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Scenes from past FOGL work parties

VOLUNTEERS JOINED FOGL VP ANDREA WATTS ON SAT. FEB. 21 IN A RESTORATION "WALK AND TALK" AROUND THE LAKE

The Friends of Green Lake recently created a restoration committee to head up our restoration efforts around Green Lake. These restoration efforts include removing invasive species, such as blackberry and ivy, and increasing the native plantings around the lake. This work will both improve wildlife habitat and contribute to maintaining lake water quality.

We asked for suggestions on which portion of the lake's shoreline you would like to see restored and what type of plants you want to see more of around the lake. The walk's discussion is helping in writing the Green Lake restoration plan that FOGL will present to Seattle Parks.

More work parties are coming up soon! Watch for announcements.

Check your email and the Friends of Green Lake Facebook page, as well as this web site for dates and times.

We will be removing as much of the above ground growth of the blackberry and ivy as can be accomplished in a three-hour session. Be sure to dress for possible wet weather, and wear long sleeves to protect against blackberry thorns. Please no open toed shoes.

There will be 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. Bring tools to share if you have extras.

Contact Maureen at mokwolek@comcast.net or 206-919-6630 or Andea andwatts@live.com if you have questions, and especially to indicate you wish to join in.

WARNING SIGNS AGAINST SWIMMING, WADING, WET WATER BOATING AT GREEN LAKE ARE FINALLY COMING DOWN!

The King County Department of Natural Resources test results for samples collected in January show microcystin levels to be within the guidance limits for recreational activities in the lake.

The current closure started in late summer in response to test results from samples collected that showed the highest levels of microcystin, a toxin produced by cyanobacteria commonly known as blue-green algae, than had ever been recorded at the lakeshore. The lake had remained clear for an extended time following an alum treatment in 2004, which lasted more than eight years, as expected.

Past experience has shown that the lake will most likely continue to suffer toxic algae blooms and recreational closures during late summer and fall 2015 if the lake is not treated early in the year.

Test results for Green Lake are posted at the nwtoxicalgae.org site. This site lists historical test results as well as the most recent. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the most recent testing. Lake visitors are reminded to keep in mind that the cyanobacteria (blue green algae) may show up at any time of the year, so always be alert and if in doubt stay out!

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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, FEB. 24, 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 FEB. 24, 2015

Room opens for socializing and conversation at 6:45 PM

Introductions

Richard Fleming
- Recent Activities at Green Lake

Naomi Chechowitz - Seattle Public Utilities
- Green Lake Plumbing, where does the water come from and where does it go?

James Mathieu Hydrogeologists
- Ground Water in Green Lake Village

Andrea Watts
- Recent Activity: Shoreline Restoration and Maintenance

Ellen Hewitt
- Webmaster's Report
- Updating the Webpage

Gayle Garman
- Treasurer's Report

Adjourn

Next Meeting March 24, 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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