Here are some ways you can get more involved in Saving Black Lake:
Volunteer Divers Needed
Do you Scuba Dive? We're looking for volunteers to join our bottom barrier installation team. This summer we'll be helping lake front residents install bottom barriers around their dock and swim area. Bottom barriers (also known as benthic barriers) are made of dark cloth or bio-degradable burlap that are placed on the lake bottom and held down by rocks or sand bags to prevent nuisance weeds like water nymph from growing. If you would be interested in joining the installation team, please email us with your contact information.
One of the ways we can keep our lake clean is to keep boats and boat trailers from bringing in unwanted weeds. We will need help from several volunteers to hand out flyers and educate boat owners during the boating season. We'll be coordinating our efforts with Dept of Ecology, Fish and Wildlife, Thurston County Sheriffs Dept, and Columbus Park, Salmon Shores, and Evergreen Shores. For more information, or to sign up for our first training meeting, please email us
Some of our lakefront residents are unable to rake the weeds from their shoreline. 'Weed Rakers' is a group of volunteers who help the elderly, widows, and disabled lakefront homeowners with clearing the weeds from their shoreline when they cannot do it themselves. We need more volunteers to join the Weed Rakers team! Please email us if you are interested in helping out!
Progressive BBQ 'Crew'
There is a lot that goes into planning a community event like this! We need volunteers who have a passion for community and can help coordinate this event.
Our Planning Committee Crew will confirm reservations, number of guests, arrange schedule, coordinate pick ups and boat ride-shares, and also create and distribute to registered participants: maps of lake with locations of host docks, color coded, and numbered.
Our Dock Crew will show up at host homes 20min before guests arrive to help with arriving/departing boats, tie up boats, raft boats together, help with extra fenders, and help guests on/off their boats.
Do you like walking and visiting with your neigbors? We are looking for outgoing people who can help us distribute flyers, gather community feedback, and encourage neighbors to come to our community meetings. If you would like to volunteer as a Neighborhood leader, please email us.
Volunteer for Lake Watch
Thurston County is looking for volunteers to help "watch" Black Lake for algae blooms. Volunteers activities may include:
- Contacting the County when you see an algae bloom.
- Taking samples and delivering them to the County office in Olympia.
- Posting warning signs.
- Distributing toxic algae alerts to your neighbors.
To become a Lake Watch Volunteer, you can either print, fill out and send them the attached sign up form (click link) or you can enter your information and submit the form electronically.