Follow up to our First Community Meeting 09/29/10
Standing room only for our First Community Meeting!
Thank you everyone for attending our first Community Meeting to "save Black Lake!" We had an amazing turnout with nearly 50 attendees. It was great to see the room packed with neighbors sharing a common interest in improving our lake.
We learned some great information from our Guest Speakers: Janie Civille from Thurston County Resource Stewardship - who did a terrific job of introducing us to the different forms of noxious weeds, algae and nuisance weeds that we're dealing with on Black Lake; and Tom Oliva from Tumwater City Council and Barnes Lake who shared his experience and insight into the development of the lake management district they created to address the serious over-population of lily pads that prevented the use of their lake.
Your comments and questions were very helpful as we begin developing a plan of action.
Here are a few of the topics that we'll be addressing in the coming weeks:
1- How to remove and/or eliminate the nuisance weeds - those long stringy snowballs of weeds that wrap around our props, legs, and get sucked into our jet skiis
2- What grant money from the County, State, and Federal levels can we obtain to address the eurasian water milfoil that will take over Black Lake if not contained
3- What can be done about the thick lily pads and beaver dams that are choking the drainage ditch on the north end of the lake, causing flooding hazards for homeowners and reducing the flow of our lake water under the bridge
4- What are our options to pay for the necessary solutions, without putting the responsibility solely on the property owner - who already pays high taxes for a lake that is available for public use
Many of you have expressed an interest in getting more involved in the Save Black Lake effort. We will begin to create smaller groups of community members who can help with the various aspects of: Outreach and Fundraising, Website/Facebook development and Newsletters, Lake Ecology Research, and Legal and Finance.
We are also looking for "Neighborhood Leaders" who will be in charge of keeping their neighbors updated on our progress and events, report water quality & invasive weed issues with their specific area of the lake, and help orchestrate fundraising efforts and outreach events within their immediate community.
If you would like more information, or would like to get more involved, please email me. For those of you who have already marked that you would like to get more involved- I'll be sending you a direct email soon.
For everyone else - we are very happy to see our community come together for the common good, and will keep you informed through our website- www.saveblacklake.com (will be up soon! keep checking!), with emails like this, and through informative community meetings that will be held in the near future (next one will be in about a month - stay tuned!)
Lastly we want to thank our neighbor - Black Lake Bible Camp for their generous hospitality in hosting our first community event. Their support has been greatly appreciated and we're thankful to have them on our team as we find solutions to save Black Lake for all of us who share this wonderful lake.
One more thing - for everyone involved, the biggest help you can give to this effort right now is to spread the news. Please forward this email on to your neighbors and friends who use Black Lake. Also - please send me any email addresses for people you think would like to be on our list, so we can make sure they stay connected and updated with our progress. The more organized and connected we become, the more we can accomplish to keep our lake beautiful. Thank you!!