There appears to finally be some forward motion on cleaning up Devil’s Lake. Pea green algae blooms are now appearing during the colder months of winter, as well as the warmer days of summer. Devils Lake Water District Manager Paul Robertson used the recent mid-winter algae bloom as proof that water level or temperature doesn’t have much to do with when the lake becomes too icky to swim or boat in.
A resident off NE 36th and West Devil’s Lake Road has agreed to front the money to help sewer his home and several others by connecting his home through a sewer pump that will take his home’s wastewater to the city’s main sewer system. Other nearby homeowners that want to tap into his sewer main are allowed to do so but only if they contribute the roughly $4,300 dollars for their share of the costs. All in all, there are 11 neighbors all tolled who could use this new system being fronted by the resident.
The council approved the deal Monday night and praised the generous neighbor for his neighborliness toward the community. They even gave him a little bit of interest on his fronted money for the pipe and goodwill. It’s the first concerted effort by any Devil’s Lake neighbor to take the bull by the horns and begin taking on the lake’s health as they would their own. Lake Manager Paul Robertson blames the lake’s often sorry appearance as a result of too many organics flowing into the lake from residents fertilizing their lawns which leaches fertilizer into the lake and toilets that flush wastewater out into septic tanks that also leaches their contents into the lake.
So we’ll see how many families that live in the NE 36th West Devil’s Lake Road area jump on the bandwagon for $4,300 bucks and begin taking back control of the lake’s appearance and proper place in the community.
As for the rest of those who live around Devil’s Lake, eventual septic tank inspections will force them off their own septic systems and then see them hook up to a regional sewer collection system.