In 2023, Devils Lake saw exciting progress on multiple fronts, thanks to dedicated work from the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) and the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association (DLNA). Here's a glimpse into the year's highlights:
Aquatic Vegetation Control:
- Grass Carp Arrival: 5,000 sterile grass carp were introduced to combat invasive plants, with community donations covering 263 fish and 70 named carp!
- Weed Harvester in Action: The district leased a harvester to tackle aquatic weeds like elodea and vallisneria, ensuring a healthy lake ecosystem.
- Lake Neighbors Get Together: Festive events like the Memorial Day BBQ, fireworks and the boat parade brought the community together for fun and fundraising.
- Outpouring of Support: Residents generously donated over $17,000 to support the harvester and grass carp initiatives, showcasing their commitment to the lake.
- DLWID-DLNA Partnership: The two organizations joined forces to revitalize the Blue Heron Landing, launching a dedicated website and planning for inclusive community development.
- Urgent Call to Action: Heavy rains raised concerns about rising lake levels, prompting a community photo-sharing campaign to urge action on dredging the D River.
- ODFW Commission Approval: Key legal changes paved the way for grass carp placement.
- New District Manager: Boone Marker brought fresh perspectives and experience to the DLWID.
- DLNA Reference Library: Educational articles on invasive species and environmental stewardship empowered residents.
Overall, 2023 marked a year of significant progress for Devils Lake. Community collaboration, innovative solutions, and unwavering dedication laid the groundwork for a brighter future for this beloved body of water.