Meeting Minutes

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality DRAFT MINUTES June 8, 2017 7:00 pm

published: August 2nd, 2017

Call to Order: Chairman Egen called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm

Members Present: A roll call of members was taken and a quorum was present.

Isaac Owens

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Ed Kane

Barry LaRoy

Absent:

Councilwomen Gloria Rafko

Guests: Melanie Foose, MDEQ AOC Coordinator

Bill Doster, Citizen

Chairman Egen mentioned the COTE meeting for May could not occur due to no quorum.

Approval of minutes from April 13, 2017 meeting – Motion by Finzel-Doster, Seconded by Stefanski

UPDATES

PAC Grant 2016:

Pictures taken for April & May 2017 were reviewed by Commission.

City entered a SEMCOG Photo Contest using several of pictures taken with this grant task.

Approximately $230 remains in the grant that has not been encumbered, alternatives were discussed such that Monroe News is running ads through June 25 were $195 of the remaining funds can be used for an ad for the Field Guides.  Jody Egen will be consulted to develop an ad to run in June.  Remaining funds will be used for cleanup supplies.

Largest Bigmouth Buffalo fish caught near the Ford Plant in the AOC recently.

Monroe County Environmental Fund Grants (2016 & 2017):

2016 & 2017 grant funds have been partially received.  Funds will be pooled to the 2017 season flowering rush spray ($6,000 total).  Currently working through proposal negotiations with the contractor before work can start/be scheduled.  Also, the City will be part of a grant application with the International Wildlife Refuse Alliance for 2018/2019.

PAC Grant 2017:

GLRI is funded-capacity grant has been approved, MDEQ is preparing the award documents/contracts.  Contract will run through June 30, 2018.  Contact with several boy scout troop has been occurring to secure some dates to hold the 2017 river cleanup, possible week day cleanup on a COTE meeting or Boy Scout meeting night to garner the greatest number of help.

MDEQ Items:

Went through a SPAC conference info, location, details, agenda & expenses.

Members Time:

Stefanski-none

Micka– SPAC conference expenses/vendor details, Discussed Vince Bonifer in the Monroe News tour, Went to Ducks Unlimited Convention & discussed details, Discussed GLRILotus Tour, Downsriver Greenways project, City Park Masterplan for 6 parks, & National Park Kayak Plan

Owens-Contact Senator Zorn about restocking walleye in the river, showed pictures of Ike’s fish caught in May.

Kane-Caught 7 fish downstream of the Waterloo Dam recently.

Finzel-Doster-none

Beaudry– Discussed maintenance on river frontage for homeowners.  Melanie Foose will provide some BMP guidance for owners, LaRoy may present the Field Guide at Kiwanis meeting.

LaRoy-Fish Derby is June 10, City of Masterplan comments are due July 17th +/-, send them to LaRoy or Jeff Green, Planning Director

Egen-Discussed application through website for fish catches within river & by location.  It is intended to be through the City website & developed after the new City website rollout.

Adjournment 8:27 pm motion made by Stefanski, Seconded by Owens.

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES April 13, 2017 7:00 pm

published: August 2nd, 2017

Call to Order: Commissioner LaRoy called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm

Members Present: A roll call of members was taken and a quorum was present.

Isaac Owens

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski – via phone

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Councilwomen Gloria Rafko

Ed Kane

Barry LaRoy

Guests: Melanie Foose, MDEQ AOC Coordinator

Bill Doster, Citizen

Mayor Robert Clark

Maureen Pfund, Former COTE Chairman

Megan LaRoy, Student / Volunteer

Mayor Robert Clark & Councilwomen Gloria Rafko spoke & presented Maureen Pfund with a Certificate of Appreciation for the 11 years she lead the COTE as chairman.

Ed Kane was officially introduced as a new COTE member

Approval of minutes from March 9, 2017 meeting – Motion by Stefanski, Seconded by Finzel-Doster

UPDATES

PAC Grant 2016:

Pictures taken for March 2017 were reviewed by Commission.

Field Guide “stuffers” officially ran out & finishing being stuffed in water bills on 3-17-17 to 50,000+ people.

Approximately $230 remains in the grant that has not been encumbered, alternatives for river cleanup supplies will be sought.

Monroe County Environmental Fund Grants (2016 & 2017):

2016 grant funds have been partially received.  2017 application has been received & it is likely funding will be granted; it is intended to combine a portion of the funds with the 2016 grant funds for a 2017 season flowering rush spray.  Some of the other funds will be used for a 2017 river cleanup due to potential delay in the 2017 PAC grant funds.

PAC Grant 2017:

GLRI is in jeopardy, MDEQ is waiting on awarding grants, 2017 funds are secure, but 2018 funds are not, a website for the statewide river cleanup funds will be provided from the MDEQ for consideration, 2017 funds have already been funded.

MDEQ Items:

Went through a SPAC ppt that was provided at the conference.

Went through the Illinois Sea Grant website and reviewed the drone footage of the USEPA River Raisin PCB cleanup project.

Members Time:

Micka– SPAC meeting details

MDEQ handling of the AOC program

EPA microcystin DRAFT document / LaRoy to contact Monroe County Health Dept about potential grant for 2017 season for Lake Erie – Monroe Water Plant is ELISA method certified for testing

Went over Melanie ppt details

Discussed Dr. Grassman (Eagles study)

Michelle Selzer LaMP program

District 9 Meeting Info

IJC Meeting details in Detroit

Mentioned everyone should go to the AOC conference

Discussed Vince Bonifer in the Monroe News

Port of Monroe notice from EPA regarding a port study

Mentioned Tom Krzyston, long time Port chairman passed awy

Owens-mentioned the Scenic Vista cleanup work has started along river on IHM property by City of Monroe DPS, looks great so far.

Kane-went to the RR Watershed Council Farm-Led Watershed Conservation meeting.

Finzel-Doster-none

Beaudry– none

Rafko– none

Stefanski-appreciation for Maureen Pfund’s longevity & hard work

LaRoy-Will contact Boy Scouts about dates for 2017 river cleanup

Egen-Discussed chairman nomination for Dick Micka.  After a long discussion a motion was made by Finzel-Doster & seconded by Rafko to unanimously nominate Brian Egen for chairman of the COTE and Barry LaRoy as vice-chairman of the COTE.

Adjournment 8:18 pm motion made by Owens, Seconded by Stefanski

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES March 9, 2017 7:00 pm

published: August 2nd, 2017

Call to Order: Commissioner LaRoy called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm

Members Present: A roll call of members was taken and a quorum was present.

Isaac Owens

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski – via phone

Milward Beaudry

Gloria Rafko

Barry LaRoy

Excused: Brian Egen

Guests: Melanie Foose, MDEQ AOC Coordinator

Ed Kane, Citizen

Bill Doster, Citizen

Approval of minutes from February 9, 2017 meeting – Motion by Finzel-Doster, Seconded by Beaudry

UPDATES

PAC Grant 2016:

Pictures taken for February 2017 were reviewed by Commission.

Field Guide “stuffers” are finishing the week of 3-13-17 being stuffed with Water Bills to 50,000+ people.

PAC Grant 2017:

Due to proposed federal budget the grant is likely to be delayed, no estimate of delay can be given at this time.

Monroe News Article of 24 inch Trout Catch:

Ed Kane was introduced to COTE.  Ed went over his catch of a 24 inch rainbow steel head trout caught on the downstream side of Waterloo Dam.  He further went over the different types of fish caught & more historical pictures of fish caught in the river.  Fishing has improved with the fishway projects.  It will be investigated about promoting on the City Facebook pages for anglers to record their catches, location, size, etc to help promote the river.

Flowering Rush:

Application will be made for a 2017 Monroe County Solid Waste grant ($3,000) for increasing the 2017 spray season and or supplementing the PAC grant tasks if the budget is reduced.

2 grant apps have been submitted (USEPA & NFWF) with the CISMA for multi-year flowering rush sprays.

MDEQ Items:

SPAC meeting is on 3-28-17, Conference is on 3-28-17 & 3-29-17.

With proposed budget cuts & many questions from COTE members it is suggested to contact our local senator / representatives for assistance to mitigate the cuts.

Members Time:

Rafko-suggests discussion at future council meetings occur on proposed GLRI cuts.

Finzel-Doster-none

Micka-EPA federal cuts article handed out & discussed, Discussion on asking for the Army Corp of Engineers (ACE) to take over the AOC since funding is being shifted to the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA), ACE is responsible for harbor lines already, Further investigation is being done on WRDA, Handed copies of Monroe News article out on Ed Kane / Ike Owens with trout catch, Wants Jim France activities on SE Michigan to be explored, Access to river a high priority, Handed out a brochure on the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance benefit dinner on 5-20-17, Discussed Indian artifacts found when the lake was blown out on 3-8-17, discussed the gizzard shad fish as a possible indicator fish for delisting.

Owens-would like the bypass channel at Veteran’s Park to be deepened but the design of the channel is to carry approx 9 inches to 12 inches of water at all times, Requests Ed Kane become a COTE member.

Beaudry-After the Home Builder Show on S. Custer an Eagle was spotted flying along the river.

LaRoy-chairman suggestions are encouraged in accordance with the bylaws.

Stefanski-none

Adjournment 8:22 pm motion made by Owens, Seconded by Finzel-Doster

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES February 9, 2017 7:00 pm

published: August 2nd, 2017

Call to Order: Commissioner LaRoy called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm

Members Present: A roll call of members was taken and a quorum was present.

Barry LaRoy

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski – via phone

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Gloria Rafko

Excused: Isaac Owens

Guests: Melanie Foose, MDEQ AOC Coordinator

Approval of minutes from January 12, 2017 – Motion by Beaudry, Seconded by Rafko

UPDATES

PAC Grant 2016:

Pictures taken for January 2017 were reviewed by Commission.

Field Guide “stuffers” are going out in Water Bills to 50,000+ people.

PAC Grant 2017:

Went through all grant proposal scope items, discussed details & tasks.

Showed City of Monroe drone video and Detroit River drone video.

MDEQ Items:

Presentation provided on Michigan AOC Program / Delisting AOC

“Party” is the USEPA in USA

4 BUIs remain in River Raisin AOC, 5 removed already

Benthos BUI removal likely in 2018

Went through steps to delist

14 AOCs in Michigan, 2 removed, 12 remain

River Raisin can’t delist until 4 remaining BUIs are removed

River Raisin Delisting process includes:

Melanie (MDEQ) submitting Final Report once all BUIs are removed

Hold Public Meeting for comments, Make changes if needed & submit Final Report to USEPA

USEPA submits to Dept of State

Process can take a long time to delist

River Raisin AOC is done with all projects and will need to wait for environment to recover

MDEQ writes the report to the USEPA, gets sent to Dept of State, then sent back to USEPA, then back to the MDEQ & then we celebrate!

USEPA New Managers: Scott Cieniawski & Amy Mucha – they replaced Mark Tuchman (split into 2 positions)

Annual MDEQ meeting occurred – discussed monitoring (2016 data for bald eagles & Herring Gulls)

Eagle productivity okay, but contaminate level (PCB) too high, Herring Gulls reproduction is below minimum (1.0 chicks/nest)

Eagles: 4 new eagle nests in AOC – south of DTE/Plum Creek

  • = Healthy population, 0.7 stable population, RR AOC > 1.0, problem is blood in eagles

125 ug/kg = healthy contaminate, RR AOC = 166 ug/kg – too high

Issue is healthy eagles having contaminated baby eagles in AOC

Hearing Gulls: PCB/contaminants in sediments – DTE discharge

Bob Burns – records of eagles per Stefanski & Micka

Same observations with Herring Gulls as Eagles

2010 reproduction rate was a complete failure

No deformities on eagles 2016 data

3 in last 4 years Herring Gulls > 1.0 chicks / nest, stable, 2015 / 2016 < 1.0

Tree Swallow data may be an option to review – Kris Custer, City participates in Tree Swallow program currently

2016 Forge Fish sampling occurred before PCB cleanup started

Eagles/Herring Gulls/Forge Fish are biological methods of monitoring

Members Time:

Mr. Micka –

Bloomberg article / Stefanski quote questions (handout)

Went over AOC conference sessions he plans to attend (handout)

Reviewed 2017 RFA Great Lakes Biology Monitoring Projects (handout)

Reviewed sustainable development strategy team Info (handout)

Reviewed ACE water quality info (handout)

Reviewed AOC delisting process / RAP Implementation Group (handout)

Discussed Lakewide Management Plan

Adjournment 8:44 pm motion made by Egen, Seconded by Beaudry

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES January 12, 2017 7:00 pm

published: August 2nd, 2017

Call to Order: Chairperson Pfund called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm

Members Present: A roll call of members was taken and a quorum was present.

Maureen Pfund

Barry LaRoy

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski – via phone

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Isaac Owens

Excused: Gloria Rafko

Guests

Approval of minutes from December 8, 2016 – Motion by Bonnie Seconded by Brian

UPDATES

PAC Grant 2016-

Quarterly report submitted

All pictures taken were reviewed by Commission.

Field Guide “stuffers” will go out in Water Bill

Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Project

Barry asked if for a recommendation for the City to become a member to the Mayor and Council.  A Motion was made by Dan and seconded by Bonnie that the COTE feels that we can better utilize the funds for projects that we have for more immediate return on our investment.

Also noted that Paul LaMarre is very active in this initiative.

MDEQ Report – None

Members Time:

Barry – Letter written for recommendation to EPA for weed management area.

We will be applying for the 2017 Monroe County Solid Waste Grant to help with Flowering Rush.

Scenic Vista Agreement is near complete

2017 PAC grant – COTE letter of support items will include: river clean up, Outreach Education, Website update.  Sub Committee to review other items; Shapefile or GIS Legacy layer, Video.

Motion Made by Dick and Seconded by Brian to submit a proposal for 2017 PAC grant.

Mr. Micka –

Reviewed BUI Matrix (handout)

Reviewed Glossary of Terms (handout)

Delisting handout

Monitoring – Biological Integrity, Mr. Micka would like Melanie to explain why this isn’t a component of monitoring.

Isaac – The rocks are blocking the fish passage at Veterans Park.

Bonnie – pass

Dan –phone number changed

Milward – pass

Maureen – submitted letter of resignation.

Adjournment 8:20 pm motion made by Brian seconded by Bonnie