CME Meeting Minutes
July 11, 2012
St. Ignatius, MT
Present: Steve Hughes, Leonard Gray, Walt Schock, Lloyd Irvine, Leroy Dumontier, Ron Trahan, Trent Coleman
FIIP: Gordon Wind, Pete Plant, RaLynn Brown
Staff: Alan Mikkelsen, Les Evarts, Barry Hanson
Visitors: Susan Gardner, Curt Roseman, Dan Emerson, Kathy Emerson
The meeting was called to order at 1:00 pm by Chairman Steve Hughes.
Roll call established all members present except Kerry Doney (haying).
The minutes were presented.
Leroy Dumontier moved for approval of the June 13, 2012 minutes.
Ron Trahan seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Pete Plant delivered the Project hydrology report. All reservoirs are full, with the exception of Little Bitterroot Lake, which is at its highest level in several years. June produced the highest runoff on record for the month. Irrigation quotas will be re-evaluated next week, with an eye to adjusting the quotas upwards.
Gordon Wind presented the O&M report. Normal maintenance activities are ongoing. Moss treatment has begun, and ditches continue to be cleaned. There was a washout on an elevated section of ditch in the Round Butte area that was repaired. Some headgates are continuing to be installed.
Under administrative items, Gordon Wind noted that a water user who was attempting to add acreage into the Project had been turned down by BIA, but was requesting a meeting to restart the process.
RaLynn Brown delivered the Project financial report.
Walt Schock moved to approve the financial report at presented.
Lloyd Irvine seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Les Evarts and Barry Hanson discussed the Dry Creek Habitat Improvement Project in Tabor Reservoir (St. Mary’s Lake). This is a bull trout habitat improvement project and will be paid for with funds the CME has received from BIA for bull trout mitigation measures. The project includes construction of approximately 3,000 feet of new channel for spawning and access to spawning grounds by bull trout. Leroy Dumontier moved to approve modification of the contract with WestWater, Inc., extending the life of the contract to August 31, 2013 for planning and investigation activities and increase Phase I costs by up to $12,000. Walt Schock seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. Phase II (construction) is anticipated for the autumn of 2013.
The proposed PHABSIM contract for habitat analysis with Battelle was discussed. Battelle has not responded with a contract and Gordon Wind and Les Evarts agreed to contact Battelle and inquire about the status of the contract.
Gordon Wind briefly discussed the Crow Siphon repair in light of upcoming Crow Dam gate repairs and the potential need to increase pumping at the Crow pumping plant to ease the need to pump more water over Crow reservoir during repairs.
Under new business, Gordon Wind asked for permission to comment on the draft agreement on irrigation project water use that has been released by the FJBC and CSKT. He expressed some concern with some technical numbers on issues such as canal capacities. Walt Schock moved to approve Gordon Wind and Pete Plant commenting on behalf of the CME on the proposed draft agreement for water use on the FIIP. Motion carried 6-1.
Under public comment, Dan Emerson asked that the quota be raised by mid-July, instead of waiting until August 1, because of the need for a last irrigation on small grains.
Susan Gardner and Curt Roseman introduced themselves from the Lake County Soil Conservation District.
An executive session was called at 2:30 pm to discuss personnel issues.
Open session was resumed at 2:55 pm.
The next regular meeting of the CME was set for August 8, 2013.
Ron Trahan moved for adjournment of the meeting.
Leroy Dumontier seconded the motion.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 pm.