Public Participation and Outreach Committee
Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization
Minutes – May 16, 2002
Lynn Leopold, Jerry Codner and Karin Harjes
we started with the meeting agenda, Lynn showed us a very neat watershed
education booklet made by RE Sources and several other NGO’s and
government organizations in Bellingham, Washington. RE Sources has set up a
water quality education program where people are encouraged to pledge to live
in a way that is more friendly to their watershed. Pledges people can choose
from include: to accept a few weeds and hand-pull weeds when they can, avoid
over-watering their lawn, try less toxic household products, and cleanup after
their pets. When people accept to do a pledge they receive a copper plaque (in
the shape of the RE Sources logo and made by a local artist) thank you gift and
a refrigerator magnet listing the pledges they have chosen. This seems like a
good project for EPPOC and the Network to adopt in the future. Lynn will try to
get more copies of the booklet to show the IO and the Network.
also brought in the winter 2002 issue of
a magazine published at Western Washington University. This particular issue
dedicates several articles to water quality issues.
Water Week Display Update:
put up the IO display for Water Week on Friday, May 10 in the Ithaca Commons
and Deb was in charge of the display in the Ithaca Farmer’s Market on
Saturday, May 11. In addition to the IO poster presentation with information
on the IO, the Watershed Characterization, RPP and partner organizations, a
display copy of the RPP and copies of the most recent IO Newsletter were made
available to the public. Both days there was a very good turnout and several
people showed interest in the RPP.
Presentations and Speakers Bureau:
reviewed printouts of slides of Deb’s presentation on the IO, RPP and
priority issues for the Cayuga Lake watershed.
general we found that the slides are good but they need to be tailored by
location and be made more interesting for Town Board Members.
background slides on types of pollution and existing measures (RPP?)
be able to get more location specific data from RPP, IO members, and raw data
from Public Participation meetings. Karin will ask Sharon and Deb.
the purpose of identifying water quality issues by location, we split up the
map of the watershed groups of major subwatersheds in the Cayuga Lake Watershed
(see page 11, RPP).
will focus on the southern end of the watershed and look at the
will do the eastern side of the watershed from Gulf Creek north.
will do the western side of the watershed from Glenwood Creek north
EPPOC member will do the northern end of the watershed (TBA)
Threats slide: not clear if threats are prioritized by town or by watershed,
Karin will ask TAC.
to add a slide from the TAC sediment report explaining why sediment is the #1
has most of the slides that were used at the Water Quality Monitoring
Conference at Wells College. He will print out the slides and bring them to
the next meeting. These could be useful resources when people would like more
detailed information about a certain topic.
read over Lynn’s PSAs one more time and chose those that could be
combined to reduced them to one on motor oil use and one or two on household
hazardous waste. Once they are combined we will start recording them. Karin
will remind the other EPPOC members to work on their PSAs and Karin and Jerry
will work on theirs so that we have a constant “flow” of
PSA’s ready to be recorded. The text of all the PSA’s will be
posted on the IO web page for reference.
page listing current achievements and activities of the IO would be good. As
we are planning to have a PSA dedicated to promoting the IO website as a source
of more information, Jerry will add a page listing the PSA’s as part of
the IO activities page.
on the hydroseeder proposal for example would be a good thing to add to the web
the RPP is not very user friendly on the web site. Once we have the RPP in
html format (currently in PDF format) we could have a page of links to specific
points of interest and highlights in the RPP so that people don’t need to
spend so much time looking for information.
contacted Karin Badey, Education Coordinator of the Lake George Association to
find out when it would be a good time to plan a trip to Lake George to learn
more about their Floating Classroom project. June or July are still quite
flexible for them. EPPOC needs to decide when is a good time for us to go to
Lake George and Karin Badey will organize a trip for us with or without a class
(depending on the amount of EPPOC members go). Karin also asked if she could
send us another copy of their “Our Lake Book” for the IO and the
Network to use as a reference and any information she could provide about their
Hine suggested the Honda Foundation as a possible funding source for the
Floating Classroom Project. She is very interested in keeping in touch and is
looking for further sources of funding for us. EPPOC will not start writing a
grant proposal for this project until it is clear how the boat and participants
would be insured and we have a 501(c)(3) umbrella organization to serve as the
project manager (for the long term, in the short term EPPOC could help). Karin
will contact Dennis Montgomery to see what options we have.
Thursday, June 13th, 2002 from 5:00pm-6:30pm, location TBA
by Karin Harjes
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