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Tuesday, November 13, 2001 6:30 PM

Leslie Middle School
3850 Pringle Rd SE


Welcome, Introductions & Agenda Review (5 minutes)

Approval of Last Month's Minutes (5 minutes)

Treasurer's Report (5 minutes)

Comments from the Public (5 minutes)

City of Salem Reports (10 minutes)

Salem's Tree Canopy: Regional Ecosystem Study (30 minutes)

Peter Gutowsky, Salem Natural Resources Planner

Watershed Coordinator / MSWCD Report (20 minutes)

Watershed Council Reports (45 minutes)

a. Watershed Research Projects - Matt Weeber

b. Make a Difference Day - Roger Heusser

c. Brown's Island Ponderosa Pine Planting

d. Watershed Protection/Preservation Grants

e. STREAM Assessment Tool / OBIA/OWEB Grant

f. WET Update

g. Cannery Park Bioswale Planting

h. Downtown Restoration Project Update

i. Pringle Creek Restoration Project Restart

Old and New Business (5 minutes)

Other Watershed Concerns (5 minutes)

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

November 13, 2001

Attendees: (to be attached at a later date)

Welcome, Introduction & Agenda Review

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

Treasurer Report

Victor reported a balance of $131.40 in our account, with no expenditures this past month.

City of Salem Reports

  • Alan said on the 20th there would be a staff report regarding FEMA flood plain overzone and the no rise rule. PCWC requested a copy.
  • Ken Roley from Public Works will talk to PCWC about restoring the bank site by the fire station. Most of the trees planted last spring did not survive.

Salem's Tree Canopy: Regional Ecosystem Study –Peter Gutowsky

Peter is the project coordinator for the tree canopy study done recently in Salem. This study was especially important for our city following our recent tree preservation ordinance. LandSAT Imagery was used with 30 to 80 meter resolution. Past satellite photographs from 1972,1986, and 2000 were used in the City Green Software. It showed 18.3% tree composition in 1972 and 12.1 % in 2000. The City of Salem paid for 10 sites to be studied. The city also used higher resolution satellite imagery, which showed resolution up to 4 m. The Ikonos Imagery showed Salem tree canopy composition at 18%.

Adjusted benefits of trees would include less storm water, air pollution removal, total carbon stored and many others. We can also look at the % tree composition along riparian areas.

The City now has a copy of City Green Software and is looking for ways to make it available to other organizations.

Watershed Coordinator's Report

The urban watersheds are hoping to have a new watershed coordinator by January or February.

Glenn from MSWS reported that Greg Tyler is putting together a technical assistance program with BLM. They will provide a database - offering free consulting time especially for watershed councils. Glenn also attended At Water's Edge at OSU on riparian management.

Watershed Council Reports Watershed Research Projects- Matt Weeber

Matt is looking at good/ bad reaches on Pringle Creek, but identifying them by geographic locations. He is looking to find a sample good reach that could be a reference reach.

Make a Difference Day – Roger Heusser

Roger felt the School for the Blind project was very successful with over 400 plants planted. Because of this success Salem Hospital wants to revisit our working with them in cleaning up the creek on their site.

Brown's Island Ponderosa Pine Planting:

16 trees were planted

Watershed Protection/Preservation Grants

Wendy sent in grant requests to Public Works for several items listed in last month's minutes.

Cannery Park Bioswale Planting

Hydro seeding is down and some plants are in. They are hoping to open up the bioswale next year after the plants get settled in.

Old and New Business

Larry Nasset will not be able to sit on Wetlands Citizens Advisory Committee. He is hoping to have another member of Audubon replace him.

Other Watershed Concerns

Gregg Dart shared with the group his concerns regarding water safety, especially regarding the latest terrorists activities. We decided a good way to make people care more about their local stream is have more stories and pictures on our website showing people actively involved in projects. We tentatively planned our January meeting to work on this idea.

The next meeting was set for December 11, 2001 6:30 PM at Leslie Middle School Media Center.

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