Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Parks Dept Responsible for Submerged Spikes in Green Lake

"I'm sorry it was us," says the Seattle Parks Department. [#]

Mystery solved. You may now kindly resume your Green Lake wading.

photo: detail from The Belmont, Nov 2007

After nearly two weeks of wild speculation (a maniacal diver? intelligent geese?), the Parks Department has 'fessed up. The spikes were part of a milfoil control experimental program in the 1980s. Plastic was anchored to the lake bed to reduce the sunlight and thus curb the growth of milfoil in the lake. These curved rods eventually rusted into spikes, were discovered, and consequently fueled speculative theories of who and why.

Ah, the ripeness of summer gossip.

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