Volunteer Weed Monitors Needed

According to the King County Noxious Weed Locator Map, Angle Lake is fortunate not to be witnessing rampant growth of Purple Loosestrife; Tansy Ragwort; or Giant Hogweed like other neighboring lakes are experiencing however monitoring for Knapweed in the Spotted; Meadow; Diffuse; and/or Bighead varieties is still needed.

What the heck is a Knapweed?

No, this isn't something that may make you sleepy when consumed! But if you really have an interest in learning more about noxious weeds impacting the water quality of Angle Lake – we have the perfect opportunity for you!

Please consider this post as your personal invitation to participate in a volunteer-based aquatic weed monitoring program. The Lake Weed Watcher Program trains volunteers to survey for aquatic weeds in small lakes in King County, Washington. Volunteers are taught to identify both native and non-native aquatic plants. The goal of the project is to watch for populations of invasive weeds that are not currently known to occur in King County or have a very limited presence but have the potential to spread and cause significant damage. Detecting these weeds early allows us to stop them before they get too entrenched to eradicate or remove.

2013 Training and Orientation
Saturday, June 29
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lake Desire Clubhouse
18118 172nd Ave SE Renton, WA 98058

The program provides:
  • Training in survey methodology and plant identification
  • All necessary survey equipment (other than that mentioned below)
  • Plant identification materials
Volunteers will need:
  • A small boat (e.g. canoe) and a place to launch it (if you don't live on a lake we can help you choose a lake with a public boat ramp)
  • Personal flotation device (PFD) and any other required water safety equipment
  • Ability to attend one training session in late June
  • Approximately one field day in early July and one field day in late August or early September
For more information or to sign up, contact Sasha Shaw at 206-263-6468 or sasha.shaw@kingcounty.gov.

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