May Minutes

Whitman Conservation District –Board of Supervisors Meeting

Thursday,   May 21, 2015     7:00 p.m.   601 N Main #A,  Colfax, WA

 

The meeting of the Whitman Conservation District was brought to order at 7:00 p.m. by David Lange, Chair. 

Representing a quorum, present was:

 

Supervisors:  Rhod McIntosh, Cory Aeschliman and Jan Turney  

 

District Staff:   Nancy Hoobler

Accountant:   Brandy Wigen

Commission Representative:  NA

NRCS Representative: NA

 

Guests:  Tom Kammerzell, Kim Weerts (WCCA), Reid Camp (ELR), Jill Pierson, Sarah Arnesen (Intern) and Bryan Jones

Guest Speaker:  Reid Camp (Eco Logical Research, Inc.) presented a power point presentation on the Penawawa Creek Instream Habitat Rehabilitation proposal which was presented to the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board meeting for consideration for funding.  If funded, the grant will pay for the installation of up to 50 Post Assisted Log Structures (PALS) from the mouth upstream for 1 mile on USACE property.  The primary benefits to adding high densities of large woody debris are to (1) increase instream habitat complexity through the development of pools, bars, and structural refugia for juvenile salmonids, (2) temporarily store fine sediment around the installed structures, and (3) back up water behind structures to encourage hyporheic exchange and provide localized floodplain access.    

Minutes:

The minutes of the May 21, 2015 meeting were reviewed and accepted.

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve the May 21, 2015 minutes, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

 

Financial Report:

Brandy reported the grant of $650.00 was used to buy a new printer.  But the printer came with a defect and will be shipped back to Costco.  WACD dues are going to be higher, will follow Dave Vogel’s recommendations.  The $5,000 grant was used to recoup costs of back rent payments. 

Expense sheet for May; Checks numbered 6069-6076, including payroll, no void checks and 1 EFT were reviewed totaling $18,558.21.

Cory Aeschliman moved to approve the May 2015 financial reports, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

 

Supervisors Report:

Walter Riley: NA

David Lange: NA

Jan Turney:  Reported on her trip east to see the grandson.

Cory Aeschliman: no report

Rhod McIntosh reported on taking water samples on Four Mile Creek and what the results showed.

 

Correspondence/District News:  A flier announcing the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Lind Field Day on June 11, 2015.

 

 

Natural Resources Coordinator Report:

Two candidates have sent applications to the commission applying for the open board position; issued 3 spot burn permits and 2 field burn permits; one person bought trees to replace dead in wind break; monitored on April 13 & 20 and May 11 & 18; attended the Nez Perce all day workshop on Butterfly habitat and pollinators; met with Whitman County Planner, Engineer, F&W, County Commissioner and 2 Districts on ditching procedures; attended NRCS fence workshop; attended Local Work Group meeting in St. John; met with 3 DOE Water Quality Representatives  concerning who will get letters on the Snake River Watershed and the Upper Palouse River watershed; attended the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board meeting for ranking of projects; attended the RCPP meeting in Pullman; met with F&W (Eric) to go west of LaCrosse to check underpasses for WDOT biologist concerning deer use; did cost share application and inspected completed project for Precision Ag; worked with NRCS and a producer on a livestock project; met with a producer to discuss water quality issues; asked the Board about taking Tuesday, May 28, 2015 off .

Cory Aeschliman moved to approve Nancy taking May 28, 2015 off, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Old Business:

  • Approval of 5 year plan, Annual plan, Schedule 22 and Good Governance Check list; Brandy explained the new Schedule 22 form filled out on internet.

Cory Aeschliman moved to approved documents and be sent to the Commission, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • Alkali Flat Creek monitoring program: Nancy reported that Walter Riley asked her to tell the Board that he suggested sending all participants on Alkali Flat Creek a bill for two months of sampling at $15.00/sample, test results and pictures.  The board thought it was a good idea and instructed Nancy to compile a letter.
  • RCPP Grant update:  The grant has been signed by NRCS in Washington DC and returned to the State.  Details are being worked out, hoping for a final signature by June 30th.
  • Claims for Damages Resolution:  Nancy wrote up a resolution for the Board to approve and sign.

Jan Turney moved to approve the resolution and for it to be signed and taken to the Whitman County Auditor’s office, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • Local Work Group meeting: Nancy reported members attending were all farmers and no livestock operators, the group went over the accomplishments, FY 2015 application categories, RCPP Grant, priorities, ranking questions and targeted watersheds.
  • WACD & NACD Summer Board meeting and Tour:   2015 NACD Summer Board meeting will be held in Spokane, WA, Saturday through Monday, July 11-13, 2015.  An important announcement notice was handed out and Board members encouraged to at least be think about attending the tour. 

 

New Business:

  • Memorial for Sally:  Nancy reported on different options. One was to check with county parks about a memorial tree, county does not approve of this practice in the parks.  Second was check with Lutheran Church about establishing a pollinator garden bed at the community garden.  They would be very appreciative if the pollinator garden bed was developed in Sally’s memory since she was a gardener at the garden.

Cory Aeschliman moved to proceed with the pollinator bed at the garden operated by the Lutheran Church, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

  • Pollinator/Butterfly Project: Nancy has been invited to speak to the LaCrosse library summer reading program about pollinators.  Nancy is trying to make contact with Colfax Grade School to see if there is a teacher who might be interested.  Sarah will present to Farm Bureau and 4 Star to see if they would like to help support the projects.
  • Ecology’s recommendations to ag ditching:  A copy of an email from Alan Thomson (County Planner) with comments, recommendations and an environmental check list from Ecology was handed out for review by the Board. 
  • NRCS Conservation Plan and Monson’s Cost Share to be signed:  Discussion on who should be able to sign NRCS plans to keep the paperwork moving.  All Board members can sign and Nancy should be able to sign since all other Districts have a signing representative.

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve Nancy to have signing privileges, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Cory Aeschliman moved to approve Monson’s Cost Share Plan, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and David Lange abstained from voting.

  • SRFB Project Tour:  Nancy reported the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board will tour the Penawawa project site on June 19th arriving at 10AM.
  • Ag Burn Task Force Meeting:  Nancy reported the meeting will be held at the Ecology office in Spokane, starting at 10 AM on June 9, 2015.  The grant submitters will present their projects to the Board and then the Board will decide which project receives funding.  Also the Board will discuss/approve the changes to the Non-cereal grain BMP.
  • Draft County Plan for Whitman:  The meeting was attended by the Whitman County Planner, Whitman County Commissioner, Fish & Wildlife and three Conservation Districts.  Fish and Wildlife discussed their approach to the permitting process, which will reflect a more of an understanding approach with the landowner.
  • Washington’s Water quality Management Plan to Control Nonpoint Sources of Pollution:  The Board members and audience was briefed about the purpose of the document and encouraged to go on line to review and make comments were necessary.   

 

 Agency Reports:

NRCS- Rich Edlund emailed a report about the 2011 CSP contracts will expire December 31; producers with expiring contracts will be able to apply for CSP Renewal 2016.  About 25 producers signed up for EQIP.  There is not a formal announcement for CRP General Signup, but “just in case” the NRCS State Office was given a dollar estimate for Task Orders for CD assistance with field work and conservation planning after July 1.  

WSCC- Ray Ledgerwood sent the WSCC District Operations Quick Notes with reminders about, WADE Conference, Elections and Appointments, and Commission Good Governance Process/Open Training process/dates.

 

 The next regular Board meeting will be on June 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the District office in Colfax.

 

There being no further business Jan Turney motioned and Cory Aeschliman seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m., motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

Motion Recap:

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve the May 21, 2015 minutes, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Cory Aeschliman moved to approve the May 2015 financial reports, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Cory Aeschliman moved to approve Nancy taking May 28, 2015 off, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Cory Aeschliman moved to approved documents and be sent to the Commission, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Jan Turney moved to approve the resolution and for it to be signed and taken to the Whitman County Auditor’s office, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Cory Aeschliman moved to proceed with the pollinator bed at the garden operated by the Lutheran Church, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Rhod McIntosh moved to approve Nancy to have signing privileges, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Cory Aeschliman moved to approve Monson’s Cost Share Plan, Rhod McIntosh seconded, motion passed, none opposed and David Lange abstained from voting.

Jan Turney motioned and Cory Aeschliman seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m., motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

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Nancy Hoobler, Natural Resource Coordinator                     David Lange, Chair

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