Upon its formulation the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association created the A Path Forward for Devils Lake.  In it we request that the DLWID Board take the following action:


  1. Resolve to exercise the maximum impoundment right of 9.53’ by installing the dam structure by April 15th of each year while placing the center section only after the lake level drops below 9.53’continuing full impoundment through October 15th.

  2. Join the City of Lincoln City in recognizing the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association with the hope of working together toward the common goal of bettering the lake.

  3. Change the messaging on septic systems while working with the DLNA in the creation of a campaign based on the Oregon DEQ Septic Smart program that sensibly moves toward voluntary septic inspection in the UGB areas and work together on potential sewer extensions.


Based on the good will that will result from the above actions the residents of Devils Lake with the support of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association will make significant progress the following elements of the Devils Lake Plan:

1. Implement a revamped SOS program

a. Slight modification to expand acceptable plant types
b. Deliver 10 additional projects within a year

2. Develop a voluntary phosphate reduction program

a. Abandoned no lawn promotion
b. Develop and promote low impact yard maintenance guidelines
c. Promote Non phosphate fertilizer
d. Educate on alternates to garden chemicals
e. Water usage education

3. Implement a Septic Inspection Program Outside Lincoln City Limits

a. Encourage voluntary septic inspections
b. Develop Realtor program encouraging pre-sale inspections
c. Negotiate discount program for members of DLNA
d. Promote responsible septic ownership education
e. Develop a septic repair grant program

4. Erosion control project

a. Select two residents with apparent erosion issues
b. Develop a best practices resolution to their issue
c. Install the project on two residences
d. Monitor project on ongoing basis and share data with District

5. Deliver an improved dialog between District and residents

a. Consolidated comments at Board Meetings
b. Buffering of extreme opinions
c. Available for board to board consultations
d. Development of action plans
e. Participation where public support is required

The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association supports the following ideas recently promoted by the DLWID Board and recommends the District invoke them as soon as possible:

1. Emergency Measures

a. Dredge D River on the East side of dam to 8.0'
b. Construct dam and fully impound
c. Consult ODFW to design a proper fish passage (notch)
d. Next year beginning April 15th as a trial

i. Construct dam and fully impound
ii. Once lake is to 9.53' remove boards to flush lake
iii. Repeat if water available permits a second flush
iv. Replace board and fully impound for balance of summer

2. In Lake Treatment

a. Hire consultant other than Joe Eilers to assist in assessment
b. Receive proposals for three treatment options
c. Determine best path forward for near term treatments
d. Engage provider for in lake treatment only if required by water quality

3. Enhance in Lake Monitoring

a. Begin regular monitoring for nutrients in lake to inform concerned public
b. Begin nutrient monitoring in lake and publish online
c. Research new nutrient monitoring point sources for ongoing attention (Golf Course)
d. Establish nutrient reduction goals and specific measures to accomplish

4. Thompson Creek Project

a. During SCDC restoration project discover and resolve Thompson Creek eColi issue
Recommendations for the District existing long term projects

1. Continue work on projects that required longer periods for results

a. Grass carp application and potential restocking
b. Sewer system expansion
c. Rainwater runoff mitigation
d. East Devils Lake Road solution support
e. Outreach and education

Recommendations to the District of projects which should be abandoned

1. Projects to abandoned or avoid

a. CAFE (union 50)
b. Active involvement in zoning (city UGB)
c. Jumping straight to legislated and mandatory measures

i. Septics
ii. Fertilizer
iii. Development restrictions

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