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Tuesday, October 9, 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)

Watershed Coordinator / MSWCD Report (10 minutes)

Action Items: (60 minutes)

a. Election of Board Nominee for Environmental Seat - All
b. Ratification of Committee Appointments - All
c. Make a Difference Day Projects - All
d. Watershed Protection / Preservation Grants - All
e. Work Plan Approval - All
f. Capital Improvement Plan Project Proposals - All
g. STREAM Assessment Tool / OBIA/OWEB Grant - All

Watershed Council Reports (15 minutes)

a. Upcoming School and Research Projects - Matt Weeber
b. Early Action Items: Water Rights - Roger Heusser
c. Watershed Assessment Photos - Gregg Dart / Jason Openo

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 October 8, 2001


  • Mike Sepull
  • Wendy Kroger
  • Alan Pennington
  • Paula Jourdan
  • Dave Neliton
  • Liz Frances
  • Victor Dodier
  • Twyla Smith
  • Gregg Dart
  • Jerry Eder
  • Glenn Dolphin
  • Roger and Nadine Heusser
  • Kate Shelley
  • Larry Nasset
  • Susan Kephart
  • Welcome, Introduction & Agenda Review

    Wendy Kroger opened the meeting with introductions of all those present. The minutes for the August meeting were corrected to say, “Alan reported that Public Works has been reviewing the work of Oregon Watersheds... The minutes were then approved. There was no September meeting.

    Treasurer Report

    Victor reported a balance of $131.40 in our account.

    City of Salem Reports

    Alan reported that there would be several plantings over the next few months at the Cannery Park Bioswale. Also the Willamette Valley Forestry Canopy Project is completed showing canopy changes in trees over the last 30 years. There will be a presentation October 22 at Council Chambers.

    Watershed Coordinator's Report

    • Our watershed coordinator, Lisa Hemesath, has left her position. There has also been a change in fiscal agent to Marion Soil and Water Conservation. Glenn Dolphin, representing MSWC, received the Fish Wrapper from COG. The MSWS folds and mails it. This month it was delivered but not printed. Glenn is looking for a place to print 1200 copies of it.
    • Glenn will take Lisa's place at the Oct 18th and 19th workshop on “Waters Edge” at OSU.
    • The Sediment chapter with Lisa, Glen and the Technical Assistance Committee will meet to finish this chapter.
    • Judson Middle School project was designed to encourage science classes or students, such as Willamette students, to study at Carson Springs. They are still trying to get this program up and running.
    • Glenn gave a short run through of what MSWC does in way of helping rural landowners, farmers and working with urban watersheds – especially watershed councils. They have open meetings the first Wednesday of every month.

    Action Items

    Larry Nasset from the Salem Audubon Society was approved unanimously to fill the vacant Environmental seat on the Board.

    Ratification of Committee Appointments

    • Wetlands Citizen Advisory Committee – Larry Nasset
    • Tree Ordinance Citizen Advisory Committee – Mike Sepull

    It was moved, seconded and approved unanimously to approve these appointments.

    New FEMA draft flood insurance maps are available. Asked Alan to check with the city to see if we can have a look at them.

    Watershed Council Reports

    • Watershed Assessment is still continuing. Adopt A Stream teachers have been asked to submit a drawing for a cover.
    • Greg Tyler from BLM is putting together a Scientific Technical Assistance Program on October 16th from 1to 4.

    Watershed Protection/Preservation Grants:

    PCWC asked for approval of a proposed Riparian Policy from the Governor's Natural Resources Office.

    Wendy's written response indicated serious concerns regarding several issues.

    Problems and concerns because the policy was primarily concerned with fish – and knowing few fish live in urban streams it would leave out monies available for areas like PCWC.

    Make a Difference Day

    October 27th PCWC will spend the day at the Oregon School for the Blind. Roger is working on the area next to the hospital and park. The plan is to cut underbrush, plant trees and cleanup the campus. The hours are from 9 to 1.

    Capital Improvement Plan Project Proposals:

    Salem Public Works has $50,000 in its budget for grants. Three projects requiring less than $5000 are an education display along Pringle Creek – signage to protect natural areas, also at Liberty School bioswale and signage for the Archibald detention project. There is also a need for movable signs for projects being done by PCWC, and for equipment such as digital camera, clinometers, field measuring tapes, reference library books, flagging tape, and the video “You Ought to Tell Somebody”.

    CIP is due the end of September. Wendy wrote up a proposal removing the first big fish barriers in each tributary of the Willamette, and asked them to look at the project occurring at South Salem High School.

    The mitigation project by the Salem Fire Station was also discussed. All the plants except 2 or 3 trees have died. Therefore, there are no roots protecting a very steep bank. . Wendy will bring this problem up with the city council.

    Stream Assessment Tool / OBIA / OWEB Grant:

    Oregon Building Industry Association has developed a stream assessment tool to tell a builder if their project will impact the stream. They are seeking our support on their application for a grant from OWEB. As a council, several concerns were shared concerning the project. The lack of time given for us to respond was also a concern. A suggestion was made that we send a letter to the city with a copy to OWEB and the OBIA indicating our many reservations in regard to their methodology and the vague nature of the `tool' and its means of assessing development impact on streams. There was consensus with the board regarding taking “no action” on this request.

    Work Plan:

    November 10th there will be a Ponderosa Pine tree planting. There are 25 to 50 that have been donated from the Pringle donation land claim.

    City is doing a Gateway study on Commercial to I-5. It is hoped to preserve some big trees by providing a large median or curve in the road.

    Watershed Council Reports Upcoming School and Research Projects:

    (Bad) Reaches of Pringle Creek that would make good study sites for Willamette students

  • Berry St. and Cross St; Bush Pasture Park
  • Oxford and 13th; Along RR
  • Gilmore field to South Salem High School
  • (Good) Reaches

  • 12th and Commercial (Nature Preserve)
  • Deepwood area
  • Fairview
  • Early Action Items: Water Rights:

    Nadine is trying to identify people living on Pringle Creek with their names and addresses. She is looking for people who own water rights and would be willing to give them to PCWC for use on our projects. Some suggestions were to color code for rentals, homeowners, absent landowners, businesses.

    Old Business/New Business

    WET is giving window stickers to businesses who are taking the PLEDGE. So let's support these businesses and thank them for their support.

    The next meeting was set for November 13, 2001 6:30 PM at Leslie Middle School.

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