Scenes from past FOGL work parties.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org/206-919-6630
or Garet Munger, email@example.com, 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.
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
PICNIC POTLUCK ON JULY 22 IS CANCELLED.
NO AUGUST MEETING, SO NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING IS TUESDAY SEPT. 23,
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 MAY. 27, 2014
Room opens for socializing and conversation at 6:45 PM
Meeting comes to order at 7 PM with welcome and Introductions -
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
Other activities and updates
Agenda for next meeting Tuesday, June 23, 2014
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.