East Green Lake Swimming raft sans diving boards - graph shows water level
IT'S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION! GREEN LAKE WATER
LEVEL IS REALLY LOW AND GETTING LOWER. WHERE HAS ALL THE WATER GONE?
Photo and story courtesy of Seattle Greenlaker
By Sarah Lemmon
Have you noticed the level of Green Lake seems to be lower? It’s not your
imagination. The Lake is so low in fact that in late July Seattle Parks
Department had to remove the 3-meter diving boards from both East and
West Green Lake. Why? The Parks Department confirmed that the drought
has caused the level of the lake to lower dramatically.
Green Lake isn’t a deep lake. The deepest tends to be about 30 feet, but
most if it is much shallower. We reached out to Friends of Green Lake
(FOGL) to find out if they had depth information. According to FOGL who
took data from the east side of the lake, not only is the lake level low
but it is lower than the past few summers, that are also trending lower.
See the Friends of Green Lake graph above.
Richard Fleming, President of Friends of Green Lake said “since the majority
of water entering Green Lake comes from rainfall onto its surface, the
effect of major rainfall is often seen as a rise in surface elevation…
I must emphasize that while this summer the lake and the region are experiencing
a substantive drought; in the prior two years the lake also experienced
water levels well below what was casually observed in prior years.
"Thus, while the conditions this summer are more severe; 2013, 2014
and 2015 each show unusually low lake levels.” Fleming says that the change
in the level can not be explained, despite discussing with both Seattle
Public Utilities and the Seattle Parks Department. “In the up-coming elections,
citizens may wish to ask candidates ‘Where has the water for Green Lake
gone, and what is proposed to restore Green Lake water levels?’ Fleming
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HEADS UP! OPEN WATER SWIMMERS AND GREEN LAKE SPLASHERS - PARENTS OF KIDS
AND DOGS WHO GET WET AT GREEN LAKE
Visitors can check status at new water quality signs installed at
five sites around the lake.
Check them out before allowing children or pets near the water, and don't
go near any water with algae scum.
BLAST FROM THE PAST - ALGAE
August, 2003 - Green Lake looked like pea soup but smelled like something
A Friends of Green Lake member explains the
alum treatment funding petition to a Park visitor. FOGL collected 1,500
signatures, enough to persuade the Mayor and City Council to include the
2004 alum treatment in the City Budget.
FUNDING FOR ONLY A GREEN
LAKE STUDY IN 2015 CITY BUDGET
Councilmembers Jean Godden and Mike O'Brien sponsored a budget proposal
to fund the studies and permitting necessary to treat Green Lake for toxic
algae blooms. For three straight years, toxic algae blooms have kept swimmers
and dogs out of the water in late summer and fall.
Many Green Lake users and supporters wrote letters to the City Council
urging them to fund cleanup of the lake. In November, the City Council
Budget Committee unanimously approved $300,000 to fund the studies of
treatment options and permitting requirements.
This jewel of a lake will get studied in 2015, but funding for the
actual treatment was not included in the 2015 budget.
Green Lake will actually be treated in spring 2016.
GL EVENTS & MEETINGS
Friends of Green Lake
FOGL meets at 7:00 PM on the fourth Tues each month:
Board Room, main floor
6720 E. Green Lake Way N
FOGL MEETING JULY OR AUGUST. DON'T MISS THE FOGL PICNIC POTLUCK
TUES, JULY 28
Green Lake Community Council
- GLCC meets at 7:00 PM in The Hearthstone Chapel (address above)
on the second Wednesday of odd numbered months. Visit website
Green Lake Community
DISCUSSED AT FOGL
MEETING JUNE 23, 2015
Room opens for socializing and conversation
at 6:45 PM
Kevin Stoops, Retired - Parks Dept.
- Creating Green Lake Park 1900 - 1940
Richard Fleming - Recent activities at Green Lake
Andrea Watts / Maureen Kwolek - June 6 Work Party and possible July
- Webmaster's Report
- Treasurer's Report
No July meeting - picnic July 28?
No August meeting
Meeting Sept 22 - form nominating committee
27 - Elections for Vice President, Corresponding Secretary, and
Friends of Green Lake (FOGL) is a non-profit group in Seattle,
Washington, whose mission is to ensure a healthy Green Lake for
wildlife and recreation, for today and tomorrow.
REPORT ALGAE SCUM!
Report algae scum to Friends of Green Lake. If you can, get a photo
and identify the specific location. FOGL will collect a sample and
take it to DNR for ID and testing. Or call Sally Abella of King
County DNR directly at 206-296-8382.