We have added a grassroots advocacy page to our website found at www.dlakeoregon.com/take_action. Visit this page to find descriptions of our positions, sample letters to send to decision makers and contact information for each. We ask all concerned members of the neighborhood to write a letter or two and send them out to let decision makers know how you feel about this problem. At this time we're trying to make it known that we have a big problem here and that we feel restocking grass carp is the solution. We'll have more specific requests for grassroots support as we move through the process. Check this page often for the latest request. For now visit the page, pick a letter and send it out. Should you write your own letter and think it turned out well, share it with us and we'll make it into a template for others to use.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District is returning to public meetings. During the pandemic the board meetings were open to the public via a Zoom connection. This coming Thursday the public will once again be able to participate in person. Given the estimated 150 attendees at the DLNA Weed Discussion last Tuesday, this news will be well received. Please note that this meeting will not be held at City Hall but will instead be in the Taft High School Auditorium. The meeting will also be available on Zoom but the District warns the quality of this link may be poor, it's simply a laptop in a large room. There will be time for public comment in the beginning for in-person meeting attendees only. Here are the details of the meeting.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. And we have a great deal that needs to be said so please share your photos and videos with us. As the summer rolls on, capture some images that show how Devils Lake weeds impact your use of the lake. When you're out raking, cutting , skimming, and hauling Elodea, pause for a moment and take a few pictures to share with us. You'll find a collection of shared images displayed on our new gallery page. We will use these shared photos and videos in the creation of informational videos, slideshows and educational presentations. Your pictures will help inform those who have not recently been to Devils Lake to understand the magnitude of this problem.
Here are some simple ways you can share your photos and video with the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association. Note that by following these instructions you grant the DLNA permission to use the photograph, video, or other digital media in any and all of its publications, including web-based publications, without payment or other consideration. We do offer however our greatest appreciation and thanks.
This method is familiar to most, simply draft an email and attach your images. Address the email to [email protected]. Feel free to include a note that describes the images, such as “here is the pile of weeds we raked this weekend, took six hours”. Press send to share.
Add to our Google Photo Album:
We have created a Photo Album in Google Photos entitled “Elodea”. This is where all our shared photos will be stored. A simple way to share which works on both Apple and Android is to follow this link https://photos.app.goo.gl/WqAP7qc2XLDh7nFt8 or the button above which opens the album. Just click on the “add photos” icon which will open your photo manager app. Simply select the images and videos you want to share, and press done.
Share an Album:
Think you’ll be sharing a lot of images with us this summer? You can create your own Elodea photo album and share it with us. Once sharing is set for the album all you need to do is add new photos to it, and they will automatically be shared with DLNA. Here’s how. In your photo app select “create a shared album”, add a title, and select your initial pictures, then press the share icon or button and enter [email protected]. Ongoing just open the album and add photos, we’ll get them automatically.
Please remember to use caution when harvesting Elodea around your docks and your shoreline. Please make every effort to capture your clippings and place them on land or your doce to dry so you can haul them away. (See our video on the subject) It may seem pointless when wading through the weeds, but this is how Elodea propagates. Even the smallest piece can grow into another plant. Yes, boat traffic and wind can break the plants off, but one good harvest can create a large raft of clippings that float in the middle of the lake which can stop a boat or jet ski in its tracks. These rafts of weeds tend to drift to the lee shoreline where they rest and somebody else will have to pick them up. The images above represent one day's flow during the 4th of July weekend on Sandpoint. Should you pull your boat out of Devils Lake to take to another body of water please inspect both boat and trailer carefully for any bits of this terrible weed. We do not want Devils Lake to be responsible for spreading this plague throughout the state of Oregon.
Let's work together and spread the word not the weed!
We have a problem!
It was just one month ago that we posted an article on Elodea; the invasive plant that has invaded Devils Lake. At that time I had personally only experienced the weed as it grew along my shoreline. I was shocked, as this plant had consumed 70% of the bottom of the lake near my shoreline. Since that time I put my boat in and took a tour of the lake. Oh my!
For those of you who have not been on the lake this year, here is a summary from those initial observations. What I found was that the elodea extends much further into the lake than just along the shoreline. The Western portion of the lake from Regatta Park to the D River seems to be the highest concentration with plants just below the surface over the majority of that portion of the lake. I recommend not boating here, and if you're a jet ski operator, really don’t go there. The Brown Bear State Park boat ramp is so clogged with weeds it is nearly impossible to launch without fouling your prop. As you move East from that point you will find elodea growing along both shorelines up through Sandpoint and North to the marina. The small bay to the South of Sandpoint as well at the far end of the marina leg are similar to the East end, a real mess. The center of the lake from Sandpoint where the depth is 18 ft seems clear of elodea however it's so deep it may simply not be visible. The same is true of the upper bay of the lake. These clear areas however do contain large floating rafts of the weeds that must be avoided. Continuing along the shoreline on the East Devils Lake side you will find plants some forty feet from shore. The shoreline from Lake Point through Neotsu however, is some of the clearest in the lake. There is no denying; the extent of the growth is simply overwhelming.
And that's just the elodea. As the summer continues we know that the Vallisneria (eelgrass) will begin to grow. As of this week stands of eelgrass have reached about two feet. This plant, unlike elodea, dies off during the winter, so it had some catching up to do. By September the eelgrass will begin to flower which brings spiral extensions to the surface which become a navigational hazard.
This is all very bad news however as a community we stand a chance to put some measures in place that can improve the situation. Devil's lake Neighborhood Association is committed to helping in this community effort. Your involvement in this effort is the power behind the neighborhood association, so we need you more than ever. To that end we've added a few new pages to our website. You'll find a grassroots page where we will post sample letters and emails as well as contact information for key decision makers that should be contacted. We also have created a gallery page where we ask homeowners to help by sharing their images of your exposure to the weeds and of your efforts to combat this problem. A picture is worth a thousand words, so please share so we may educate these decision makers. More on how to do that in another article.
Please join in and help us with this effort by clicking the volunteer button to the right. If you have a special talent that can be put to use, (i.e. graphics or web designer, YouTube creator, good writer, good speaker, attorney, nice smile) please make us aware of it. In most years we only ask for donations for our annual fireworks display. Those funds are earmarked for that purpose and cannot be used generally. Unfortunately, because of that the balance of general funds is quite small. Consider making a donation to the general fund so we may widen our opportunities to address this issue.
As we move through the summer, I would ask you all to be patient with everybody in the community. This is frustrating and we often want to find someone to blame. In this case, I assure you everyone is on the same page and we are all invested in saving Devils Lake. Let’s blame Mother Nature and get ramped up for this effort, define our solutions and show our support.
It's our first public meeting in over two years! The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association is hosting this open discussion related to the explosive growth of weeds (Elodea and Vallisneria) in Devils Lake this season. We hope to begin shaping a strategy to help raise awareness with the owners of the lake, the State of Oregon. We also want to solicit ideas on how to best use our one and only resource at DLNA, that's you our friendly neighborhood residents.
801 SE Hwy 101 #201
Lincoln City, OR 97367
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They say everything that needs fixing has a YouTube video to help you. We created this short video to provide some guidance about harvesting Elodea around your property. This step by step overview should help in the successful hand harvesting of Elodea from a lake body. Care should be taken to ensure no loose fragments escape the work area. Just click the image above to play, feel free to share this link with others.
We're excited, it's a triple whammy weekend that kick's off the month of July. We begin with our seventh annual fireworks extravaganza on July 3rd, next up is the boat parade on July 4th, and we finish with the first ever lake weed discussion at the Driftwood Library on July 5th. Three for the price of one so don't miss out. And yes we are still collection money for the 2022 fireworks, we have made it half way. Thanks to all who have offered up their support. If you haven't donated follow this link to join in and ensure we can continue this great tradition.
Fireworks Show : July 03, 2022 at 09:30 PM
Boat Parade : July 04, 2022 at 04:00 PM
Weed Public Discussion : July 05, 2022 at 10:30am - 11:30pm
It’s been a couple of years since we published Aquatic Plants 101 where we introduced you to Vallisneria americana, an aquatic plant that is native to coastal lakes. At that time, Vallisneria was just becoming noticeable around Devils Lake. This time of year, if you glance into the lake you most likely would not see any Vallisneria as its growing season has just begun; this plant is more of an issue in the late summer. This time of year, you would likely see a thick carpet of another plant species Elodea which is considered a noxious weed in Oregon coastal lakes. Elodea is one of the few pond plants that can remain green all winter long.
According to Wikipedia, Elodea is a genus of 6 species of aquatic plants often called the water weeds. Elodea is native to the Americas and is also widely used as aquarium vegetation. An older name for this species is Anacharis.
Elodea, sometimes called American or Canadian water weed or pond weed, is widely known as the generic water weed. The American water weed lives entirely underwater with the exception of small white flowers which bloom at the surface and are attached to the plant by delicate stalks. It produces winter buds from the stem tips that overwinter on the lake bottom. It also often overwinters as an evergreen plant in mild climates. In the Autumn, leafy stalks will detach from the parent plant, float away, root, and start new plants. This is the American water weed's most important method of spreading, while seed production plays a relatively minor role.
This species has a wide ecological tolerance and grows relatively fast. Elodea can form dense mats which can interfere with recreational activities and navigation . In addition to this, the dense mats outcompete native plant species and therefore decrease the biodiversity in an area. It also accentuates the accumulation of finer organic silts which enhances its growth further as nutrients are released.
In Devils Lake, silty sediments and water rich in nutrients favor the growth of American water weed. These plants will grow in a wide range of conditions, from very shallow to deep water, and in many sediment types. It can even continue to grow uprooted, as floating fragments.
Elodea is one of the most common aquatic plants in North America. In moderation the presence of Elodea in Devils Lake can also yield some benefits. It provides good habitat for many aquatic invertebrates and cover for young fish and amphibians. Waterfowl, especially ducks, as well as beaver, and otters eat this plant.
We are now in June and as many of you know we have a terrific day planned for you on July 3rd with a fantastic fireworks display followed on the 4th with our annual boat parade. We have a long way to go to reach our fundraising goal. Another $14,000 and we will have the show completely paid for, your help will be greatly appreciated. If you were thinking of donating this would be a great time to help us get over the finish line. Just click this link to contribute.