Posted by: plreber | October 11, 2008

Fisheries, Floodplain and Partnerships: Wed. Oct 22nd Public Meeting

For immediate release October 9, 2008

Contact: Pam Reber 541-767-9717 or coastfork@willamette.net

Coast Fork Willamette River Public Meeting:

Fisheries, Floodplain & Partnerships, An Evening of Speakers, Maps and Opportunities

Interested in the ‘big picture’ on issues relating to the Coast Fork Willamette River?

River Checkup

Pretend that a doctor performed a free CAT-scan & diagnosis of your body and offered to give you a detailed look at where you are healthy, and where things need a tune up. This forum is like a free check up; only the patient is our local section of river.

Who has time for their own health care, let alone that of the river? If our river wasn’t healthy, our communities wouldn’t be nearly as appealing to live in and our economy would suffer.

In addition, the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council wants to make sure local residents are aware of the state and federal dollars available for river ‘tune up’ and enhancement work . . . think of it as health care for the river.

Public Encouraged to Participate

On Wednesday, October 22nd, a public meeting focused on the Coast Fork tributary of the Willamette River will be held from 5-8:30pm at the Cottage Grove Community Center, 700 E. Gibbs. This event will feature an open house 5-6:15pm, with maps, refreshments and an informal discussion session with experts from the Corps of Engineers Floodplain Restoration Feasibility Study (based in Portland), Tetra Tech, a biological consulting firm, and The Nature Conservancy’s Freshwater Program.

Beginning at 6:30pm, speakers will begin. Corps biologist Greg Taylor will give an overview of the fisheries issues that his agency is responsible for, including the recent ‘Biological Opinion’ on salmon. Merri Martz with Tetra Tech will outline the studies being conducted on the river, and introduce the maps and their purpose. In addition to speakers, there will be an overview of the maps and a question and answer session.

This event is free and open to all members of the public and refreshments will be served.

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