Lake Level Update

We would like to thank the DLWID Board for their attempts to preserve our water right by raising the lake to the full impoundment level of 9.53’ during the month of July.  Mother Nature did not however cooperate and the lake never exceeded 9.4’ during the month. Now that we have reached August the lake has been lowered to 9.0’ as per the most recent DLWID resolution on the matter.  Discussion by the Board in the July meeting indicated that the drop to 9.0’ satisfies the draw down requirement for August and therefore can remain until September 1st when we will need to drop another 2 inches.

The current policy has been a great success as it has virtually eliminated the access problems that existed in the previous two seasons.  Residents report unfettered access to their docks and visitors have had no difficulty at area boat launches.  Water quality is greatly improved over the past two seasons as in 2013 we had large patches of algal scum covering the lake as early as Fathers Day; this year scum has yet to surface.  Interestingly water contact advisories were posted in the same week each year based on Microcystin levels.  With the drop in level the algae has concentrated in number as the same number of cells now is suspended in a smaller volume of water.

So today the lake is far from pristine; we have a great deal of algae in the water column but we are light years ahead of the past two seasons.  Unfortunately the algae has begun to surface; but we all have enjoyed July and hope for an August primarily free of scum. We have reasonable access to shallower areas and the canals still are covering the lake bottom. These conditions are greatly appreciated so thanks again DLWID Board.

Recent History of Lake Level Decisions

Around 140 interested parties attended the Devils Lake Water Improvement Association Board meeting in April.  Included in the mix was Mayor Dick Anderson and most of the Lincoln City Council members.  Lake condition and lake level dominated the discussion with nearly 40 testifying during the night.  In the end there were no decisions made by the DLWID board other than to begin the water quality testing for the year as requested by the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association in the March meeting.

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Attend August DLWID Meeting

Board Meets August 14th, 2014 6:00pm

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held on Thursday August 14th at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor of City Hall. 

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The Devils Lake Water Improvement District now holds its regularly scheduled Board meetings on the second Thursday of every month.  The agenda for this month’s meeting on Thursday March 14th at 6:00pm, contains several important topics.  During the meeting will be a discussion related to the Lake Manager’s desire to advocate for growth restrictions around the lake as part of the drafting of a Urban Growth Management Agreement between the County and the City.

The other main topic of discussion this month will be the award of the Monitoring and Modeling RFP which is a project that seeks to create a watershed model for use in evaluating lake management strategies. The report from this project is due on October 15th 2015. Several other items will be discussed as outlined in the Staff Report. The Water District makes several other important decisions regarding the lake every month and you are encouraged to attend.

If you cannot attend this month’s meeting; it will appear on Channel 4 for all Charter customers. You can check the Channel 4 Schedule for airing times. You may also now watch the meeting streamed lived, see the related article above. The best way to stay informed is for all lakefront homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.
July 10 Minutes
There are several topics of importance to lake residents on this month’s agenda. Please check the links to the District’s documents to review the other topics on the agenda for this month’s meeting.

Agenda
Staff Reports
July 10 Minutes
July 10 Video

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Fireworks Preparation Complete

Neighbors Construct Massive Dock to Launch Display

The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association brought its best out to Leisure Bay to construct the launching pad for the  First Annual DLNA fireworks display. This massive dock is 1,200 square feet with a ton of flotation as it will be loaded Saturday morning with 6,000 lbs of explosives! Enjoy the slide show of this grand project and follow this link to the complete photo album.

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The contract is signed and our show will be held on Saturday July 5th beginning at 9:30pm last 20-30 minutes and include some very special displays. Preceding the display the DLNA will be leading a Boat parade beginning in front of Regatta Park at 7pm.  Deck you boat with patriotic fare and gather at Regatta Park and take a lap around the lake to celebrate this great country. After the parade you can select the perfect viewing location as this spectacular show will be launched off a barge centrally located on the lake near Brown Bear Park, and will be clearly visible from D River Wayside, Regatta Park and Sand Point Park.

We have received several donations and wish to thank all who have contributed.  We are still gathering gifts for this spectacular fireworks show and are looking for Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. (Gold $1,000, Silver $500, Bronze $250)  Please contact Max Hanson at maxh@siskiyouins.net or 541 994-7771 with your interest in donating at the sponsor level, or follow this donation link or the fireworks button in the sidebar to contribute any other amount for this wonderful show.

Here’s the Important Times to Remember

Boat Parade
Date: Saturday July 5th
Time: 7:00 PM

Fireworks Display
Date: Saturday July 5th
Time: 9:30 PM

 

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DLNA 5th of July Spectacular

Announcing the First Annual Devils Lake Neighborhood Association Fireworks display.

Fireworks Display
Date: Saturday July 5th
Time: 9:30 PM

The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association is proud to announce the First Annual DLNA fireworks display. The Association is working with Western Fireworks who will come to Devils Lake after completing the Fort Vancouver fireworks display on the 4th.  Our show will be held on Saturday July 5th beginning at 9:30pm last 20-30 minutes and include some very special displays.

This spectacular show will be launched off a barge centrally located on the lake near Brown Bear Park, and will be clearly visible from D River Wayside, Regatta Park and Sand Point Park.

We are gathering donations for this spectacular fireworks show and are looking for Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. (Gold $1,000, Silver $500, Bronze $250)  Please contact Max Hanson at maxh@siskiyouins.net or 541 994-7771 with your interest in donating at the sponsor level, or follow this donation link or the fireworks button in the sidebar to contribute any other amount for this wonderful show.

 

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5th of July Boat Parade

In the past a few lake residents have attempted to get the community in the mood for the upcoming July 4th weekend celebrations a small group of determined boaters took a lap around the lake sporting patriotic decor.  Long time residents on the lake remember 4th of July boat parades drawing large numbers.  We’ve decided to make this a formal annual tradition, so please join us for this fun neighborhood event!

Boat Parade
Date: Saturday July 5th
Time: 7:00 PM

To make the weekend complete the DLNA will be leading a Boat parade on the 5th of July beginning in front of Regatta Park at 7pm.  Deck you boat with patriotic fare and gather at Regatta Park and take a lap around the lake to celebrate this great country. Why the 5th, stay tuned!

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The DLNA Government Affairs Team

Voter Registration

Voter Registration is one of DLNA’s largest and most important campaigns of the year.  The purpose this campaign is to register as many home owners around the lake as possible so that when we lobby the Devils Lake Water Improvement District our State and Federal legislators we can use those numbers and statistics to make an impact, especially on issues that involve life around the lake.  The DLNA also recognizes the importance of having an active and educated voting body in upcoming local elections to ensure that the best interests of the neighborhood prevail.  We will not formally be involved in elections but feel strongly that all residents both full time and part time should participate. The DLNA Government Affairs Team, along with all interested residents, make efforts to lobby Local representative, as well as State and Federal legislators on issues that affect our neighborhood, especially those that deal with Devils Lake.

We recently contacted the Lincoln County Elections Office and expressed that many of our membership expressed as desire to change their voter’s registration to Lincoln County so they too can have a voting voice for who represents them on the DLWID Board of Directors, County Commission, City Council as well as State, and Federal offices. We asked them to provide us an easy step by step process for residents to change their voters registration if they so desire.  The Counties answer is as follows.

 

Lincoln County Elections Office

Lincoln County Elections Office
225 West Olive Street, Room 201
Newport, OR  97365-3869
http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/clerk/
(541) 265-4131

How to Registration to Vote or Change your Registration

If you have a residence in Lincoln County where your spend part of your time, you can change your registration to the Lincoln County address.  At that point you will not be registered to vote at your previous address. Your can either fill out a new voter registration card (available at city halls and post offices) and mail it to the County Elections Office or update your registration on-line at: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/register.do?lang=eng .The on-line registration does require that they have an Oregon Driver’s License.

If you have any additional questions regarding voter registration please don’t hesitate to contact DNLA. Thank you and happy voting!

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Special DLNA Meeting

Special-MeetingWe has scheduled a Special Meeting of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association (DLNA) will be held at 10:30AM, on Saturday, June 21, 2014, in the Community Room at the Driftwood Public Library located at 801 U.S. 101 #201, Lincoln City, OR 97367. Come join us and your neighbors for the following purposes.

  1. Review of the recent DLWID decision on lake level
  2. Special Guest – John Fonseca
    We have invited John Fonseca, Owner of Advanced Aquatic Solutions to make a presentation regarding their proposal for construction of a Total Lake Rehabilitation System for Devils Lake. This proposal is based on the placement of no less than 20 air diffusers in Devils Lake.  The purpose of the presentation is to help educate the public on potential options for near term in lake treatment.  Mr. Fonseca will be available for a question and answer session so you may be actively engaged in the conservation.
  3. Discussion of other Association issues

Please mark your calendar and attend this important meeting. It is a great chance to meet your neighbors and shape the neighborhood’s future. Check our website at dlakeoregon.com for more details.

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