The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its January board meeting in the District offices on Thursday January 6th at 6:00pm. The meeting was attended by approximately six interested parties.
Lake Level: The District has been communicating with Greg Beaman, Oregon Water Resources Watermaster for our region in an attempt to determine if the requirement to balance outflows to inflows in the summer months could be altered. The Watermaster has indicated that he could not alter this requirement as it was part of the 1996 impoundment agreement on water level. The Board decided to wait for the erosion study before deciding whether to file for a modification to their water right.
DEQ 319 Grant: The database developed under this project is scheduled to be sent to DEQ and to the District by December 31, 2010 as required by the grant agreement. The District was informed that the contractor would not include some paper only files associated with phytoplankton and zooplankton prior to 2003. During the meeting the Board directed the lake manager to hold the contractor to their agreement to enter all the complete data set both or locate another source to accomplish the task deducting the District’s expenses from final payment.
Devils Lake Plan: The Devils Lake Plan was approved by the Board for release to the public for comment by a vote of 4 to 1. There will be an open house for partners and the public to answer questions and to discuss the Devils Lake Plan, as follows:
- Friday, January 28, 2011 from 10 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm
- Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 10 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm
- Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 6 pm – 7 pm as part of the regular meeting
All sessions will be held at the Devils Lake Water Improvement District Office, 820 SE Hwy 101, Suite D, Lincoln City, Oregon.
As noted, the approval was not unanimous as Jack Strayer provided the dissenting vote. Mr. Strayer expressed his concerns that the decision to accept grass carp was not made with the diligence required of a public body and the facts did not meet the accuracy test. He requested that the District develop a record of decision identifying the risks and benefits of each alternative. He indicated the record should be presented to the public and impacted state agencies for review and comment. He indicated in the mean time he will furnish documents already available on the district web site that show that the casual assumption that grass carp is a cure all for the lake is mis-directed.
Sewer LID: Brian Green reported that he has gathered 70% signatures for the sewer LID, just north of Regatta Park and filed them with the city. The next step is to present the signatures to the City Council, probably January 24th and have the Council accept the signatures and direct staff to validate the feasibility of the project. Green has already unofficially run the project by the city staff and believes that the project design and its costs are acceptable..
Thompson Creek Ecoli: The Thompson Creek DNA study showed that the most probable source was “dog”. The Board asked the Lake Manager to write a letter to addressees near Thompson Creek telling them the results of the test.