Carp’e Diem

District Faces Challenges in Obtaining Carp Permit

Recently the Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its March board meeting in board and approved the Devils Lake Plan by a vote of 4-1.  As recently reported in the News Guard, article “Carp Still at Top of List”, a major component of the new Plan is the re-introduction of grass carp to Devils Lake.

In the process of developing the new Lake Plan the District solicited the comments of citizens and governmental agencies. In response to that request, Bruce McIntosh, Deputy Fish Division Administrator for Inland Fisheries of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife forward a letter to the District outlying ODFW’s position on the issue.  The letter states “Oregon Administrative Rules prohibit the stocking of grass carp into public waterbodies unless public access is restricted or access is controlled by irrigation districts or drainage districts.”  Continue reading

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Carp Still at Top of List

Lake board feels ravenous fish is the only cure for weed

Patrick Alexander
The News Guard

The body responsible for the health of Devils Lake has agreed to pursue the idea of adding more Chinese grass carp to tackle invasive weed despite opposition from some bass fishermen who say the ravenous creatures have ruined the lake’s fishery.

At their Feb. 24 meeting the board of directors of the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) approved the first ever strategic plan for the lake, a document that sets out steps for improving water quality and promoting native species.

Grass carp are a central component of the plan, which credits them with saving the lake from a choking weed infestation in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

The District stocked the lake with more than 32,000 sterile grass carp in three batches between 1986 and 1993, with the population going on to devour the weed that had put large sections of the lake off-limits to boating.

Now, Lake Manager Paul Robertson said, the carp are dying off and the weed is starting to make a comeback.

“The concern is without that vegetation management control in place, or access to it, then the weeds could get out of hand quite rapidly,” he said.

Through the Devils Lake Plan, the District has set its sights on persuading the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to waive rules that currently prohibit the use of grass carp in all but small, privately owned lakes. Continue reading

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March DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its March board meeting in the District offices on Thursday, March 3rd, 2010.  Several interested parties attended the meeting.

Executive Session of the Board: The Board of Directors held an Executive Session preceding their regularly scheduled meeting.

Public Comment: The Board acknowledged the receipt of written comments; members of the public in attendance also provided comments on several items.  Public comments included; an expression of concern regarding the potential purchase of the Union 50 Club as well as a few concerns on the contents of the Devils Lake Plan.

Save our Shorelines: This is a program to assist landowners in increasing the native vegetation on their shoreline as well as other best management practices for living on the water. The District has planned a workshop about shoreline planting and other best practices before the spring planting season begins for landscape professionals.

Devils Lake Plan: The board discussed the final version of the Devils Lake Plan and public feedback on the plan.  The issues that were of most interest were the Districts plan for the reintroduction of grass carp as there was not unanimous support for the project.  Additional concerns were expressed over the plans reliance on legislation change by advocating four new ordinances used to implement planned projects.  Finally, there were concerns expressed related to the use of water shut off in conjunction with the Septic Tank inspection program.  After consideration of these comments the board approved the Devils Lake Plan by a vote of 4-1.

Union 50: The DLWID board will continue to explore the possibility of buying the old Union 50 building for potential use for the offices of the District. The location would also contain the Center for Applied Freshwater Ecology, or CAFÉ. It was reported that discussions with the Oregon Coast Community College, would suggest that the District could own the building for just a little more than it is currently paying in rent.

Communications Report: Multiple updates to the website, Facebook and listserv sent.  Website updates include the posting of Board Resolution, Index of Resolutions, Ordinances and Policies.  This information is available at:  http://www.dlwid.org/Board Directors.html

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Rick Brissette Resigns Council Seat

PATRICK ALEXANDER
The News Guard

Lincoln City Councilor Rick Brissette has resigned from office, leaving Council with two vacant seats in the run up to the May 17 election.

However, it appears unlikely that Council will have enough time to put Brissette’s Ward I seat on the May 17 ballot, meaning voters might have to wait until September or November to select a replacement. Continue reading

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Bill Could Help Roads Enders’ Case

PATRICK ALEXANDER
The News Guard

Some Roads End residents have welcomed a proposed bill that would outlaw the tactics endorsed by Lincoln City Council to gather annexation consents from the area’s property owners.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) would make it illegal for a city or district to require a property owner to consent to annexation in exchange for continuation of an existing service, such as water. Continue reading

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Attend March DLWID Meeting

Board Meets March 3, 2011 6:00pm

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday March 3rd at 6:00pm.  There is an Executive Session planned from 5:30 to 6:00 before the regular meeting.  The best way to stay informed is for all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.

There are several topics of importance to lake residents on this month’s agenda.  These discussions include; a review of revisions to the Devils Lake Plan and potential adoption, plus the latest efforts in the Save Our Shoreline program including the Regatta Grounds demonstration project. This year’s Lake Steward will be selected and the board will determine if the District will have an intern this summer.

Please follow the links below to access the latest agenda, staff reports and meeting minutes:

Agenda

Staff Reports

Minutes

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Property Owners Want to Form LID

By: Terry Dillman
Newport News Times

Lincoln City Council members unanimously approved a request from a group of Devils Lake property owners to begin the procedure needed to form a Local Improvement District (LID). 

That approval, given during the council’s Feb. 14 regular session, sets in motion the second step of the 16-step process required to form an LID. It authorizes qualified city staff to assess the proposal and generate a written report on all aspects of the project and defining it more clearly, including design and costs.

Most owners of 48 lots near Regatta Park want to form and underwrite the cost of the LID to install a pressurized sewer system for lots along NE Lake Dr., NE Voyage Ave., and NE 15th St., connecting it to the city’s pump station at Regatta Park, and to pave those roadways.

Brian and Leslie Green of NE Lake Dr. initiated the effort in August 2010, sending out a letter to neighbors to determine the amount of support for installing a new, two-inch sewer line and paving the roads. In it, they outlined the proposal and its costs.

“Until recently, the topography of our neighborhood has made connecting to sewer prohibitively expensive,” Green noted. Continue reading

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