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Attend the July DLWID Board Meeting

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday July 2nd at 6:00pm. We are asking all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend this important meeting.

In it’s last meeting the DLWID Board deferred the SolarBees Project.  However, in a recent News Guard article Brian Green DLWID Chair said,  “everyone should keep an open mind about all the concerns that have been raised and allow firm data to drive the conversation. A lot of this has the feel of people having a pre-ordained conclusion that they don’t want SolarBees on the lake and coming up with arguments against them,” he said, adding: “I would urge everyone to draw back, take a deep breath and let’s just do some more investigation.”

In last months meeting, John Morris stated that “there is no amount of additional information that would justify putting 20 devices on a recreational lake.” He would like to object to the Board considering the liability and has a difficult time understanding why the Board would even consider it.

Obviously, these two viewpoints are not aligned!  Please come to this important meeting to help us re-enforce the message sent to the DLWID board at the June meeting.

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DLWID To Homeowners – We’re Not Done Yet!

If you attended the June 4th Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board Meeting you may have thought that we were done with SolarBees® on Devils Lake.  The actual decision read;

 “defer further actions toward pursuing SolarBees until we have more information regarding the nature, extent and effects of cyanobacteria and learn more about the safety experience with SolarBees on other recreational lakes.”

The above language does not represent a final decision by the DLWID Board but rather it appears to be just a deferral of the ultimate decision.  This position is clearly stated by DLWID Board President, Brian Green in the most recent article “Lake Abuzz Over Bees” that ran in the News Guard June 17, 2009. 

According to that article Green said “the recent surge in interest in the SolarBee proposal has convinced the board that it should hold a specially advertised public meeting prior to any decision to go ahead with the project.”

The article continues, Green said “everyone should keep an open mind about all the concerns that have been raised and allow firm data to drive the conversation. A lot of this has the feel of people having a pre-ordained conclusion that they don’t want SolarBees on the lake and coming up with arguments against them,” he said, adding: “I would urge everyone to draw back, take a deep breath and let’s just do some more investigation.”

While the District is moving ahead on some very positive steps such as, improved communication, and native re-vegetation there still seems to be a prevailing line of thinking that lake users can still be convinced that SolarBees® are the right solution for Devils Lake.

 I would encourage each of you to check nosolarbees.com for updates and to keep current on the issues.  Encourage your neighbors to do the same.

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Lake Abuzz Over Bees

DLWID takes concerns over solar devices under review
PATRICK ALEXANDER
The News Guard
June 17, 2009

A plea from lakefront property owners has led the Devils Lake Water Improvement District to re-examine the case for installing solar-powered water agitators aimed at tackling toxic cyanobacteria blooms.

A recent campaign spearheaded by lake resident Mitchell Moore has questioned whether the lake’s cyanobacteria problem is serious enough to warrant the district spending more than $1 million in savings, grants and loans on 20 SolarBee modules. Continue reading

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Safety on Devils Lake: Reflections of a Healthcare Professional

Cyanobacteria and other phytoplankton blooms have apparently increased as predicted since introduction of grass carp into Devils Lake. But it is not clear is that these blooms pose serious health risks to lake users.  American mythology is full of stories about illness and death from “bad water.” Medical literature repeats warnings about exposure to cyanobacteria toxin.  However, in current literature there is a paucity of reports of human illness caused by exposure to these toxins in aquatic recreational venues. This is not because most recreational lakes are free of blue-green algae.  More than 15 Oregon aquatic venues, including heavily used Detroit Lake and Clackamas River, posted cyanobacteria advisories in the last couple of years.
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Legal Stinger Could Stop SolarBees

Kate Rowland
From the Newport News-Times
June 10, 2009

Vigorous objection to the planned purchase of 20 Solar-Bees led the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) Board to set aside the $1 million project for the time being, but residents who simply asked for more input in the process may have legal grounds to demand more than just an opportunity to comment.

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Devils Lake SolarBee Plan on Hold

Kate Rowland
From the Newport News-Times
June 10, 2009


Water district creates communications committee of volunteers.

After three hours of energetic testimony in opposition to SolarBees from nearly 50 community members in attendance at the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) board meeting Thursday , the board voted unanimously to put the project on hold, at least for now.

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DLWID Board Vacancy

Devils Lake Water Improvement District Manager Paul Robertson announced today a vacancy on the District’s board. The application is availabe by download on this site or at dlwid.org. Appications from interested parties are due by July 15th, 2009. The full text of the announement was as follows.



The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board of Directors is seeking to fill a recent vacancy on its Board of Directors. Long time member, Smokey Aschenbrenner has recently resigned from the board, creating the vacancy. Smokey has served on DLWID’s board since his appointment in March 2002, filling a vacancy left at the time by Lynn Hermo. He was then elected to the position in 2003 and again in 2007. Within his over seven years worth of service to the Board, Smokey has served as Chair, Vice Chair, and most recently as Secretary/Treasurer. Longtime friend and fellow board member, Otis Winchester, said recently, “Smokey’s calm insight and experience will be missed on the board. Not only has he been a valuable member to the District, but has served the city in a number of ways including being mayor and as a member of the Lincoln City Lions Club.” Otis who has served on the board for six years himself was elected Secretary/Treasurer for the remainder of the fiscal year.

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