May DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday May 10th at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall.

Public Hearing: The District held a Public Hearing as part of its May 10, 2012 meeting. (See related article) The purpose of the public hearing was for the board to take public input on the lake level and the District’s Water Right Certificate 69267, Permit to Appropriate the Public Waters #52672 and Permit to Store the Public Waters #R-11968. There were 61 in attendance that comment during the public hearing. The Board discussed the comments and made a decision regarding the water permits.  Brian Green moved to delay construction of the dam until a final decision is made after the second public hearing.  Kip Ward seconded the motion and the board pass the motion 4 to 1 with Noel Walker voting nay.

Public Comment: There were 61 interested parties in attendance. Given that there was so much commentary during the public hearing that the comments in this session were limited.  Mark Christie took a moment to announce his candidacy for the DLWID Board in the upcoming 2013 election. He explained his experience in public office serving for 15 years as a member of the Sherwood School District.

Septic Ordinance: There was nothing to report on this topic.

Save Our Shoreline:  A discussion occurred related to the creation of a SOS video to be used to promote the program. Seth Lenaerts has been working with Cody Cha on this project, who is a local film maker. The video is meant to serve as homeowner or community resource, for those interested in doing a shoreline restoration or landscaping project. The video will focus on several topics, including, the reasoning and benefits for doing such a planting, design, how to actually do the planting, plant information, and permitting requirements. The options were given for this project ranging in cost from $600 to $1400.  The board decided to delay the decision until the next meeting.

Vegetation Management: It was reported that the Districts consultant on this project, Joe Eilers of Max Depth Aquatics met with the lake manager and ODFW Fish Biologist Bob Buckman, Newport. The goal of the meeting was to review existing data available at the Newport field office. The consultant ordered the Bayesian Neural Network Model, and was able to discuss the merits of the model with ODFW staff. The District has been in contact with PSU Center For Lakes And Reservoirs regarding developing a ongoing opportunity for a intern/study on Devils Lake. This would be under the Direction of Dr. Mark Sytsma. No discussion on cost has occurred thus far. The hope is that the District could fund it through its General Fund if this is to be ongoing.

Sewer: Brian Green reported that the City wants their service development charges up front which may be problematic for the project.

Communications: The board was reminded that they had approved a new opportunity to provide a community education class through the Oregon Coast Community College for Spring 2012. It is now possible to sign up for the class on the OCCC website. The Devils Lake Revival will be taking place Saturday, August 4, from 10am- 2pm. The event will again feature a mix of informational and entertainment opportunities. There will be other water activities, like kayaking, stand up paddle boards and boat tours.

MidCoastTMDL: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has begun the planning process for developing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for 303(d) listed waterbodies in the Oregon Mid-Coast Basin. The District has been invited to participate. Representatives from local, state and federal government, special districts, Tribal Nations, private industry, forestry, agriculture, conservation, NGOs, watershed councils, landowners, and others were also identified. There was a second meeting with an introduction to the Bacteria portion of the TMDL was presented.  This is the only component within their current TMDL process that addresses one of our watershed listings. Additional information can be found at

Summer Intern: The District has received a number of applications; interviews will have been completed and an offer has been made.  The District is awaiting acceptance of the offer.  This internship focus on water quality and educational outreach.

Non-Agenda Items: Noel Walker brought up complaints about sand brought into the Regatta Park that cause problems as it drifts to other properties.  The Board directed the Board to look into it.  Brian Green moved to move the regular Board meetings to the second Thursday of each month.

Public Comment Non-Agenda Items: Additional comments were provided expressing concerns about how regulations work and how it impact his property.  These regulations have made bad decisions that impact serious problems in septics and sewers.  He stated District should divorce itself from the City related to the septic program.  He also made several suggestions on how the save the lake by a program to revitalize the lake.  One more commenter came forward to take exception with statements that suggested lake residents don’t care about wildlife.  He stated that we all have a close relationship with nature and wildlife on and around the lake.  He also commented that the issue of water coming over East Devils Lake was occurring when he was a child more than 40 years ago. The meeting ended at 9:55pm

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