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Posted by  Long Tom Watershed Council on May 23, 2002 at 14:49:14:

Hello Long Tom Watershed Council Members and Friends!

Here is our newsletter for May as text. The next email has it as an
attachment .rtf file which can be opened in most word processing
programs. So if you can open the attachment, please delete this email
because the formatting is quite poor in plain text!

Our meeting is set for 6:30 pm this next Tuesday night, May 28th. We will
be at the Monroe High School Commons in the Lower Long Tom sub-basin. See
you there!


Dana Erickson
Coordinator
541.683.6578

NEWSLETTER CONTENTS

1) AGENDA (DIRECTIONS are in first few lines)
2) COMMENTS REQUESTED ON COORDINATOR'S PERFORMANCE
3) CALENDAR OF EVENTS
4) UPDATE ON PROJECTS & MONITORING
4a. Two project grants received
4b. Small grants soon to be available
5) EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
5a. Thanks for helping with Fern Ridge Clean-up!
5b. Article: Watersheds Part of your backyard
6) WAYS TO HELP
6a. Lane County Fair Booth!
6b. 11th Annual Amazon Appreciation Day
6c. Do you have western pond turtles on your land?
7) ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Technical meeting Willamette State of the Knowledge Summit
- Quarterly groundwater meeting new date
8) FREE WORKSHOP
- Developing and Conducting Effective Education and Outreach Programs
9) MINTUES FROM APRIL COUNCIL MEETING

1) AGENDA

Long Tom Watershed Council
Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 28, 2002 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Lower Long Tom sub-watershed, Monroe High School

Please bring snacks to share - we'll do the drinks!

DIRECTIONS

To meetings in Lower Long Tom at Monroe High School Commons:
On any Oregon or area map, you'll see Monroe is on Highway 99W, in between
Corvallis and Junction City. The High School is at the north end of town,
right on that main highway. It sits on the east side of the road. The
Commons is the building on the north side of the main school - it has
orange doors and you can't miss it. The parking lot is in between the two
buildings.


6:30 * Sign-in & meet people. View maps, displays and information-sharing
table

7:00 * Welcome and Introductions Rick Allison, Council Member

* Review agenda; make any additions or changes Howard Schussler,
Facilitator

7:10 * The future of the Watershed...
...a discussion focused on protecting streams as growth occurs

* Protecting Riparian Areas why, and some ideas of what's necessary (15 min)
Gary Galovich, Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife
* Lane County's Current Approach to Protecting Riparian Areas (15
min) Bill Sage, Planner
* Benton County's Current Approach to Protecting Riparian Areas (15 min)
Greg Verret, Planner

8:00 * BREAK with refreshments! Lower Long Tom folks, please bring snacks

8:10 * The future of the Watershed... (continued)
* 3 possible futures for growth in our part of the Willamette Basin (15 min)
David Hulse, UO Landscape Architecture
Note: Dr. Hulse has video images showing a segment of the Long Tom
watershed and the Willamette River between Junction City and Eugene
historically (circa 1850), currently, and for three potential future
scenarios based on what decisions are made.

* Question & Answer, Discussion with all four guests (35 min) All

9:00 * Announcements, Reports, & Closing (15 min)
- Steering Committee Report - Steering Committee member (3 min)
- Coordinator's Report - Dana Erickson (3 min)
- Projects and Monitoring Report - Cindy Thieman (3 min)
- Announcements - All (4 min)
- How was tonight's meeting? Things you liked,
things you'd like to see change... Facilitator (2 min)

Come to our next meeting!
Tues, June 25, 6:30 pm Upper Long Tom sub-watershed - tour of Indian
Creek Restoration
Questions, info, comments?
Dana Erickson, Coordinator, 683-6578, longtom@efn.org
www.longtom.org


2. COMMENTS REQUESTED ON COORDINATOR'S PERFORMANCE

COMMENTS REQUESTED by June 7:

Next month the Council's Contract Review Team will meet to discuss Dana's
performance over the course of the last six months. At this meeting the
group will review and compare work priorities and accomplishments to date.
The time has come to share your feedback. Please contact me with your
comments and assessment of Dana's performance as coordinator of the
Council. Is the Council "on-track" with its work priorities for this year?
Do work priorities support and mirror the current Council's action plan as
you understand it? Under Dana's coordination - Does the Council function
in accordance with the expectations of its members?
I look forward to reading your comments, please respond by June 7.
Jason Blazar
Long Tom Watershed Council Steering Committee, at-large member
PO Box 24923
Eugene, OR 97402
Email: blazar1@mindspring.com

3) CALENDAR OF EVENTS
May 28
Long Tom Watershed Council Meeting
6:30- 9:00pm at Monroe High School Commons 683-6578, Dana

May 29,30
Willamette "State of the Knowledge" Summit
8:00am-5:00pm at LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis, OR (see "Announcements"
section of newsletter)

June 4
Amazon Appreciation Day
7:30am-12:00noon at various locations (see 'Ways to Help" section of
newsletter)

June 6
Developing and Conducting Effective Education and Outreach Programs
A Workshop for Watershed Councils & SWCDs (see "Workshops" section of
newsletter)
7:00-9:00pm at Irving Grange, Eugene

June 10
Amazon Working Group Meeting
5:30 - 7:00pm at the Long Tom Watershed Council office 521-5378, Michele

June 13
Long Tom Watershed Council : Steering Committee Meeting
6:30- 9:00pm at the Long Tom Watershed Council office 683-6578, Dana


4) UPDATE ON PROJECTS & MONITORING
Cindy Thieman, Projects and Monitoring Coordinator


4a)TWO PROJECT GRANTS RECEIVED

Project: Historic Coyote Creek Bottomland Hardwood Forest and Native Prairie
Restoration
Total Received: $12,291.00 Total Cost of Project: $32,031.00
Summary: Second phase of restoration of riparian bottomland hardwood
forest along historic branch of Coyote Creek. This will also include
restoration of an adjacent 20 acres of current ag. land to native prairie
and oak savanna. The first phase restored a riparian area along a nearby
section of the creek and re-established hydrologic connection between two
formerly disconnected segments of historic Coyote Creek. This project is
part of a long term plan to restore 100 acres of agricultural land to
historic native habitat.

Project: Bergey Wetland Restoration
**For this project, we partnered with East Lane SWCD they will take the
lead role on the project.
Total Received: $59,506.00 Total Cost of Project: $160,081.00
Summary: This project will restore 215 acres of farmed wetland to wet
prairie, emergent wetland and oak savanna. These seasonal wetlands will be
managed for wintering, roosting, and nesting habitat for various migratory
resident wildlife species. In addition habitat will be enhanced for
several state listed sensitive amphibian and reptile species known to
reside near the proposed project site. The result of this restoration
project will be to increase the diversity of wetland habitat within this
region.

Look for a more detailed summary in the June 2002 newsletter.


4b)SMALL GRANTS SOON TO BE AVAILABLE

There is a new program being set up right now to make small grants
available for watershed restoration projects that cost less than $10,000
and cover some priority types of projects. The Upper Willamette West small
grant team has just been approved by OWEB to receive the funds. This will
be a cooperative effort between Long Tom Watershed Council, Marys River
Watershed Council, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, and East
Lane Soil and Water Conservation District. More details will be
forthcoming in our next newsletter!

Thanks to the small grant team members for working to set up this program:
Dennis Todd from Long Tom Watershed Council
Paul Reed from East Lane Soil and Water Conservation District
Donna Schmitz and Tom Bedell of Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
Sandra Coveny and Members of the Marys River Watershed Council


5) EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
By Michele Stowe, Monitoring & Education Assistant


5a) ThankYou! ThankYou! ThankYou! ThankYou!

Many a thanks from the Long Tom Watershed Council to all of those who
participated in the Fern Ridge cleanup "Down By the Riverside",
co-sponsored by SOLV and Lane County Parks.

Thank you Michael Cerbone, Jim Ekins, Terry Pier, Tim & Alex Foelker,
Melanie Mintz, Bob Ragan, Anita Ragan, Randy Baileys, Rue Ann Thomas,
Alissa Manske, Earl Hain, Skye Sieber, Mary Silva, Kim Marks, and everyone
else who participated but did not get signed in.

On May 18th we had 24 volunteers took time out of their Saturday to come
down to Orchard Point and Richardson Park and help Lane County Parks
prepare their parks for the summer season. Volunteers picked up brush,
edged out horseshoe pits and volleyball courts, removed stumps and logs
from the waters edge, and picked up trash around the park. Some volunteers
were in canoes picking up trash from under the water and helping to pull
out larger logs along the shoreline that were too far from the shore's edge
to be pulled in. We collected over 3000 pounds of trash and debris.

It is a great thing to have people giving of their time energy to help
out! After all of the hard work we sat down to eat lunch off the
barbecue. For this we would like to give a special thanks to Ray's Market
of Veneta for providing food for the event.

Thank You also to:

J.H. Baxter Co.
University of Oregon Students
Long Tom Watershed Council members
Students from local schools and their parents
Local school teachers
The Kiwanis Club
Ray's Market


Those mentioned above either volunteered that day or played some other
vital part of making this day worthwhile. Please forgive me if I left
anyone out.


5b) WATERSHEDS: PART OF YOUR BACKYARD
An article for our column in the West Lane News and Tri County News
Adapted from John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center Newsletter

Behold the small town dweller, showing self-reliance and thriftiness.
Saturday morning, a young couple changes the engine oil in their driveway.
When finished, they get out a bucket and sponge and give the car a thorough
washing with plenty of strong detergent. To finish, they hose the suds and
oil down the driveway and into the gutter.
In a nearby yard, two gardeners take inventory of their plants. Realizing
their plants have fungus, they spray everything in the yard with fungicide
at twice its recommended strength. Is this really safe to use?
These are common scenarios in our urban and community neighborhoods. We
don't give much thought to where the suds go, or what happens to the
chemicals we use on our garden plants, lawns, and trees. They go away,
don't they?
We've learned that discarded bottles, cans, plastics, and paper products
don't "go away." Unless properly recycled, they fill our landfills and
litter our streets. In much the same way, the products we use around the
house don't go away. They wash into storm drains and flow into our creeks,
streams, and rivers. Most of this stormwater runoff isn't treated at all
before it enters our waterways.
Many people may be unaware of the path taken by stormwater as it travels
through our neighborhoods. That grate at the end of the block, the ditch
along the grocery store parking lot, the culvert under the highway all
carry stormwater away from buildings and paved areas into rivers and
streams. A surprising discovery is that most of this untreated stormwater
goes directly into the rivers that supply drinking water to people and
wildlife, and recreational opportunities for boating and swimming.
The way we conduct business in our own home, yard, and work environment can
make a difference. When applying chemicals in your home, garden, and yard,
follow application instructions carefully and choose the least toxic
product. Pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that meet the standards
for use in organic gardens generally are less toxic to people and other
creatures, and break down rapidly once applied. Whether washing your car or
hosing dirt off your driveway, be sure to direct the runoff into your yard
instead of the storm drain. Remember, we all live downstream.

6) WAYS TO HELP

6a) Lane County Fair Booth!
Summer is here and it is fair time! The Lane County Fair is in August
13-15. The five local watershed councils will host a booth
together. Please come help mind the booth and tell people about the
watershed, and your experiences with the Long Tom Watershed Council. We
have a map for people to locate themselves in the watershed and other
materials to help you prepare for this. It's pretty easy and you'll be
working with one other volunteer.

Each volunteer will get an all day pass to the fair for the day they
participate. This means a free concert! We need two people per block. If
these time slots do not fit your schedule, let me know and I will try to
find a time that works for you. Please contact Michele at
micstowe@yahoo.com, or call 521-5378.

Time Slots for our Council: Entertainment that day:
Tues. August 13; 3:00pm - 7:00pm Beach Boys
Thur. August 15; 11:00am - 3:00pm America
Fri. August 16; 7:00pm - 11:00pm Travis Tritt

6b) 11th Annual Amazon Appreciation Day
Saturday, June 1st Patterson School 1510 W. 15th
(behind the Albertson's at 18th and Chambers)

Participants will receive a free native plant and pizza from Track Town!
Wear appropriate work clothes and bring gloves if you have them.
All other clean-up supplies provided.

7:30 am Birdwalk with Steve Gordon
9:00 am Kick off
9:45 am Volunteers leave for sites


12:00pm Lunch and prizes at Patterson School

For more information, call 682-4850 or email lorna.j.baldwin@ci.eugene.or.us.
Also, work parties starting at 10:00 a.m. at the following sites:
Jiffy Mart on East Amazon & E. 33rd AND
Amazon Running Trail at E. 24th AND
Amazon Oakpatch and Amazon Creek
Other sites will be announced at the kick off at Patterson School.


6c) Do you have western pond turtles living on your land?

Paul Adamus is working with the Western Pond Turtle Working Group to
understand the health of the of the turtle population in the Willamette
Basin. Our council approved their grant proposal to do this last year. He
is currently seeking permission from additional landowners to conduct a
visual survey for turtles on their property.
To date, he has surveyed approximately 40 sites (ponds and river crossings)
in the Long Tom watershed, excluding the area around Fern Ridge Reservoir
(which another scientist, Kat Beal, is covering). His site visits have
consisted entirely of visual surveys conducted from the roadside. He has
found pond turtles at 3 sites, 2 of which were already known to have
them. He will be revisiting a subset of the 40 sites this summer to check
again for turtles he might have missed during the first visit. He will
provide the Council with his findings when he completes the study.
So far, he has been contacted by 3 private landowners in the watershed
They've all told him they have turtles on their land. He will visit with
them this summer to confirm that.
If you have western pond turtles on your land or would like to know if your
land has sites that are desirable for this study you may contact
Paul Adamus @ (541) 745-7092 or at adamus7@attbi.com.


7) ANNOUNCEMENTS

Technical Meeting
WILLAMETTE "STATE OF THE KNOWLEDGE" SUMMIT
May 29 and 30 at the LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis Oregon
The foundation for the Summit is data and science. It is mostly for DEQ
staff but may be of interest to those interested in the technical side of
water quality in the Willamette Basin.
Map and directions can be found on the website:
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/lasells/index.html or call the DEQ (Eugene)
686-7888

Willamette Basin Groundwater Study
The May 23, 2002 quarterly meeting for the Willamette Basin Groundwater
Study has been cancelled.
The tentative new date for the next quarterly meeting is
Thursday, August 22, 2002 9:30 a.m. Conference Room D (Top Floor) Water
Resources Dept.
158 12th St. NE, Salem, Oregon
The Willamette Basin Ground Water Study is a cooperative investigation into
the ground water resources of the Willamette Valley. The main goals of the
study are to evaluate the adequacy of ground water supplies for current and
proposed appropriations, the impact of ground water withdrawals on surface
water supplies, and the occurrence of arsenic in ground waters of the
valley. For more information, please see our web page at
oregon.usgs.gov/projs_dir/willgw/willpage.html.
Karl Wozniak, Hydrogeologist , OR Water Resources Dept. 503-378-8455,
x213 email


8) FREE WORKSHOP

A Workshop for Watershed Councils and SWCDs from

East Lane Soil and Water Conservation District

DEVELOPING AND CONDUCTING EFFECTIVE
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Thursday, June 6, 2002 7:00-9:00pm
Irving Grange, 1101 Irvington Drive, Eugene
(541) 465-6436
Diane Davis Lost Creek Working Group, Middle Fork of the
Willamette Watershed Council
Communicating with Grades 4-8 plus Middle School teacher
interactions; community newsletters.

Kate Ferschweiler McKenzie Watershed Coucil
Working with High School students and
teachers; newsletters and
event displays.

Diane Albino Mohawk Watershed Partnership of the McKenzie
Watershed Council
Adult education: working with land owners;
organizing and
presenting workshops and tours.

9) MINTUES FROM APRIL COUNCIL MEETING

Long Tom Watershed Council Meeting
4-30-02

1. Welcome and Introductions - Rick Allison

2. Please give feedback on the meeting - comment cards are in the back

3. Howard Schussler reviewed agenda - no changes

4. Andy Gilmore presented the Amazon Creek restoration project report. He
presented a storyboard that summarizes why the project was done. The first
function was to create braided channels to help deal with major
events. The second function was to increase riparian vegetation both for
wildlife and stream protection. The third function was to add educational
opportunities by creating little interpretation stations along the bike
path. The project is located between Acorn Park and Oak Patch Rd. It has
been very successful in its objectives and the Amazon is improving noticeably.

5. Recommendation for formal organization structure - Anna Delocis. The
Steering committee recommendation for a formal structure is to pursue the
current working relationship with Cascade RC&D, our current fiscal agent,
and not from a non-profit organization. Background: currently we're a
volunteer group that uses Cascade RC&D and contractors. The watershed
council wanted to look at obtaining funding and other options by changing
our status. Many reasons for this recommendation including but not limited
to: 1) Looked at IRS regulations 2) Asked contractors questions about their
needs 3) Explored our relationship with Cascade RC&D - they can receive
grants from foundations for us, which in our current status is something we
couldn't do. That's why we looked into changing. 4) Non-profit takes more
administration and cost to deal with it. There was council consensus to
accept the steering committee's recommendation.

6. Evaluate Contaminants to the Amazon
Cindy gave the intro to the ongoing project of which issues to focus on
from the watershed assessment. January meeting we discussed water quality
issues with Amazon Creek. A working group that formed has met twice to
craft language for ecological objectives. Tonight we'll discuss topics
from agenda packet that was in the mail. The working group will continue
and will meet again June 10 - open to anyone interested.
Andy Gilmore gave the working group report. Basically there are 7
objectives to consider, and they need to be contained in a workable size.
1) Temperature
2) Dissolve oxygen
3) Bacteria
4) Nutrient loading
5) Understand the chemistry of the creek
6) Reduce toxic discharge
7) Turbidity
Several of these objectives have state guidelines, but some don't. Some
ideas were for temperature - reduce the number of days exceeding 64 degrees
F. Court had a good idea that we should make it a positive sounding
objective for the public. For instance instead of reducing days above 64
degrees, increase days below 64 degrees. About 1/2 of these objectives
don't make state guidelines.
Brainstorm session:
The state is about to issue a TMDL list for local creeks that could help us
determine what to fix.
One issue it that we need to target specific reaches of the Amazon, because
some differ from others.
The soils of Eugene contribute certain chemicals to the system - a
background level to reference is important.
We should look at Mill Creek in Salem to compare to Amazon to see how
chemical levels compare in urban streams.
There really isn't enough historical data to compare trends in the Amazon.
Some levels of toxins are hard to detect, but are important to know.
A great attention grabber is to tell the public that if you're swimming in
Fern Ridge, you're swimming in the garbage that your neighbor just hosed
off of their driveway.

7. Steering Committee Report - Anita Ragan
Debriefed on how council meetings are going
Talked about the organizational structure of the LTWC
Brainstormed how to deal with ideas coming in without casting it all upon
Dana & Cindy.
Coordinator's Report - Cindy
Found out OWEB matched $1000 of McKenzie River Trust's donation - will help
with map making
Cindy got 2 projects recommended for funding.
Announcements:
There's a flyer for cleanup at Fern Ridge at Orchard Point and Richardson
Park - Sat. May 18 at 9:00 am. Bar-b-cue to follow. Contact Michelle
Stowe if you're interested.
East Lane Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring an outreach
seminar June 6 7-9 PM at the Irving Grange on Irvington Drive.
11th annual Amazon appreciation day is June 1 at 9:00 am. Meet at
Patterson school.
Track Town Pizza will provide pizza.

Comments on meeting?
Another avenue for consensus for those that want to give a sideways thumb
because they need more info, but don't necessarily want to hold up the group.
Bring a friend.

Recorded by Jim Neef


Directions


To meetings in Lower Long Tom at Monroe High School Commons:
On any Oregon or area map, you'll see Monroe is on Highway 99W, in between
Corvallis and Junction City. The High School is at the north end of town,
right on that main highway. It sits on the east side of the road. The
Commons is the building on the north side of the main school - it has
orange doors and you can't miss it. The parking lot is in between the two
buildings.

 


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