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JOIN US FOR APRIL'S HABITAT RESTORATION WORK PARTY SAT. APRIL 4, 9AM TO 12 PM

We'll meet along the path between the intersection of Kenwood and Kirkwood. This month we are continuing the restoration work of removing blackberry and English ivy along the eastern shoreline, just a bit north of the Aqua Theatre.

Be sure to dress for possible April showers and wear long sleeves to protect against blackberry thorns. Please no open toed shoes, as the area is muddy.

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.

Contact Maureen at mokwolek@comcast.net or 206-919-6630 or Andrea andwatts@live.com if you have questions, and especially to indicate you wish to join in.
Hope to see you on April 4!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WATER QUALITY SAMPLING AT GREEN LAKE! BRING YOUR KAYAK AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Summer Water Quality sampling on Green Lake begins on May 3rd and continues through October 18th. Sampling is done approximately every two weeks, on either 12 Sundays, or 12 Monday mornings.

The King County Lake Stewardship Program provides sampling equipment, training, and support. The samples are collected at an anchored float located at the deepest part of the Lake, approximately in front of the Hearthstone residences. This year's sampling will continue the sampling done by Friends of Green Lake volunteers from kayaks every summer since 2004. The resulting data were used to help evaluate the effectiveness of the 2004 Alum Treatment and plan for the 2016 Treatment.

Sampling is performed at an anchored buoy about 100 yards offshore, opposite Sunnyside Avenue, on the east side of the lake. Sampling has been done from kayaks, rowboats, and canoes and requires the sampling party to be comfortable and competent in a small boat. In the approximately 80 samplings performed by Garman and Fleming, on only one occasion did we delay sampling one day due to windy weather.

Sampling includes measuring water temperature, clarity with a Secchi Disk, and using a Van Dorn sampler to get a 1 liter water sample from 1 meter below the surface.

Usually notes are also made about weather, the number of anglers and geese. Two times each summer, temperature and water samples are added at mid-depth and bottom, to get a profile of changes with depth. Sampling at the buoy takes about 15 to 30 minutes, depending upon whether one or three (for a profile) samples are being collected. Sample bottles and data sheets are left in a cooler at your location, and picked up by King County staff.

If you are interested, please email or phone Richard Fleming, President - Friends of Green Lake rsfleming@centurylink.net - or 206-525-1974. I will be unavailable by phone from March 25th to March 29th. Potential volunteers may also wish to visit the King County Small Lakes Stewardship website.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST - ALGAE IN 2003

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August, 2003 - Green Lake looked like pea soup but smelled like something else ...

Collecting petition signatures
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 GREEN LAKE STUDY IN 2015 CITY BUDGET

Councilmember Jean Godden and Councilmember 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 approved $300,000 in funding for Green Lake by a vote of 9-0.

This jewel of a lake will get studied in 2015, but funding for the actual treatment was not included in the 2015 budget.

With the allocation of adequate funding in the 2015 budget, Green Lake could be treated in spring 2015 instead of 2016.

Friends of Green Lake would like to see action taken on the alum treatment in 2015, to prevent closures in the summer and fall of 2015.

We urge the City Council and Parks Department to continue to explore what options may exist for keeping Green Lake open in 2015.

 

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, APRIL 28, 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 Council

AGENDA FOR FOGL MEETING MAR. 24, 2015

Room opens for socializing and conversation at 6:45 PM

Introductions

Richard Fleming
- Recent Activities at Green Lake

Guy Michaelson- Design and Implementation of Natural Areas in Seattle's Parks: The Experience at Magnuson Park

Rob Zisette - Update on Alum Treatment

Andrea Watts
- Recent Activity: Shoreline Restoration and Maintenance
- Hazel Wolf School, activity on Earth Day (April 22)

Ellen Hewitt
- Webmaster's Report
- Updating the Webpage

Gayle Garman
- Treasurer's Report

Adjourn

Next Meeting April 28, 2015

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 guide.


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.

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