Summary Notes from June 1st, 2005 Steering Committee Meeting - YMCA.
Discussion of organizational structure: a steering committee of members of the community; an advisory committee with members from business and community agencies. Committee chairs and assignments and a recording secretary were also discussed.
Discussion of the establishment of 501(c)3 nonprofit status. Methods of obtaining funds were discussed. This included the possibility of a grant.
Discussion of future development of the area and the Brooklyn Master Plan. Attendees were encouraged to attend a Master Plan meeting June 7th at the Brooklyn Senior Center at 7:00 pm.
MEASUREMENT OF HEALTH OF WETLANDS, STREAMS.
Two handouts from the Cuyahoga River RAP: The Lower Cuyahoga River Urbanization in the Tributary Watersheds; Surface Water Quality Monitoring - Rules for the Collection of Credible Data. Credible Data Protocol defines three levels of data collection with level three the most reliable.
Discussion of what is involved in testing for water health and safety, the possible participation of a local school in a project.
The importance was described using a scenario of rain falling on a parking lot. In summer warm water runs off into a creek, temperature may immediately increase and affect the next 1000 feet of the stream. Oxygen levels decrease in warm water; this affects the aquatic life in a stream, reducing the presence of life in the stream and eventually birds, and other animals higher up in the food chain.
The severe lower Big Creek valley hillside subsidence problem behind West 23rd residences was discussed.
Two pilot projects were discussed, one above the zoo; one on this side of Ridge would cut the existing grade. It costs about 67,000 dollars per property to cut slope, regrade, and replant.
West Nile Virus health hazard was discussed in relation to mosquito breeding in stagnant water in tires below the Brooklyn-Brighton Bridge. Mosquitoes that reside in normal flowing creeks or lakes are not the culprits.
Methods of disposing of tires were discussed: discussions with the city; a caravan of trucks hauling ten tires at a time to a recycling center; contacting a tire recycling plant.
PESTICIDES, RAILROADS, PLANTS
Continued discussion of herbicide use along area railroad tracks. Need to become more informend about beneficial plants and non-native invasive species.
FORTHCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
- June 7th Planning
Meeting Brooklyn Senior Center 7:00 PM