The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES July 9, 2020 7:00 pm, Zoom Call (see info below) due to COVID-19

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Call to Order: Chairman Egen called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm

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

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen

Catharine Calder

Barry LaRoy

Excused:          Andrew Felder, Ed Kane, Butch Uhl

Guests:            Melanie Foose-EGLE AOC Coordinator

Approval of Agenda – Motion by Calder, Seconded by Stefanski, motion passed.

Approval of minutes from June 11, 2020 meeting – Motion by Micka, Seconded by Beaudry, motion passed.

2020-2022 PAC Support Grant: Egen discussed Documentary efforts, being stuck onsite, contacting local Potawatomi tribe to obtain a representative, working with Motion Possible. COTE discussed mocked up window stickers/clings and lanyard/waterproof phone pouch logos.  Group selected the mockup logo with a sturgeon such that a Motion was made by Micka to utilize and move to using this logo as the River Raisin Legacy logo going forward and phase out the older one, Seconded by Stefanski, motion passed.  Went over proposed fish mounts, a result of the onsite meeting with the contractor, commissioner Kane and LaRoy.  Discussion was held on the potential issues with them that may result regarding damage, vandalism, various uses.  Discussion was also held with an overview of the remaining tasks.

SPAC Meeting – July 23, 2020: COTE discussed the meeting, an invite will be forthcoming, all members can attend, doodle poll issued for topic input by each AOC SPAC representative.

Future Topics: Commissioner Micka discussed the Army Corp of Engineers (ACE) work in Port, Port budget, and observation of no funding for fish & wildlife, not in sync with COTE efforts.  Commissioner Stefanski and EGLE guest discussed that ACE has and is excellent to work with and that the COTE is an advisory to City Council, not a regulator of the Port, and it is not possible to transition AOC responsibilities from EGLE to ACE, further discussion occurred on partnerships-past & present, concern with habitat and BUI, ISO 14001.  A goal on what COTE can do to assist the Port as a partner with regard to their overall operations & goals will be needed, a subcommittee to develop ideas will be established to bring to COTE for consideration.

EGLE Items:

  • BUI Overview-4 remaining, discussed details on a remaining BUIs, efforts and extra funding is being put into the testing and monitoring, environment needs time to heal, not additional projects at this time.
  • Sterling State Park-walks & marsh need repairs from high lake levels, application submitted for funding to repair damaged areas.
  • Hot Spot monitoring-addendum to monitoring for the ports on the CAP are to be added, Ford/Anchor QEA work plan to be provided, USEPA input & update for future monitoring.
  • Kevin Goodwin, EGLE representative for Integrated Report-if any questions ask him, purposes, specifics, any questions feel free to get with Kevin via email or phone.
  • BUI-dredging is within navigational channel, guidance based, ACE dredging, sample material for contaminates to determine where it will go (CDF or Taska)., Sampled in 2017, ACE secured funding for 2020 sampling. Expedited dredge, will occur in August/Sept.  If results clean will likely require one more sampling round before BUI removal considered.  Discussion occurred on public notices.

Members Time:

Beaudry-none.

LaRoy –none.

Stefanski–hope for cooler weather, less social distancing.

Micka-thanks to Melanie Foose.

Calder-none.

Egen-while kayaking noticed osprey flying with large fish in talons for several minutes, flowering rush efforts are paying off, significantly less invasive.

Citizen Comments: none.

Adjournment: 8:32 pm a motion made by Micka, Seconded by Calder to officially end the meeting.