Special Meeting – February 17, 2008

Special Meeting – February 17, 2007

 

Agenda:          No Agenda is available Titled Goal Setting Workshop

 

Visitors :         None

 

Minutes:         A goal setting meeting that includes items such as; Write press releases for the local newspapers that will lay the groundwork for the  public to accept the need for the District to do something about the cyanobacteria and the weed control, i.e., SolarBees. Request a SolarBees brochure from Mr. Eilers that will enable the District to “sell” the idea of their purchase and installation to the public, then all other entities who need to approve the installation.  Considerable discussion about SolarBees, minutes are a transcript and make interesting reading.

 

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Board Meeting – February 7, 2008

Board Meeting – February 7, 2008

 

Agenda:          Native Re-Vegetation, SolarBees

 

Visitors:          Raylene Erickson, Doug Pirie, Don Sell, Chester Noreikis, Jeff Hillyard, Paul Mistretta, Roger and Pat Robertson

 

Minutes:         There was a discussion of the rejection of the application to place more carp in the lake.  The rejection was because the lake was in a 100-year floodplain, lack of engineered plan to contain the fish, and the fact that it’s a public lake.  Mentions trying to get a study of SolarBees moved to Devils Lake.  Also internet contact Pigeon Lake,  Alberta who were considering SolarBees.

 

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SolarBees Story

You can find SolarBees website at www.solarbee.com and according to that website;

“SolarBee, Inc., is a world leader in improving reservoir water quality. SolarBee has pioneered the patented near-laminar radial flow technology that provides high-flow, long-distance circulation (LDC) in water reservoirs. Today SolarBee is using LDC to solve water quality problems in fresh water lakes and reservoirs, potable water tanks and reservoirs, wastewater ponds and lagoons, and estuarine environments in over 14 countries around the globe – providing significant energy savings while relying on solar power and reducing the need for toxic chemicals. SolarBee is truly “Circulating the World’s Water.”

Pump Systems, Inc. (PSI) designed, built and installed its first solar powered mixer in Dickinson, ND, in the summer of 1998. It was installed into a 20-acre municipal wastewater polishing pond which had a long history of toxicity associated with ammonia, odor, and stratification problems.   The company enjoyed success with installation in wastewater treatment plants and branched out into other areas.  According to the company’s website the SolarBee has many current applications:

  • Freshwater Lakes
  • Drinking Water Reservoirs
  • Stormwater Detention Ponds
  • Parks & Golf Course Ponds
  • High Value Property Areas
  • Sport Fishing Lakes
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Culture Ponds
  • Estuaries
  • Potable Water Tanks
  • Potable Water Reservoirs
  • Wastewater Ponds/Lagoons
  • Effluent Storage Ponds
  • Sludge Storage Basins
  • Industrial Waste Ponds
  • Power Plant Cooling Lakes
  • Leachate Ponds

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SolarBees Freshwater Application

According to the company “The SolarBee® incorporates patented near-laminar radial flow technology that provides long-distance circulation™ (LDC) to improve water quality in freshwater lakes, ponds, & reservoirs. Energy saving rebates may be available for displacing grid power aeration or mixing.”

 

 

SolarBees freshwater application further is described at the company website at http://www.solarbee.com/freshwater.html

According to the company the benefits of SolarBee’s Long-Distance Circulation are;

  • Prevent & control harmful blue-green algae blooms
  • Reduce taste and odor problems in drinking water
  • Reduce public health issues due to cyanotoxins
  • Improve aesthetics, water clarity and biodiversity
  • Improve dissolved oxygen (DO) and pH levels
  • Prevent Mn, Fe, H2S and methyl mercury from bottom waters
  • Reduce invasive aquatic weed growth
  • Improve fish habitats and prevent fish kills
  • Economical for lakes and reservoirs of any size
  • Whole or partial lake treatment
  • Near-laminar flow impacts up to 35 surface acres (14 hectares) per unit
  • Can be deployed to treat the epilimnion and/or hypolimnion
  • Day and night operation using solar energy, requires minimal maintenance and no infrastructure changes

The basis of the companies claims are contained in the following on-line literature;

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Board Meeting – January 3, 2008

Board Meeting – January 3, 2008

 

Agenda:          Native Re-Vegetation

 

Visitors:          Raylene Erickson-PADL Recording Secretary, Bruce Polvi, Jeff Oxford, Pat Payne,Barbara Landhuis, Robert Landhuis, Doug Pirie, Kevin Moynahan (DSL), Don Sell, Paul Katen

 

Minutes:         Discussion of Native Re-Vegetation
No mention of SolarBees.

 

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Board Meeting – December 4, 2007

Board Meeting – December 4, 2007

Agenda: Native Re-vegetation

Visitors: Raylene Erickson-PADL Recording Secretary, Ursula Sperry, Don Sell, Jeff Oxford, Pat Payne, Signe Grimstad, Doug Pirie

Minutes: Native re-vegetation discussion does not mention SolarBees.

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Board Meeting – November 1, 2007

Board Meeting – November 1, 2007

Agenda: Cyanobacteria Toxin Testing Equipment, Grass Carp Application

Visitors: Raylene Erickson-PADL Recording Secretary, Ursula Sperry

Minutes: Indicates that DLWID and Salmon Creek Watershed jointly filed a grant request for toxin testing equipment. Conversation on native plant restoration morphed into an extensive discussion of SolarBees on Blue Lake and other sites.

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Board Meeting – October 4, 2007

Board Meeting  – October 4, 2007

Agenda: Cyanobacteria Toxin Testing Equipment

Visitors: Doug Pirie, Don Sell, Raylene Erickson-PADL Recording Secretary, David Juenke, Ursula Sperry

Minutes: Suggestion that Salmon Creek Watershed Council could use funds from a OWEB grant to fund a cyano-toxin lab.

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Board Meeting – September 6, 2007

Board Meeting  – September 6, 2007

Agenda: Cyno-Watch, Cyanobacteria Toxin Testing Equipment

Visitors: Doug Pirie, Don Sell, Pat Payne, Chester Noreikis, Ursula Sperry, Dave Juenke

Minutes: Discussion of public concern generated by postings on the lake of cynobacterial levels.  The discussion indicates that the district has no equipment that can test to see if toxins actually exist.  Board discussed the cost of equipment to perform toxin testing but differed purchase due to the high cost. Comment made suggesting that the circulators would be in by next year.

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Board Meeting – August 2, 2007

Board Meeting  – August 2, 2007

Agenda: Mark 3 Wind Powered Lake Circulators

Visitors: Al Temple-LAS International Ltd., Robert and Barbara Landhuis, Paul Katen, Randy Weldon, Pat Payne, Richard Hews, Ursula Sperry

Minutes: Mention a discussion with LAS International on wind powered water circulators.

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