Dr. Sam Chan, OSU Sea Grant extension assistant professor
Photo by Jim Fossum, Newport News Times
Special thanks to
Dr. Sam Chan for giving up his Saturday to speak to PADL members. Sam was
very encouraging with his comments towards PADL. Sam made a generous donation
to PADL for constructing a watercraft rinse station.
Also, thanks to Paul Robertson for his report about cyanobacteria testing.
RE: PADL annual meeting press release
The Preservation Association of Devils Lake (PADL) invites the public to its annual meeting on Saturday, June 28 at 10am at the Union 50 Club, 1115 SE 1st St, turn east at the D River Wayside traffic signal to the blue building. Refreshments will be served. This year's theme is "Protecting Devils Lake."
Sam Chan, Assistant Professor with the OSU Sea Grant Extension program will speak. Sam specializes in education and research on the health of Oregon's watersheds and the understanding of impacts of aquatic invasive species and ways to prevent their spread. Invasive species are a growing problem worldwide that also have significant economic, human health and ecologic consequences here on the Oregon Coast. Devils Lake is a precious environment not just for its ecology, but also for those who own property along/near its shores and the recreationists who come to enjoy it. Sam will highlight Devils Lake's global connections and local solutions/leadership through examples using invasive species as a context. The goal of the presentation is to stimulate discussions and actions highlighting Devils Lake resident's leadership on invasive species awareness and protection.
Paul Robertson will also be speaking at the PADL meeting. Paul has been the lake manager for coming on three years now. He is a Taft High and Oregon Coast Community College graduate and with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Vermont, and a Masters of Environmental Diagnosis from Imperial College London, he is pleased to be working back at home and in the field of limnology.
He will give an update on the lake monitoring program including details about a new cyanotoxin monitoring program being initiated this year. Cyanotoxins are chemicals released by cyanobacteria which can pose a health risk. Education is the best means of avoiding such risks, but the Devils Lake Water Improvement District is also seeking to quantify the potential toxin concentrations to gain a better understanding about how these organisms and the toxins they can release may affect our water quality.
Sam Chan and Paul Robertson appeared in the newly released OPB film "The Silent Invasion" - a part of the new OPB invasive species campaign.
PADL is seeking support for a watercraft rinse station to help prevent the spread of invasive species. Donations for the station can be sent to PADL, PO Box 36, Lincoln City, OR 97367. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed.
Al Rice may be on hand to give a wood duck nest box and bald eagle report.
Drawing for a composter.
The mission of PADL is to correct, protect and preserve the water resources and other natural assets of Devils Lake from misuse and pollution. To encourage the improvement of the overall environmental and economic use of the lake as a recreational, scenic asset for all time to the entire Lincoln City area. For information see the PADL website at http://www.devilslakeor.us or call 541-994-6178 or 541-992-3535.
Preservation Association of Devils Lake
Saturday, June 28, 2008, 10am, Union 50 Club
Call to order
Attended June DLWID meeting - $2,500 grant (Sextons)
Attended June Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation meeting - $3,000 grant (Kate Danks)
Invasive Species Campaign - received DVD of the OPB "The Silent Invasion"
Devils Lake in the campaign
Shoreline stabilization - DLWID request
Best meeting dates, times and place
Wake Boat - Marine Board signs - Gary Riback, Don Sell, Lenny Nelson, DLWID's Paul Robertson
Boathouse and Boat Dock proposed changes - Lincoln County Planning
Erosion and shoreline stabilization
(wake boats, lake level, jet skis)
Marine Deputy patrol - holiday (new buoy and boat moorage east side of lake)
New sign at Regatta Grounds - PADL request
Rain Garden (Bioswale)
Septic - proposed DLWID plan for help with septic tank upgrades
Watercraft Rinse Station
Lakes Appreciation Month
PADL Annual Meeting - Happy 25th Anniversary
PADL Annual Meeting
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Union 50 Club, 10:00 a.m.
1115 SE 1st, Lincoln City, Oregon
(turn east at the D River traffic signal, blue building)
1. Rain Gardens for Stormwater Management and Water Quality Enhancement
2. Devils Lake Past, Present and Future by Paul Robertson, DLWID manager
Devils Lake Watershed - Beautiful Solutions for Water Pollution
For information about rain gardens see www.raingardens.org - also search google.
Presentation Title: Rain Gardens for Stormwater Management and Water Quality Enhancement
A presentation of innovative stormwater management techniques by Ken Hobson, Watershed Technical Specialist for Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District (Lincoln SWCD) Mid-Coast Basin Non Point Source Pollution Program
A presentation of a simple watershed management technique by Ken Hobson, Watershed Technical Specialist for Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District (Lincoln SWCD) Mid-Coast Basin Non Point Source Pollution Program.
Rain gardens are specialized gardens for native plants designed to absorb water that would otherwise create hazards for your property or create stormwater pollution issues for nearby waterways. A rain garden is one type of “bioretention”—a system including a topographic depression or “basin”, soil, mulch, and adapted plant species that will retain water and soak it up instead of letting it run off of your property. Rain gardens are an excellent tool for enhancing water quality, especially in urban environments where watersheds are dominated by impervious surfaces including our homes, buildings and roads.
Come learn how you can design and create your own rain garden, or adapt the principles you learn in the presentation to enhance the water filtering characteristics of natural wetland or riparian (streamside) areas of your property. There are many alternatives and approaches to gardening for stormwater and pollution prevention. You can design a rain garden for any type of soil or light situation, it can be designed for 100% stormwater holding capacity, to remain continually wet in areas or be completely dry not long after a rain. Utilizing native, indigenous plants and a strategic planting scheme will provide many advantages including a system adapted to our local weather patterns and the ability to provide a variety of habitat niches for our birds, amphibians, butterflies, dragonflies and/or other mosquito predators, plant pollinators and other wildlife.
The rain garden presentation will be approximately one-half hour with time allowed for questions and answers. The presentation will include discussions on applications and benefits of rain gardens, site selection, design alternatives, site preparation, soil amendments, as well as native plant selection, design and maintenance.
For many decades, if not centuries, scientific awareness of the values of “Rain Gardens” or bioretention systems, has been recognized. Since that time, many municipalities and organizations have influenced and enhanced the utilization and application of these systems which are designed to mimic natural, ecological water purification qualities. Although the benefits of these practices are clear, general public awareness has been limited and therefore under utilized in common development practices, land use planning and natural resource management. Knowledge and understanding of many of the general principles guiding the use of rain gardens and bioretention technologies is wide spread, and common use of these practices is becoming more inevitable as we struggle to maintain and enhance water quality.
The first rain gardens were our native ecosystems. Before our lands were subject to extensive human impacts, rain, snow and other waters were naturally filtered through soils, roots, and plants in our native forests, wetlands, and meadows. Most of the water that entered surface waters was cool, clean groundwater. Our wealth of streams, rivers and lakes was naturally clean thanks to a balanced and sustainable system.
Throughout settlement and development of communities, many of these natural systems have been cleared, converted, filled, drained, or otherwise altered to suite our needs, and the natural water-cleaning systems were removed. Our streams and rivers have become more and more degraded as clean water has been run off the land instead of being taken up by plants, soaking into the soil, and filtered by soils and wetlands.
Rain gardens are beginning to be promoted nationally as well as regionally as a way of imitating the function of these natural filtering systems that development removed. In many cases small infiltration systems are already in use, where stormwater is stored to soak into the ground. However, the next step is to promote the increased utilization of native plants to create more balanced and sustainable bioretention systems. It’s a great idea for stormwater engineers and municipalities, but an even greater idea for local landowners as another means that they can establish gardens that beautify their landscape, filter and reduce stormwater impacts and provide exciting and unique wildlife habitat niches in your own yard.
Article by Ken Hobson
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