Letter to our Members
Bill Faustine, President
Bruce Johnson, Vice President
Gardner Combs, Treasurer
Lee Crawford, Secretary
April 1, 2020
As you know, the national protocol is shelter in place until April 30. There is a strong chance of that date being extended through the end of May. We need to plan for the possibility of the beach remaining closed in accordance with the State of California or the federal government requirements.
As the end of May approaches, we will post on our website, dlpoa.org, any last-minute changes. Much depends on the spread of this pandemic. China and South Korea took 3 months to get back to the beginnings of normal life. The US really had a start date of March 1.
This is a fluid situation and we will make every effort to keep you informed. Please keep your families safe and healthy.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Welcome to another summer season. This 2020 season looks like a weak winter has left us with 50% snowpack. End of January figures show 204 inches at 8000 feet compared to normal measurements of 400 inches. Hopefully, March storms make up some of the difference. What impact this below normal winter has on our lake level and fire condition remains to be seen.
A reminder for everyone in our boating community, this year everyone operating a boat from the age of 16 through 35 must have in their possession a California Boating Card when operating a boat on California waterways. Online information is available for course signup and the application process.
California Harbors and Navigation Code Section 678.11(b) contains the following phase-in schedule based on operator age:
January 1, 2018 Persons 20 years of age or younger
January 1, 2019 Persons 25 years of age or younger
January 1, 2020 Persons 35 years of age or younger
January 1, 2021 Persons 40 years of age or younger
January 1, 2022 Persons 45 years of age or younger
January 1, 2023 Persons 50 years of age or younger
January 1, 2024 Persons 60 years of age or younger
January 1, 2025 All persons regardless of age
A website is under development by the Donner Lake Woods HOA to provide the West End Donner Lake Community with access to information on fire prevention
initiatives and educational materials, as well as providing an online portal for community members to record their efforts in making our community fire safe.
Information on how to become involved in this Firewise Community can be found at
For information on how you can become involved in the West End Donner Lake Firewise Community please contact:
As more information becomes available, we will provide our association members with those materials. I hope to start our efforts in this program with our annual cleanup day, May 23. Once again, welcome to all of you to the 2020 Summer Season.
Invasive species inspections are once again required for any boat to enter our beach property. The inspection process starts mid-May at the airport facility. CLEAN and DRY hull and equipment is required. I was caught with water in my intake cooling screen and had to pay for a steam cleaning. Quagga mussels were discovered in Lake Mead in Nevada on Jan. 6, 2007, and later throughout Lake Mead’s lower basin. Most of the discoveries have been in southern California and parts of Southern Nevada.
Many of you have lost your fire insurance as a result of Nevada County being declared a high fire zone by CalFire. Those who have found companies willing to cover your structure need to follow explicit fire abatement activities. Help is available from a couple of Nevada County and local Truckee Fire Department programs. Our Truckee Fire Department will pick up and chip fuel material from around your home. Another program is called Firewise Communities.
Firewise Communities raise awareness, organize at the community level, coordinate work parties, and take action to create fire-adapted communities through the implementation of defensible space standards. The Donner Lake Property Owners’ Association beach property is within the Firewise Community of Donner Lake Woods – West as is the public beach property. It includes everything west of the lake and up the hill to the Wolf Estates properties.
Professional services may be required to clear dead trees and underbrush from your property.