The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was attended by approximately 50 people on June 4th, who used the opportunity to provide public input on the SolarBees® project. At the end of the public comments the DLWID Board was asked to vote for abandonment of the SolarBees® project. It was further stated public opinion is unanimously against the project and in favor of this proposed resolution.
During the business session of the meeting the Board passed a resolution (see previous post) to defer further actions toward pursuing SolarBees® until more information is available regarding the nature, extent and effects of cyanobacteria and the safety experienced on recreational lakes. In other actions the Board created a permanent Communications Committee staffed by members of the community to advise the board in improving communication to lake users.
From the Newport News-Times
June 5, 2009
Group takes issue with aesthetics, cost and communication
A group of Lincoln City-area residents are protesting the Devils Lake Water Improvement District’s (DLWID) planned $1-million purchase of SolarBees, water circulation devices that combat blue-green algae, and made their position clear by posting about 300 “No Solar Bee” signs in lake neighborhoods last week.
The group also provides window posters and brochures, and planned to hand out about 75 T-shirts to protest SolarBees at the DLWID board meeting Thursday. About 500 mailers were sent to area residents.
The group’s website address is www.nosolarbees.com.
Filed under DLWID, Solarbees
After hearing from nearly 50 people tonight, the Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board voted unanimously to defer any further action toward placement of SolarBees on Devils Lake.
More specifically the resolution made by Otis Winchester read;
“I move that we 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.”
In other actions the Board created a permanent Communications Committee staffed by members of the community to advise the board in improving communication to lake users.
This result is proof that public involvement can really work, that said its tiring, and I’m not home yet. So I’ll provide more details after a good night’s sleep. Thank you all for your support.
Filed under DLWID, Solarbees
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN – LET’S WORK COOPERATIVELY
TO RESTORE, PRESERVE, AND ENHANCE DEVIL’S LAKE
There is evidence that the cyanobacteria problem in Devils Lake is getting worse. Sediment cores dating from the 1840’s to the present (2005) demonstrate that harmful cyanobacteria are reappearing each year and their populations continue to increase substantially. With the loss of nearly all aquatic weeds in 1994 to the grass carp, the cyanobacteria have grown exponentially in numbers in the recent decade. Experts tell us that, once such a trend is established, it usually continues and accelerates. The DLWID Board has attempted over the past two years to identify every possible method to combat the problem. Chemical solutions are objectionable to many people, and they are prohibitively expensive because chemical applications always have to be repeated. Every other solution was either ineffective, or too expensive, and usually both. The Board has also been aware that the weed problem on Devils Lake is likely to return soon due to the demise of the aging grass carp.
Filed under DLWID, Solarbees
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District announced Friday that the June 4th Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack at 6:00pm and released their agenda. We are asking all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend this important meeting. In a letter dated May 27th nosolarbees.com has formally asked the Board to abandon the SolarBees® Project. The Board needs to hear this request repeated by each and everyone attending the next board meeting. The goal…put this issue to rest at Thursday night’s meeting. To accomplish this we need you to make an extra effort and find your way to the meeting. It will be crowded and that’s just fine, we’ll make sure a list is circulated and that each person in attendance gets a chance to address the board.
The June 4th meeting agenda contains three items that provide an avenue to speak toward the SolarBees® issue.
2009 – 2010 Budget
If you are financially inclined you may wish to discuss some of the issues concerning SolarBees® in the proposed budget. Many of these issues have been described in our Report From The Budget Meeting. You may also wish to discuss the trouble the District is having funding this project as recent outlined in the Managers Report published for this meeting.
The Devils Lake Plan – Native Vegetation
This promising program championed by DLWID Board Member Jack Strayer begins a process of cooperatively working with lake stakeholders to reintroduce native plants to the lake shore, nearby wetlands and eventually to the lake itself. This program has the goal of restoring a natural balance to the lake without the use of solar powered machines. Unfortunately, all of DLWID’s financial resources are devoted to the SolarBees® proposal. Therefore this promising project has been abandoned. Please encourage the board to embrace this project and abandon SolarBees®.
The Devils Lake Plan – Whole Lake Circulation: SolarBees
This website has provided a great deal of information indicating the presence of twenty SolarBees® on the lake present a major impediment to navigation, safety, and public recreational use of the lake. Furthermore, this places an unnecessary financial burden on the Devil’s Lake Water Improvement District. Pick your favorite point and make your position known to the board. Ask the board to pass a resolution during this current meeting stating they no longer support the placement of SolarBees® on Devils Lake.
A letter was sent today to the Devils Lake Water Improvement District requesting the Board abandon the SolarBees® Project. The letter addressed the unpublished agenda for the upcoming June 4th, 2009 meeting. We are asking the Board to vote against placing SolarBees® on Devils Lake. Please attend this very important meeting to ensure the Board hears loud and clear our opinions. I know it is a difficult to make a Thursday night 6:00pm meeting if you have to travel to Lincoln City. It is our sincere hope that an overflow crowd will have a good chance to end this now.
The letter explains that many citizens would like the opportunity to express their concerns directly to the Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board of Directors and makes two requests.
- Given the likelihood that the meeting will be attended by more members of the public than the DLWID office can accommodate we request plans be made for a larger venue. It has been suggested that the Lincoln City Council Chamber at 801 SW Highway 101 could be a viable alternative.
- We request the SolarBees® Project to be on the agenda for a board decision by resolution, on whether to proceed with the placement of SolarBees® on Devils Lake.
Click here to read the entire letter.
Thanks to a generous donation from Lake Front homeowner Larry Brown we have produced 300 yard signs for placement on the lake. These 18″x24″ signs will clearly declare your position as it relates to Devil’s Lake Water Improvement District’s plans to put 20 SolarBees on our lake this summer. That is “SolarBees – No! No! No! ” Our goal is to put all 300 signs on the lake to send a clear message to DLWID that SolarBees are unpopular and unwanted. Additionally we hope that these signs will get the message out to the greater public that regularly use Devil’s Lake throughout the year. There opinion should be a part of this decision along with the rest of us.
New Yard Sign
If you would like to have a No SolarBees sign placed at the water’s edge on your property please email your request including the address of your lakefront property to [email protected]. We’ll make our best effort to install a sign on your behalf as soon as possible. If you would like to make a donation to the cause to help defer these costs let us know, all contributions will be gladly accepted.
So don’t delay! Let us know of your desire to voice your opposition to SolarBees! The sooner we get these signs placed, the more effective our message will be.
Thanks again, Larry!
Filed under DLWID, Solarbees