DLNA and the SOS Program

In the May 2014 DLWID Board meeting the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association presented some suggestions that we felt would be beneficial for the lake and the community.  In our document “A Path Forward” for Devils Lake we outlined how with the support of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association the District could make significant progress toward  several key elements contained in the Devils Lake Plan.  Among them the Save Our Shoreline (SOS) program was given as an example of  how the DLNA could help the District achieve their goals.

The Neighborhood Association has publicly stated that they have a list of several homeowners who wish to make shoreline improvements to their property.  On December 12th, we toured five properties where SOS projects are being considered.  The District delivered  a dozen plants from their stocks to encourage the projects.

We need your help, in order to add another five projects, for a total of ten, to the list being considered for planting this spring.  Please contact us a dlakeoregon@gmail.com to let us know of your interest.  We would like make the planting of these projects a springtime neighbor to neighbor event.  It would be great fun to work together to improve our lake.

As a reminder here is how the DLWID describes the SOS Program.

Save our Shorelines is; A project to assist landowners in increasing the native vegetation on their shoreline as well as other Best Management Practices for living on the water. The goal of this project is to encourage homeowners to plant native vegetation in place of having turf grass and rock walls on their shoreline.  Native shoreline vegetation offers homeowners many benefits, including low maintenance, reduced shoreline erosion, a beautiful natural landscape, and you will save money since native vegetation does not require fertilizer or additional watering.  Restoration projects also benefit the lake by decreasing sediments and other pollutants that enter the lake, including nutrients that promote cyanobacteria.

DLWID is continually looking for homeowners who are interested in doing native shoreline plantings.   The District will provide up to $750 or 75% whichever is less of a project.  For more details on the program follow this link.

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