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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 andwatts@live.com

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 months.

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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 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:
The Hearthstone
Board Room, main floor
6720 E. Green Lake Way N

NEXT 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 Council

AGENDA FOR FOGL MEETING MAY 26, 2015

Andrea Watts, VP, leads the meeting in Richard Fleming's absence

Introductions

Andrea Watts
- Recent Activities at Green Lake

Tom Kelly - Magnuson Park Vegetation Maintenance & Restoration - MESA Magnuson Environmental Stewardship Alliance

Rob Zisette - Update on Alum Treatment

Andrea Watts
- Recent Activity: Shoreline Restoration and Maintenance

Ellen Hewitt
- Webmaster's Report

Andrea Watts
- Treasurer's Report

Adjourn - Next Meeting June 23, 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.


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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