Scenes from past FOGL work parties
JOIN US FOR MAY'S HABITAT RESTORATION WORK
PARTY SAT. MAY 9, 9AM TO 12 PM
This month we'll focus our efforts on the west side of the lake, continuing
work on removing blackberry and English ivy. We'll meet along the trail
near the log where the turtles sun themselves, which is roughly across
from NW 67th street, along the west side of the lake. This is about half
way between the Bathhouse Theater and the Small Craft Center (old Aqua
Theater). Look for the Friends of Green Lake banner.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or 206-919-6630 or Andrea email@example.com
if you have questions, and especially to indicate you wish to join in.
Hope to see you on May 9!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
BLAST FROM THE PAST - ALGAE
August, 2003 - Green Lake looked like pea soup but smelled like something
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
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:
Board Room, main floor
6720 E. Green Lake Way N
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
AGENDA FOR FOGL MEETING
APRIL 28, 2015
Room opens for socializing and conversation at 6:45 PM
- Recent Activities at Green Lake
Rachel Gravon- Lake Stewardship Program in Lowland King County
Rob Zisette - Update on Alum Treatment
- Recent Activity & Next Planned Activity: Shoreline Restoration-Maintenance
- Webmaster's Report
- Treasurer's Report
Next Meeting May 26, 2015 - Tom Kelly - Magnuson Environmental Stewardship
Alliance (MESA) Volunteer vegetation management program at Magnuson
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.