Monthly Archive: May 2015

Volunteers Invited! Next FOGL Habitat Restoration/Maintenance Work Party Is Sat. June 6, 9 AM to 12 PM

If you happened to see our work party in May and wondered how you could join us, here’s your chance! Join us for our last spring work party before summer arrives. Don’t worry if you can’t stay the entire time; any amount of time that you can donate will make a difference.

The work area for the morning will be along the western shoreline starting just south of the Bathhouse theater parking lot. Work will begin at gravel beach located just south of the tennis courts, near the south end of the parking lot. Parking is available in the Bathhouse parking lot. Meet along the west lake path, at the gravel beach just south of the tennis courts (due east of intersection of N 72nd St. & Aurora Ave. N.)

For this work party we will focus on maintaining an area that was weeded last year. If time allows, we will continue moving southward along the shoreline to get more of the blackberry and ivy. 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. Be sure to dress for possible wet weather, and long sleeves to protect against blackberry thorns. Please no open toed shoes.

Thanks again to those who joined us on May 9! We managed to make a very large pile of blackberry for pick up by Parks Department. For any questions about this or other upcoming work parties, contact Andrea at andwatts@live.com.

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Minutes for May 26, 2015 Meeting

Friends of Green Lake Meeting, Tuesday 26 May 15, Hearthstone Boardroom

Convened at 7:00 PM

Attendees:
Tom Kelly, our Guest Speaker
Andrea WattsKaren SchurrMarcia NormanEllen HewittBrian DeLuca

Introductions – around the table for current and new attendees.

Initial comments:
Andrea: Work party on 9 May in vicinity of the West side Turtle Logs. About 20 participated, a mix of students and others; note participation of students from Hazel Wolf School.

First order of business, Guest Speaker:
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Heads Up! Open Water Swimmers and Green Lake Splashers – Parents of Kids and Dogs Who Get Wet at Green Lake

Visitors can check status at new water quality signs installed at five sites around the lake.

A portion of the May 13th Green Lake Community Council meeting was a review of toxins and health effects associated with algal scums that form at the edge of Green Lake, by Rhona Kaetzel, a toxicologist from Seattle/King County Dept of Public Health. Kathy Whitman, Parks Dept, explained new signs to be posted on water quality conditions. Sally Abella, King County Dept of Natural Resources, discussed monitoring issues and importance. The Community Council meets at the Hearthstone Residences, 6720 East Green Lake Way, N. at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of odd-numbered months.