Pringle Creek Watershed
November 14, 2000
The Plaza Room
Salem Public Library
Smith South Salem High School Lisa
Hemesath-Greater Salem Area WC
Peter Scott- resident/Boise Cascade Victor Dodier
Susan Kephart-Willamette University Liz Frances
Elaine Crawley Willamette ESD Paula Jourdan _
Mike Sepull SGNA Wendy Kroger FWNA
Alan Pennington-City of Salem Gregg Dart
Joseph Murray-SCAN/resident Ron DeWilde-Salem-Keizer
Ed Williams-Union Pacific RR Jeannie
Susan Suihkonen-student Bill Lindburg-Friends of
Welcome, Introductions & Agenda Review
Wendy Kroger opened the meeting. Welcome and
introductions followed. Ron DeWilde was introduced to the
board as representing Salem-Keizer Schools. Ron is
Director of the Physical Plant Facilities for the School
Approval of Minutes
Victor moved to adopt the minutes from the
October 8th meeting and seconded by Gregg Dart.
Discussion followed regarding an email response from Al
White in reference to his update given to the council at
the October 8th meeting. There was some confusion
regarding Als statement made to the council. It was
suggested a clarification be made and the minutes be held
for approval until the next meeting.
City of Salem Report
Alan Pennington attended a meeting of the
Environmental Services where he learned that a shopping
mall going in at Skyline and Liberty will add an
automatic diversion valve for charity car washes. The
valve will prevent suds from entering the creek.
showed us a red ticket Environmental Services has
developed to attach to areas where there could be an
erosion problem. The ticket is mainly a warning, but
hopefully will cause the offenders to think about
damaging the stream in the future.
out copies of the Volunteer Monitor Newsletter published
twice a year.
Lisa needs articles for the Fish Rapper
submitted by December 15th. Kettle Foods donated $1000
towards the newsletter, shared by the four Salem
watershed councils. It was suggested we write a short
profile on our new board members. Tina, the new RARE
student doing the watershed assessment, is scanning in
old photos from 1936 on to give a historical perspective
on the creeks and riparian areas.
month Lisa attended the OWEB Watershed Assessment
meeting, and the Watershed Council Association in Eugene.
The meeting in Eugene was a follow up to the Bend meeting
held in September. The watershed councils throughout the
state are trying to form an association that would work
together for two purposes, one to maintain funding
through the Legislature, and two to maintain the small
local watershed councils. This body would hire a lobbyist
to speak for the councils during the legislative
sessions. At this meeting Stephen Kafoury, a lobbyist for
other groups, offered to represent the watershed
councils. Local groups are considering the need for a
lobbyist and finding the funds for such a person. Lisa is
looking for the names of other possible lobbyist.
Appointment/Executive Committee Election
Mike Sepull for Salem Futures
Inter-Council Assessment Committee Wendy
Kroger, Susan Kephart, and Peter Scott as Technical
Steering Committee - Wendy Kroger
Secretary Twyla Smith
Treasurer- Victor Dodier
a motion to accept the Executive Committee as given and
Liz seconded it. It was approved unanimously. Later in
the meeting Elaine Crawley agreed to take the Vice
Erosion Control/Sediment Prevention Program. A
draft for the citys proposed ordinance for
Environmental Protection, Erosion Prevention, and
Sediment Control Rules was passed around. This ordinance
will provide regulation for under five-acre land usage.
Wendy will email the draft to all board members so they
will have an opportunity to respond to any revisions they
think is necessary.
This group was appointed by the governor to look
at the Willamette River and its needs. An in-depth study
was done and published. At this time a new group is
looking at What we can do now. Paul Reser is
heading up a new group of scientists, businesses, and
industries, including the Army Corp of Engineers. One of
the questions they are addressing is How water is being
released, and the effects on the banks. There will be a
meeting looking at A Willamette Basin Ground Water Study
on November 29th at the Water Resources Department.
Use Issues- actions that we have been involved
Division of State Lands(DSL) plan to build a
house in the middle of Croisan Creek flood plain.
Parking lot -Liberty St.
Dept of Ag Investigation: Pesticides/Union Pacific RR
Paula investigated the use of pesticides to sterilize the
track bed and gravel area next to the railroad track that
runs parallel to Pringle Creek . In March there was an
acid spill at Mitsubishi plant that went into the Creek.
As a result of the spill an investigation was done on the
creek and several dead fish were found. ODF&W and DEQ
conducted an investigation and took possession of the
dead fish. At this time white areas were observed on the
gravel areas next to the railroad. These white areas
extended into the creek and were caused by over spraying.
Union Pacific was fined and the contractor doing the
spraying was fined, not only here but also on a job in
Eugene and Hermiston, Oregon. The sprays used were OUST,
a pre-emergent steriliant, 2-4D all target weeds.
The question was never answered as to the real cause of
the fish kill. Was it due to the acid spill at Mitsubishi
or the over spraying from the railroad? ODF&W has the
fish, but PCWC was told last summer that an autopsy was
never preformed. Ed Williams, from the railroad, said we
could get a schedule from the weed czar to know when the
next spraying would occur.
Industrial Park Mitigation Monitoring
The park mitigation received a passing grade with 80% of
the plant material surviving. Phase 1 and Phase 2 have
fulfilled the permit requirements. Paula raised a concern
about a row of dead trees on top of the bank. The
question is whether these trees are part of the
mitigation agreement. She and Wendy will try to answer
this question. Phase 3 the wetland mitigation is
not doing as well. The soils in this area drain too
quickly. It was suggested that Boston White from the city
be contacted to see if this issue is being addressed.
Fishman Associates are overseeing the monitoring and
making sure it works. Also Terry Carstensen from Adopt a
Stream could possibly monitor the plants with his
students. Peter Scott volunteered to take pictures of
Detention Basin Financial Report
Money for the project was received and spent.
Wendy will start a list and then email it to the board
members for additions.
Watershed Council Project Updates
WET-new update will be discussed next month
Pringle Creek Corridor Restoration- tomorrow 9 trees
between Mission and Church will come down. We plan to
work with them on a restoration project.
www.teleport.com/~vjdodier Victor requested material
to add to the website. Pictures and information from
the Archibald detention basin will be added.
Judson Middle School- project will be discussed next
Old and New Business
Ron DeWilde offered to help find a location for
our monthly meetings, as the Plaza Room is too small.
The next meeting December 12th at 6:30PM in the
Plaza Room, Salem Public Library.
c/o Marion Soil and Water Conservation
EMAIL to Watershed Council
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Creek Watershed Council-- All Rights Reserved.