The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday August 9th at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall.
Public Comment: There were 7 interested parties in attendance. There were some supportive comments and appreciation shared for the Devils Lake Revival. Additionally, gratitude was expressed for the actions take in response to comments made last month related to Thompson Creek and general lake monitoring. Other issues discussed included …
Septic Ordinance: There was nothing to report on this topic.
Save Our Shoreline: A verbal request was mad asing lakefront homeowners to participate in a Save Our Shoreline Project. Also announced was a class jointly produced with the Salmon Creek Drift Creek Watershed Council on Rain Gardens. class the District sponsored was given. The class is $20 and will be held October 25th at the Lincoln City Community Center; all are welcome. A discussion occurred related to the creation of a SOS video to be used to promote the program which took a back seat to the Revival this month.
Vegetation Management: The District has been creating a application to allow the placement of additional grass carp when required. This document is under internal review. The District recently conducted phase one of a Aquatic Plant Survey using the resources of Portland State University. The main purpose of this survey was to provide a starting point for future observation. According to the report there was a variety of species present. Some twenty-plus species were observed, mostly native plants. No Eurasian Water Milfoil, nor Brazilian Elodea; in all there were 100 points of collection. The Project Manager is working on updating a economic impact study that was used in the original grass carp application. Part of the grass carp application is a engineer stamped map describing all the inlets and outlets of the lake. To save money the District is trying to receive ODFW’s approval of making due with recent aerial photography, LiDar and topographical.
Sewer: Brian Green reported by letter that letters have been sent to property owners impacted by the proposed LID outlining the terms negotiated with the City. So far responses have been positive with a probable majority maintained.
Communications: A review of the Devils Lake Revival was provided; pictures are posted on the District Facebook page. There was also a discussion on the revision to Water Quality postings which now show the new Thompson Creek canal sight. The District has been involved in several educational opportunities that help proliferate information about the lake to the greater public.
MidCoastTMDL: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) continues the planning process for developing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for 303(d) listed waterbodies in the Oregon Mid-Coast Basin. There was a meeting in July that provided a summary of progress to date and there is no meeting scheduled for August. The work right now is being done in the working groups and is primarily related to how to determine the source and scale of nutrient loading in all mid-coast watersheds.
Summer Intern: Alyssa Clayton gave a report on how she has been sampling every week monitoring the pH, temperature, conductivity DO content, Secchi disc depth and turbidity in the lake as well as watching for cyanobacteria blooms and posting water quality updates. She has edited the Shoreline Planting Guide, and worked on kids activities for the Devils Lake Revival. A request was made to keep the Intern through the end of September for a total of 714 hours for the season which was approved.
Water Quality: The Lake Manager provide on the latest HAB harmful algal bloom which began to appear last week. The bloom is expected to last 4 to 6 weeks. It was stated that lowering temperatures usually cause our blooms to die out. Also the District has added a new site on the Thompson Creek canal. While the original site and Rock Creek are no longer shown on the postings the samples are still taken. There are plans to do some DNA and location testing later this year in a attempt to locate the source of high readings.
Lake Level Monitoring: The District will be conducting some lake level investigation for potential impacts to recreational users and properties. This will include a spot check of safe moorage for 30-50 randomly selected properties and all the public launches. They will be taking photos of vegetation and will compile septic tank data that may be applicable. They also intend to document the period of full fish passage verse that which is limited by the dam. A brief discussion occurred related what the ending lake height would be based on public comment. It was agreed that the target would be 8.7 feet.
Regatta Stage: The District is promoting participation in efforts to add a state to Regatta Park. The District will buy a brick and each board member present pledged to buy a brick. More information can be found by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non Agenda Items: Board member Kip Ward asked all docks be surveyed for depth to provide support for antidotal comments made by homeowners. It was stated that having the information would be useful for future decisions. He also wanted the dam to be modified to have a larger opening for fish passage. The board directed staff to do both. A goal setting session was scheduled for October 13th. The Outstanding Service Award for a board member was awarded to Kip Ward.
Additional Public Comment: Final comments were provided related to asking for public comment on the design of the dock measurements to ensure they take into consideration the placement of boats and approach to docks. Additional comments were provided related to the design of the dam. They were encouraged to seek professional assistance in the design of any modifications as what seems logical such as “wider is better” is not necessarily true. Most fish passages are cut trapezoidal to increase water volume a levels lower. They were also encouraged to look into what was done for lamprey passage at Bonneville Dam as a great deal of research has recently performed on that subject.
The meeting adjourned at 07:45 pm.