"Our mission statement is to ensure
We are a grass roots organization of citizens devoted to doing what we can to support our mission. This group evolved from a small core who worked hard to obtain signatures from the community to bring a focus to the problem at the time, which was a horrific blue algae bloom. We set up A-frames near the bike/walk path with a document explaining what we were doing and why we needed community support. At other times, we attended events at Green Lake to ask passer bys for their support. As a result of these efforts, enough signatures were gathered to make an impression on the then superintendent of the City of Seattle Parks department to get us an audience with the mayor (Greg Nickels).
The group has grown and evolved through the years.
We now participate yearly in the Open Swim at Green Lake and the Milk
Carton Derby where we set up informational booths.
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.
FOGL members standing on a Green Lake dock use the Secchi disk to measure water clarity.
Photos: Bradley Enghaus
Work with lake water management scientists, engineers and professionals to research and plan long-term solutions to Green Lake's water quality problems.
Encourage community involvement in issues regarding Green Lake's water quality.
Involve local teachers and students in lake science and monitoring.
Inform local media and the community about the lake's water quality issues.