Great progress has been made by the Devils Lake Water Improvement District this winter toward improving our lake's water quality. Josh Brainerd Lake Manager provided this brief update of the project.
Lake Bottom Aeration Project:
The Lake Bottom Aeration Project was completed in November of 2018. It has been in operation for many months. Seasonal dissolved oxygen (DO) levels have remained consistent and at a healthy level during the winter months on the lake bottom. DLWID hopes to see an increase in DO on the bottom of Devils Lake during the warm summer months when DO is seasonally absent. Several points are being monitored in and around the 50-acre treatment area and the results will be published once obtained.
Shoreline Aeration Project:
The Shoreline Aeration equipment continues to operate in the lake. For 2019 DLWID plans to use the equipment at several confined water locations. Recent research suggests that shallow freshwater areas may play a much larger role than once thought in the proliferation of Harmful Algal Blooms.
Everything is set for another great holiday weekend. We begin with our sixth annual boat parade and complete the night with a spectacular fireworks display. Safety is the name of the game so please take a look at our boat parade safety plan and our fireworks safety plan to ensure your day is as safe as it is fun. Here's the details.
Date: Wednesday July 3rd
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: Wednesday July 3rd
Time: 9:30 PM (or Dusk)
With this announcement it is time that we begin to gather donations for this spectacular fireworks display: follow this donation link or the button in the sidebar to contribute. See you July 3rd!
In a normal year, in just a few weeks, we would be hosting the Ninth Annual Potluck on the Point. This year the potluck's venue is an active construction project. All we have is gravel and dirt to entertain on. That's simply not going to work leaving us no other option but the cancel the event for 2018. Please join us next year, (always the first Saturday of August) to see our completed construction project and enjoy an evening with your neighbors and friends.
The DLWID Save or Shorelines Committee has been experimenting for the past year with a floating garden project in the Thompson Creek canal. Now deemed a resounding success Mariellen Rich has drafted a detailed description of the project as well as instructions for you to make your own floating garden. You can download these instructions here. Follows are some excepts from the document which explain the project.
The Devils Lake floating garden project was created as a way to promote lake re-vegetation in a way that doesn’t require full bank stabilization, concrete or dock removal, and/or the need for extensive permitting.
The project was inspired by the floating gardens of Amsterdam, Netherlands. In an effort to achieve DLWID’s goal of 20% lake vegetation, the floating garden offers an alternative to lakeshore restoration projects that require unimpaired shorelines, with ample planting media.
The floating garden is a suspended structure of PVC pipes, connectors, empty plastic water bottles, lattice, and planting baskets. It is anchored to a homeowner’s dock or concrete barrier. The wetland-like, aquaponic conditions allow for aquatic and nonaquatic species to grow in close contact with the lake, extracting nutrients from the nitrogen-rich bottom of the lake. In addition, the aquaponic plants clean the water, creating a healthy environment for fish to thrive. Small fish swim among the roots looking for shelter and food. The plants do not need to expend energy on an extensive root system to find the food they need, so all of their energy goes into upward leaf growth. The floating garden is virtually maintenance-free, requiring an optional light spring cleaning and weeding once a year. No watering or fertilizing is needed.
The DLWID demonstration floating garden on Devils Lake has been anchored by ropes from a fixed dock since August 2017. The floating garden was weeded in March and invasive “volunteer” plants were removed. Once the garden is constructed and populated
with plants it takes care of itself.
Floating gardens are a convenient solution to lake shore planting. The plants utilize the lake nutrients to produce foliage and an efficient root system. They are an easy to maintain and beautiful lakeside property addition.
July is nearing an end and as many of you know it began with a terrific day on July 3rd including a boat parade and a fantastic fireworks display. We have almost reached our fundraising goal. Another $1,500 and we have the show completely paid for, your help has been greatly appreciated. If you were thinking of donating any amount this would be a great time to help us get over the finish line. Just click this link to contribute.
Wake the World is planning its first ever event on Devils Lake this summer.
Wake the World (WTW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They are a group of boat owners providing watersports opportunities to abandoned, abused and neglected children, as well as for the handicapped and our wounded warriors. WTW began in 2008 with 8 families providing a day on the lake for some residents of a local children's home. WTW is the largest all volunteer organization of its kind, with over 500 volunteered boats world-wide! They strive to make these events as easy as possible to host, and have a network of boat volunteers and sponsors to help support each event. They also provide insurance and liability waivers for every local event. All WTW events are sanctioned and insured through the WWA (World Wakeboard Association).
The first ever Devils Lake Wake the World event will be hosting many kids for a day on the lake. If you are interested in participating with your boat please contact Lance McIlnay. Boats need to be V-Drive, In Board or jet drive.
Wake the World Devils Lake
August 20, 2018
East Devils Lake (Brown Bear) State Park
Contact Lance McIlnay
The DLWID Special Projects Committee has been working hard to create interesting opportunities for all of us who live and play on Devils Lake. With that in mind they wish to announce their upcoming boat safety presentation at Regatta Park on Saturday, June 23rd from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Stop by and see demonstrations relevant to boats, kayaks, jet-ski’s, paddle boards, swimming and more. You are welcome to bring your watercraft to Regatta Park if you would like a beginning of season inspection. We’re so grateful that Deputy Lopez from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department has promised to be there to go over the regulations and requirements with all who are interested. A huge thank you to him!
Can't make this fun event? You can still pick up a few tips by following this link. Remember this summer to have fun, and boat safely!
The DLWID Project Committee and members of the DLNA came together on June 5th for their Third Annual Devils Lake Water Improvement District lake roadside clean-up.
East Devils Lake Road was a return target. This year the weather cooperated. Many hours of clean up resulted in sizable amounts of trash. A job well done by a wonderful crew. Many thanks to North Lincoln Sanitary for their support.
We recently announced the Fifth Annual Devils Lake Neighborhood Association Fireworks display scheduled Tuesday July 3rd. We still have a long way to go to fund this year’s display and to that end we would like to invite you to join us on the lake this coming holiday weekend.
The DLNA Fireworks Barge will be parked in front of Steve Brown’s House just east of Regatta Park. This year one side will be attached to land in Steve’s backyard so you may come by land or by sea.
Sunday May 27, 2018
11:00am to 3:00pm
Hot Dogs, Chips and Dip will be offered while you visit with your neighbors. Come on down and help us raise the funds required for this year’s show. Remember you can still stop by even if you don’t have a boat in the water. Steve’s address is 1510 NE LAKE DR, Lincoln City OR 97367. Can't make it at all, don't worry you can still donate online by following this link.
Happy Spring DLNA Members!
2018 looks to be a fantastic year for our team!
Our members continue to take active roles in many DLWID committees working to improve Devils Lake.
Hats off to the DLWID Board and Lake Manager for the progress that continues to be made moving forward to complete projects. As special shout out to Tom Wood for his behind the scenes work with our governmental partners in some of the projects you will see updates on below.
It’s going to be a great summer at the lake!
Stay connected and we will see you on the lake!