In the spring of 2022, the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association (DLNA) took action to address the explosive growth of elodea in the Devils Lake. The DLNA made arrangements to have an ECO Harvester, a specialized weed-cutting machine, transported from Coos Bay to Devils Lake. Lakefront homeowners signed up to have the harvester clear out the area in front of their homes, and a portion of the donations was used to clear some of the most congested common areas of the lake.
The initial trial was expanded to three weeks based on the availability of the harvesting equipment. This limited trial was our initial attempt to find a solution to the elodea problem. The results were promising, and the DLNA was able to remove a significant amount of weeds from the lake.
Beginning in the 2023 season, the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) has taken over the operation of the weed harvester. The DLWID has a new, much larger machine than the one used by DLNA. This essential tool helps us keep our lake healthy by removing unwanted weeds and debris.
The DLNA solicits annual donations to go towards the maintenance and operation of the DLWID weed harvester program. This is one part of a strategic recovery program that is essential for the long-term health of Devils Lake.
Why is the weed harvester important?
The weed harvester is important for a number of reasons. First, it helps to control the growth of invasive weeds. Invasive weeds choke out native plants and reduce the diversity of the lake's ecosystem. Second, the weed harvester helps to improve water quality. Third, the weed harvester helps to improve the aesthetics of the lake. A clear, weed-free lake is more attractive to visitors and residents alike.
How can I help?
You can help to support the DLIWD weed harvester program by making a donation the DLNA. Donations can be made online at this link. Proceeds will fund a weed harvesting grant to DLWID each year.
Together, we can keep Devils Lake clean and healthy for generations to come.