Date: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 1:33 PM
Subject: CWA meeting recap and information
Hello Council & Friends,
I wanted to thank everyone who attended last night’s meeting – we had a very interesting presentation from Pam Blake (ODEQ) on salinity conductivity, a new topic for us to discuss with possible ramifications to fish returns. ODEQ has an enormous data set on the topic available to the public, so let me know if you are interested in viewing the
data. When discussing wells, Ms. Blake also noted the Oregon Water Resources website has a query tool that you can punch in your township, range, section and county and view all of the wells in the area. It is pretty interesting:
We also shared the excellent news of OWEB’s funding for the Myrtle Point Wetland project – hooray! This project will
do much to increase habitat for salmonids in the South Fork, and the working agricultural sections will get much needed improvements, so it’s a win-win for everyone. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on this, we are chomping at the bit to get started! More news to follow soon.
I have attached the planning update from the Bandon Marsh and the Ag Quarterly call to action, let me know if you need further information on either of these.
Below I have a few articles for you, (thanks Barbara!) about the recent Ecotrust report on the economic value of
habitat restoration in Oregon, and also the most recent information from Amy Wilson at NRCS, so please let me or Amy know if you have any questions, Amy’s information is below.
Please feel free to share all of this information to interested parties.
Well, the end of summer is here and I hope you all have relaxing plans for Labor Day. Feel free to give me a call anytime, and thank you for all you do for the Association and for the Coquille watershed!
Kelly N. Miles
Director, Coquille Watershed Association
55153 Picture Valley Road
Coquille, OR 97423
O: (541) 572-2541
C: (541) 982-0151
Below are a number of articles on the economic value of habitat restoration due to the Ecotrust press release about the economic impacts of restoration projects in Oregon, and note the Fishnews Europe comment about the Ecotrust information confirming NOAA’s own data.
The past decade’s restoration work yielded: 286 jobs and $40.8 million for Coos County, and
102 jobs and $15.0 million for Curry.
Portland Business Journal, Aug 24: "Ecotrust: Watershed projects bring economic boost" -- A Portland environmental group said Thursday that habitat watershed and fish habitat restoration projects generated $977.5 million in economic activity and created some 6,483 jobs between 2001 and 2010.
Sustainable Business Oregon, Aug 23: "Habitat restoration brought Oregon $977M in economic activity, Ecotrust reports" -- Ecotrust Thursday released data showing that habitat watershed and fish habitat restoration projects generated $977.5 million in economic activity and created some 6,483 jobs between 2001 and 2010.
Ecosystem Marketplace, Aug 23: "Habitat Restoration Creates Jobs, Boosts Local Economies" -- New Ecotrust report says restoration created 6,483 jobs in Oregon in fields like construction and landscaping, generated $977.5 million in economic activity from 2001-2010. The report says restoration will benefit the economy in the long
term as well.
Fishnews Europe, Aug 23: "Human gains from fish restoration" -- According to the recent report by Ecotrust, watershed and fish habitat restoration projects in Oregon generated $977.5 million in economic activity and as many as 6,483 jobs between 2001 and 2010. This confirms the NOAA’s own data, which showed that restoration projects create between 17-33 jobs per $1 million invested.
Subject: NRCS update and request for outreach assistance
Dear Natural Resource Partners and colleagues, At our last Local Working Group meeting a lot of people expressed interest in sharing information more regularly.
Here is some information and a request for assistance:
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE:
As you may have heard, Hispanic and women farmers may be eligible to apply for compensation through USDA if they believe they were improperly denied farm loan benefits between 1981 and 2000. Nationwide, we want to make sure this information is available to any and all who may want to apply for compensation. In our region we plan to make a short, public presentation that has the potential to communicate specifically to this particular audience. We are looking for a possible venue between now and September 30 where we might present a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation and answer questions. Please contact me if you have any ideas to help with this outreach—Thanks! (Amy 541-396-2841 x105). (See attached flyer)
INFORMATION TO SHARE: NRCS is currently accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives
Program (EQIP) in Coos and Curry Counties. We would appreciate your help in getting the word out and encouraging people to sign up sooner than later. Our first ranking deadline will be November 16, 2012: this means we must have the applications in and processed so that they can be ranked for funding.
We have two principle strategies: 1/Livestock and irrigation, and 2/Cranberry Irrigation Automation. The livestock/Irrigation strategy will probably be winding down by 2015, so we want to make sure people don’t wait and assume that this will always be available.
Thanks everyone and hope summer is going well. Please contact me if you have questions or ideas for this or other efforts,
District Conservationist - Coquille Natural Resources Conservation Service
Phone 541-396-2841 ext. 105
Weekly Watershed Technical Specialist/Office Manager
371 N. Adams Street
Coquille, OR 97423
Fax (541) 824-0356
Oregon Water Resource Commission approved the Integrated Water Resource Strategy
Advisory Vote Meeting in Coquille "NO Bandon Marsh Expansion"
The "NO BANDON MARSH" Signs are now Available
The Nature Conservancy--Ecotrust Study on Salmon Economics
2010 Coastal Wetlands Grants
OWEB Listening Session Information & Agenda
This Land is... the Government's
Why is Bandon Marsh Refuge Considering an Expanded Boundary?
White House Conference Sets Stage for New Era of Conservation
Judge says Oregon's river temperature standards need more scrutiny