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August DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday August 9th at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall.

Public Comment: There were 7 interested parties in attendance. There were some supportive comments and appreciation shared for the Devils Lake Revival. Additionally, gratitude was expressed for the actions take in response to comments made last month related to Thompson Creek and general lake monitoring. Other issues discussed included …

Septic Ordinance: There was nothing to report on this topic.

Save Our Shoreline: A verbal request was mad asing lakefront homeowners to participate in a Save Our Shoreline Project. Also announced was a class jointly produced with the Salmon Creek Drift Creek Watershed Council on Rain Gardens. class the District sponsored was given. The class is $20 and will be held October 25th at the Lincoln City Community Center; all are welcome. A discussion occurred related to the creation of a SOS video to be used to promote the program which took a back seat to the Revival this month.

Vegetation Management: The District has been creating a application to allow the placement of additional grass carp when required. This document is under internal review. The District recently conducted phase one of a Aquatic Plant Survey using the resources of Portland State University. The main purpose of this survey was to provide a starting point for future observation. According to the report there was a variety of species present. Some twenty-plus species were observed, mostly native plants. No Eurasian Water Milfoil, nor Brazilian Elodea; in all there were 100 points of collection. The Project Manager is working on updating a economic impact study that was used in the original grass carp application. Part of the grass carp application is a engineer stamped map describing all the inlets and outlets of the lake. To save money the District is trying to receive ODFW’s approval of making due with recent aerial photography, LiDar and topographical.

Sewer: Brian Green reported by letter that letters have been sent to property owners impacted by the proposed LID outlining the terms negotiated with the City. So far responses have been positive with a probable majority maintained.

Communications: A review of the Devils Lake Revival was provided; pictures are posted on the District Facebook page. There was also a discussion on the revision to Water Quality postings which now show the new Thompson Creek canal sight. The District has been involved in several educational opportunities that help proliferate information about the lake to the greater public.

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. There was a meeting in July that provided a summary of progress to date and there is no meeting scheduled for August. The work right now is being done in the working groups and is primarily related to how to determine the source and scale of nutrient loading in all mid-coast watersheds.

Summer Intern: Alyssa Clayton gave a report on how she has been sampling every week monitoring the pH, temperature, conductivity DO content, Secchi disc depth and turbidity in the lake as well as watching for cyanobacteria blooms and posting water quality updates. She has edited the Shoreline Planting Guide, and worked on kids activities for the Devils Lake Revival. A request was made to keep the Intern through the end of September for a total of 714 hours for the season which was approved.

Water Quality: The Lake Manager provide on the latest HAB harmful algal bloom which began to appear last week. The bloom is expected to last 4 to 6 weeks. It was stated that lowering temperatures usually cause our blooms to die out. Also the District has added a new site on the Thompson Creek canal. While the original site and Rock Creek are no longer shown on the postings the samples are still taken. There are plans to do some DNA and location testing later this year in a attempt to locate the source of high readings.

Lake Level Monitoring: The District will be conducting some lake level investigation for potential impacts to recreational users and properties. This will include a spot check of safe moorage for 30-50 randomly selected properties and all the public launches. They will be taking photos of vegetation and will compile septic tank data that may be applicable. They also intend to document the period of full fish passage verse that which is limited by the dam. A brief discussion occurred related what the ending lake height would be based on public comment. It was agreed that the target would be 8.7 feet.

Regatta Stage: The District is promoting participation in efforts to add a state to Regatta Park. The District will buy a brick and each board member present pledged to buy a brick. More information can be found by emailing regattastage@gmail.com.

Non Agenda Items: Board member Kip Ward asked all docks be surveyed for depth to provide support for antidotal comments made by homeowners. It was stated that having the information would be useful for future decisions. He also wanted the dam to be modified to have a larger opening for fish passage. The board directed staff to do both. A goal setting session was scheduled for October 13th. The Outstanding Service Award for a board member was awarded to Kip Ward.

Additional Public Comment: Final comments were provided related to asking for public comment on the design of the dock measurements to ensure they take into consideration the placement of boats and approach to docks. Additional comments were provided related to the design of the dam. They were encouraged to seek professional assistance in the design of any modifications as what seems logical such as “wider is better” is not necessarily true. Most fish passages are cut trapezoidal to increase water volume a levels lower. They were also encouraged to look into what was done for lamprey passage at Bonneville Dam as a great deal of research has recently performed on that subject.

The meeting adjourned at 07:45 pm.

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July DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday July 12th at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall.

Public Comment: There were 15 interested parties in attendance. Several comments were made as a follow up to the past two Board meetings in particular the lake level public hearings. There were several corrections to the minutes suggested. One person came forward to express support on the lake level decision in that he felt it was a reasonable process, and further stated that his three parcels were not negatively impacted. The District was asked if they had made any specific plans to study the impact of the new lake level on erosion, Coho salmon runs, lake temperatures, blue green algae, and septic water tables during the summer season. A request was made for the District to develop a specific plan to actively determine the source of high e.Coli levels on Thompson Creek. A comment was made that the District should not donate toward the repairs on East Devils Lake Drive, that is solely the County’s responsibility. He also said he had been in contact with Jet Ski Associations that would like to have a race on the lake. He volunteered to organize the event but wanted the Board to discuss the possibility of this type of event on the lake. Continue reading

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Lake Level Is Going Down .53 Feet

Many Attend The Second Public Hearing

The second public hearing on lake level began the June 7th Devils Lake Water Improvement District board meeting. This hotly debated issue has occupied space in board meetings over the past four years. Tonight by my count 79 people came to the meeting to share their opinions with the board.

We will cover the discussion in a minute since I’m sure you are more interested in the outcome. After hearing the public testimony the board had a brief discussion and took action. They considered the text of a resolution offered by the public and eventually they came to a decision. The board considered modifying their water right as filed at the Oregon Water Board, which would have been almost impossible to reverse. Instead the motion was made by David Skivin and seconded by Noel Walker to Change the District’s policy concerning lake level. Specifically, it shall be the policy of the District to construct the D-River dam on June 1st each year and begin impoundment on June 15th or when the water level falls to 9.0 feet and established a impoundment height of 9.0 feet MSL. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting began with Brian Green rendering a position on whether or not any board members should recuse themselves from the decision. He stated that it was his opinion that this was not the case as a conflict is defined as having a financial gain. He stated that no board member had any possibility of financial gain from this decision.

Continuing, the lake manager walked through the same presentation he made at the first public hearing. His material was in favor of lowering the lake and/or never installing the dam. The presentation was 84 slides long and can be found at the previous link. The manager presentation lasted 45 minutes and was followed by a board question and answer period. Those questions related to the size of the gap in the dam, the impact on blue green algae and the impact of the decision on the District’s grass carp application.

The first member of the public was able to begin at 7:15pm. A total of 33 came to the podium and spoke. 9 spoke in favor of the dam removal and 24 opposed it.

The board was presented a petition that was signed by 500 citizens interesting in the lake. The petition requests them to leave the current policy in place with the lake held at 9.53 feet. Several comments from those petitioners were read into the record. A total of 87 of those who signed left comments for the board. It was explained that these signatures were collected online, door to door, and at a few key retail outlets in town. They stated that this method insured that a cross section of lake users is represented. It has some lakefront homeowners, we have some local Lincoln City residents, and it has many signatures from those people who come to Lincoln City to enjoy the lake and the beach. They stay in hotels and vacation homes, eat in local restaurants, and shop at local businesses.

One person said the lake is filling in and that dam is accelerating that process. He felt that the removal of the dam would slow this process. Another described the wetlands like a lung that can’t be water logged and that can’t be good.

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DLWID Budget Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Budget meeting was on Friday May 11th at 10:00am and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall.

Budget Presentation: The Lake Manager started the meeting presenting the budget to the budget committee.  It described the five priorities that have been set by the DLWID Board in previous meetings. These priorities include:

  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.

He then continued on to describe a list of other additional programs and activities the District maintains are presented.  Continue reading

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May DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday May 10th at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall.

Public Hearing: The District held a Public Hearing as part of its May 10, 2012 meeting. (See related article) The purpose of the public hearing was for the board to take public input on the lake level and the District’s Water Right Certificate 69267, Permit to Appropriate the Public Waters #52672 and Permit to Store the Public Waters #R-11968. There were 61 in attendance that comment during the public hearing. The Board discussed the comments and made a decision regarding the water permits.  Brian Green moved to delay construction of the dam until a final decision is made after the second public hearing.  Kip Ward seconded the motion and the board pass the motion 4 to 1 with Noel Walker voting nay. Continue reading

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Large Crowd at Hearing on Lake Level

Many Interested Parties Attend This First Meeting

It’s hard to believe that this issue was debated during board meetings in 2009, and again in board meetings in 2010.  In 2011 the debate morphed into the erosion study with resulted in low lake levels beyond the 4th of July.  Tonight by my count 61 people came to the meeting to share their opinions with the board.

The meeting began with the lake manager walking through a presentation in favor of lowering the lake and/or never installing the dam.  He cited the request of un-named residents, the results of the erosions study, threatened Coho runs and overall lake health as reasons.  The presentation was 84 slides long and can be found at the previous link.  The manager presentation lasted ss hours and was followed by a board question and answer period.  The first member of the public was able to begin at 6:50pm.  A total of 25 came to the podium and spoke.

The board was presented a petition that was signed by 200 citizens interesting in the lake.  The petition requests them to leave the current policy in place with the lake held at 9.53 feet.  Several comments from those petitioners were read into the record. Continue reading

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April DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday April 5th at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall.

Public Comment: There were 11 interested parties in attendance. Many comments shared their concerns related to the re-released erosion study.  Several people brought up concerns with specific additions to this version of the report.  Others raised concerns about the process the District used to complete project. It was suggested that the final report did not reach a conclusion and therefore the District should plan to install the dam on April 15 and so discontinue further consideration of changes to the authorized summertime lake operating level of 9.53 feet.  Additional comments were provided against the septic program and it’s use of water shut off.  There were  also concerns expressed related to logs and debris floating in the lake. It was suggested that the City could be contacted to take the debris away for disposal on a organized clean up day.

Septic Ordinance: There was nothing to report on this topic.

Save Our Shoreline: A verbal report on the Lakescaping class the District sponsored was given.  There were five in attendance and they gave positive feedback on the course.  Lunch was provided and attendees could help themselves to an assortment of free native plants also provided by the District.  The course covered some history of the lake, benefits of lakescaping, and a discussion of native plans as well at design tips.  A discussion occurred related to the creation of a SOS video to be used to promote the program. Continue reading

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