This year there are three Board position (numbers 1, 2 and 3) of the Devils Lake Water Improvement District that are up for election in this cycle. All terms are for four years. The current slate of candidate are:
- Director Position 1 – Jack Strayer
- Director Position 1 – Noel Walker
- Director Position 2 – Douglas Pirie
- Director Position 2 – Randy Weldon
- Director Position 3 – Joe Barnes
The following candidate statements are presented in the order received by the Devils Lake Navigator.
Director, Position 2, 4-year term ending June 30, 2015
The Mission of the Devils Lake Water Improvement District is to:
- Improve and maintain water quality
- Improve the environment for fish, wildlife and humans
- Increase public access to Devils Lake
- Reestablish safe and efficient navigation
I live on Devils Lake on the Lincoln County east side, and have a passion for using my kayaks and two Hobie Cat sailboats on a beautiful lake, free of weeds, algae and sewage.
During my residency on Devils Lake I have kept informed on issues that face the lake as well as the plans that are in place to address them through my attendance at the majority of DLWID board meetings and serving on the budget committee.
I would like the opportunity to provide my experience in coastal engineering to the DLWID as a Board Member.
- Young 67 year old sailor, diver, surfer and duck feeder.
- Retired Corps of Engineers Coastal Engineer with over two decades experience in planning, engineering, operation and maintenance of coastal and harbor structures as well as erosion, dredging operations and environmental concerns.
- Over two decades a member of Marin County, Calif., “Bolinas Lagoon Technical Advisory Committee” helping guide environmental groups in planning for the future of a shoaling coastal lagoon.
- Member of Corps of Engineers’ Coastal Engineering Research Program, Coastal Inlets Research Program, Dredging Research Program, Lidar Program (w / Canada), Coastal Structures Advisory Group and other groups.
Candidate Profile: Jack Strayer
I have been a long time member of the Preservation Association of Devils Lake (PADL). I believe strongly that the lake should be preserved and enhanced to provide high quality recreation while being managed in an environmentally friendly manner for fish, wildlife and the ecosystem. I have worked hard to incorporate these values into the Devils Lake Plan and to be responsive to the issues raised by those interested in Devils Lake.
We owe it to ourselves, our children and future generations to carefully consider lake improvement decisions. If reelected, I promise to continue to assure that Devils Lake is, managed responsibly, efficiently, and effectively