Monthly Archive: January 2017

Meeting Minutes Are Now Online

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Lake Report 1/23/17

Secchi Depth: 4.5 m / 14.8 ft
Water Temp: 5.0 C / 41.0 F

After over two weeks of ice cover, the lake is ice-free. 2.3 inches (60 mm) of rain January 17/18 brought the lake up ~2 inches. The lake is returning to its lower winter level.

Friends of Green Lake Applauds Green Lake Stewards

Green Lake Stewards are on the job in good weather or bad, year round, to remove invasive species of English Ivy and blackberries that proliferate around the lake.  In November 2016, they planted 150 native plants on the west side of the lake.  Here is their story, told by Garet Munger and Andrea Watts.

Green Lake Stewards are on the job in good weather or bad, year round, to remove invasive species of English Ivy and blackberries that proliferate around the lake.  In November 2016, they planted 150 native plants on the west side of the lake.  Here is their story, told by Garet Munger and Andrea Watts.

by Garet Munger and Andrea Watts

Green Lake is the beloved lake in the heart of Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood that people from all over the city come to visit. On any given day, you can find runners running laps along its outer path, families with strollers, and fisherman fishing from the lake’s edge. Unfortunately, blackberry and English ivy have invaded the shoreline habitat around the lake. Green Lake Stewards is a small but growing group of volunteers who are dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the natural areas around the lake by removing invasive plants where they are coming to dominate the shoreline habitat. Our intention is that our work to control the non-native plants will help to give native plants a chance at the lake.

Green Lake Stewards Hard at Work

Green Lake Stewards Hard at Work

We work in partnership with the Seattle Parks and Green Seattle Partnership, and since July 2015, we have hosted monthly work parties to remove the invasive plant species, such as Himalayan and evergreen blackberry and English ivy, from around the lake. Removing these invasive plants provides more growing space for native plants and creates a healthier ecosystem. In November of 2016, we planted 150 native shrubs and trees along the west side of the lake north of the small craft center. If you are interested in learning more about Green Lake Stewards, or being notified of future work parties, visit our web site at greenlakestewards.org. We are looking to grow our volunteer group, and our website, and we would appreciate your help!

Our next work party will February 11.  After February, work parties will be regularly scheduled on the second Saturday of each month.  Check the web site for time and place.

Contact Garet Munger at garetpeter@comcast.net with questions or to volunteer.

Minutes for January 24, 2017 Meeting

Friends of Green Lake Meeting, Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, Hearthstone Boardroom

Convened at 7:00 PM

Attendees:
Richard FlemingGayle GarmanKaren SchurrEllen HewittMarsha NormanAlice PoggiRob ZisetteMichael CuadraBrian DeLuca

Introductions and initial comments by Richard, then first order of business:

Ellen began discussion of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s (SPR) response to our “To Do” list for suggestions on Green Lake/Upper Woodland Parks’ general improvements and budget use. Karen assisted by operating the slide show which covered the “To Do” topics.
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Agenda for FOGL Meeting January 24, 2017

Room opens for socializing and conversation at 6:45 PM

  • Introductions
  • Review of projects* recommended to Parks Department in 2016 for Green Lake Park
  • Prioritizing projects for FOGL’s action in 2017
  • Conversations on current Green Lake concerns: Parks District budget, Community Center plans and Evans Pool updates, etc.
  • Treasurer’s Report and Webmasters Report
  • We need a President, Vice-President, and Treasurer
  • Adjourn

*The To Do List was drawn up by the Friends of Green Lake and submitted to Seattle Parks and Recreation Department in July.  It includes 24 items such as Improving Path Safety, Remodeling West Beach Changing Rooms, and Removing Trees in Shoreline Wall.  For the complete list visit http://friendsofgreenlake.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016-July-To-Do-List.pdf

Next FOGL meeting will be April 25th. (We are meeting quarterly, or as needed, in 2017.)

Thanks to the Hearthstone for hosting our meeting.

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.