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Alert: Lake Level May Be Lowered Again

Based on the recent actions of the  Devils Lake Water Improvement District at their May board meeting we received an email from concerned lakefront resident Mark Christie.  As outlined in the message you should note that the DLWID has determined that lake level should be re-visited in June.  We feel that the couple of proponents of lowering the lake have already won two concessions from residents who do not feel the lake should be lowered.  Concession number one, the lake level was lowered for the 2009 summer season and the majority felt it to be a workable level.  Concession number two, in March 2010 residents were asked to defer the placement of the dam until June 1st; residents accepted the lower levels associated this this request.  Now we are being asked to live with these lower levels all summer.  The original request when this began was for the dam to be set to 8'-6", is that the next request? We concur with Mark that residents should attend the June meeting and let your voice be heard.
Text of email from Mr. Christie sent 5/13/2010
URGENT ALERT !!!!! Lower Lake Level Likely - You Need To Act Now
I want to give you all a heads up! I am very concerned about the possibility of a lake level adjustment downward (as much as a  5.3” lower starting level than originally approved in March) that could be made at the June 3rd meeting of the DLWID Board. There was great discussion at the March board meeting around lake level and contracting with a new lake contractor (Bill Sexton) for installation of the dam boards and monitoring for the summer.
The Board took action at the March 4th 2010 DLWID meeting to set the lake level at a range between 9.3 feet and 9.53 feet between April 15th and June 1st  and at 9.53 for the balance of the summer season ending October 15th. The lake level last season was established by the Board to be at 9.53 feet after lengthy discussion at the May 7th 2009 Board meeting.  Based on 30 water depth measurements taken near the mooring slips of docks along the Eastern shore of the lake by Board members David Skirvin and Randy Weldon; they have concluded their research indicates that the concerns of unusable properties due to lower water levels were unfounded. Based on this conclusion the Board is considering lowering the 9.53 level to 9.0 feet as a starting point for the season. 
Just when you thought the lake level issue was put to bed for the season (March 3, 2010 meeting) the DLWID Board changes their minds and plans on re-visiting this important issue at their June 3rd meeting at 6 pm.: Physical Address: 820 SE Hwy 101, Suite D, Lincoln City, OR 97367.
I encourage you to come June 3rd and share your thought and concerns. In addition, I encourage you to send your communication to the Board:
Additional information about lake level and the current 2010 Budget proposal is available at www.nosolarbees.comHope to see you June 3rd.
Mark R. Christie

May DLWID Board Meeting Report
The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its May board meeting in their offices on Thursday, May 6th, 2010.  I was not able to attend this meeting and this account was created through discussions with third parties.
Hot Topics
Lower Lake Level – According to the May Manager’s Report “the Lake Contractor installed the most of dam (sic) on April 19, 2010, raising the lake to 9.1.”  Continuing Mr. Robinson states that “through May we will strive to keep the lake at 9.3-9.5’ with pulsing beginning mid month through until (sic) the end of May”.  During the meeting board member, Randy Weldon raised concerns of an unidentified lake resident who felt that their property valuation should be lowered for tax purposes due to the loss of their shoreline due to erosion.  The district discussed whether they might be liable in this situation. This began a discussion related to the lake level resolution passed in the March board meeting.  The discussion continued reiterating the presentation made by David Skirvin during the April board meeting related to 30 water depth measurements taken by himself and Randy Weldon along the Eastern shore of the lake in the mooring slips of docks in an attempt to understand the impact on homeowners of various lake levels. (Read more...)
SolarBees Have Mixed Effect on Water Quality at Blue Lake
The Oregonian recently ran this comprehensive summary of  the three SolarBees that have  been installed on Blue Lake in Fairview, Oregon.  The report is in part based on the 2009 Blue Lake Water Quality Summary Report released by Metro in October 2009, reviewed by in March.  The article makes some very interesting statements about the devices in this  specific installation.

By Matthew Preusch, The Oregonian

May 14, 2010, 7:33PM
Water clarity has improved at Blue Lake three years after Metro spent tens of thousands of dollars on algae-combating machines, but the devices may be abetting the spread of troublesome weeds.
“What we’ve found is that the pH has been a little bit worse, the water clarity has been a little bit better, and the toxic-algae problem has been about the same,” said Metro biologist Elaine Stewart.
Blue Lake SolarBee
The regional government and the solar-powered devices’ manufacturer say, however, that it’s still too early to render a verdict on whether the money was well spent.
Metro manages the popular 130-acre park on the lake’s north shore and cooperates with homeowners on the south shore over lake regulations. It split the $150,000 cost for the three SolarBee water circulation deviceswith the homeowners.

DLWID Budget Committee Meeting Report
DLWID Board member Jack Strayer provided us this summary and commentary on the DLWID 2010-2011 proposed budget.
The 2010-2011 budget for DLWID just came out.   It is a tough 51 page read so I thought that you may appreciate learning about some of the high [or low] points.
Page 23[#19]:
The District recently formed a Communications Committee which has developed a Communications Plan currently under revision. Many aspects of this plan have already been implemented including new ideas developed such as the Listserv and a municipal water billing mailer. These items and more such as the website, sign kiosks, SOLV events, and the Lake Steward Award are all already funded through the General Fund. However, additional expenditures may be warranted from the Improvement Fund for non-reoccurring expenses.   (Read more…)

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