WATgreen Advisory Committee Meeting
Minutes of the meeting held Thursday, January 16, 1997
PRESENT: Paul Eagles, Patti Cook, Dennis Huber, Ian Fraser, Dave Barton, Hamish Duthie, Len Eckels, Winston Cherry, Roydon Fraser, Donna Schell
1. Minutes of the October 17, 1996 meeting were approved.
2. Discussion of Carp in Laurel Creek - Dave Barton, Biology
Dave Barton discussed the condition of Laurel Creek from Waterloo Park upstream. His focus is on carp management. He stated that the removal of carp from Laurel Creek by both drawing down (manipulation of reservoirs) the water levels (with the co-operation of the GRCA) in the spring to reduce the spawning, and by netting the carp in the fall, would greatly improve the water quality.
Carp are being targeted because their mode of feeding disrupts sediment, increasing the turbidity of the water and tying up the nutrients for other fish. Their mode of feeding also stirs up heavy metals and contaminants moving them downstream.
Dave Barton would like to remove the carp from the creek starting from Columbia Lake and go downstream to Silver Creek, with the help of grad students from Biology (sometime in the fall). Barton wants to create a cleaner aquatic system by manipulation of reservoirs and netting.
Winston Cherry asked if we had the right to remove the carp. Barton said we have the approval from MNR & the GRCA. Support from the City of Waterloo is also required. Once approval is given, Dennis Huber will approach Plant Operations for go ahead (a permit will be required). Also Dennis Huber will approach the Building & Properties Committee of Barton's plan.
Dave will need to:
- obtain insurance for any off-campus personnel assisting with the project
- ensure co-operation with GRCA, MNR, City, University for:
- trucks on campus,
- ensure water levels will not cause flooding
- obtain any necessary licensing
- since Game and Fish Act states that you "cannot waste fish suitable for human consumption" this point will need to be clarified with the MNR (responsibility taken by MNR-Art Timmerman-in writing).
- keep the University community (Gazette, Daily Bulletin, etc) informed of his efforts
- report back to the WATgreen Committee with his findings on an annual basis.
3. Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference were approved at the December Executive Council meeting. The Faculty Deans were given a copy for information.
It was decided the annual report would be ready by the start of the academic calendar in September.
4. Laurel Creek Workshop Follow-up
Dean Fitzgerald is producing a summary of the papers (eight papers still to come in).
There are three video copies of the workshop:
It was decided that the proceedings would be published in paper version: two-sided printing with plastic binding and would include a table of contents and introduction. Patti Cook will keep the master copy and courtesy copies will be sent to each presenter, and one copy for the “tri-university” Library. There will be reference to the publication on the WEB if anyone else would like to purchase a copy. The price will be $5.00 per copy ($4.67 plus $.33 GST).
The feedback for the workshop was very positive.
- Patti Cook-Waste Management
- James Kay-ERS
- Media Library-Audio Visual
There were some comments made on the form and structure of the workshop:
Other issues that need to be addressed:
- Hamish Duthie thought we needed more time for discussion after the speakers.
- Dennis Huber said there is plenty of data out there-it was very fragmented; coming from too many sources.
- There was difficulty getting students to attend. With tight schedules, students should be encouraged to attend even part of the workshop.
- Paul Eagles received a few comments that there was too much biology and not enough information on other issues. Two other issues that could have been addressed were reservoir management and sediment processes.
- Encourage Dean Fitzgerald for deadline so the committee can review the papers. The committee would like the papers by the end of February.
- Paul Eagles and Hamish Duthie will form a sub-committee to review the papers. If the papers are not good enough, they will be sent back.
- Paul Eagles will send a thank you letter to Dean Fitzgerald from the Committee for the great job on organizing the workshop.
5. Current Student Projects - ERS 285
Patti Cook ran through the list of topics for the current student projects (composting, toilets, bikes, Laurel Creek, making note pads). They will present their project findings on April 14th from about 9:00 a.m. till mid-afternoon. The topics may be found at:http://www.fes.uwaterloo.ca/crs/ers285/
6. Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held Tues, March 4, 1-3 pm, NH 3004.
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