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Tuesday, May 8, 2007-
6:30 PM
to 8:00 PM

Leslie Middle School Media Center
3850 Pringle Rd SE
Salem, OR


Welcome, Introductions & Agenda Review

(5 min.)
Planning / Ideas for June Annual Meeting .... All

(15 min)
Clark Creek Daylighting / Lower Lafelle Parking Lot Project
.... Update

(10 min)
Grant Applications Status
.... All

(10 min)

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.
Pringle Creek Watershed Council Notes:

MAY 8, 2007

Victor Dodier called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Present were: Victor Dodier, Marcia Kelley, Luca DeStefanis, Mary Liepins, Lukas Strandberg, Martin Pitchford, Ed Emrick and Steve Soltesz

The Council discussed plans for the Pringle Creek Watershed Council annual meeting to be held June 12, 2007, 6:30 p.m. in the Pringle Creek Community Center. The public is invited and invitations will go out to groups and individuals who have volunteered for projects during the year. We are hoping to use the opportunity to thank volunteers, update the community regarding Pringle Creek projects during the year and have a guest presenter on watershed-related issues. A subcommittee consisting of Marcia Kelley, Luca DeStefanis and Mary Liepins was appointed to continue planning for the event.

Marcia and Mary provided a progress report on grant applications for the Lower Leffelle Parking/Daylighting of Clark Creek project. Kathy Reed will be presenting and answering questions about the project at a Local Government Grant Review meeting in Bend in June. There will be a site visit for the OWEB grant on May 29.

Fairview wetland work has continued with a Willamette student/faculty project for the reintroduction of Nelson’s Checkermallow in Parcel 1 of the wetlands. Professor Susan Kephart is also pursuing a grant in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy to restore a more diverse population of native grasses in an area of “wet prairie” at the site. The Council is planning to schedule a work party sometime in July to finish spreading hog fuel on the interior trail.

Martin Pitchford, former Pringle Creek Watershed Council Chairman, attended to report on progress regarding neighborhood concerns about the Bluff Heights subdivision near Coloma Drive and Hrubetz Road. The west fork of Pringle Creek borders this property. There is a hearing regarding the subdivision on May 29 and he asked for Council presence at the hearing if possible. Communication with the City earlier in the year did not give the neighbors any assurance that trees planted a number of years ago by the Watershed Council would be protected. Mr. Pitchford and the Council would be disappointed to see previous stream bank restoration and protection efforts destroyed. According to Ed Emrick, 100 feet is the optimum buffer for water quality in a stream, but regulations are not specific enough to necessarily save the trees and plantings in question.

Submitted by: Mary Liepins

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