October Harvesting Postcard

Black Lake Special District

To: Black Lake waterfront property owner

Weed Harvesting
Our permit for weed harvesting was finally approved on 9/16, 64 days after the start of the approval process. At this late date, we will not proceed with harvesting as the Najas (or water nymph) will be dormant within the next few days. The permit does allow us to harvest from 7/1 to 9/30 for the next five years. We are also allowed to cut and remove the fragrant white water lily during the same cutting period. You can see the full permit and its provisions at Blacklakespecialdistrict.org.

Blue-Green Algae
A work group is forming to look into solutions for algae blooms. If you would like to participate please email us at info@blacklakespecialdistrict.org or call (360) 867-8814.

Letters of Concern
A letter has been sent to Thurston County expressing concern about the maintenance of the Black Lake Ditch. The ditch is becoming choked with vegetation and beaver dams have reappeared. Flooding of lower elevation properties can occur this winter.

Fish Pond Creek, a major water source to Black Lake, is reported to have high levels of fecal coliform. A letter was sent to Thurston County and the City of Tumwater; we want to better understand the problem and what is or can be done.________________________________________