December DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday December 13th at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall. The full meeting is now available online at this streaming video link.

Public Comment: There was 1 interested party in attendance. He described his efforts to bring a jet ski race to Devils Lake that Northwest Jet Sports, an affiliate of the National Jet Ski Association, has agreed to coordinate. He stated, that Chinook Winds agreed to sponsor the insurance for the event at a cost of about $1,800. They want a letter of support from the Devils Lake Water Improvement Board and Manager, which was agreed to later in the meeting.

Septic Ordinance: There was a report given on the Septic Tank Revitalization Program.  Several issues have been resolved; to date a septic ordinance is yet to be drafted.  The board was asked to permit the District to comment on a petition from La Pine to DEQ related to septic systems that staff felt didn’t make sense.  The board approved by 5-0 to write a letter to the DEQ opposing the petition.

Save Our Shoreline: There was nothing to report on this program.

Vegetation Management: The District’s contractor Max Depths has completed another draft of the document to be sent to the Wildlife Integrity Review Board.  Staff had reported that they had reviewed the document and had only minor suggestions.

Sewer: Brian Green reported that in the past month, the city staff and he agreed on a timeline for the presentation of the project to the City Council. It was agreed that this would occur in a series of three City Council meetings in order to comply with the City’s LID ordinance.

Communications: The District recently announced that their regularly scheduled Board meetings will now be available for viewing live over the internet. To view this meeting online, visit or follow this link.  The video of the meeting will be available, for on demand viewing at anytime in the future.

MidCoastTMDL: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) continues the planning process for developing a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for 303(d) listed waterbodies in the Oregon Mid-Coast Basin. The District participates in the Bacteria Technical Working Group.

East Devils Lake Road: Lincoln County has completed their report on East Devils Lake Road.  A copy of this was placed on District’s project web page at this link.   The initial study estimated repairs that ranged from $13 to $30 million.

Lake Level Monitoring: Staff made an extensive presentation on their study that occurred this summer.  The study performed by DLWID staff was designed to assess the impacts of lower lake levels during the 2012 summer season. You can view the entire presentation in the streaming video of the meeting.  We have created an article on each of the five topical areas including the Introduction, Boat Dock Survey, Fish and Wildlife, Septic Systems, Water Quality and Vegetation.

Vegetation Survey: Also presented at the meeting was the Aquatic Plant Survey of Devils Lake performed by the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs at Portland State University. Key findings in the report include:

  1. 20 species of plants (4 non-natives)
  2. No Eurasian water milfoil found
  3. No Brazilian Elodea found
  4. Lake is largely devoid of macrophytes

Creation of 2013 Goals: The board discussed prospective goals of the District for the coming year for final prioritization in the January meeting.  The existing 2012 goals are as follows:

  1. Develop and implement a strategy for the aquatic vegetation management and control.
  2. Finish the septic tank revitalization program creating an ordinance which will provide the data necessary to complete the septic systems database. Use that database to estimate septic tank loading as part of the total watershed nutrient load.
  3. Increase District’s time spent on the lake to promote communication to property owners, while conducting a lakeshore photographic survey. Also re-evaluate the cyanobacteria postings from the District.
  4. Determine the source of E. coli on Thompson Creek.
  5. Determine the methods we can use and those to collaborate with to sewer the rest of the watershed.

Water Right Siletz Point of Diversion:  The Oregon Water Board requires annual reporting of water usage; the report for water use at the golf is now available and was discussed. The water rights are cumulatively for approximately 2.5 cubic feet per second (CFS).  The City and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians made a successful application to Oregon Water Resources Department to create a second point of Diversion for a small portion of one of these water rights, specifically 75 acre feet (AF) of water.  Total water use by the golf course was approximately 14 acre feet, far from the maximum allowed use of 75 acre feet.

Non Agenda Items:  There were none.

The meeting adjourned at 08:45 pm.

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