STEWARDSHIP

"The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care"

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead

 Ames Lake Integrated Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan

We value your input!

 Open for Comments
and Suggestions

This plan is intended to guide policy in maintaining the lake and commonly-owned properties.

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NOXIOUS WEED PILOT: INVASIVE FRAGRANT WATERLILIES

Community Coming Together

LEARN HOW TO SPOT NOXIOUS WEEDS

Tackling the Issue

PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE

Class B semi-aquatic plant that must be controlled.

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HOW TO CARE FOR BOATS & DOCS

GET YOUR YARD OFF PESTICIDES!

ALGAE BLOOMS

Normally algae blooms are not toxic but there is no way to know for sure without testing so please take appropriate level of caution and if you see something, report it so it can be tested!

In general...for you and your pets

Avoid contact with algae. Avoid swallowing water while swimming. Take a bath or shower with warm soapy water after coming in contact with lake water.


How can you help prevent algae blooms

REPORT AN ALGAE BLOOM

If you see a suspected algae bloom take a photo and describe what you see and where and contact us (King County, and Ames Lake Community Club Board) and we can coordinate the best way to get a sample to the lab.


Chris Knutson Water Quality Planner/Project Manager IIchris.knutson@kingcounty.gov
206-477-4739 (office)
206-247-8035 (cell)

YOUR CHOICES MATTER! HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP KEEP OUR LAKE HEALTHY!

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SEPTIC TANKS MUST BE MAINTAINED REGULARLY

Clean, healthy lakes are ideal places for people to fish, swim and enjoy life in many ways. Healthy lakes also provide habitat for fish and wildlife to thrive. To preserve a lake's quality and beneficial uses, people living within the watershed have a special stewardship role. Proper maintenance of home septic systems is one way home-owners can help keep a lake healthy and clean. - King County

SCOOP UP PET WASTE!

Dog poop is more than just an icky nuisance. It’s a health risk to dogs and people, especially children. It’s full of bacteria that can make people sick. And it’s a source of water pollution. When it rains, dog poop melts away and runoff carries it to storm drains, ditches, and streams that feed rivers, lakes, and marine waters.

The bacteria can also make water unsafe to drink or to swim in. Nutrients from dog poop can also feed the growth of aquatic plants and algae. As these decay, they use up oxygen in the water that fish and other aquatic life need.

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FERTILIZE ONLY AS NECESSARY

Go organic and slow release!
Natural organic or slow-release fertilizers provide nutrients in small amounts over time - just the way your plants need them! Quick-release fertilizers are highly soluble, and water and rain can wash them right down the storm drain - directly into local waterways where nitrogen causes algae to grow, depleting oxygen and suffocating aquatic wildlife.

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ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR WATERCRAFT  BEFORE USING IT IN AMES LAKE

CLEAN | DRAIN | DRY