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SEATTLE WORKS! - TWO PROJECTS AT GREEN LAKE ON SATURDAY JUNE 7, 2014

You're Invited to a Habitat Restoration / Maintenance Work party!

Come help get rid of Blackberry and maybe some English Ivy from shoreline habitat area at our most popular Green Lake. Give native shrubs along the shoreline a chance to grow and thrive. Meet along path near intersection of N 64th St. and E. Green Lake Way Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 9 am to 12 noon. Work area for the morning will be along the east shoreline extending south from the fishing dock across from the intersection of N. 64th Street and E Green Lake Way. There is a stop light controlling the intersection at this location. A Friends of Green Lake Banner will be hanging along the path to mark the work area.

Volunteers will remove as much of the above ground growth of the blackberry and ivy as can be accomplished. Be sure to dress for possible wet weather, and long sleeves to protect against blackberry thorns. Please no open toed shoes. Because this is the day of Seattle Works, please bring your own tools and gloves to work with and maybe an extra to share. Contact Maureen Kwolek at Friends of Green Lake, mokwolek@comcast.net/206-919-6630 or Garet Munger, garetpeter@comcast.net, if you have questions, and especially to indicate you wish to join in.



Seattle Works Milfoil Removal Project!

A group of employees from Herrera will be volunteering their expertise and diving skills to remove invasive milfoil from the lake's bottom sediments on Saturday morning June 7. Yes! They will be in the water with scuba gear and wet suits, and manually pull milfoil out by the roots, then bring it to the shore for pickup by the Seattle Park Dept. Seattle Works Day comes once a year, with employees from local companies volunteering their Saturday morning to help non-profits or to work in the parks and schools. Usually volunteers remove blackberries and other invasive plants on land, but this year, at the suggestion of Friends of Green Lake, Herrera employees will be literally diving into Green Lake to remove the milfoil weed from the bay just north of the Green Lake Community Center. Photos courtesy of Mickey and Karen Schurr.

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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

THE PICNIC POTLUCK ON JULY 22 IS CANCELLED.

NO AUGUST MEETING, SO NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING IS TUESDAY SEPT. 23, 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 MAY. 27, 2014

Room opens for socializing and conversation at 6:45 PM

Meeting comes to order at 7 PM with welcome and Introductions - Rob Zisette

Announcements

May 17 shoreline restoration work party report

History of shoreline restoration locations, dates, and activities

History of milfoil cleanup locations, dates, and activities

Treasurer's Report - Gayle Garman

Board candidates

Other activities and updates

Agenda for next meeting Tuesday, June 23, 2014

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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