The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES November 12, 2020 7:00 pm, Zoom Call (see info below) due to COVID-19

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Call to Order: Vice Chairman LaRoy called the meeting to order at 7:07 pm

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

Richard Micka

Dan Stefanski

Milward Beaudry

Brian Egen (7:12 PM)

Andrew Felder

Ed Kane

Butch Uhl

Catharine Calder

Barry LaRoy

Guests:           Melanie Foose-EGLE AOC Coordinator

Jeremy Waechter-Michigan Dept of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) Outreach Coordinator

Emily Rau & James Polidori, U of M Students – Master of Science Candidates

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

Approval of minutes from September 10, 2020 meeting – Motion by Felder, Seconded by Stefanski, motion passed via roll call.

Eat Safe Fish: Jeremy Waechter, Outreach Coordinator for the MDHHS went over the Eat Safe Fish program, how they are expanding their sites from 23 to 27 along the Detroit River, covers from the Grosse Pointe/Detroit border to Pointe Mouliee.  They have seen an increase in fishing, recreation, utilization of facilities.  Paid Riverwalkers (MDHHS staff) give information to the fishing public about contaminants in fish; they meet with people all year long, partnering with various community groups / businesses.  They have AOC partnerships that are long term partners and share in PAC progress.  People are fishing regionally in which more local sites are desired such as Sterling State Park, Bolles Harbor, etc.  COTE is willing to assist.  Various COTE members discussed the 2016 signage installed, updating them, catch & release, DTE corporate levee, etc.

2020-2022 PAC Support Grant: Discussed all PAC grant tasks and the schedule.  The Homeowner’s guide work / Field Guide update and posters need content to formally start and will be will starting a little later than anticipated.  Fishing Mounts are done; Examples of the finished Static Clings / Stickers were presented to COTE that will be handed out at river cleanups and other outreach events; An update on the documentary was provided on the progress being made; an interview with Liesl Clark, EGLE Director or pre-recorded video may be obtained as part of the documentary, the Mayor provided a contact with SEMCOG for an interview.

Current Topic Items: None

EGLE Items:

  • Mink trapper needed for AOC work near old Ford Motor facility, tissue samples for deformity BUI-will help with other species tracking (tree swallows, forge fish, bald eagles, and herring gulls). Several COTE members offered options and will be assisting to help locate a local trapper to help EGLE.
  • Sediments-2019 monitoring report will be presented to COTE once Meghan Kern (USPEA) returns, likely early 2021-benthos BUI related.
  • CAP-Army Corp Engineers sampling (July 2020) results in the nav channel-forthcoming-dredging BUI related.
  • An update on all BUIs coming with December COTE mtg.
  • Emily Rau & James Polidori – discussed the U of M work that has occurred and a draft report will be forthcoming in Feb 2021.

Members Time:

Micka-discussed numerous webinars he has been attending, old river bed, wildlife habitat council, DTE-Kristen LaForce, and he will be reducing his emails to all!

Felder-discussed the LaZBoy development cost overage, wetland portfolio, developing a city wide bank system-will be forwarded to City departments for input.

Uhl-none.

Stefanski–none, happy to be hear, Mason Run cutoff several times.

Beaudry-none.

Kane-none.

LaRoy-none.

Egen-Happy Thanksgiving!

Citizen Comments: none.

Adjournment: 8:27 pm a motion made by Stefanski, Seconded by Felder to officially end the meeting, motion passed via roll call.