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Beaver Lake Management District

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Mission (Draft):

To track environmental conditions at Beaver Lake and to promote actions and behaviors among area residents that will minimize negative impacts to the lake and its surrounding ecosystems.

Goals (Draft):

  • To conduct comprehensive water quality monitoring
  • To regularly update the Beaver Lake Management Plan and implement the plan’s recommendations
  • To provide Beaver Lake Management District residents with regular water quality reports, and
  • To regularly distribute educational information to residents of the BLMD

Earlier versions:
"Conduct comprehensive water quality monitoring upon which to base the development and implementation of a lake management plan that protects the health of Beaver Lake and provides Beaver Lake Watershed residents with information regarding the lakes’ condition and how to ensure its continued good health."

Provide Beaver Lake Watershed Residents with current Beaver Lake Environmental Conditions through Water Quality Monitoring, Data Analysis Reporting and Distribution of Educational Information.

Background

Lake management districts (LMDs) are special purpose districts which are formed to fund a variety of lake protection or restoration activities. Beaver Lake Management Districts No. 1 and 2 were formed by a public votes in 1995 and again in 2001 to support the implementation of key recommendations from the Beaver Lake Management Plan.

The Executive-appointed advisory board approves expenditures and oversees the performance of the LMD's work program. The District's advisory board is comprised of two lake-front property owners and one watershed property owner.

Current Projects

Staff from King County’s Lake Stewardship program and the city have been monitoring Big Beaver Lake and Little Beaver Lakes at regular intervals from May through October for the Management Plan update. Future monitoring of lake water quality will continue next summer through contracts with the City of Sammamish and King County.

The streams flowing into each lake will be monitored twice-monthly this fall and winter, and also during major storms.

Contact info

For questions about the BLMD, contact any of the board members or Sally Abella sally.abella@kingcounty.gov with the King County Lake Stewardship Program at 206-296-8382.

Board members and meetings

Apply for a position on the BLMD board

There is one vacancy on this board. If you are interested in applying for a position on the Beaver Lake Management District Board and you live within the Beaver Lake Management District, please complete this application and return it to Melonie Anderson at manderson@sammamish.us. Applications must be submitted no later than December 27, 2013.


Role of the advisory board

The advisory board of the BLMD determines which projects and programs consistent with the wording of the resolution will be most beneficial to the lake, based on current conditions and the overarching goals of the LMD. Once the work program is determined, the City of Sammamish, acting upon the advice of the LMD Board, contracts with public agencies or private contractors to complete the work. The city also manages the LMD budget.

Current Members

D. Bruce Morgan

Collin Clark

Frank Blau

Ben Harrison


Agency Staff Support

Sammamish:   Evan Maxim
King County:   Ana Schoenecker, Lake Stewardship Program Manager  ana.schoenecker@kingcounty.gov
                     

 

Board meetings

All meetings of the BLMD board are open to the public. They occur approximately every 2 months and will be advertised to the public through an announcement on this website.

Date Meeting Type Agenda   Minutes    
19 Mar 2014 Regular Meeting Html Pdf   Html Pdf
13 Nov 2013 Regular Meeting Html Pdf   Html Pdf

Reports and Newsletters

Reports

In 1993 King County published the Beaver Lake Management Plan.
There was an update to the plan in 2000, and another update will be completed in 2006.

There have also been several reports to the BLMD Board reporting data resulting from monitoring of the lake and streams. The most recent reports is available here. For copies of past reports Contact Sally Abella with the King County Lake Stewardship Program.

Newsletters

Every four to six months, members of the BLMD advisory board work with King County and City of Sammamish staff to publish a newsletter which is mailed to all members of the district. These newsletters are primarily updates on the current status of LMD work, but also include useful information about how residents can take simple steps to help protect Beaver Lake.

Beaver Lake Monitor issues:

Photo gallery

Beaver Lake Beach: Photo by Maren Van Nostrand - September, 2006
Beaver Lake Beach: Photo by Maren Van Nostrand - September, 2006
Beaver Lake Deer: Photo by Maren Van Nostrand - September, 2006
Beaver Lake Deer: Photo by Maren Van Nostrand - September, 2006
Beaver Lake Dog: Photo by King County Lake Stewardship Program
Beaver Lake Dog: Photo by King County Lake Stewardship Program
Beaver Lake Ice: Photo by King County Lake Stewardship Program
Beaver Lake Ice: Photo by King County Lake Stewardship Program
Beaver Lake Reflection: Photo by King County Lake Stewardship Program
Beaver Lake Reflection: Photo by King County Lake Stewardship Program
Beaver Lake Rock: Photo by Maren Van Nostrand - September, 2006
Beaver Lake Rock: Photo by Maren Van Nostrand - September, 2006
Beaver Lake Trees: Photo by Maren Van Nostrand - September, 2006
Beaver Lake Trees: Photo by Maren Van Nostrand - September, 2006
Beaver Lake West: Photo by King County Lake Stewardship Program
Beaver Lake West: Photo by King County Lake Stewardship Program

During regular monitoring trips, King County staff members take pictures of the lake and surrounding natural areas. Browse these photos to take a quick tour of the natural wonders that abound in the Beaver Lake watershed.

How to submit photos

If you have a photo related to Beaver Lake that you would like to submit, send a copy via email to the Web Master, (425) 295-0594 or mail a disk with electronic files to (City of Samm mail address)

Projects and milestones

In mid-April, 2006, the third Beaver Lake Management District was voted into existence by a vote of 82% YES to 18% NO, with a 44% voter response.

The next Beaver Lake Management District will run from 2007-2016.

Details of the 2007-2016 BLMD:

The Beaver Lake Management District will raise $465,980 from 2007 through 2016 to fund a series of lake management actions. This revenue will be raised through annual assessments of waterfront and non-waterfront property owners inside the proposed district boundary.

Waterfront property owners (Zone 1, 121 parcels) will pay $230 per year, while non-waterfront properties (Zone 2, currently 600 parcels) will be assessed $23 per year. The number of zone 2 parcels is expected to increase as development continues inside the LMD boundaries and the increase is included in the calculations. Parcels will begin to be charged the LMD fee as they receive individual addresses during the life of the LMD; however, owners of multiple parcels will be charged only one fee.

Through these assessments, the district will raise approximately $41,630 the first year, rising incrementally to an estimated $51,566 in Year 10, the final year of the District. If the number of parcels rises higher than estimated, the fee amount will be adjusted downwards to yield the required total sum.

This revenue will fund the following activities:

  • biweekly stream monitoring; regular stormwater quality sampling to assess development impacts; specific sampling as directed by the Board for unusual events or new concerns;
  • comprehensive lake monitoring in 2011 and 2016 to evaluate whole-lake water quality, with appropriate updates to the Lake Management Plan;
  • semi-annual newsletters and community outreach activities as directed by the Board;
  • administrative support, including facilitation of Board meetings and management of work program.

The following table contains a breakdown of the LMD budget by general task with annual estimated revenue.

Budget1

Budget2

Water quality data

King County has been working with the BLMD for more than 10 years to collect water quality data. The data collected help to determine current state of the lakes and identify long-term trends.

Charts and data will be added to this page in the near future, and then data will be updated periodically as new data become available. The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (and its predecessor agencies) have collected all water quality data, to date. Data requests can be sent to mailto:Sally.abella@metrokc.gov or by calling 206-296-8382.

Coming soon:

Charts

These charts will show water quality data compiled by King County. Not all data will be charted. Tabular data will include the entire dataset.

Tabular data

The tabular data will show available data for all parameters.