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

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.