Fishhawk Lake Project Solutions Team Summit with Powerhouse People!

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Fishhawk Lake Project Solutions Team Summit with Powerhouse People!

Several people have been working behind the scenes to prepare for this day as it has been in the planning stages for months. We just got the community center (i.e., the "clubhouse") repainted Monday (it used to have a barracks ugly green on the walls)

Fishhawk Lake Community Center 

and I got to hang a small smattering of photos I have of Fishhawk Lake, mostly on canvas print to at least give a little bit of pop to the blank walls before the Summit was held today here. (More to come once I get more printed!)


What was this summit trying to accomplish?


We had many representatives here at Fishhawk Lake to share ideas about improving our current fishladder/fish passageFishhawk Lake Fishladder-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014


and the spillway (otherwise known to the locals as the "Glory Hole").

Fishhawk Lake spillway-The Glory Hole

This has been a volunteer effort amongst a group of us called the Project Solutions Team and today the people that attended represented many areas that are state and county mandated. These agencies were: Department of State Lands, Department of Fish and Wildlife, a state dam safety expert from the Oregon Dept. of Water Resources, a District Conservationist from the US Department of Agriculture and the executive director for Upper Nehalem Watershed Council. Lots of brains at work! 

Project Solutions Team Summit at Fishhawk Lake 2015

We had a flood in 2007 and that became the impetus, years ago,  for us to start gathering information about our beloved Fishhawk Lake so that we can possibly alleviate concerns should a future potential flood come to pass here. Several of us have been working on this for years, trying to pin down alternatives for safe fish passage, better lake quality and alternatives to the sediment issues that we currently experience. We even got a Portland State University (PSU) team of environmental engineers to take us on as their graduation project to give us some creative ideas on improving our current infrastructure! 

Portland State University Engineering Students surveying our Fishhawk Lake spillway-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2014

Because we are "home" to many aquatic species, both adult and juvenile salmon, cutthroat trout, Coho Salmon, Lamprey and Steelhead, the fish passage program is uppermost in the minds of some of these experts who attended today. We are looking for viable solutions, potential grant monies and a sustainable future that meets with everyone's approval, including homeowners at and on Fishhawk Lake!

No small task. 

This was a congenial meeting with much information and discussion imparted in a low-key and friendly manner. We had a presentation that showed some potential solutions brought about by the PSU students' final project as well as a past potential solution by a professional engineering company whom we hired soon after the flood.

Project Solutions Team Summit at Fishhawk Lake Greg Apke from ODFW-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2.12.15


(Greg Apke, Fish Passage Coordinator with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife explaining PSU's design for a new fishladder)

We had several outside attendees of the Lake membership as well as 6 of the volunteers of the Project Solution Team (which included me) along with the experts in these different arenas that all play a part in our future decisions. 

This is ongoing, as we discover what we can do ourselves, what we need to do to achieve the goals of some of the state and federal agencies, as well as pleasing our general community here at Fishhawk Lake. This seemed to be a great step towards a coalition of collaboration! 




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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

That is community pride Gayle. Very good of you to provide a "little pop" with you great photos.

Feb 12, 2015 11:59 AM #1
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Gayle - I was the chairman of our lake committee several years ago when we had a very minor issue with our dam - a lot of similar people got involved. It was an interesting process, mostly from a public safety standpint, as the fish weren't an issue.

Feb 12, 2015 12:02 PM #2
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

The community center looks great!  

Feb 12, 2015 12:28 PM #3
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Noah Seidenberg  thank you! I don't know as anyone took notice, but it sure made me feel better than having new painted blank walls! We have graphs of bathymetric studies done on the lake that are quite colorful, but need to get some of those framed first before putting back up on the walls.

Dick Greenberg--I think I'll call you about more info!

Catherine Ulrey--how nice to see you and thank you! It really needed to be brighter and more contemporary in its color scheme. Also a better backdrop for an upcoming wedding rather than that drab green! 

Feb 12, 2015 01:57 PM #4
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Looks like the Projects Solutions Team has their work cut out for them.....amazing community support and efforts.

Feb 12, 2015 07:09 PM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Wonderful collaboration and I so appreciate the efforts to do more for the fish species and ensure things are functioning optimally. Fishhawk Lake residents are to be applauded for taking part in this on-going responsibility. You too! 

Feb 12, 2015 11:52 PM #6
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gayle-Your clubhouse looks beautiful and it your photos only add to its beauty. This collaboration sounds like it was a good thing and hope going forward whatever issues your slice of paradise only gets better for everyone there.

Feb 13, 2015 12:50 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Gayle -- what a great localism post highlighting the spirit of cooperation and community.  

Feb 13, 2015 05:46 AM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Gayle-when a community works together for the common good, good to great things happen for all! The room looks brighter now to accommodate bright minds who will make a better future for the community! Your photos will be a constant inspiration for innovation and creativity!

This is an excellent post to show how good things can come together making a big difference! Kudos to all!!!

Feb 13, 2015 09:46 PM #9
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