The DLWID Board last night voted 4-1 to abandon one third of the volume (147 million gallons) and 2 months of the duration of the District’s valuable water right. The Board also voted 4-1 to begin the permitting process for the removal of the D-River dam that is used to exercise that water right.
These ill advised motions were proposed by Board Chair Brian Green who along with members David Skirvin, Randy Weldon, and Kip Ward passed the motion.
Board member Kent Norris encouraged fellow board members to consider the overwhelming and nearly unanimous (2 spoke in favor) voices of the 120 citizens in attendance. His motion to instruct Lake Manager Paul Robertson to take action to preserve the District’s water right for the next 5 year period failed by the same margin.
Mr Norris also forwarded an offer by a prominent Oregon State University engineering professor to assist the District in quantify the impact of various options for the D-River, which could be used by the Board in making a more informed decision at a later date. He noted that the District had no idea what impact their decisions would have on the lake ecosystem, lake users or the local economy as they have had no assessment perform on the project. Board members failed to recognize or even discuss the offer.
Unbelievable, is most common reaction by people who have recently learned about this total disregard of the public process by these four members of the DLWID Board. Thank you Mr. Norris for your professional domineer and genuine concern for the members of the community that took the time to leave their home and share their thoughts on this important decision Thursday night. The DLNA is accessing the situation to determine the best course of action.