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Attend the October DLWID Board Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday October 1st at 6:00pm. The best way stay informed is for all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.

There are several interesting items on the agenda including a discussion of the recent resignation of board member Otis Winchester. A summary of the University of Oregon’s RARE program an acronym for Resource Assistance for Rural Environments will be given. The intern has already begun his 11 months with DLWID and will be project manager for the Septic Tank Revitalization Program and the Save our Shoreline Campaign. Time permitting an informative presentation will be made covering 25 years of lake management on Devils Lake.  This presentation was developed for the Oregon Lakes Association meeting held in Lincoln City.

Follow this link to download the Meeting Agenda and Manager’s Report.  Highlights include

  

  • Lake Level
  • The Devils Lake Plan
    • DEQ 319 Grant
    • Native Vegetation
    • Whole Lake Circulation
  • RARE program
  • Financial Oversight Committee Report
  • Communications Committee Report
  • Safety Report
  • Water Quality Update
  • Nutrient Budget RFP
  • Septic Tank Revitalization Program
  • Save our Shoreline Campaign

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September Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its September board meeting in their offices on Thursday, September 3, 2009.  The meeting was attended by 10 – 12 interested parties.  The first order of business was the appointment of Randy Weldon to fill the open board seat. 

During the public comment portion of the meeting many comments suggested that he language used in the cyano-watch program is scaring people from using the lake.  It was suggested that the postings were being interpreted that contact with the lake water  or even boating will cause immediate harm.  The discussion continued with a proposal that the posting should include the specific health effects for a particular sized individual.  It was pointed out that specific information is difficult to obtain.  In the end the district committed to reviewing the language to see if it can be made more effective.

Lake Manager, Paul Robertson reported on many matters during the evening.  The lake level was reported to continue to remain at 9.25′ which has prompted an inquiry from the State about why evaporation was not lowering the lake level over the summer.  A new assessment of lake flow may occur this fall.  Hannah Nicholls, DLWID intern, reported that her summer is nearing its end and she continues to assist with water quality testing, stream flow measurements and creating an electronic archive of news articles for the District. 

During the discussion on the Devils Lake Plan it was reported that a contract has been received from Tetra-Tek describing the details of the native re-vegetation project.  The components of the project include;

  1. Native Plan Listing and Planting Instructions
  2. Commercial Sources of Plant Material
  3. Mesocosm Nursery Tanks
  4. Enclosure Construction
  5. Plant Guide Development

Staff reported on the results of their investigation into safety issues related to SolarBees® as suggested by the resolution passed in the June board meeting.  The investigation consisted of asking SolarBees® if there were any safety issues, for which they responded a snowmobiler ran into a SolarBees® on a frozen lake.  This prompted a comment by the public that he was concerned that the board didn’t get the message sent by the public.  While safety issues are a concern they are not the major concern, the public just feels that SolarBees® are not necessary given the issues that exist on the lake. 

The newly formed Communications Committee reported a successful first meeting and indicated that its second meeting will occur the following night in which a discussion of the draft Communications Plan would occur.  An update was provided on the RARE intern program with the announcement that an individual has been selected; the program should run about 12 months.  A water quality report was given with the latest test taken the day of the meeting included toxicology tests, identifying one site that exceeded the ORS standard of 8ppb of Microcystin.  You can find a link to the latest water quality test in the side bar on http://www.nosolarbees.com.  

The next DLWID board meeting is scheduled for October 1, 2009 at 6:00 pm.

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Attend the September DLWID Board Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday September 3rd at 6:00pm. The best way stay informed is for all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.

There are several interesting items on the agenda including a discussion about the draft request for proposal authorized at the August meeting. The purpose of the RFP is to locate a contractor to develop a lake nutrient source assessment and total lake nutrient budget for Devils Lake.  Time permitting an informative presentation will be made covering 25 years of lake management on Devils Lake.  This presentation has been developed for the upcoming Oregon Lakes Association meeting to be held in Lincoln City September 11th and 12th. Follow this link to download the Meeting Agenda and Manager’s Report.  Highlights include

  

 

  • Lake Level
  • The Devils Lake Plan
    • DEQ 319 Grant
    • Native Vegetation
    • Whole Lake Circulation
  • DLWID Internship, Hannah Nicholls
  • RARE program
  • Financial Oversight Committee Report
  • Communications Committee Report
  • Safety Report
  • Water Quality Update
  • Nutrient Budget RFP
  • New Education Committee
  • Chinook Winds Golf — water right applications

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DLWID Communications Committee Meets

This was the committee’s first official meeting.  The meeting began promptly at 7:00pm and adjourned at 9:00pm.In attendance: Jack Strayer, Raylene Erickson, Mitchell Moore, Kerry Richards, and Donna Elsasser.

The group participated in a discussion of what we should accomplish.  Some of the initial ideas included the use of myemma.com for email campaigns, the creation of a newsletter, several informational pieces from NALMS, the Oregon Department of Health and other States we’re distributed and discussed.

The group felt it needs to decide who DLWID is communicating with and what needs to be communicated. Perhaps the creation of a plan defining various aspect of DLWID communication would be the best used of the committees resources.

The committee should examine the relationship between PADL and DLWID and other groups. We should review the website, its purpose and its effectiveness. An organization called one/northwest designs environmental websites.

The group created a Purpose Statement for the committee.  “The purpose of the committee is to help develop a plan for the district to effectively communicate to homeowners, lake users and other organizations associated with Devils Lake.  Continue to work with the district to communicate the Districts goals to help lake stakeholders improve the lake.”

The discussion continued related to the creation of a Communications Plan for use by DLWID.  Some of the key elements of such a plan would include a description of communications objective, a description of the media available to the district, and the identification of the audience.  The plan would continue to identify specific media for use with each objective and identify specific campaigns and timelines for each objective.

The meeting minutes (DLWID Communications Committee 08072009) are available for download.  The committee feels it is important to receive input from the community and it was suggested that the nosolarbees site may be one way to accomplish that goal.  We have created a Communications Committee page so you may leave your comments and suggestions.  Please visit the page to help improve communication between citizens and the water district.

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August Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its August board meeting in their offices on Thursday, August 6th.  The meeting was attended by 15 – 20 interested parties.  The first order of business was the swearing in of re-elected Board President, Brian Green.  Two candidates were interviewed for consideration to fill the open board seat. 

Lake Manager, Paul Robertson reported on many matters during the evening.  The lake level was reported to have reached equilibrium at 9.25′ since the installation of a plastic lining across the dam.  Hannah Nicholls reported that her summer is in full swing assisting with water quality testing, stream flow measurements and the creation of a new display for the District.  Pictures of the new Rain Garden constructed at Taft High School were shown in an informative slideshow.  It was announced that the Oregon Lakes Association will have its annual meeting in Lincoln City this year and Devils Lake will be prominently discussed.

During the discussion on the Devils Lake Plan it was reported by board member Jack Strayer that progress is being made working out details of the native re-vegetation project with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Brian Green directed staff to begin investigating safety issues related to SolarBees® as suggested by the resolution passed in the June board meeting.  This prompted several comments by the public that attended the meeting.  When asked if the SolarBees® Project was indeed dead, Brian Green responded by stating that it was his opinion that the board only committed to study the matter further.  He was asked if the District had the funds to proceed with SolarBees®, Mr. Green responded that some think that there are not sufficient funds but that he did not feel that was necessarily the case.  Mr. Green did not state but seemed to imply that if after investigating the safety record of SolarBees®, if no documented injuries were identified that the board would have meet their commitment and could potentially reactivate their pursuit of a SolarBees® solution for the lake.  This prompted strong protest from those who attended the meeting.

A water quality report was given; DLWID initialed a red health advisory on July 31st based on the presence of visional scum at site 5 “east thumb”.  The latest test taken the day of the meeting included toxicology tests, identifying four sites that exceeded the ORS standard of 8ppb of Microcystin.  Interestingly, the water clarity has been restored as the current bloom has subsided.  The current elevated Microcystin level seemed to be consistent with statements made by DLWID that the toxin is usually released as the algae dies.  Mr. Robinson suggested in the meeting that he felt there may be an new type of algae other than  Gloeotrichia, that is microscopic and potentially very powerful in its toxicity.  Hopefully, if there is a new species in the lake it will be identified in future test.  Better still, lets hope that the Microcystin level will have subsided by the next test and the District can lower their advisory.  You can find a link to the latest water quality test in the side bar on http://www.nosolarbees.com

The next DLWID board meeting is scheduled for September 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm.

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Attend The August DLWID Board Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday August 6thh at 6:00pm. The best way stay informed is for all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.

There are several interesting items on the agenda including the election of officers and placement on a new board member to the seat vacated by Smokey Aschenbrenner. Follow this link to download the Meeting Agenda and Manager’s Report.  Highlights include

  • DEQ 319 Grant
  • Board Swearing In
  • Lake Level
  • Native Vegetation
  • Lake Intern Repor
  • Water Quality

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Criticism of DLWID

From Opinion Column
News Guard
July 15, 2009



I read with interest your articles regarding the Devils Lake Water Improvement District.

Communication is the chief problem with the organization! No newsletter! They do have a Website but many of the district’s taxpayers do not own computers.

The Board of Directors holds its meetings on Thursday evenings. Why? Over 50 percent of DLWID members are weekenders. Why not hold the meetings on Saturday mornings?

A mailing list can be obtained from the County for very few dollars.

To spend that much money on SolarBees is not smart. Spend the money to sewer the east side of the lake. That would clean up the lake more than the SolarBees.

Jim Overgaard

Otis

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Support for DLWID

From Opinion Column
News Guard
July 15, 2009



After reading the July 8 story about the cyanobacteria scare at Devil’s Lake, I really had a good laugh. At first I thought I was reading the script from Jaws, where the Mayor is complaining to the Chief of Police that he can’t shut the beaches at Amity, it will hurt tourism! (After all only a few people were killed by the shark.)

Well here you have a few people who live around the lake, and no doubt have been contributing to the algae bloom due to their septic systems, complaining about the manager warning everyone of the danger.

The DLWID Manager Paul Robertson made sure that everyone knew that the Lake was having problems. Good Job Mr. Robertson – you did the right thing for the right reasons!

For those who criticize Robertson, keep in mind that the DWLID has a legal responsibility to notify the public when serious health issues show up in the Lake water. It is called “vicarious liability.” (If you don’t know what it means, look it up!)

If any child, adult, or even pet were seriously injured or died due to contact with that water, and the district had kept it to itself – what do you think would happen? The next article would be describing the lawsuit in Federal Court.

So before you complain about somebody doing their job – think first! Robertson deserves a pat on the back, not a kick in the pants!

David R DeSau

Neskowin

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Communications Committee Needs Your Help

During the June 4th Devils Lake Water Improvement District board meeting the board created a communications committee. They were charged with assessing methods of communicating between the board and the community.

The committee felt it important to receive input from the community and it was suggested that the nosolarbees site may be one way to accomplish that goal.  We have created a Communications Committee page so you may leave your comments and suggestions.  Please visit the page to help improve communication between citizens and the water district.

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Other lake projects

From The News Guard
July 8, 2009



The district is working on several other projects aimed at tackling the excessive nutrients that fuel cyanobacteria outbreaks.

The board agreed to contract for the creation of a water quality database, using data from 1957 onward, so that the effectiveness of future habitat restoration projects can be effectively measured.

Robertson said the database would also lay the groundwork for an upcoming project from the Department of Environmental Quality to determine what level of nutrient inflow the lake can cope with per day and how that inflow can be reduced.

The database project makes use of a $15,000 grant from the DEQ and requires about five weeks of staff time as a match.

The district is also hoping to partner with Lincoln City and Lincoln County on a septic tank  revitalization program to identify septic tanks that are leaking into the lake and encourage owners, through a mixture of incentives and penalties to fix them.

Finally, the district is working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop a way of encouraging the growth of native vegetation, which can act as a buffer against inflowing nutrient’s as well as preventing shoreline erosion.

Robertson said ODFW has advised shielding planting sites with a fine mesh to prevent them from becoming a habitat for predatory fish that prey on young Coho salmon.

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