Scenes from past FOGL milfoil cleanups.
FOGL WORK PARTY ON SATURDAY DEC. 8 TACKLED
Intrepid volunteers braved the weather at the FOGL Work Party Sat. Dec.
8 to rake a growing accumulation of milfoil that was being blown around
by the wind and decomposing along the Green Lake shoreline, and stack
it neatly at the shore, Working with rakes and pitch forks for a couple
hours in the morning, the group got much of the accumulation out of the
water and into piles for the park department to pick up and dispose of.
Parks provided a collection of rakes and pitch forks, but many brought
their own tools, rubber boots, gloves and the brave brought waders to
work beyond the shoreline. They met in the west side parking lot near
the Bathhouse Theater. FOGL Work Parties are held when there is a need
for them. If you would like to participate, or have questions, call or
email Garet Munger (206-524-4326.)
Or just stop by when a work party is announced!
FOGL NOMINATED FOR DENNY
Friends of Green Lake was honored to be nominated for a 2012 Parks Department
Denny Award for their outstanding volunteer stewardship of Green Lake
Park. "We would not be able to do the work of this organization were
it not for incredible volunteers like you who donate so much of your time
and energy to Seattle Parks and Recreation," Christopher Williams,
Acting Parks Dept Superintentdent, said. FOGL was nominated by Katie Gray,
North Parks Manager. See the
full text of her nomination here.
IMPROVING WATER CLARITY
IN GREEN LAKE
Green Lake water clarity varies with the amount of suspended sediment
(clays and silts) and/or plankton (microscopic plants and animals also
known as algae) in the water, as seen below. Click the graph to for a
larger version. See Monitoring page for
FOGL has IRS approved tax-exempt status for environmental, scientific
and educational activities.
Photo by Gayle Garman
TOXIC ALGAE AGAIN FOUND
PRESENT IN GREEN LAKE
King County collected a sample from Green Lake on Wednesday February 27.
Results from that sample are being reported at 7.1 ug/L microcystin. This
is above the state guidance level of 6.0 ug/L and therefore prompts attention
from King County Public Health and Seattle Parks.
Caution Signs Are
Posted at the Lake
Caution signs will be posted around the lake warning of the 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.
Test results for many lakes including Green Lake are posted online. Go
to the website and search for Green Lake to find Green Lake test results.
If you have questions or comments or observations you can email FOGL
President Garet Munger.
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.
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.
Report algae scum to Friends of Green Lake (206-524-4326). 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.
You can also call Sally Abella of King County DNR directly at 206-296-8382.
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