Scenes from the May 9, 2015 FOGL work party
VOLUNTEERS INVITED! NEXT FOGL HABITAT RESTORATION/MAINTENANCE
WORK PARTY IS SAT. JUNE 6, 9AM TO 12 PM
If you happened to see our work party in May and wondered how you could
join us, here's your chance! Join us for our last spring work party before
summer arrives. Don't worry if you can't stay the entire time; any amount
of time that you can donate will make a difference.
The work area for the morning will be along the western shoreline starting
just south of the Bathhouse theater parking lot. Work will begin at gravel
beach located just south of the tennis courts, near the south end of the
parking lot. Parking is available in the Bathhouse parking lot. Meet along
the west lake path, at the gravel beach just south of the tennis courts
(due east of intersection of N 72nd St. & Aurora Ave. N.)
For this work party we will focus on maintaining an area that was weeded
last year. If time allows, we will continue moving southward along the
shoreline to get more of the blackberry and ivy. We will have a variety
of tools for you to use and some gloves. If you have a favorite tool and
your own gloves, be sure to bring them along. Be sure to dress for possible
wet weather, and long sleeves to protect against blackberry thorns. Please
no open toed shoes.
Thanks again to those who joined us on May 9! We managed to make a very
large pile of blackberry for pick up by Parks Department. For any questions
about this or other upcoming work parties, contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A portion of the May 13th Green Lake Community Council meeting was a review
of toxins and health effects associated with algal scums that form at
the edge of Green Lake, by Rhona Kaetzel, a toxicologist from Seattle/King
County Dept of Public Health. Kathy Whitman, Parks Dept, explained
new signs to be posted on water quality conditions. Sally Abella, King
County Dept of Natural Resources, discussed monitoring issues and
importance. The Community Council meets at the Hearthstone Residences,
6720 East Green Lake Way, N. at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of odd-numbered
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 WILL BE TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015
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
AGENDA FOR FOGL MEETING
MAY 26, 2015
Andrea Watts, VP, leads the meeting in Richard Fleming's absence
- Recent Activities at Green Lake
Tom Kelly - Magnuson Park Vegetation Maintenance & Restoration
- MESA Magnuson Environmental Stewardship Alliance
Rob Zisette - Update on Alum Treatment
- Recent Activity: Shoreline Restoration and Maintenance
- Webmaster's Report
- Treasurer's Report
Adjourn - Next Meeting June 23,
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 (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. Or call Sally Abella
of King County DNR directly at 206-296-8382.