Lake Sammamish level concerns homeowners

May 3, 2011

County announces plan to unclog lake-to-river transition

King County environmental managers plan to tackle the high water level in Lake Sammamish, after aquatic weeds and sediment clogged the outlet from the lake to the Sammamish River.

The problem — although centered at county-run Marymoor Park along the lake’s northern shore — reflects a common complaint among lakeside residents in Issaquah and Sammamish about the water level.

“It’s really important that we remove these things. Particularly at the north end up around Marymoor Park is a real problem, and it’s spread to the rest of the lake,” Save Lake Sammamish founder Joanna Buehler said. “For real control, you need everybody around the lake to work on it.”

The effort calls for yanking invasive plants, increased mowing near the transition zone from lake to river and enacting other steps along the lake in order to address levels along the shoreline.

County Executive Dow Constantine said the series of steps is necessary to reduce seasonal flooding along the lake.

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Springtime is time to explore King County parks

April 16, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. April 16, 2011

Springtime — plus the promise of better weather and numerous events, activities and amenities — is the time to explore King County parks.

The county parks department is encouraging residents to engage in and and support King County parks.

Spring is a busy time of year, and King County Parks is seeking volunteers to help spiffy up King County’s 26,000 acres of parks and 175 miles of trails.

The agency needs volunteers for weeding, watering and preparing native vegetation for the fall planting season.

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Lake Sammamish levels raise concerns among shoreline residents

March 30, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. March 30, 2011

Leaders said King County is removing invasive aquatic plants and enacting other steps along Lake Sammamish in order to address high water levels along the shoreline.

County Executive Dow Constantine said the county plans a series of steps to reduce the seasonal flooding along the lake.

“We are taking immediate action to provide relief for lakeside residents who have to deal with high lake levels — particularly during the wettest months of the year,” he said in a statement released Wednesday.

The outlet from Lake Sammamish into the Sammamish River at county-run Marymoor Park is marked by a shallow, fixed-concrete spillway and a section of channel downstream from the weir. The area, called the transition zone, marks the shift from lake to river.

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Off The Press

September 14, 2010

David Hayes Press reporter

I’ve been reading books lately like they’re going out of style. (With all the e-book readers on the market, they just might be.)

I’ve read the gamut, from biographies (Ozzy Osborne) and social commentary (The Obama Diaries) to historical fiction (the Temeraire series, featuring a dragon air corps during the Napoleonic wars) and nonfiction (“Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joseph McCarthy,” fascinating). Read more

County steps up enforcement of dog rules at parks

June 8, 2010

King County Animal Care and Control officers started cracking down on unlicensed, aggressive and unleashed dogs in county parks last week.

County rules state that pets are required to be leashed and under control at all times. The code also requires owners to clean up after pets. The emphasis patrols started June 2.

The increased patrols came in response to numerous complaints from park users over the past year about aggressive and uncontrolled dogs in county parks.

Patrols will first educate pet owners about county policies, but the penalty for failure to license a dog is $75. A first-time off-leash offender faces a $25 penalty. Subsequent violations within a year carry additional $50 fines.

Find the only county park with a designated, off-leash area at Marymoor Park in Redmond. The area consists of 40 acres of open space where dogs can run free. Remember: Handlers or owners must accompany pets, and good doggie etiquette must be observed at all times.

King County steps up enforcement of dog rules in parks

June 2, 2010

NEW — 7:30 a.m. June 2, 2010

King County Animal Care and Control officers have started emphasis patrols at King County Parks to enforce rules related to unlicensed, aggressive and unleashed dogs.

County rules pets are required to be leashed and under control at all times. The code also requires owners to clean up after pets.

The increased patrols came in response to numerous complaints from park users over the past year about aggressive and uncontrolled dogs in county parks.

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Students solve the world’s problems, one science fair project at a time

March 30, 2010

Maren Larsen, a first-grader, asks Ben Hanson, an Issaquah High School Robotics Team member, questions about this year’s robot at the Sunset Elementary School science fair. — By Chantelle Lusebrink

Electrifying currents, tornados in two-liter bottles and homemade glue — these and other projects dazzled parents and teachers alike as the Sunset Elementary School science fair unleashed itself with the fury of several baking soda volcanoes March 18 and 19.

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