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Scenes from past FOGL work parties.

SAT. MAR. 29 - SHORELINE WORK PARTY AT NE GREEN LAKE SITE - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

You're Invited! Get on your boots and work clothes and join us as we clean up the blackberry, weeds and other non-native invaders in the habitat restoration site on the East side of the lake Saturday Mar. 29 from 9 AM - 12 PM. Click here for directions and more.

We'll be at the East Green Lake reclamation site FOGL planted several years ago to do cleanup and remove non-native volunteers.

Dress for the weather! It may be rainy. We'll be attacking the blackberry so dress in rough clothes and shoes or boots. Bring work gloves if you have them. We'll check out some hand tools for the project. Bring your own tools if you have favorites. There'll be a sign-in sheet. A few hours of labor should remove the invasives and protect the wild roses, salal, flowering red currants, and other native plants. Children are welcome when they are brought by their parents.

Questions? Garet Munger 206-524-4326. If you are pretty sure you can come, email Garet, at garetpeter@comcast.net. You are also welcome to just show up.



Don't miss this chance to get outdoors and have some fun while doing a big favor for birds and wildlife at Green Lake. It is important work. Restoring dense vegetation along the shoreline encourages the birds to again raise their chicks on our urban lake, and provides spring flowers for nectar-loving hummingbirds and later in the season, berries for foraging songbirds.

Friends of Green Lake is an association of volunteers whose mission is "to ensure a healthy lake for wildlife and recreation". FOGL only exists because of volunteers.

FOGL has IRS approved tax-exempt status for environmental, scientific and educational activities. Photos courtesy of Mickey and Karen Schurr and Garet Munger.


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NEWS ITEMS


Photo by Gayle Garman

GREEN LAKE NOW DEEMED SAFE - TOXIC ALGAE COULD RETURN

As the weather cools, King County tests on patches of algae scum in Green Lake are showing a decrease in microcystin, a form of blue-green algae that can be toxic and caution signs can now come down. Results from samples have shown levels well below the state guidance level of 6.0 ug/L for three consecutive weeks, so the lake is considered safe for water activities and animals.

You May See Caution Signs Posted at the Lake if Algae Returns

Caution signs are posted around the lake when there is potential hazard from exposure to the algae. King County Department of Health and Seattle Park Department make the determination to post warning or closure signs at the lake. Signs can be removed when there has been a series of weekly tests below the guidance level.


Photo by Karen Schurr


Algae blooms are notorious for being very patchy - high levels in one area and low levels in another close by area. Thus, health agencies always recommend avoiding any areas that have dense concentrations of scum. It is always good practice to keep dogs from entering and drinking the water where the green scum is present. Be especially careful if you notice there is a bright green scum on the water.

We urge you to join with other Friends of Green Lake at our monthly meetings as we learn more about algae and the lake. See meeting notices elsewhere on this page.

If you have questions or comments or observations you can email FOGL President Garet Munger

 

GL EVENTS & MEETINGS


Friends of Green Lake
FOGL meets at 7:00 PM on the fourth Tues each month:
The Hearthstone
Board Room, main floor
6720 E. Green Lake Way N

NEXT FOGL MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY, APR. 22, 2014

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 Council


DISCUSSED AT FOGL MEETING MAR. 25, 2014

Room opens for socializing and conversation at 6:45 PM

Meeting comes to order at 7 PM with welcome and Introductions - Karen Schurrr

Announcements

Decide how to fill President's and Vice President's offices until September

Discuss Boat Rental Concession Letter and FOGL needs - Brian DeLuca

Appointment of Monitoring Chair and Executive Committee.

Work Party Planning - Richard Fleming and Rob Zisette

Treasurer's Report - Gayle Garman

Report on Meeting with Seattle Public Utilities - Richard Fleming

Status of Draft Report on water level changes in Green Lake - Richard Fleming

Adjourn

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.


TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE OF THE LAKE

Author Joan Burton, whose latest family hiking book Best hikes with KIDS is in its sixth printing, has created a number of urban walks for families. Her Green Lake Urban Walk takes you around Green Lake with a description of the history, flora, and fauna along the way.Click here to print out a two-page brochure guide you can staple together back to back, fold up, and tuck in your pocket.

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