Erosion Study Released

Study Concludes Lake Level Has Little Influence

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District recently had an erosion study done to determine if and how the lake level affects erosion on properties surrounding Devils Lake. The District specifically requested that the study consider how wave energy, both natural and man made, impact the shoreline as a result of having the lake held at 9.53’ (full exercise of water right), at 9.0’ (partial exercise of water right), and if the lake was to be allowed a natural hydrology without impoundment.

The text of the study, photographs, maps and presentation are available online by following the links at the end of this post.  In general, the study concludes, “whether waves are generated by boats or wind, the highly erodible nature of the soils, the presence or absence of sufficient bank stabilization, and the bathymetric slope are likely more influential on shoreline conditions than relatively small changes in lake elevations.” Continue reading

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Board Meets December 1, 2011 6:00pm

Erosion Study To Be Presented

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District has conducted an erosion study to determine if and how the lake level impacts erosion on properties surrounding Devils Lake. Tetra Tech will be presenting their evaluation of the lake resulting from the fieldwork that occurred this spring at this month’s DLWID Board meeting on Thursday December 1st at 6:00pm. Please note that these meetings have moved to City Hall Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor of City Hall.

Erosion Study
The presentation that will be made by Tetra Tech is very important because by design, it should address key issues such as the loss of shoreline to inundation, loss or change in plant community along the shore which may lead to erosion or shoreline loss, impacts to wetlands and wetland hydrology, impacts to Continue reading

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Gomberg Files for House District 10

Small Business Leader Files for Oregon House

Lincoln County small businessman David Gomberg has announced he will be a candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives in the 2012 election. Incumbent Representative Jean Cowan will not seek another term representing House District 10.

“For more than 20 years, we’ve lived here on the Coast, built a successful business, created jobs, and worked to make our community better. I’m ready to use my experience and my enthusiasm to help create a better economic future for families up and down Oregon’s coast.”

Gomberg and his wife Susan own Gomberg Kite Productions and Northwest Winds Kite Stores. They manufacture kites and wholesale to stores throughout North America. They have organized performances for Disney, the Superbowl, and motion pictures. In the past three years, they have opened three retail outlets and are now the largest retailer of kites on the West Coast. In 2004, Gomberg Kites was recognized as a statewide finalist for the Austin Excellence in Family Business Award.

“I’m a Democratic businessman with international trade experience. But more important, I’m a small town, family businessman who understands what it takes to survive in a down economy, and put people to work.” Continue reading

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City Set Sight On Sewers

The  News Guard

Citing the importance of Devils Lake to the Lincoln City area, city councilors have decided to pursue the idea of a new tax to pay for the installation of sewers throughout the watershed.

At its Nov. 14 meeting, Lincoln City Council unanimously agreed to move forward with the idea of a tax in addition to the development of an inspection program for septic systems that are tributary to the lake.

Councilors agreed that the task of levying the tax should fall to the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID), which includes the entire city as well as the portions of the lake watershed beyond the city limits. Continue reading

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Leaders weigh value of a clean lake

The News Guard

Options for tackling pollution in Devils Lake include a City fee on nearby septic tank owners, with the proceeds going toward installation of sewers around the lake, local officials say.

Meeting on Nov. 7, members of Lincoln City Council and the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) heard such a fee could help the City afford the ambitious project, which has an estimated cost of $30 million.

The group also discussed the prospect of DLWID asking voters to approve a property tax increase to fund the work.

City Manager David Hawker said previous efforts to install sewer in areas including Neotsu and East Devils Lake Road have stalled due to the high cost estimates. Continue reading

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November DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting was on Thursday November 3rd at 6:00pm and was held in the City Hall Council Chambers  located on the third floor of City Hall.  There was a mix up preventing this District Board meeting from appearing on Charter Channel 4.

Public Comment: There were 3 interested parties in attendance. One public comment related to the upcoming sewer/septic workshop to be held by the city.  It was suggested that the District should attend the workshop and gather information to report to the board so they may carefully consider how to address the issue.  Concerns were expressed that this would be an unpopular time to pursue construction of a sewer system that could bring, annexation, city taxes, LID assessments and monthly bills to homes that received the new service.   Continue reading

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In Memorial – Al Rice

Long Time Lake Supporter Will Be Missed

Thomas A. “Al” Rice of Lincoln City died of complications from liver disease in Portland on Oct. 8, 2011. He was 87.

Al was born on Feb. 7, 1924, in Toledo, Ore., to Thomas Alfred Rice and Ruth Larson Rice. When he was 8, the family moved to Redmond, then to Baker, and finally to Portland, where he graduated from U.S. Grant High School in 1942. Continue reading

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