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Green Lake Stewards – 2018-2019 Winter Newsletter

Winter greetings to lovers of Green Lake …


Members of the December 2018 work party.  Two months earlier, dense arcs of Himalayan blackberry cane hid this view of the lake!!  Special Note: there is no work party scheduled in January. February work party is the second Daturday, Feb. 9, 2019 – 9 am to noon.  March work party will be the third Saturday, March 16, 2019 – noon to 3 pm.

A NEW YEAR

Winter is a good time to look back on the past year and think about goals for the new year.  In 2018 we had 12 work parties that attracted 125 volunteers who pitched in a total of 333 hours of weeding and digging.  That is nothing to sniff at.  Our work this year focused a lot on maintenance: the weeding and watering of our two restorations sites. Late in the year we began opening up a new restoration site for future planting.  In 2018 was significant in that Garet Munger stepped away from active participation as co-lead with Andrea Watts.  We miss Garet who moved away from the neighborhood and is now volunteering elsewhere, but he does stop by occasionally to spur us on.  Dan Kujawinski and Rob Hutcheson have joined Andrea in organizing and leading the work parties.  We wish Garet the best and thank him for his years of involvement with Green Lake.

For 2019 our goals are 1) continued maintenance to the give new plants in the restored areas a chance against weeds and invasive plants and summer drought and 2) open a new area on the west side (adjacent to Aurora Ave) where the Himalayan blackberry canes are at their densest.

Our March work party will move to the third Saturday for a special planting event:
We have over 60 barefoot plants to get in the ground that are being donated by the King Conservation District.
We need lots of help!

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Green Lake Monitoring – January 13, 2019

Secchi Depth: 3.1 Meters (10.2 feet)
Water Temp:6.7 degrees C (44.1 degrees F)

Monitored at East Green Lake by Jeffrey Howard. The sample was taken from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. Jeff will continue sampling weekly from the same site and also report the data quarterly to King County using their format.

Through a combination of efforts by volunteer lake monitors and King County staff, the King County Lake Stewardship Program analyzes data to track long-term water quality trends in small lakes in western King County, including Green Lake. To go to the King County Lake Information Page for Green Lake, click here. Choose “Green Lake-1”.

Green Lake Monitoring – Jan 13, 2019

Here are the readings for January 13, 2019.

Secchi Depth: 3.1 Meters (10.2 feet)
Water Temp:6.7 degrees C (44.1 degrees F)

Monitored at East Green Lake by Jeffrey Howard. The sample was taken from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. Jeff will continue sampling weekly from the same site and also report the data quarterly to King County using their format.

Through a combination of efforts by volunteer lake monitors and King County staff, the King County Lake Stewardship Program analyzes data to track long-term water quality trends in small lakes in western King County, including Green Lake. To go to the King County Lake Information Page for Green Lake, click here. Choose “Green Lake-1”.

Green Lake Monitoring – January 6, 2019

Here are the readings for January 6, 2019.

Secchi Depth: 2.5 Meters (8.2 feet)
Water Temp:6.3 degrees C (43.3 degrees F)

Monitored at East Green Lake by Jeffrey Howard. The sample was taken from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. Jeff will continue sampling weekly from the same site and also report the data quarterly to King County using their format.

Through a combination of efforts by volunteer lake monitors and King County staff, the King County Lake Stewardship Program analyzes data to track long-term water quality trends in small lakes in western King County, including Green Lake. To go to the King County Lake Information Page for Green Lake, click here. Choose “Green Lake-1”.

Green Lake Monitoring – December 30, 2018

Here are the readings for December 30, 2018.

Secchi Depth: 3.3 Meters (10.8 feet)
Water Temp:6.8 degrees C (44.2 degrees F)

Monitored at East Green Lake by Jeffrey Howard. The sample was taken from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. Jeff will continue sampling weekly from the same site and also report the data quarterly to King County using their format.

Through a combination of efforts by volunteer lake monitors and King County staff, the King County Lake Stewardship Program analyzes data to track long-term water quality trends in small lakes in western King County, including Green Lake. To go to the King County Lake Information Page for Green Lake, click here. Choose “Green Lake-1”.

Green Lake Monitoring – December 24, 2018

Here are the readings for December 24, 2018.

Secchi Depth: 2.8 Meters (9.2 feet)
Water Temp: 5.5 degrees C (43.9 degrees F)

Monitored at East Green Lake by Jeffrey Howard. The sample was taken from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. Jeff will continue sampling weekly from the same site and also report the data quarterly to King County using their format. The quarterly report will be available here as well.

Through a combination of efforts by volunteer lake monitors and King County staff, the King County Lake Stewardship Program analyzes data to track long-term water quality trends in small lakes in western King County, including Green Lake. To go to the King County Lake Information Page for Green Lake, click here. Choose “Green Lake-1”.

Lake Monitoring Report – December 16, 2018

Here are the readings for December 16, 2018.

Secchi Depth: 2.7 Meters (8.9 feet)
Water Temp: 7 degrees C (44.6 degrees F)

Monitored at East Green Lake by Jeffrey Howard. The sample was taken from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. Jeff will continue sampling weekly from the same site and also report the data quarterly to King County using their format. The quarterly report will be available here as well.

Through a combination of efforts by volunteer lake monitors and King County staff, the King County Lake Stewardship Program analyzes data to track long-term water quality trends in small lakes in western King County, including Green Lake. To go to the King County Lake Information Page for Green Lake, click here. Choose “Green Lake-1”.

Lake Monitoring Report – December 8, 2018

Here are today’s readings.

Secchi Depth: 3.5 Meters (11.5 feet)
Water Temp: 6.8 degrees C (44.2 degrees F)

Monitored at East Green Lake by Jeffrey Howard. The sample was taken from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. Jeff will continue sampling weekly from the same site and also report the data quarterly to King County using their format. The quarterly report will be available here as well.

Through a combination of efforts by volunteer lake monitors and King County staff, the King County Lake Stewardship Program analyzes data to track long-term water quality trends in small lakes in western King County, including Green Lake. To go to the King County Lake Information Page for Green Lake, click here. Choose “Green Lake-1”.

Lake Monitoring Report – December 2, 2018

Here are today’s readings.

Secchi Depth: 3.4 Meters (11.2 feet)
Water Temp: 8.5 degrees C (47.3 degrees F)

Monitored at East Green Lake by Jeffrey Howard. The sample was taken from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. Jeff will continue sampling weekly from the same site and also report the data quarterly to King County using their format. The quarterly report will be available here as well.

Through a combination of efforts by volunteer lake monitors and King County staff, the King County Lake Stewardship Program analyzes data to track long-term water quality trends in small lakes in western King County, including Green Lake. To go to the King County Lake Information Page for Green Lake, click here. Choose “Green Lake-1”.

Come to a Green Lake Work Party Saturday, December 8th, 9AM to Noon!

Thanks for coming to the November Work Party!  Here’s the scoop on December:
Date:  December 8, 2018
Time:  9 to Noon
Meet:  East End of the Small Craft Center Docks, near the old Aqua Theater and the Pitch and Putt Golf Course.  Look for wheelbarrows, tools, signs and people wearing orange vests.

We will be grubbing out invasive non-native Himalayan Blackberry Vines (which are actually Armenian, not Himalayan, but that is another story) along the west side of the lake adjacent to where West Green Lake Way North merges with Aurora Avenue North.  This will be muddy work.  Dress for weather.  Wear close-toed shoes. Bring a bottle of water.

If you would like to join us you can register at:  https://seattle.greencitypartnerships.org/event/14844/
or RSVP at:  greenlakestewards@gmail.com
Questions?  Call Rob Hutcheson at 206-854-1654.  You can also find more information on Green Lake Stewards Work Parties on Friends of Green Lake Calendar at any time.

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