Meeting Minutes

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES October 11, 2018 7:00 pm, 3rd Floor Conference Room

published: January 3rd, 2019

Call to Order: Chairman Egen called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm

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

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Andrew Felder

Ed Kane

Barry LaRoy

Absent:            Isaac Owens

Guests:            Bill Doster-Citizen

Melanie Foose, MDNR (OGL)

Butch Uhl-Citizen

Approval of agenda for meeting with amending the meeting minutes date to be September 13, 2018 – Motion by Stefanski, Seconded by Beaudry, motion passed.

Approval of minutes from September 13, 2018 meeting – Motion by Finzel-Doster, Seconded by Stefanski, motion passed.

2018 Flowering Rush Spray-2018 spray work is part of USFWS 2-year grant with the Detroit River-Western Lake Erie Cooperative Weed Management Area, permit amended to include river up to Cranbrook Blvd.  The 2018 spray was completed on October 3, 2018.  Waiting for a map of the spray areas from Aquaweed to give to our GIS consultant to map & provide a shapefile as part of the grant obligations.

2018 PAC Support Grant: The revised FSR is needed to complete the quarterly report from the MDNR.  Discussed the tasks:

  • Media Outreach-subcommittee to be formed along with City staff to put together a series of outreach documents on the Raisin AOC, projects completed, activities, etc. May want to offer outreach to be included in City Newsletter or Parks & Rec newsletter
  • Website-ongoing maintenance & updating
  • State Historic Marker-due to timing this task was eliminated and funding reallocated to outreach and documentary PSA. No funds were expended to date other that voluntary time by Chairman Egen
  • Portable Banners-to be retractable & purchase up to 2. City staff will be working along with subcommittee to develop the graphics/wording/purchase
  • Documentary Short Style PSA-interviews went very well (Dan Stefanski, Dick Micka, Michelle Seltzer, & Jon Allan), filming went well on river including kayaks, fisherman & using drones, one more filming of fall colors is planned, then editing, & will complete. Plan is to consider shopping the PSA to PBS and or use for extending it with a future AOC grant.  PSA may be up to 5 minutes+/-

MDNR Items: OGL audit-programmatic related held / ongoing.  Complete the survey if received, results to be shared.  November will be meeting with EPA for updates on Raisin AOC, will need to wait on Raisin AOC monitoring results to consider benthos BUI removal, Consumption BUI may be 2-4 years & deformities BUI ~4 years or so – need to wait on results, New GLRI US website, various habitat AOC projects discussed.  Discussed City of Monroe & Huron-to-Erie Corridor blue-green algae real-time equipment replacement with state grant administered via SEMCOG – showed live website to group for water operators.

Members Time:

Kane-None.

Micka-Discussed over Plum Creek Bay meeting, Port Inner Modal cargo line, I-75 corridor wetland mitigation, Port wetland work, Access to Recreation-Heritage Trail rehab work, Mill Race Park suggestion potential theme park use, and SE MI Resilience – ArcorMittal-Erb Foundation/Wilson Foundation funded projects

Felder – Discussed commission cards & commission appreciation dinners were asked of Mayor & Council, reminder to vote in November election, will review/bring a list of ordinances to review for COTE to consider recommending amendments to City Administration/Council.

Finzel-Doster-None.

Stefanski – Will be at November COTE meeting and then will be in Florida & will call in for COTE mtg/available via email & phone.

Beaudry – None.

LaRoy – discussed scuba diving of the River Raisin request, Erb Foundation RFP.

Egen-went & assisted with the Sterling State Park cleanup with RR Institute, AOC audit-all COTE members are part of the PAC-nested by the ordinance, issued COTE business cards, showed pictures of 23 egrets on FP4 near his backyard.

Citizen Comments: None.

Adjournment: 8:01 pm a motion made by Stefanski, Seconded by Felder to officially end the meeting.

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES September 13, 2018 7:00 pm, 3rd Floor Conference Room

published: January 3rd, 2019

Call to Order: Commissioner Stefanski called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm

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

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski

Milward Beaudry

Andrew Felder

Ed Kane

Barry LaRoy

Absent:            Isaac Owens

Excused:          Brian Egen

Guests:            Bill Doster

Melanie Foose, MDNR (OGL)

Mike Alexander, MDEQ

Katie Goplerud-Smith, RR Watershed Coordinator

Approval of agenda for meeting – Motion by Finzel-Doster, Seconded by Beaudry, motion passed.

Approval of minutes from July 18, 2018 meeting – Motion by Finzel-Doster, Seconded by Felder, motion passed.

2018 River Cleanup Event (Michigan Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program Grant):

Discussed final report, event details, ProMedica stepping up to fund the remaining T-shirt purchase due to running out of shirts and we reviewed the pictures.  109 total volunteers helped with event along with several groups coordinating & participating.

River Raisin Sediment Remediation Post-Monitoring Update:  Mike Alexander, MDEQ, presented the Year 1 Anchor QEA presentation that was provided in January 2018, results of the Year 1 post construction report.  Items covered included: Baseline Sampling (2016), 2017 Port Construction potential interference with results, Year 1 sampling (May-Oct 2017), Bathymetric Survey results, Surface Sediment Sampling results, Semi-Permeable Membrane Device (SPMD) results, and Solid-Phase Microextraction (SPME) results.  The 1997 “hotspot” is close to the NAPL location.  Year 2 sampling is being done in which a similar report will be forthcoming.  The overall testing results appear verify thus far that the CAP installed is working and no leaching of PCB is occurring.  The PCB levels found appears to be from other sources and will likely occur for a few years, eventually reducing allowing the environment (fish, birds, animals) to recover, aiding in the goal of removing the 4 remaining BUIs ultimately to delist the AOC.

2018 PAC Support Grant: Briefly discussed all tasks and schedule.  Due to the grant completion date and inability to complete the State Historic Marker process / purchase before the end of the grant period a motion by Micka, seconded by Finzel-Doster was made to reallocate funds budgeted for the State Historic Marker ($4,800) to be reallocated to the other grant tasks, motion passed.  A revised budget for the tasks will be submitted to the AOC Coordinator for review & approval before moving forward.

2018 Flowering Rush Spray-2018 spray work is part of USFWS 2-year grant with the Detroit River-Western Lake Erie Cooperative Weed Management Area, permit amended to include river up to Cranbrook Blvd.  The 2018 spray will be on September 24, 2018, with backup dates on September 25th & 26th.

MDNR Items: Glad to have Mike Alexander provide the Year 1 report.  Filming/interviews as part of the 2018 PAC grant with Jon Allan & Michele Selter will be on 9-18-18.

Members Time:

Beaudry – None.

Kane-None.

Felder – IHM Sisters helped with river cleanup, promoting the RR Institute beach cleanup at Sterling State Park scheduled on 9-15-18.

Finzel-Doster-Thanked Mike Alexander for presentation.

Stefanski – donated placards to put on drainage structures to City.

Micka-Went over details from Port of Monroe / COTE collaboration meeting – Micka proposal was as a citizen only.  Discussed Plum Creek Bay Wildlife Area designation. Mentioned signs from RR Watershed Council, mentioned several events for the weekend.

LaRoy – flowering rush spray scheduled for 9-24-18.

Citizen Comments:

Katie Goplerud-Smith – mentioned a citizen near Maybee / Grape requested assistance for cleaning our the mill race (Shirley Mowery).  Asked for project background, access, if a permit is required, who to contact.  Information provided from COTE and MDNR.  Mentioned 20 River Raisin signs were provided by the RR Watershed Council, Dave Hoffman installed them.

Adjournment: 8:50 pm a motion made by Felder, Seconded by Kane to officially end the meeting.

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES July 18, 2018 7:00 pm, 2nd Floor Conference Room

published: September 14th, 2018

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

Andrew Felder

Ed Kane

Barry LaRoy

Absent/Excused:          None

Guests:                        Bill Doster

Approval of agenda for meeting – Motion by MIcka, Seconded by Stefanski, motion passed.

Approval of minutes from June 13, 2018 meeting – Motion by Stefanski, Seconded by Beaudry, motion passed.

PAC Grant 2017: Briefly went over the final report package submitted to the MDEQ on 7-2-2018, grant is completed.

2018 PAC Support Grant: Agreement accepted by Monroe City Council on 7-2-2018.  Briefly went over the scheduled tasks and what has been started: Media Outreach – to be a series of AOC and river topics; Website-ongoing maintenance of RR Legacy website; State Historic Marker – Egen researching materials, may need Micka’s assistance and materials, City assistance required as well; Portable Banners-Branding and message to be included on banners; Documentary Short Style PSA-PO issued to consultant, crew coming to 2018 River Cleanup, Micka & Stefanski to be interviewed along with filming fly fisherman, etc.

2018 Flowering Rush Spray-2018 spray work is part of USFWS 2-year grant with the Detroit River-Western Lake Erie Cooperative Weed Management Area, permit amended to include river up to Cranbrook Blvd.  Current rush looks not healthy, due to past spray efforts to eradicate rush.

2018 River Cleanup Event (Michigan Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program Grant): Discussed all elements of river cleanup including rain/lightning, ziplock pags, megaphone use (if needed), reschedule date of 7-28-18.  COTE members volunteered to “captain” each access site, film (MPACT), film crew for 2018 grant documentary, and coordinate logistics for event.  Grant required include picture documentation.  Encourage volunteers to bring their own boats with flat bottoms, discussed 6 access points and 5 sections to be cleaned of debris (Veteran’s Park, Roessler Field, IHM, Riverfront Parking Lot, Soldier’s & Sailors, & Hellenberg).  Date of event to be 7-21-18, 9am-noon with food/drinks, prizes, T-Shirts, etc after the event.

MDNR Items: None

Members Time:

Beaudry – Facebook August 3, 2018 – Island on the River at Monroe Museum, In Pittsburg, PA kayak rental on river.

Kane-We will need a blowhorn/megaphone for cleanup event.

Felder – Council promoting volunteerism by having an annual dinner – member appreciation, discussed Proud Lake Recreation trip with family.

Owens-None

Finzel-Doster-Apologize for missing some meetings due to grandchildren graduations.

Stefanski – happy to be on COTE.

Micka-Attended EPA AOC SPAC meetings, EPA bucketlist for Raisin AOC to delist; discussed SPAC roles & responsibilities and handbook rules & bylaws; Motion by Stefanski for Micka to vote “Yes” on the SPAC handbook rules and regulations and to advise SPAC of the City of Monroe COTE related City ordinance (https://www.ecode360.com/12405435); discussed SEMCOG Terrain360 project; Lotus Tour on 7-28-18, discussed his position on pushing the Port of Monroe, DTE, MDOT, USFWS, etc on wetland mitigation & converting / filling various properties near and in the Port of Monroe area.

LaRoy – Dave Dempsey (well known author) requested pictures from RR Legacy website; Reminder of COTE re-appointments to go to Clerk’s office; submit comments to Barry on the Downtown Master Plan; Ypsilanti Councilperson has requested input from Mayor Clark on a project in their city – may come to a future COTE mtg.

Egen – Discussed ID cards / generic business cards – Mayor Clark is in support of the generic business card idea for COTE, not personal business cards.

Adjournment: 8:13 pm a motion made by Stefanksi, Seconded by Felder to officially end the meeting.

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES June 14, 2018 7:00 pm, 3rd Floor Conference Room

published: July 31st, 2018

Call to Order: Chairman Egen called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm

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

Isaac Owens

Dan Stefanski

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Andrew Felder

Barry LaRoy

Absent:            Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Richard Micka

Ed Kane

Guests:            Melanie Foose, MDNR

Jody Egen

Scarlett Egen

Approval of agenda for meeting – Motion by Stefanski, Seconded by Beaudry, motion passed.

Approval of minutes from May 10, 2018 meeting – Motion by Felder, Seconded by Stefanski, motion passed.

PAC Grant 2017: Updated COTE on River Raisin AOC GIS StoryMap – see link https://citymonroe.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=ab257889c6ec4254a16389e2fab024e7).  The link is now on the RR Legacy website.  Video recording via a SEMCOG grant/contractor of the Monroe County water trails, bike / hiking path & walking paths will be done through a grant with Terrain360 in July 2018 – see SEMCOG Parkfinder app.  PSA-radio PSA is done & linked to the RR Legacy website – photo story is scheduled to be done before 6-30-18 deadline using past PAC grant high-res pictures.  Drone video filming completed on June 4th & 7th – Final video cut completed and shown & discussed with COTE.  Video will be email to Monroe City Council with a press release scheduled and will then be linked to City & RR Legacy websites.  Video can be used for future AOC Conferences per MDNR Coordinator.  Media Outreach – will include RR Legacy website (AOC completed projects), map with access points and landmarks, will provide food, drinks, TShirts and other prizes.  Will advertise 5 times with a ½ page.  Will plan June & July advertising plan with Monroe News before cleanup, discussed all elements of planned cleanup.

2018 River Cleanup Event (Michigan Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program Grant): Grant amended received, discussed all elements of river cleanup and media outreach plan – see above.  Will encourage volunteers to bring their own boats with flat bottoms, discussed 6 sections and debris collection locations (Veteran’s Park, Roessler Field, IHM, Riverfront Parking Lot, Soldier’s & Sailors, & Hellenberg).  Date of event to be 7-21-18, 9am-noon with food & drinks after.

2018 PAC Support Grant application: Waiting for agreement for City to review & accept.  MDNR AOC Coordinator mentioned should be available soon.  Egen mentioned he has started researching the historical marker due to the length of time required to obtain it.

MDNR Items: AOC Conference deiscussed.  COTE members (Stefanski, Micka & LaRoy) met with U of M students on Life After Delisting of the RR AOC – videos shown / discussed and a tour of AOC projects provided to the students.  Dr Grassman Herring Gull ppt shown from 6-13-18 field work & discussed with the COTE related to bird deformities BUI study.  Status of Monitoring report for DNAPL (Ford site) in river not finalized, once finalized Mike Alexander from MDEQ will come down to present  discuss.

Members Time:

Stefanski – None.

Owens – Suggests COTE members get business or ID cards when going to approach businesses or groups so they know who we are (ie use for approaching Cabela’s for Dundee fish passage) – LaRoy to followup on potential options.

Felder – Council promoting volunteerism by having an annual dinner – member appreciation

Beaudry – Father-In-Law at Fish Camp caught a large (20”+) walleye – picture shown

LaRoy – Dave Dempsey (well known author) requested pictures from RR Legacy website – no high res available so will offer high res pics from past PAC grant for him to review.  Will require City of Monroe and COTE as the source of the pics.  Request from Monroe County Solid Waste on an Adopt-a-Stream program – provided RR Watershed Council info on entire river program – City has other programs but not a river one.  City would likely partner with groups and watershed on programs.

Egen – None

Adjournment: 8:07 pm a motion made by Owens, Seconded by Stefanksi to officially end the meeting.

The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES May 10, 2018 7:00 pm, 1st Floor Conference Room

published: July 31st, 2018

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.

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Andrew Felder

Ed Kane

Barry LaRoy

Excused:          Isaac Owens

Bonnie Finzel-Doster

Guests:            Melanie Foose, MDNR

Coffee provided for the COTE.

Approval of minutes from April 12, 2018 meeting – Motion by Felder, Seconded by Stefanski, motion passed.

PAC Grant 2017: Updated COTE on River Raisin AOC GIS StoryMap.  All pictures are taken, linked & will be tweaked by the GIS consultant (https://citymonroe.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=ab257889c6ec4254a16389e2fab024e7).  Will look at options for bike path & walking paths videos.  PSA-radio PSa is done & sent to all media sources, video documentary or photo story may be done before 6-30-18 deadline.  Discussed options to use remaining budget & contingency for this task.  Drone Video – discussed production schedule presented by Egen – June 4th is scheduled date.  Media Outreach – discussed options from Monroe News, potentially use 5 insertion with ½ page option – MDNR to advise if this is possible for grant conditions for use with promote all tasks, AOC, current & past projects with proposed 2018 river cleanup.

2018 Michigan Volunteer River, Stream and Creek Cleanup Program (VRSCCP) Grant application: Grant agreement received, reviewed, signed & returned.  Joe Hammond with group from Monroe Schools will help along Mark Locher with scouts.  Boats with flat bottoms will be needed-will be in advertisement.  Discussed 6 sections and debris collection locations (Veteran’s Park, Roessler Field, IHM, Riverfront Parking Lot, Soldier’s & Sailors, & Hellenberg).  Date of event TBD – 7-7, 7-14, 7-21 are the options.

2018 PAC Support Grant application: Waiting for agreement for City to review & accept.  MDNR AOC Coordinator mentioned Vendor ID is needed to submit to City.

MDNR Items: RR Legacy website linked to OGL website.  AOC conference week of 5-14-18, River Raisin story published by Dr. Hartig.  Dr Grassman to be coming to study another round with bird deformities BUI.  Healing of Our Waters conference abstract due in a few weeks for Oct 2018 conference in Detroit, MI.  Raisin story suggested, options discussed.

Members Time:

Felder – None

Kane-Form for cleanup on what to do, where, what to accomplish is suggested, Joe Hammond on board for cleanup with school volunteers, Dixon Rd area suggested to skip river drone video of area where young girl killed a few years prior.

Stefanski – Port of Monroe interest in wetland mitigation may not be as high as requested.  B-roll video footage of old river cleanups provided & viewed.

Egen – 125K views of existing City drone video, expect similar with Raisin drone video

LaRoy – reappointments for Kane & Stefanksi coming in May.

Micka –handout provided to COTE & discussed.  Specific items include: MODT I-75 projects with cooridor conservation, Port Commission mtg with wetland & land donation/swaps, conservation easement suggested to Port Commission, $150K wetland / conservation grant discussed, Monroe DTE powerplant youtube video for fish caught suggested for GIS StoryMap, wetland mitigation.

Adjournment: 8:53 pm a motion made by Egen, Seconded by Kane to officially end the meeting.