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Talking about the health of the Siletz River…

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The Siletz Watershed Council will be holding their quarterly community meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30PM at the Siletz Public library. The council will be discussing the decision by the Lincoln City sewage treatment plant to stop spreading Class B biosolids in the Siletz area. Class B biosolids are nutrient-rich organic solids that are derived from the treatment of wastewater. Once biosolids have been treated, they have typically been used for land application on farm fields.

This application has long been of concern for its impacts on water quality, perhaps reaching the Siletz River. John Sullivan, a longtime member of Siletz Watershed Council, will be sharing his experience over the last 20 years trying to curtail this use. John is a local landowner, concerned with the health of the river, his family and his neighbors. He understands that keeping the Siletz clean is not a strictly local concern – the cities of Newport, Toledo, Siletz and the Seal Rock Water District all rely on the Siletz River for their drinking water.

Evan Hayduk, Restoration Specialist with the MidCoast Watersheds Council, will also provide an update on the placement of large woody debris in Mill Creek. The project was recently completed, placing over 600 logs in 7.5 miles of Mill Creek and its tributaries. However, the work is far from over. Now, an extensive effectiveness monitoring project will begin aimed at assessing the changes to streams when large wood placement occurs. The logs help to slow down sedimentation and provide cover for fish from predators.

The council will also cover council business, community announcements and provide time for anyone else who would like to ask questions or provide comments.

Tuesday, September 20, 6:30pm, Siletz Public Library.

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