Erin Salmon and the City – Part Two

December 7, 2015, 9:03 am

Hi Erin, About a week ago you requested our Walkable Watershed report…. In the report, we explore efforts taken by stakeholders in the City of Raleigh, North Carolina, to make connections between their community and the local watershed. You can read the report by clicking on this link: Link to report

We hope this helps!

Alisa Hefner, Mid-Atlantic Coordinator
Walkable Watershed Program |

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From: Erin Salmon
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2015, 3:23 pm
To: Alisa Hefner (Walkable Watershed – Healthy Waters : Healthy Communities) 
Subject: RE: Don’t forget the Walkable Watershed report

Hi Alisa, Yes, thank you. I was able to download the report. I am a homeowner in Raleigh, and I was looking into ways to encourage the City to develop a walkable watershed in my neighborhood, which includes the Bushy Branch Watershed. The funding for a construction project to install sidewalks and curb and gutter to increase pedestrian safety and to address stormwater quality and drainage has been approved this fall. Neighbors including myself would like to see the stream protected and conserved from the impact of such a project. I was excited to learn of the walkable watershed plan. However, I do not know how to get the City to look further into the possibility. I think my neighborhood could be a great candidate neighborhood to implement your project. Do you have any thoughts?

Thank you for following up on my request. I hope you enjoy your week.

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From: Alisa Hefner
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2015, 3:25 pm
To: Jen Baker, Sustainability Analyst, City of Raleigh
Subject: FW: Don’t forget the Walkable Watershed report

Hi Jen, …Would this be worth circulating to the team to see if this is something to follow-up on?

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From: Jen Baker
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2015, 3:31 pm
To: Kevin Boyer, Stormwater Quality Manager; Jason Myers, Transportation Planner

Thought I would start with you two. Thoughts?  – Jen

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From: Jason Myers
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2015, 4:01 pm
To: Todd Delk,Transportation Planner; Chris Johnson, Design/Construction Manager

Chris and Todd

FYI. I suspect this was initiated by somebody opposed to the Lorimer Road petition, though I haven’t seen the hearing of the citizens petition to know.

I’ll call Jen to give her a bit of background and let her know where to ask questions.

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From: Jason Myers
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2015, 4:10 pm
To: Todd Delk; Chris Johnson

Chris, I see Eric [Haugaard] is assigned to the Lorimer Road Project. I’ll refer Jen to him.

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From: Chris Johnson
Sent: Monday, December 7, 2015, 4:19 pm
To: Jason Myers; Todd Delk; Jen Baker; Eric Lamb
Cc: Louis Buonpane; Jimmy Upchurch; Eric Haugaard; Talal Shahbander
Subject: RE: Don’t forget the Walkable Watershed report

All, Please keep in mind that Ms. [Erin] Salmon has been a very vocal opponent of the Lorimer Road street petition. The Chief of Staff’s office previously directed us to cease all communications with Ms. Salmon as she was taking up a considerable amount of City staff time in her effort to kill the street petition project. She also spoke at a recent petition of citizens meeting to request Council to reconsider the project (which they did not). We have been referring all recent inquiries from Ms. Salmon to Lou Buonpane. I would encourage you to do the same. Thanks.

Chris Chris Johnson, PE, LEED AP, STP
Design/Construction Manager City of Raleigh | Public Works Design/Construction Division