District 10 Environment Committee
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Attendees: Sharon Shinomiya, Dana Saeger, Mike MacDonald, Anne Kulenkamp, Tedd James, Jessica Currier, Janna Caywood, Susan Jane Cheney
Sitting in for ailing Committee Chair Curt Stock, Jessica called the meeting to order at Attendees introduced themselves.
Minutes from the December meeting were reviewed and approved.
2012 Evaluation Survey
Jessica called attention to the 2012 Evaluation Survey, prepared by the District 10 Board. Hard copies are available, or it can be filled out online.
Como Lake Neighborhood Network (CLNN) update
Janna Caywood reported on the Fall 2012 Curb Cleanup conducted in October to engage Como residents in addressing lake water quality issues. This annual 10-day event focuses on informing the public about the direct connection between prevalence of organic material such as leaves and an excessive concentration of phosphorus in Como Lake and organizing their collaboration on leaf collection and removal to the Ramsey County Compost Site. Janna described the event and provided some statistical results regarding the amount of phosphorus kept out of the lake by the leaf raking and bagging. She presented possibilities for enhancement of the program in 2013, including seeking a means of mailing rather than hand-delivering informational materials, exploring additional ways of doing outreach, and attempting to transition to a less centralized effort by working more closely with block club leaders. Janna is working on partnering with a University of Minnesota project to develop a strategic approach to the leaf drop pattern of different tree species and possibly design phosphorus “budgets” for individual households; the Cleanup may expand to a full month to encompass leaf drop variability.
Lecture Series planning
1. “Como Lake: Past, Present, and Future” (Sunday, 2/17)
· North Dale Rec Center location was confirmed by Curt.
· Mike will moderate the panel and act as time keeper.
· Mark Doneux, David Arbeit, Meghan Manhatton, and Janna Caywood have all agreed to participate on the panel.
2. “All About Old-time Trolleys (Sunday, 3/24)
· Jessica confirmed use of the Streetcar Station.
· Jessica will contact Pat Bjorklund and John Diers about doing the primary presentation. She will also contact the City about speakers to address upcoming renovations to the Pedestrian Bridge behind the Streetcar Station and the St. Paul Streetcar Study.
3. “Creative Gardening for Urban Spaces” on (Sunday, 4/14)
· Susan Jane confirmed St. Timothy Lutheran Church’s Fireside Room for the event.
· Chris Harkness has agreed to participate on a panel, along with Curt and others.
· Sharon designed a poster for the February talk, and copies were available for posting. She will prepare posters for the other two talks.
· Jessica will contact District 6, send out information about the Series to District 10 block leaders and as e-blasts, and will include a notice in the quarterly District 10 newsletter Monitor insert in mid-February.
· Susan Jane wrote an article about the lecture series for the District 10 column in the January Monitor and contacted Elizabeth Beckman at the Capitol Region Watershed District about tapping into their publicity channels. Elizabeth will send out information via the CRWD contact and media lists and will include a notice on their Facebook page and in an upcoming CRWD Winter Newsletter.
· Janna offered to publicize the Series on the CLNN Facebook page and on the South Como Fun Stuff site.
Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC)
Environment Committee liaison to the Como Woodland Advisory Committee (CWAC), Susan Jane Cheney had nothing new to report on the project. The next meeting is scheduled for February.
For more information about the CWOC, check their website: www.comowoodland.org.
Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD)
CRWD Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) member Mike MacDonald reported that the January meeting of the group featured a presentation by the St. Paul Water Resources Coordinator regarding permeable pavement, “tree trenches,” and other innovative ways to encourage stormwater infiltration. The City is seeking alternatives to stormceptors and rain gardens for meeting CRWD permitting requirements. Mike also mentioned that CRWD Director Mark Doneux will be issuing a “State of the Lake” report soon.
For more information about the CRWD, check the website: www.capitolregionwd.org.
Jessica reported that the Board would like committees to work on ways to raise funds for the Council. She brought up the idea of having a donation jar at the talks. This was discussed but objections were raised and the idea was not endorsed.
The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
[Meeting summary prepared by Susan Jane Cheney]