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Study, decision, and action taken by DLWID related to Solarbees

Call To Action – Write The DEQ

The Devil’s Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) continues to pursue the placement of 20 SolarBees on Devil’s Lake despite the protests of those present at last night’s board meeting.  DLWID has made several applications attempting to fund this project.  Two of the applications are for grants, one with the EPA and one with NOAA, neither of these appear to have a public comment period.

The third application which may be the most likely to be approved is through the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.  This application was for $762,000 under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program.  The State’s process contains an internal review followed by publication in the Proposed Intended Use Plan (IUP) at which point, a 30 day public comment period opens.  The plan was published today which means the comment period will run until June 8th.  Each project is ranked and the DLWID project was ranked 9 which according to DEQ, if project is able to satisfy all State Revolving Fund requirements, there would be a strong likelihood of funding.

Who To Write:

It is time to comment.  It is easy.  Written comments may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to

Email:    Rick Watters of DEQ at [email protected] or

 [email protected]

Mail:      Oregon DEQ, Water Quality Division

Kim Carlson

811 SW Sixth Ave.

Portland, OR 97204-1390

Fax:        (503) 229-6037

What To Write:

Research this application has much as you want but at a minimum ask them to refuse funding, and let them know three things

  1. You knew nothing or little of the project,
  2. You do not support the project,
  3.  You do not feel there is large enough problem to justify the project.

These three items are major misrepresentations in DLWID’s application.


DLWID DEQ Application

Proposed Intended Use Plan Update #3

Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program Checklist


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Comments From The Lake

  1. Gil Scott Says:

    April 27, 2009 at 8:30 am Safety issue; We see a lot of tubing in our area. The small children may not have the skill level to avoid the units in case of emergency.

  2. April 28, 2009 at 9:19 am I am just not sure this is the solution. It seems extremely expensive; when no one can guarantee it will work. I want the lake to be clean, not only for the public’s use; but also to maintain property values on the lake.

    However, this sounds like a very expensive experiment to me. As lakefront owners, we pay “extra” taxes to fund the Devil’s Lake Water District. I am concerned our taxes will go up dramatically in order to pay for installation and ongoing maintenance of this endeavor.

    I would like to see other alternatives discussed publicly so we all could have a part in the decision-making process.

  1. Eve Scott Says:

    April 27, 2009 at 9:08 am I feel with all of these solabees on the lake that it will put the safety of people in jeopardy. The summer brings lots of activity and familys with young people the navigation will be uncertain and dangerous.
    I do not want to see anyone get injured.

  2. Kerry Richards Says:

    April 30, 2009 at 2:12 pm The Members of the Devils Lake Water Board need to hear from all property owners that this is an incredibly wrong decision. We got them to listen to us on the ludicrous idea of “lowering the lake level” and now we need to make sure they hear us on this issue too! The Lake that we all enjoy and love will be dangerous for any of us to fish or play on. There has got to be other alternatives!!!!


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SolarBee Nightlight

Ever wonder what these SolarBees® look like at night?  We did!  After our visit to a SolarBees® site one evening we got our answer. Thought you might be curious too, so we shot a video.  Play attached video and you’ll get to see what we observed on our field trip.

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A Suggestion From A Supporter

Lawrence A. Brown Says:

April 27, 2009 at 8:05 pm

We need to get a huge lawn sign campaign going. I’m talking about all around the lake and around the city. I’ll agree to pledge up to $1000 if I can get another 9 people to match my pledge.


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New Site Feature

map-thumbnailsSolarBee Locations

The approximate locations of each of the proposed SolarBees® are identified on our Interactive Google map. Visit the map page to check your location compared to a new SolarBee.

Just added, click on any of the SolarBees® and you will see thumbnails of images of a simulated SolarBee at that very location. Click on the thumnail and view a full size version of each simulated SolarBee.

Follow the link at the bottom of the map to open a full sized window for easier navigation.

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