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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 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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Group Questions Devils Lake Test Results

By Kate Rowland
From the Newport News-Times
June 5, 2009

 A group of community members who reside within the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) are questioning whether cyanobacteria blooms, blue-green algae that has the potential to release harmful toxins, are really an issue for the Lincoln City lake, and suggest that Lake Manager Paul Robertson’s testing procedures may be inaccurate. The group, which maintains a website at, has asked the board to abandon plans to install 20 SolarBees, solar-powered water circulation devices meant to combat blue-green algae. The cost of the project tops $1 million.

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Fire Disrupts No SolarBees

No SolarBees web service was disrupted today by a fire in our local PGE substation which knocked out power to our server.

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New Technology Comes To No SolarBees

Mobile Blogging

Mobile Updates to NoSolarBees

We have added moble post capability to out site. This will give us the ability to report events while the happen.  Keep checking this site for the latest information on whats happening on the lake.

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Initial Poll

Quite a crowd turned out at the April DLWID board meeting upset about a pending decision on the summer lake level.  Most were upset because they new nothing about their review and proposed change.  Until recently, the only visibility related to the SolarBee project was buried in the meeting minutes.

We’d like to know what you know about the DLWID SolarBee project.  Take a moment an participate in our first couple of polls.  Feel free to elaborate by leaving a comment. The results of all polls taken on this site will be posted on the Polls page.  Thanks for your help.


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Comments Made to Map Page

Recently a few comments were made on the Maps page. It was not our intent to allow comments on pages other than the Report your Findings page. Our mistake for leaving that feature on. So as not to lose the comments we have converted them to this post. I the future comments will be limited to posts.

  1. April 23, 2009 at 7:54 am eClearly, there is a problem with Devil’s Lake, it is very apparent by the placement photograph. It should also be noted that the stakeholders of this site are correct in their interpretation that the Solarbee product is clearly not the right product for the correction of the lake’s natural problem. But there is a proven, reasonable and far less costly resolution to this problem.

    I would appreciate someone contacting me so that I might offer a resolution to the Devil’s Lake blue green algae situation. I have no interest in adding to the attached negative comment on Solarbee, although it is rightly deserved.

    Again, there is a problem, the existing proposed resolution is clearly not the answer, but there is a much more reasonable resolution to addressing the immediate problem. Please contact me.

    Jim Dartez
    Reliant Water Technologies

  2. Joseph M Horton Says:

    April 24, 2009 at 6:01 pm ehttp://GreshamOutlook/InvestmentapprovedbyMetroforBlueLakequality
    -Chlorophyll a
    -Kjeldahl nitrogen
    -Eurasian Watermilfoil
    -Cyanobacterial blooms
    All of the above had significant decreased values on Blue Lake. Water clarity increased greatly (by 4 times). Why would a company advertise that Solar Bees do not work on a blog like this and then solicite their business? I will pass a copy of this site on.

  3. April 28, 2009 at 8:26 am eMr Dartez acknowledged that there is a problem with Devils Lake (we agree!), but made two points that I would like to address. First, he indicated that he has no interest in “adding to the attached negative comment on Solarbee”, but then continues to write “it is rightly deserved”. Sounds like he just added to the negative comments. In response, I would like to mention to the readers that SolarBee has now eclipsed the 300-lake benchmark that we are presently treating. No other lake-treatment solution comes close. We acknowledge that our record in successfully treating bloom-green algal blooms is not perfect, but it does exceed the 95% rate and when I went to school that always earned an “A” grade. As an aside, the cases where SolarBees were perceived by some not to be successful were often partial-lake tests that SolarBee, Inc. conducted at no cost to our clients.
    What is “rightly deserved” is the recent acclaim SolarBee, Inc. received by the Artemis Project which just listed SolarBee as one of the top water companies in a world-wide competition of innovators who are making significant contributions to water quality.

    Second, a little truth in advertising would be appreciated. Mr. Dartez is a representative for Reliant Water Technologies. His firm sells products that compete with SolarBee. I have no problem with competition – it makes us all better at what we do. However, it is appropriate that when your primary motivation is to sell a product you state this. Otherwise, the comments appear a bit disingenuous.

    Somehow lost in website exchange is that the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) conducted a two-year search and analysis of methods to deal with the cyanobacteria problems at their lake. They reviewed biological, chemical, and non-chemical approaches to deal with the problem. They reviewed product performance, cost, service, and scientific support. At the end of this exhaustive search, they concluded that SolarBee circulators provided the best solution for their lake. To my knowledge, no competitor has provided a factual basis for challenging the DLWID Board decision.

    SolarBee, Inc. continues to make important progress in better understanding the positive effects of circulation technology in controlling harmful algal blooms. We welcome an open dialogue on solutions for lake water quality and recognize that circulation does not address all problems in lakes. However, if we can keep these discussions factually-based and free of veiled attacks, it will better serve our shared goal of improving and protecting water quality.

    Joe Eilers
    NW Regional Manager
    SolarBee, Inc.

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