Scenes from past FOGL work parties.
SAT. MAR. 29 - SHORELINE WORK PARTY AT NE
GREEN LAKE SITE - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
You're Invited! Get on your boots and work clothes and join
us as we clean up the blackberry, weeds and other non-native invaders
in the habitat restoration site on the East side of the lake Saturday
Mar. 29 from 9 AM - 12 PM. Click here for directions
We'll be at the East Green Lake reclamation site FOGL planted several
years ago to do cleanup and remove non-native volunteers.
Dress for the weather! It may be rainy. We'll be attacking
the blackberry so dress in rough clothes and shoes or boots. Bring work
gloves if you have them. We'll check out some hand tools for the project.
Bring your own tools if you have favorites. There'll be a sign-in sheet.
A few hours of labor should remove the invasives and protect the wild
roses, salal, flowering red currants, and other native plants. Children
are welcome when they are brought by their parents.
Questions? Garet Munger 206-524-4326. If you are pretty
sure you can come, email Garet,
at email@example.com. You are also welcome to just show up.
Don't miss this chance to get outdoors and have some fun while doing a
big favor for birds and wildlife at Green Lake. It is important work.
Restoring dense vegetation along the shoreline encourages the birds to
again raise their chicks on our urban lake, and provides spring flowers
for nectar-loving hummingbirds and later in the season, berries for foraging
Friends of Green Lake is an association of volunteers whose mission is
"to ensure a healthy lake for wildlife and recreation". FOGL only exists
because of volunteers.
FOGL has IRS approved tax-exempt status for environmental, scientific
and educational activities. Photos courtesy of Mickey and Karen Schurr
and Garet Munger.
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
You May See Caution Signs Posted at the Lake if Algae
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:
Board Room, main floor
6720 E. Green Lake Way N
FOGL MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY, APR. 22, 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
DISCUSSED AT FOGL
MEETING MAR. 25, 2014
Room opens for socializing and conversation at 6:45 PM
Meeting comes to order at 7 PM with welcome and Introductions -
Decide how to fill President's and Vice President's offices until
Discuss Boat Rental Concession Letter and FOGL needs - Brian
Appointment of Monitoring Chair and Executive Committee.
Work Party Planning - Richard Fleming and Rob Zisette
Treasurer's Report - Gayle Garman
Report on Meeting with Seattle Public Utilities - Richard Fleming
Status of Draft Report on water level changes in Green Lake - Richard Fleming
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.