East Canyon Watershed Committee - January 17, 2008

East Canyon Watershed Committee
Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District Office
January 17, 2008



Meeting Minutes

Attendees:

Dave Tripp – Committee Chair
Brendan Waterman – Watershed Coordinator
Beau Uriona – Bureau of Reclamation
Greg Larson – SWCA Consulting
Ray Loveless – Mountainland Association of Governments
Mellissa Stamp – Bio West Consulting
Julie Howe – Stantec Consulting
Gaylynn Mooney – East Canyon Watershed Committee
Erin Spear – Swaner Nature Preserve
Nell Larson – Swaner Nature Preserve
Jon Paulding – Utah State University College of Natural Resources
Jack Wilbur – Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food
Mike Luers – Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District
Louis Cooper – Morgan County Health Dept.
Scott Peterson –Weber Basin Water Conservancy District
Jack Schmidt – Utah State University College of Natural Resources
Jeff Miller – Utah State University College of Natural Resources
Steve Noyes – Bureau of Reclamation
Kari Lundeen – Utah Dept. of Environmental
Quality/Division of Water Quality
Craig Schaugaard – Utah DNR/Division of Wildlife Resources

-Dave Tripp called the meeting to order and initiated a round of introductions. The minutes from the October 18 meeting were approved by the committee.

-Brendan Waterman reported that NRCS has requested that the committee establish a ranking process to determine how restoration projects will be funded through the congressional earmark project. It was decided that the East Canyon Creek Stream Visual Assessment Protocol (SVAP) survey will be used as the initial tool for defining which areas will benefit the most from restoration work. The ranking process will be further developed by the East Canyon Watershed Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) in the coming months. The TAC is an interagency committee of restoration specialists that will oversee the administration of restoration funds from the earmark.

- John Paulding and Jack Schmidt from the Intermountain Center for River Restoration and Rehabilitation (ICRRR) housed at Utah State University gave a brief background of the current projects that are being undertaken by the ICRRR. The ICRRR is focused on how to improve the practice of river restoration in the intermountain West. The ICRRR is striving to achieve this goal by developing post project monitoring strategies to determine the effectiveness of restoration projects. The ICRRR has expressed an interest in evaluating and monitoring the effectiveness of restoration projects implemented in the East Canyon watershed. Jack stated that USU/ICRRR was very hesitant to undertake the project planning and design for the upcoming earmark funded restoration project on East Canyon Creek. The East Canyon stream restoration Technical Advisory Committee will be meeting soon to discuss other options for a project planner.

-Julie Howe from Stantec Consulting updated the committee on the status of the Environmental Analysis that is being completed to support the earmark funded stream restoration work. At the time of the meeting, the EA was near completion and would be ready for NRCS review by the end of the January. The EA then has to go out for public comment before it can be approved. Julie also provided an update on the phosphorus mapping project. An executive summary of the final report was distributed to the committee. Numerous hot spots with high levels of phosphorus were identified in the study. The report recommends that additional sampling is needed, and that erosion control BMP implementation should be increased in the areas with elevated levels of phosphorus.

-Jack Wilbur gave a quick presentation on the status of the East Canyon Social Marketing Campaign. Focus group studies were conducted last fall to test various slogans to be used in print and radio ads. Based upon the results of those studies, two different sets of print ads will be produced and published in the Park Record. These ads are targeted at dog owners/trail users in the watershed and stress the importance of proper disposal of dog waste. A radio ad has also been developed and will be aired on KPCW in the coming weeks. The Education Sub Committee will be working to develop similar outreach materials that will focus on storm water education and how NPS pollution is conveyed through storm water infrastructure.

-Gaylynn Mooney reported on the status of the education curriculum that is being developed for local schools. The upper grades will focus on education through data collection in the field. More field testing equipment and supplies will be purchased for the student's kits. Gaylynn also reported that the local Environmental Science classes have expressed an interest in a career shadow day in late May. Students would spend the day with a local environmental professional to learn about a specialized field relating to Environmental Science.

-Kari Lundeen provided an update on the status of East Canyon Reservoir TMDL revision. SWCA has been contracted to do the revisions. Multiple ongoing studies will be incorporated into the document. These studies include a nutrient cycling study that is being completed by USU as well as a sediment sampling study that is being completed in the reservoir. The revised TMDL should be available by June 30, 2008. The East Canyon Watershed Restoration Action Plan will be updated when the new information is available.

-Mike Luers followed up on the status of the Endocrine Disrupting Compound (EDC) study that SBWRD is completing. A presentation on EDCs was delivered. EDCs are of concern due to the effects that they have on reproductive systems of organisms. Specific concerns are related to feminizing compounds present in wastewater discharge and that fact that in the low flow summer months, wastewater discharge makes up the vast majority of the stream flow in East Canyon Creek. It should be noted that SBWRD has taken proactive steps to address this issue and that the district is not required to reduce EDC concentrations in wastewater discharge. SBWRD has initiated a pilot study in which activated carbon will be used to remove EDCs from wastewater. Additionally, SBWRD has been working with DWR to sample Brown Trout populations for the presence of EDCs. The results of this study are currently being analyzed and are not yet available. The SBWRD Board of Trustees has authorized treatment plant upgrades to remove EDCs if the study indicates that the upgrades are necessary.

-The next meeting of the East Canyon Watershed Committee has been scheduled for April 17, 2008. We will meet 9:30 am in the SBWRD office.

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