Monthly Archive: April 2015

Join Us for May’s Habitat Restoration Work Party Sat. May 9, 9AM to 12PM

This month we’ll focus our efforts on the west side of the lake, continuing work on removing blackberry and English ivy. We’ll meet along the trail near the log where the turtles sun themselves, which is roughly across from NW 67th street, along the west side of the lake. This is about half way between the Bathhouse Theater and the Small Craft Center (old Aqua Theater). Look for the Friends of Green Lake banner.

Be sure to dress for possible April showers and wear long sleeves to protect against blackberry thorns. Please no open toed shoes, as the area is muddy.

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.

Contact Maureen at or 206-919-6630 or Andrea if you have questions, and especially to indicate you wish to join in.

Hope to see you on May 9!

Volunteers Needed for Water Quality Sampling at Green Lake! Bring Your Kayak and Make a Difference!

Summer Water Quality sampling on Green Lake begins on May 3rd and continues through October 18th. Sampling is done approximately every two weeks, on either 12 Sundays, or 12 Monday mornings.

The King County Lake Stewardship Program provides sampling equipment, training, and support. The samples are collected at an anchored float located at the deepest part of the Lake, approximately in front of the Hearthstone residences. This year’s sampling will continue the sampling done by Friends of Green Lake volunteers from kayaks every summer since 2004. The resulting data were used to help evaluate the effectiveness of the 2004 Alum Treatment and plan for the 2016 Treatment.
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Minutes for April 28, 2015 Meeting

Friends of Green Lake Meeting, 28 April 15, Hearthstone Boardroom

Convened at 7:00 PM

Rachael Gravon, our Guest Speaker
Richard FlemingGayle GarmanJohn Sinno*Karen SchurrRob ZisetteMarcia NormanEd Oshiro*Ellen HewittBrian DeLucaAlice Poggi*Catherine Weatbrook
  *new attendee

Introductions – around the table for current and new attendees.

Initial comments by Richard, circulated FOGL RECENT CORRESPONDENCE binder for members’ review.
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Blast From the Past – Algae in 2003

August, 2003 – Green Lake looked like pea soup but smelled like something else.

A Friends of Green Lake member explains the alum treatment funding petition to a Park visitor. FOGL collected 1,500 signatures, enough to persuade the Mayor and City Council to include the 2004 alum treatment in the City Budget.