Minutes - 1/2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008 12:50 PM


District 10 Environment Committee 

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 

Attendees:  Mike MacDonald (Chair), Sharon Shinomija, Jess Roberts, Chet 

Mirocha, Val Cunningham, Susan Jane Cheney, Deb Robinson (Como 

Woodland Outdoor Classroom) 

Mike MacDonald called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. 

December 27, 2007 minutes were approved. 

Discussion of Committee’s 2008 Work Plan 

Mike distributed a draft of Committee goals and associated implementation 

activities for 2008.  After discussion, the plan was revised as follows: 

Goal 1. 

To educate the public about environmental issues and encourage stewardship of 

the Como area environment. 


A. Water quality event (or events) 

B. Rain barrel workshop 

C. Participate in the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom   development 

D. Tree trek 

E. Ramsey County Birding Festival 

Goal 2 

To provide input into decisions that impact the Como area environment 


A. Participate on the Como Pool Task Force 

B. Participate in the CRWD Citizen Advisory Committee 

C. Participate on the Como Shoreland Task Force 

D. Liaison with other groups working in Como Park 

E. Provide input to the Rock-Tenn Community advisory Panel 

Goal 3 

To undertake and support projects to improve the Como area environment 


A.  Como Park cleanup 

B.  Assist Eco Partners with shoreland planting or weeding 

C.  Participate in the fall buckthorn bust 

D.  Maintain the Lakeside Pavilion Native Plants Garden 

Mike will submit the Committee Plan to the Board. 

Reports and updates 

Ramsey County Birding Festival 

Val reported that the third annual Birding Festival will be held from 

Thursday, May 1 through Sunday, May 4.  A Como Park walk will take 

place from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. on Friday.  Val will provide posters when


available.  The District 10 newsletter and Lakeside information kiosk were 

suggested as promotional sites. 

Residential buckthorn removal 

Val contacted District 12 and identified individuals involved with their 

residential buckthorn removal effort.  She has invited Ron Dufault to 

attend our February meeting for a question and answer dialogue. 

Rain barrel workshop 

Mike will write a grant proposal to the CRWD seeking funding for two rain 

barrel workshops (early spring and early summer) with 40 District 10 

residents in each session.  These events will be led by the individuals who 

conducted the 2007 District 11 workshop.  Mike will look into space for the 

workshops at the CRWD.  Promotion will include notices in local papers 

and District 10 website and newsletter and posters in local coffee shops 

and the Lakeside Pavilion information kiosk. 

Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom 

Deb suggested several ways for the district and committee to be involved 

with the CWOC, including: 

1. Provide meeting space at the District 10 office 

2. Serve as repository for donations and grant funds 

3. Develop a mentoring program for minority science students 


In advance of specific planning for 2008 educational water quality events, 

CRWD Outreach Director Elizabeth Storey is holding two guided 

brainstorming meetings to assist in formulating a longer term CRWD 

Education and Outreach Plan: Sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, 

1/23, 2:00 - 4 p.m. and Tuesday, 1/29, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Susan Jane plans 

to attend the first and will report to the committee. 

Como Tree Trek (Saturday, 6/21,10 a.m.) 

Chet will send notices to the local papers.  Posters will be placed in the 

kiosk and coffee shops. 

New business 

Jess expressed interest in committee involvement with energy issues, 

including Rock-Tenn.  Discussion focused on possibly measuring the 

district’s carbon footprint and devising strategies to reduce it.  This might 

involve college-level and younger students. 

Susan Jane suggested sending a letter to Councilmember Russ Stark, 

familiarizing him with the committee’s accomplishments and activities. 


The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m. 

[Meeting summary prepared by Susan Jane Cheney.]

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