willing to collect samples for bacteria testing. Several members volunteered to help with the sampling.

City of Salem

Wendy reported that Alan Pennington from Public Works has signs available. There are 6 W. Fork Pringle Ck and 6 for Clark Creek. We need to identify locations where they are needed. Ron DeWilde said he could get them up for us.

We have also been invited to participate in a future watershed enhancement program with Public Works.

Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting will be next month at Pringle School. Alan Pennington is putting together a visual. Elections will take place at that time to replace Bill Lindberg and Twyla Smith.

Reports from Work Groups

John Borden from the Stewardship and Land Use group talked about the project he is currently looking at involving Water Rights on Pringle Creek. He needs volunteers to report information about water users on the Pringle Creek. Chemeketa students will be doing a study this summer, which could also involve a volunteer looking for misuse of water from the creek. The students will work with the Water Master. Users of the water will be notified of the regulations against using stream water.

Ann reported for the Restoration Group. They are looking at projects that need to be done and needed equipment.

Resources Work Group is looking for people to fill needed positions. They are also looking at possible ways to bring in some money for projects- i.e. garage sale.

PCWC did agree to support an October planting on the banks of Pringle Creek near the Salem Hospital.

The next meeting was set for June 11, 2002 6:30 PM at Pringle School.

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