The City of Monroe Commission on Environment and Water Quality MINUTES September 10, 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 7:01 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 (7:25PM)

Butch Uhl

Barry LaRoy

Excused:         Catharine Calder

Guests:           Melanie Foose-EGLE AOC Coordinator

Katie Goplerud-Smith-River Raisin Outreach Coordinator

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

Approval of minutes from August 13, 2020 meeting – Motion by Stefanski, Seconded by Micka, motion passed via roll call.

2020-2022 PAC Support Grant: Discussed all PAC grant tasks.  Homeowner’s guide work will be starting next quarter, drafts will be provided to COTE for input & review; Fishing Mounts are under contract and scheduled to be done by the end of September; Examples of the waterproof lanyards phone & wallet bags were presented to COTE that will be handed out at river cleanups and other outreach events; Interpretative sign maintenance will be started in 2021; River Raisin posters will be starting soon; Window clings and stickers were discussed such that COTE decided to use an interior and exterior window static cling type with the COTE logo-no bumper stickers, purchases will be made soon; Website updates are ongoing, assistance on changing the logo will be needed from Monroe News or City staff.  A brief video was shown from recent filming for the documentary work for background, Egen discussed the documentary efforts

Future Topics: Kane noted he has made efforts to obtain records / newspaper clippings from the 1930’s from the Monroe News and Monroe County Museum, however COVID has limited the accessibility to them.

EGLE Items:

  • SPAC meeting is scheduled for October 14, 2020 virtually, it is a full day and open to all.
  • EGLE will be completing 2020 forge fish and game fish sampling for the deformity and consumption BUIs, respectively. Looking for a trapper to assist EGLE with trapping mink for additional verification, EGLE reached out to DNR and contact info to the Ford Warehouse was provided.  The goal is to have data with forge & game fish, herring gulls, bald eagles and possible mink.
  • Briefly discussed the Phase II mtg and update scheduled for 9-17-20 with the U of M students.

Members Time:

Beaudry-none.

LaRoy –discussed flowering rush spray schedule, water quality statement information provided to Monroe News and thanking the COTE members for contributing, discussed U of M student interview with the Equity group that are working with the Healing of our Waters under Dr Seelbach at U of M, other discussion occurred with the hope they will present their findings when done.

Stefanski–none, will be on the 9-17-20 Phase mtg call, but not sure about being able to attend the October COTE mtg.

Kane-none.

Uhl-none.

Micka-discussed Port of Monroe dredging, Port Director tug boat, 2016 EGLE staff report issues & corrections, and using Huron River as a reference site for the Raisin AOC-Melanie Foose provided responses.

Felder-discussed grant effort with County Solid Waste to spray river outside of City that is within Monroe Twp & Frenchtown Twp, support received to date, River Raisin Watershed will likely be handling the grant application work, language for the application at the next COTE mtg for discussion & support.

Egen-On proposed river cleanup day (cancelled due to COVID) went into the river & pulled out some items, seeing lots of osprey in river & diving for fish, Commissioner Uhl came over & caught a gar pike-picture provided, seeing lots of kayaking in the river.

Citizen Comments: none.

Adjournment: 8:08 pm a motion made by Micka, Seconded by Stefanski to officially end the meeting, motion passed via roll call.