The News Guard
Chinese grass carp seen as vital in fight against weed
The group charged with improving the quality of water in Devils Lake is hoping to persuade the state that it needs more weed-eating Chinese grass carp to prevent the lake becoming choked with invasive species like it was in the late 1980s.
“You would think that would be pretty simple,” Lake Manager Paul Robertson said, “if grass carp were not illegal.”
The addition of more grass carp is a central strategy in the Devils Lake Water Improvement District’s newly updated Devils Lake Plan, which credits the ravenous creatures with saving the lake from weed in the late ‘80s and boosting lakefront property values in the process. Continue reading
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its February board meeting in the District offices on Thursday February 3rd at 6:00pm. The meeting was attended by approximately 11 interested parties. The District received an unqualified opinion; total assets are up $30,000, revenues of $193,000 up $3,400 and expenses are up $5,400.
Devils Lake Plan: The board meeting began with a special presentation of the Devils Lake Plan to those in attendance. The Plan had been previously presented and discussed in four public meetings over the past week. The presentation was followed by an open discussion designed to receive public input. Concerns were expressed related to the use of water shut off by the City to enforce their septic ordinance. Some were concerned about what they described as potential bias toward legislating enforcement of the Districts ideas rather than providing incentives toward voluntary participation. Several commenter’s objected to the use of District funds for the CAFE project.
Audit: The District’s Auditor Signe Grimstad presented the results of the District’s annual audit. The District received an unqualified opinion; total assets are up $30,000, revenues of $193,000 up $3,400 and expenses are up $5,400.
Public Input: Several comments were made on the balance of the agenda. A request was made to have the audited fincinals placed online. An objection was made to District useing fund for the Regatta Park SOS project suggesting the City should provide the funding. It was also memtioned that there are coastal engineers who would be willing to help the District develop guidelines for effective shoreline protection that could be used by homeowners. Continue reading
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held four informational sessions on the Devils Lake Plan over the weekend. Attendees at each session were provided a summary of the Plan in the form of a powerpoint presentation. Saturdays’ session was attended by Mayor Dick Anderson and City Counselor Chester Noreikis. Each session concluded with a publc discussion of the new managment plan. Missed these important sessions? You can still attend the DLWID board meeting on Feburary 3, 2011 and share your thoughts with the board.
District Requests Public Input
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board has just released The Devils Lake Plan and is seeking public input. We would encourage you to attend one of a series of Open Houses featuring the newly released plan. The Devils Lake Plan will eventually become the management plan for the District, guiding the District’s projects for many years to come. This is your opportunity to ask questions and to provide the District with your comments on the plan. The District is seeking to formally adopt the plan at its March 2011 Meeting.
The District has made the Devils Lake Plan available for your review in two formats, MS Word or Adobe PDF. Please download the plan and familiarize yourself with our lake’s future. We have reviewed the document and found it to be quite comprehensive outlining a multi-faceted management approach to the lake. Even still, our review raised some questions and perhaps generated a comment or two, and the District has created a public input process for us to do that very thing.
Each of the open houses will start with a short presentation. There will be ample time for you to ask your questions and provide the District your comments. The District has also made the presentation available online. Therefore, if you cannot attend one of the sessions you can view the slideshow of the plan here and still provide input using the District’s online comment form. You may also wish to provide written comments by email to the Lake Manager at [email protected] an to the full board simultaneously at [email protected].
Please mark your calendar for one of the featured sessions.
Open House Events:
Friday, January 28, 2011
- Session 1: 10 am – 12 pm
- Session 2: 2 pm – 4 pm
Saturday, January 29, 2011
- Session 3: 10 am – 12 pm
- Session 4: 2 pm – 4 pm
Thursday, February 3, 2011
- Session 5: 6 pm – 7 pm (as part of regular meeting)
Devils Lake Water Improvement District Office
820 SE Hwy 101, Suite D, Lincoln City, Oregon.
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its January board meeting in the District offices on Thursday January 6th at 6:00pm. The meeting was attended by approximately six interested parties.
Lake Level: The District has been communicating with Greg Beaman, Oregon Water Resources Watermaster for our region in an attempt to determine if the requirement to balance outflows to inflows in the summer months could be altered. The Watermaster has indicated that he could not alter this requirement as it was part of the 1996 impoundment agreement on water level. The Board decided to wait for the erosion study before deciding whether to file for a modification to their water right.
DEQ 319 Grant: The database developed under this project is scheduled to be sent to DEQ and to the District by December 31, 2010 as required by the grant agreement. The District was informed that the contractor would not include some paper only files associated with phytoplankton and zooplankton prior to 2003. During the meeting the Board directed the lake manager to hold the contractor to their agreement to enter all the complete data set both or locate another source to accomplish the task deducting the District’s expenses from final payment.
Devils Lake Plan: The Devils Lake Plan was approved by the Board for release to the public for comment by a vote of 4 to 1. There will be an open house for partners and the public to answer questions and to discuss the Devils Lake Plan, as follows:
- Friday, January 28, 2011 from 10 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm
- Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 10 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm
- Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 6 pm – 7 pm as part of the regular meeting Continue reading
Board Meets January 6, 2011 6:00pm
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday January 6th 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; an update on the Septic Tank Revitalization Program, and the latest efforts in the Save Our Shoreline program. Preliminary results are not available from DNA testing of e.Coli on Thompson Creek and there will be continuing discussions related to modifications to the Devils Lake Plan.
Please follow the links below to access the latest agenda, staff reports and meeting minutes:
Annual Event A Success
The 2nd annual “Devils Lake Dunk.” took place around 11 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011. A video from this years event has surfaced on Oregon Coast Today’s Facebook page. The jump-in-the-proverbial-lake took place at Regatta Park. Enjoy this brief look into how some brave soles brought in the new year on Devils Lake.