Mike McGinn, Mayor
5/2/2012 4:40:00 PM
Dewey Potter (206) 684-7241
US Geological Survey to remove Magnuson Park alder saplings impeding repair access to water pipe
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) plans to remove alder trees from Magnuson Park on Tuesday, May 10 starting at about 9 a.m., to preserve access to the pipe that runs under the park from the lake to the USGS facility. USGS has an easement for the pipe.
Alder saplings that have sprouted along the pipe line would prohibit USGS from making repairs to the pipe in the event a line break occurs. The trees USGS will remove are 75 small alders with a diameter of three inches or less, and five with diameters larger than that. They are located close to NE 65th St. and the Magnuson Park Boat Launch.
The tree debris will stay on site to create wildlife habitat.
The Western Fisheries Research Center's Seattle Laboratory is located at Sand Point near Lake Washington. The lab draws water from the lake for its wet lab. The Center’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of fishery and aquatic resources of western public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The lab provides scientists with a world-class facility unique to USGS. Research includes work in habitats in rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries and other marine environments. USGS helps in the recovery of imperiled species ranging from threatened populations of Pacific salmon to the endangered desert pupfish. USGS also studies aquatic invasive species - organisms that can alter natural habitats and harm native populations – to help control or mitigate their spread and effect.
For further information on USGS’s work in Seattle, please call David Woodson at 206-526-6569 or visit the website at www.wfrc.usgs.gov.
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