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2005-07 Watershed Coordinator Work Plan (coming soon)

Watershed Assessment

The Pringle, Glenn-Gibson, Claggett and Mill Creek watershed councils jointly developed an assessment of the watersheds in Salem and Keizer. The watershed assessment provides current and historic information on the physical, biological and cultural landscape in the four watersheds. It is a clear picture of the condition and health of the watersheds as of 2002.

The watershed assessment has two purposes. First, it helps council members understand how their watersheds function at an ecological level. This means bringing together all the pieces of the “watershed puzzle” by explaining all the different functions of a watershed and how these functions interrelate. Second, the assessment provides information to both council members and members of the community.

The watershed assessment is a living document. The watershed councils will add information to this document as it is collected and analyzed by the watershed councils, other volunteer organizations, government agencies, schools and universities and other organizations.

Volunteer Projects

Liberty Elementary School Bioswale CleanUp (January 22, 2006)

Willow and cottonwood trees had overgrown the bioswale plantings initially put in by students, parents and volunteers six years ago. The trees blocked drivers' sight, creating a hazardous situation in the parking lot.
The trees still block drivers' sight even without their leaves. The willow and cotton wood trees were too well established to pull or dig up. Volunteers cut the trees as close to the ground as possible. Some of the larger willow pieces became stakes for the city of Salem's restoration project on Claggett Creek.

Weary volunteers pose for a group photo. The bioswale pictured a week after the clean up project.

The bioswale was a joint project of the city of Salem, Salem-Keizer School District, elementary school students and parents, and Pringle Creek Watershed Council volunteers.



Archibald Detention Basin

The city requires detention basins in new developments. Detention basins slow the water run-off from roofs, driveways, parking lots and streets. They keep streams from flooding during heavy rains.

Detention basins are often fenced and forgotten.

They can be an asset for adjacent property owners. Pringle Creek Watershed Council teamed up with the Archibalds who own one and the city of Salem to show what can be done.

Cannery Park


Pringle Park / School For the Blind


Pringle Ponderosa Pines

Volunteers retrieved 16 Ponderosa Pines seedlings from the South Commercial Street right of way. These young pine trees were wintered over in pots at a local nursery.

In October 2001, volunteers transplanted the 16 trees into a small grove on Minto Brown Island.


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