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watershed council

Tuesday, October 10, 2000 6:30 PM
The Plaza Room
Salem Public Library 


1. Welcome, Introductions & Agenda Review  (5 minutes)

2. Approval of Last Month's Minutes (5 minutes)

3. Comments from the Public (10 minutes)

4. City of Salem Reports (15 minutes)

5. Board of Directors Election (30 minutes)

6. PCWC Representation (15 minutes)

a.Salem Futures

b. Technical Assessment Advisory Committee

c. Intercouncil Watershed Assessment Committee

d. Regional Watershed Council Steering Committee

7. Watershed Council Project Updates (35 minutes)
a. Watershed Assessment

b. Watershed Enhancement Team

c. Archibald On-Site Detention Basin Demonstration Project

d. Pringle Creek Corridor Restoration Project

e. Website

f. Liberty Road Tree Monitoring Agreement

g. Riparian Tree Survival Count, Cannery Park & Judson MS

8. Old and New Business  (10 minutes)

a. Project Plan and Budget Review

b. Statewide Watershed Council Assn update

Watershed Concerns (10 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
October 10, 2000
The Plaza Room
Salem Public Library

Twyla Smith - South Salem High School    Dave Neliton- D&O Garbage
Peter Scott- resident/hydrologist           Victor Dodier - SCAN
Susan Kephart - Willamette University      Liz Frances - Sunnyslope NA
Elaine Crawley - Willamette ESD          Paula Jourdan - Sunnyslope NA
Mike Sepull - SGNA                   Wendy Kroger - FWNA
Alan Pennington - City of Salem           Gregg Dart - resident 
Joseph Murray - SCAN/resident           Tina Nunez- MWVCOG
Jerry Eder - MSA                      Bill Kroger 
Jon Christenson                       Brad Nanke
Gerald Smotherman - Boise Cascade       John Taylor DEQ
Al White - Oregon Watersheds
Lydia Gutierrez - Judson Middle School

Welcome, Introductions & Agenda Review
Wendy Kroger opened the meeting.  Welcome and introductions followed. 

Approval of Minutes
Minutes from the August 8th meeting were approved.

Comments from the Public
Al White gave an update on the Fairview Training Center project.   He briefly discussed a problem with discovery of chemicals uncovered in the soil next to the creek.  The section was filled in and seeded.  A profile of the creek in this area will be done this spring.  Plans are to add woody debris to the creek to create pools for fish enhancement.  A meeting will be held at Leslie Middle School, Saturday at 9 AM, for those interested in the plans for this project. 

City of Salem Report
Alan Pennington reported that the culvert study is still under way. It should be finished later this fall.  He also discussed the pipe blowout on Liberty.  Burlap biomat is being laid down to keep soil out of Pringle Creek.    Alan also informed us of a letter going out to Neighborhood Associations and watershed councils regarding an erosion control meeting occurring probably in November. 
Liz asked Alan about the stream assessment process and when the data would be released.   Alan said sometime after the macro invertebrate study was done in December.  Wendy at this time also mentioned the report from Randy Pecor regarding the E.Coli in Pringle Creek.  He had said in his letter that a high reading is not uncommon at this time of year due to warm temperatures and the duck and dog feces found in the stream.  Greg Dart asked Alan about reporting a Volkswagen located in creek behind his property. 
Alan said he would look into it and see about getting it removed ? at least at the next city wide cleanup day.

Board of Directors Election
A proposal slate was handed out to those attending.  It was suggested by Wendy that we elect the whole slate.  She also pointed out the slots still open ? Salem-Keizer Schools (hopefully getting someone from the Grounds/Facilities Department), and a local government position.  Victor made a motion to accept the slate as written and Mike seconded it.  There was no discussion and all those present voted to accept the slate.  At the next meeting we will elect the executive board.

PCWC Representation
Regional Watershed Steering Committee will meet October 12th at 4pm.

Watershed Council Project Updates
Assessment -  Tina, the new RARE student doing the watershed assessment for the Salem Watersheds, reported the need to do this assessment so we can determine where the stream is now, and  to identify how future projects affect the stream.

WET ? Liz shared about the partnership with DEQ and Pringle Creek, the progress that is being made with the pledge program and the Pringle Creek residents, and the need to soon include local businesses.  She also discussed the interest in educating the public and especially local school groups in the problems with car wash fundraisers and the soapy water running directly into the stream.

Liz reported on the Archibald Detention Basin project.  She explained some of the problems conventionally present with detention basins ? usually the only plants that will grow are blackberry and Scotch broom.  She showed pictures and explained the steps taken to make this a model project of what a detention basin could look like. 

C.  Pringle Creek Corridor- Wendy gave the history of the problems Salem Hospital had  with falling trees in their parking lot and the plans to remove several more.  She shared the involvement of PCWC with the hospital, School for the Blind and others in coming up with a plan to remove trees in danger of falling, but also to planting others ? especially more native plants.

Website- Victor gave out the location to look at the new webpage.  It is HYPERLINK "http://www.teleport.com/vjdodier/pringlecreek." www.teleport.com/vjdodier/pringlecreek  He needs more content and links for the website. 

Liberty Rd.- Many of the trees planted in this area did not survive.  They are being mowed down or not watered.  Need to have a monitoring agreement with the city and school grounds supervisors before planting.  Liz asked the group about using straw instead of composting for mulch.   A concern was raised about pesticides used with straw. 

Old and New Business
Statewide watershed concerns, discussed in Bend in September with other watersheds, is coming together.  It will be a watchdog group organized to help fund watershed councils through the Legislature.

The next meeting - November 14th at 6:30PM in the Plaza Room, Public Library. 

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