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

badge_button_your_vote_counts_400_clr-300x300Voter 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. Continue reading

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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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DLWID Board Meeting Update

photoThe Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) Board held its meeting on Thursday June 12th at 6:00pm. The topic of the night was lake level and the DLNA helped bring many a concerned citizen to the meeting.  In all 104 were in attendance and 17 provided testimony.

The DLNA asked the District to resolve to exercise the maximum impoundment right of 9.53’ by installing the dam structure by May 15th while placing the center section only after the lake level drops below 9.53’continuing full impoundment through October 15th. The DLNA also raised concerns about the potential of losing our water right forever as a result of the Districts failure to fully impound to 9.53 at least once in a five year period.

After much debate Brian Green made a motion to maintain the current policy which is a lake level of 9.0′ which failed 3-2. Then Kip Ward made a motion to remove the dam which failed for lack of a second. Then new Director Kent Norris made a motion to adopt the DLNA proposal which failed 3-2.

The final outcome was a motion made by David Skirvin and seconded by Kent Norris to raise the lake to 9.53 long enough to protect the water right, (likely around July 1st), then the boards will be adjusted to 9.0, but the level will be allowed to overtop rather than opening the gap wider which should see a slow drop to 9.0, the we start the managed drawdown to 8.6 beginning August 1 through October 1st.

In the end our concerns about the potential of losing our water right forever persuaded the Board to forward this policy for the coming year.  We’re thrilled that the water right clock will be reset and will continue to work with the District on a variety of neighborhood projects.

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How To Contact DLWID

Many of you have asked us to post contact information so you may contact the Devils Lake Water Improvement District.  Please refer to the following information to share your thoughts with the District.  We suggest that the most powerful messaging methodology is to draft comments and email each of the board members.  Then follow up by attending the board meeting and sign up to provide a brief verbal summary of your written comments.  Most important however is that you make contact and let them know your thoughts and concerns.  Please share this information with friends and neighbors and encourage them to do the same.

Contact Information for DLWID

Attend a Meeting: DLWID’s Regular Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month. Meetings start at 6pm.

Lincoln City Council Chambers
3rd floor of City Hall
801 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, Oregon.

Send an email: You can reach the District’s staff and board members directly by using the links below:

Email the Lake Manager:
Lake.Manager@DLWID.org

Email the  board:
brian@DLWID.org
randy@DLWID.org
kip@DLWID.org
david@DLWID.org
kent@DLWID.org

Send a letter:

Devils Lake Water Improvement District
PO Box 974
Lincoln City, OR 97367

Call or fax the District:

Phone: 1-(541) 994-5330
Fax: 1-(541) 994-6040

Drop by their office:

Oregon Coast Community College
North County Campus Room 132
3788 SE High School Drive
Lincoln City, OR 97367

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Help Save Devils Lake

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) Board meeting will be held on Thursday June 12th at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor of City Hall  (801 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City). The Devils Lake Water Improvement District is the governing body which oversees Devils Lake in Lincoln City.  The DLWID Board committed in their May meeting to make a precedent setting decision during this meeting that will impact may boaters on Devils Lake for years to come. Your presence does make a difference.  Please come and help save Devils Lake!

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Manager’s current recommendation is to commission a study on the permanent removal of the seasonal dam at the mouth of the D River which was designed to provide safe boating water levels in Devils Lake.  If implemented, this plan will result in a summer lake level that will severely impact boating and recreational activities.   This proposal is part of an intentional effort by the DLWID Manager to accomplish what he has coined, “natural hydrology”.  Two summers ago, he convinced the DLWID board to lower the lake six inches which started a five year clock toward the forfeiture of the Districts right to operate the dam; we have just two and a half years to resolve this issue. In concert with his plan to remove the dam, the DLWID Manager has recently been advocating for his participation in developing restrictions on how you can use property surrounding Devils Lake. Should these plans be implemented the entire shoreline would be put in jeopardy and Devils Lake would be put on course toward becoming a meadow! Continue reading

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DLNA Offers A Path Forward

Path-ForwardAs a community we are very much aware that the public’s interest in the lake and the activities of DLWID are at an all time high.  The District received 1.5 hours of testimony in its last board meeting attended by approximately 140 citizens and participated in a 5 hour workshop with nearly 60 present.

Following these public meetings DLWID board members and members of the DLNA board mutually reached out to each other and participated in series of meetings with the intent to find a path forward.  In those discussions we discovered that the District and the public agree on much more than they disagree.  Generally all parties expressed a common sentiment that the best outcome from recent events would be to harness the enhanced public awareness into a positive outcome that would benefit the lake and the community.

To that end, the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association has outlined a path forward that we feel can accomplish these simple goals.  Our ask is simple; convert six inches of water into the catalyst that builds an engaged community that is supportive of the Districts efforts as described below.  At the conclusion of our discussions last week we felt hopeful that the District would view this as an option that deserved a chance.

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