The Devil’s Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) continues to pursue the placement of 20 SolarBees on Devil’s Lake despite the protests of those present at last night’s board meeting. DLWID has made several applications attempting to fund this project. Two of the applications are for grants, one with the EPA and one with NOAA, neither of these appear to have a public comment period.
The third application which may be the most likely to be approved is through the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. This application was for $762,000 under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program. The State’s process contains an internal review followed by publication in the Proposed Intended Use Plan (IUP) at which point, a 30 day public comment period opens. The plan was published today which means the comment period will run until June 8th. Each project is ranked and the DLWID project was ranked 9 which according to DEQ, if project is able to satisfy all State Revolving Fund requirements, there would be a strong likelihood of funding.
Who To Write:
It is time to comment. It is easy. Written comments may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to
Email: Rick Watters of DEQ at [email protected] or
Mail: Oregon DEQ, Water Quality Division
811 SW Sixth Ave.
Portland, OR 97204-1390
Fax: (503) 229-6037
What To Write:
Research this application has much as you want but at a minimum ask them to refuse funding, and let them know three things
- You knew nothing or little of the project,
- You do not support the project,
- You do not feel there is large enough problem to justify the project.
These three items are major misrepresentations in DLWID’s application.