The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES May 14, 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

Andrew Felder

Ed Kane

Butch Uhl

Catharine Calder

Barry LaRoy

Guests:            Melanie Foose-EGLE AOC Coordinator, Brittany Santure-Monroe Conservation District-MAEAP Technician, Michelle LaVoy-City Clerk-Treasurer (Zoom Web Licensee)

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

Approval of minutes from April 9, 2020 meeting – Motion by Stefanski, Seconded by Felder, motion passed.

2020-2022 PAC Support Grant: PAC Support Grant executed by all parties, a Zoom call was held with a few COTE members on 4-27-20 to discuss schedule.  Will be revising schedule of tasks to meet when we are able to go back to work due to COVID-19.  Working on quarterly task schedules.  Chairman Egen noted Eric Hathaway of Tribal Affairs will be consulted for input and support for the documentary and other likely tasks.

2020 River Cleanup Grant: City received the grant and the first ½ of the grant amount as seed money from the Monroe County Environmental Fund (Solid Waste).  Due to almost all City functions, recreation activities, and other special events being cancelled through the end of August 2020 due to COVID-19, discussion occurred on whether to cancel the 2020 cleanup and request an extension with the County.  After discussion it was determined that discussion on this topic and decision will be made at the June COTE mtg.

Future Topics: Reoccurring Items

Life After Delisting: Nothing discussed

Non-PAC Support Grant Projects: Will wait to complete some of the PAC grant tasks before pursuing non-PAC support grant projects with local businesses, etc.

EGLE Items:

  • PAC grants are not affected like DNR grants due to COVID 19, no changes anticipated.
  • U of M projects (2 total). 4 U of M students will be contacting COTE at the end of May via Zoom about RR AOC, interviews, efforts, etc as a follow-up to past work, Dr Seelbach students.  A Healing of our Waters coalition project using U of M students to study AOCs may be calling the RR AOC, not sure of the project goals.
  • EGLE layoffs, Melanie affected 1 layoff day per week, TBD either Monday or Friday.
  • Discussed Matt Doss and if GLC work with EGLE will be affected, his history, SPAC involvement.

Members Time:

LaRoy –none

Kane-farm tiles on M-50/Dixon Rd, who regulates this?

Micka-Showed picture of fish, his tree being cut down, discussed Friends of Detroit River survey and Lake Erie Circle Tour

Uhl-none

Calder-none

Stefanski–PAC Chairman nomination in June, held annually, will be on agenda

Felder-His wife Jessica is teaching online summer courses at Purdue University and requests any COTE members who can stay on after the mtg to be interviewed on environmental, political, general questions and input.

Beaudry-researching activities for COTE events to reward volunteers for their efforts, found a St Martin environmental group means and methods, will provide more info when COTE gets ready for events to consider.

Citizen Comments: Brittany Santure, Monroe Conservation District, discussed water quality, SS LaPointe project/grant, outreach, south county watershed councils, farm led efforts & producer efforts, BMPs, drainage management, NRCS/CRP cost sharing, agriculture Monroe BMPs-limited access, GLRA-MDARD advanced nutrient management, STRN grant, and adaptive management plan to meet nutrient 40% reduction load reductions.

Adjournment: 7:55 pm a motion made by Micka, Seconded by Stefanski to officially end the meeting.