Save Our Shorelines

SOS_Pic.jpgIn 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 contact DLWID.

Save Our Shoreline Model Project

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Many thanks to all of the volunteers that came to help Kent Norris our DLWID Chairman with his big shoreline restoration project. The project was planned for 3 days but took less than two days to complete.  This in a large part was due to the 18 people who showed up to help on day one and the 15 who helped on day two.
The project was carefully planned and reviewed by several State and Federal agencies.  Special care has been taken to try to make some of the concepts used in the bank stabilization project portable to other properties. If you are interested in a similar project on your property please contact DLWID to learn more about this project template.   Kent is very grateful for all the help he received on his property; best of all it represented neighbor helping neighbors; all helping to improve Devils Lake.

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