Thursday, May 18, 2017

Donate Now To Help With Reducing Noxious Weeds At Union Bay

The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) recently included this information in their newsletter:

Save Union Bay Association

Now in its 47th year, the Laurelhurst nonprofit, Save Union Bay Association (SUBA) will soon survey the conditions in Union Bay and apply targeted treatments to reduce noxious weeds.  
The Invasive Weed Management Program is effective by partnering SUBA with matching funds from the University of Washington, grant money from the Department of Ecology, and environmentally safe supplies from the Department of Natural Resources. These funds are used to treat invasive weeds in the bay, making the water safer and clear for recreational use.  
The in-water treatments occur mid-May and mid-July, and sometimes in August for invasive non-native water lilies that choke out sunlight from water pathways of local fish, including juvenile salmon.  
SUBA will pay more than $28,000 for this work to benefit all residents who use Union Bay. SUBA, a 501(c)3 organization, depends on neighbors’ matching funds to perform this water quality clean up from invasive weeds.  
Please send your 100 percent tax-deductible donations to: SUBA Treasurer, 4115 NE Surber Drive, Seattle, WA 98105.

The Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA) is an undeveloped, 74-acre nature reserve and outdoor research laboratory on the north end of Lake Washington’s Union Bay, which provides publicly accessible wildlife habitat (more than 200 bird species have been sighted).

For many years, the land served as Seattle’s largest garbage dump, the Montlake Fill. After the landfill was closed in 1966, work began to restore the site to a more natural environment. The land, just east of the University of Washington (UW) campus, is now owned by the University and managed by the College of the Environment.  

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