Monthly Archive: December 2020

Projects! Projects!

by Rob Zisette

Taiga rowing

Project funding provided in part by donations in memory of Taiga Hinkley.

Friends of Green Lake is currently working on projects to benefit Green Lake and its users. Come to our meeting or click on the following projects to learn more about them.
heron on artificial wetlandFloating Wetlands
Install two floating wetlands in shallow areas of the lake to provide native waterfowl habitat on the surface and fish habitat underneath, and to improve water quality by their nutrient uptake. Three alternative sites have been proposed with the preliminary design of each wetland to be approximately 66 feet long by 8 feet wide. Click here to read more.

G L zero zero

Concept for a flat marker, starting with GL followed by a 2 digit number.


Path Emergency Markers
Install small markers every 150 feet along the Green Lake footpath with unique numbers whose locations are registered with Seattle Emergency Services. The markers would greatly shorten 911 call response time from current locating problems associated with the lack of visible street signs or landmarks. Click here to read the emergency marker project document.

FOGL Fully Supports Petition to Protect People, Parks, and Our Shared Environment

Act now to provide safe, hygienic places for people experiencing homelessness and address this crisis at Green Lake. 

To Seattle and King County Residents –

In pursuit of our mission to protect recreational and wildlife uses of Green Lake, the Friends of Green Lake fully supports the petition to protect people, parks, and our shared environment.

Homeless camps at Green Lake Park are impacting our much-needed recreational uses and wildlife habitats in the park and on the lake. Contamination of the lake with human waste and garbage is a real threat to public health, camps in the shoreline wetlands are impacting our restoration efforts and the many wildlife uses, and burning of our ancient trees is destroying decades of care and critical bird habitat.

We recognize that homelessness is a complex and growing problem that needs solutions to a multitude of causes. We believe there are better places in Seattle for homeless camps than our highly used and environmentally sensitive public parks. We urge Seattle and King County to find alternative locations where homeless camps will not be so impactful to human and wildlife uses of environmentally sensitive areas. Please sign the petition if you agree.

Rob Zisette, President
Friends of Green Lake
friendsofgreenlake.org
 
 

Green Lake Monitoring – December 28, 2020

Secchi Depth: 2.1 meters, (6.9 feet)
Water Temp: 6.0 C, (42.8 F)

Lake Water Quality is monitored weekly by Jeffrey Howard at East Green Lake from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. The weekly data are reported quarterly and uploaded to the King County Lakes website available here. Select “Green-1” and “View Data”. General lake information, water quality data, and reports are available here.

For continuous Green Lake Water Level and Temperature Gauge data tracked by King County, go to the King County Hydrologic Information Center website where you can search for both temperature (in C) and lake elevation. Here are instructions:
1. Click on either Water Temperature or State Only Gage to get a map of monitoring sites.
2. Click on the red dot at Green Lake.
3. Click on View Graph. (The graph is currently being updated to improve visibility.) More data selections are listed left of the graph.

Green Lake Monitoring – December 20, 2020

Secchi Depth: 1.9 meters, (6.2 feet)
Water Temp: 7.5 C, (45.5 F)

Lake Water Quality is monitored weekly by Jeffrey Howard at East Green Lake from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. The weekly data are reported quarterly and uploaded to the King County Lakes website available here. Select “Green-1” and “View Data”. General lake information, water quality data, and reports are available here.

For continuous Green Lake Water Level and Temperature Gauge data tracked by King County, go to the King County Hydrologic Information Center website where you can search for both temperature (in C) and lake elevation. Here are instructions:
1. Click on either Water Temperature or State Only Gage to get a map of monitoring sites.
2. Click on the red dot at Green Lake.
3. Click on View Graph. (The graph is currently being updated to improve visibility.) More data selections are listed left of the graph.

Green Lake Monitoring – December 14, 2020

Secchi Depth: 1.8 meters, (5.9 feet)
Water Temp: 6.5 C, (43.7 F)

Lake Water Quality is monitored weekly by Jeffrey Howard at East Green Lake from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. The weekly data are reported quarterly and uploaded to the King County Lakes website available here. Select “Green-1” and “View Data”. General lake information, water quality data, and reports are available here.

For continuous Green Lake Water Level and Temperature Gauge data tracked by King County, go to the King County Hydrologic Information Center website where you can search for both temperature (in C) and lake elevation. Here are instructions:
1. Click on either Water Temperature or State Only Gage to get a map of monitoring sites.
2. Click on the red dot at Green Lake.
3. Click on View Graph. (The graph is currently being updated to improve visibility.) More data selections are listed left of the graph.

Green Lake Stewards Work Party – December 12, 2020

We’re Back for a Green Lake Work Party 9 to 11 am Saturday, December 12


Hello Stewards!

The Green Seattle volunteer program was halted earlier this year across all Seattle parks due to the Covid pandemic.   Starting very slowly, and using new protocols, the Seattle Parks and Recreation is now allowing small volunteer work parties to meet.

We are having a work party, limited to five volunteers, this coming Saturday, December 12th, from 9 am to 11am (a reduction from our usual 3 hour work parties).

  • We can only except 5 volunteers.
  • Masks are required.
  • Bring your own work gloves.
  • Tools will be disinfected after use.
  • We will work widely separated.
  • We will focus on planting.

I will register the first five people to respond. If you would like to participate RSVP at  hutcheson@seanet.com

If you arrive late, follow the Event signs to find the work site:

Date: December 12, 2020
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Meet: Beside the Aqua Theater at the east end of the Small Craft Center (5900 West Green Lake Way North)

Dress for the weather and the dirty work, wear close-toed shoes and bring a bottle of water.

Can you make it?

RSVP at hutcheson@seanet.com
or go to the Green Seattle Partnership website to sign up:

https://seattle.greencitypartnerships.org/event/16631/
Questions? Rob Hutcheson at 206 854-1654

Our mailing address is:
greenlakestewards@gmail.com

 

Green Lake Monitoring – December 6, 2020

Secchi Depth: 2.2 meters, (7.2 feet)
Water Temp: 7.5 C, (45.5 F)

Lake Water Quality is monitored weekly by Jeffrey Howard at East Green Lake from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. The weekly data are reported quarterly and uploaded to the King County Lakes website available here. Select “Green-1” and “View Data”. General lake information, water quality data, and reports are available here.

For continuous Green Lake Water Level and Temperature Gauge data tracked by King County, go to the King County Hydrologic Information Center website where you can search for both temperature (in C) and lae elevation. Here are instructions:
1. Click on either Water Temperature or State Only Gage to get a map of monitoring sites.
2. Click on the red dot at Green Lake.
3. Click on View Graph. (The graph is currently being updated to improve visibility.) More data selections are listed left of the graph.