Monthly Archive: March 2013

Minutes for March 26, 2013 Meeting

Meeting Summary
Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 7:00-9:00 PM
The Hearthstone, 6720 East Green Lake Way N
Board Room

Recorder: Davis Patterson

Ellen HewittRob ZisetteRuss WeimerKristi ParkMarcia NormanGayle GarmanGaret Munger

6:45 Socializing

7:00 Meeting comes to order with welcome and Introductions Garet Munger

7:05 Park Department Report Katie Gray [not present]

  • Garet’s concerns: with Spring, more trash and vandalism (trash can and mattress thrown into the lake). Is there anything FOGL could do to help? Garet pointed out the mattress to maintenance crew. They say there are restrictions on what they can do in the water. Rob suggested dragging it up on the shore and letting them take care of it. Todd Young runs Green Lake Litter Patrol and it was suggested that FOGL feature him in a story, and help advertise his work for volunteers, especially since MyGreenLake and EveryBlock no longer exist. It may be worth advertising on the PhinneyWood blog. Someone could ask Todd to write an article. Could also use the Facebook page. Garet has been working on it; has posted the agenda there.
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Toxic Algae Again Found Present in Green Lake

King County collected a sample from Green Lake on Wednesday February 27. Results from that sample are being reported at 7.1 ug/L microcystin. This is above the state guidance level of 6.0 ug/L and therefore prompts attention from King County Public Health and Seattle Parks.

<strong>Caution Signs Are Going Up

Caution signs will be posted around the lake warning of the potential hazard from exposure to the algae.

King County Department of Health and Seattle Park Department make the determination to post warning or closure signs at the lake. Signs can be removed when there has been a series of weekly tests below the guidance level.

Another sample is scheduled to be collected for analysis on Monday March 11.

Test results for many lakes including Green Lake are posted at Go to the website and search for Green Lake to find Green Lake test results. If you have questions or comments or observations you can email FOGL President Garet Munger.

We urge you to join with other Friends of Green Lake at our monthly meetings as we learn more about algae and the lake. See meeting notices elsewhere on this page.

Algae blooms are notorious for being very patchy – high levels in one area and low levels in another close by area. Thus, health agencies always recommend avoiding any areas that have dense concentrations of scum.

It is always good practice to keep dogs from entering and drinking the water where the green scum is present. Be especially careful if you notice there is a bright green scum on the water.

For more info contact Hanna Petros, REMAX OTL.
Photo by Gayle Garman