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Lake Lowering

The lake lowering has started. Get ready to do your bulkhead or other beachfront maintenance that the higher water has kept you from performing. It will take approximately 2-2 ½ weeks to reach its low level depending on the rainfall during this time. Lots of rain will obviously slow that process down. If you suffer from shallow-itis where your boat is moored, you may want to take it out in the coming week.

September Treatment

Final 2020 Treatment

Some of you are experience clear waters in at your homes and some are experiencing wind rowed thick green algae. We have tested the lake several times over the past few weeks and watched the phosphorous levels rise feeding the algae which a cause for concern. The flock in the water has increased and we are now on the cusp of a bloom. As there is one final treatment approved in this years budget, rather than risk a toxic bloom and being closed by the Pierce County Health Department, we will be treating the lake on Monday and maybe on to Tuesday, September 21st & 22nd. A notice should be posted on your dock or lakefront this weekend. Again, the notice will have a swimming restriction, however, the manufacturers MSDS does not list a restriction. 

As with all treatment, if you irrigate from the lake, refrain from using lake water for 48 hours after treatment. We only had a couple of boats active on the water during the last treatment and would appreciate if everyone could stay off the water during the treatment applications.

Lake Closure and Treatment August 24th

Hope everyone has been enjoying these warm/hot days on the lake. What a treat to be able to cool down in the nice clear lake waters of lake Steilacoom. As we all know, all good things must come to an end and our clear toxic free waters show signs of that potentially coming to an end as soon as this coming weekend.

Never fear, however, as the approved budget allows for more future treatments. To keep our waters as nice as we can, the decision has been made to treat on Monday, August 24th. Again our lake consultants at Northwest Aquatics Eco-Systems will be applying Hydrothol 191 to eradicate the algae. 

Postings taking place the Saturday before with standard dock notices. As a reminder if you irrigate you lawns and plants from the lake to turn OFF your pumps for 48 hours on Monday the 24th. Also, while the posting language is mandated by the Department of Ecology with swimming restrictions, the manufacturers MSDS sheets do not have that restriction.

The big change for this application is the two basins will be independently closed during treatment, one at a time. An unfortunate accident happened on another lake which resulted in the sinking of the application vessel, excess chemical displacement and risk to the workers applying the chemicals. Fortunately no one was hurt, and we want to make sure that a boater on Lake Steilacoom doesn’t create adverse news headlines fo us. Please stay off the water during this treatment. You will have the late afternoon and evening to enjoy that day safely. 

Stay safe and off the water on the 24th!

July Lake Treatment

The warm weather is always nice and an enjoyable time to live the lake life. The downside is the heat assists in promoting algae growth. But not to worry as our lake consultants at Northwest Aquatics Eco-Systems is ready with its arsenal of Hydrothol 191 and its flotilla of disbursement vehicles. 

This will occur on July 27th with postings taking place the Saturday before. As a reminder if you irrigate you lawns and plants from the lake to turn OFF your pumps for 48 hours on Monday the 27th. Also, while the posting language is mandated by the Department of Ecology with swimming restrictions, the manufacturers MSDS sheets do not have that restriction.

This should address our algae concerns for a few weeks or more unless we continue to experience warm weather as we have the last few days.

Hope everyone is enjoying the water so far this year.
Stay safe!

4th of July Boat Parade 2020

THE BOAT PARADE, THE BOAT PARADE, THE 4TH OF JULY, BOAT PARADE!!

Once again its time for our bigger, better and “badder” each year, 4th of July boat parade. We are busy fact checking but this could be the 35th year of this event. So, dig out your decorations, horses, eagles, Uncle Sam’s, pirate treasure chests or decorated dog and join us if you can for the parade of boats! YES you can do – SeaDoo’s, kayaks, RC boats or what ever else you have that can move through the water. We will start congregating at the south side of the bridge at 10:00 AM for a 10:15 departure. Be prompt or be at the back, either way, it will be epic.

What would a parade be without spectators? Well it’s still a parade but not as much fun. So if you are not in the parade, please help cheer us on from your decks and docks. The parade will be leaving the bridge heading south and will take between 45 minutes to an hour to circumnavigate the lake, so time your locale accordingly. One way or another, we hope to see you all.

Have an awesome and safe 4th!

Come out and see Santa

Santa is skiing again!

Come out on your decks and dock and cheer Santa and his elves as they ski by your home. He will be leaving the North Pole at 9:00 AM and again at 1:00 PM. Help keep the Grinch from catching the sleigh. It takes them a little time to circumnavigate the lake so be patient. 

Santa says Merry Christmas!

Lowering the lake

The lake lowering process has started. Looks like it may be a good weekend weather wise and if you take your boat out for the winter, this weekend may be a great time to do so. We will more than likely be at our low level within a few weeks. 

Lakefront Homeowners Meeting

2019 Annual Lake Steilacoom Improvement Club Meeting

The annual meeting will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the City of Lakewood Council Chambers. The address is:

6000 Main St SW
Lakewood, WA  98499

We will be starting promptly and the agenda items will be –

  • Approval of the 2018 meeting minutes
  • Lake quality report
  • Proposed 2020 treatments
  • Treasurers report
  • 2020 recommended assessment
  • Election of directors
  • General comments

Hope to see you all there. 

Treatment and Lake Level Update

The summer weather has been great for  all of us to enjoy the lake. Nice warm weather, clear warm waters, BBQ’s and fun times; what lake living is all about.

Of course there is a curse that comes with warmer summers. No, not your in-laws hanging around too long, rather maintaining great water quality. The lake has been treated for the early weed control, performed in June, as well as algae treatments in July and August. The latest testing has shown an increase in algae counts plus a decrease in the water depth clarity. Given those indicators, we are on the cusp of a major algae bloom. The approved budget allows for a third treatment and we will be posting this weekend for a treatment on Monday. Please make sure you irrigation systems are turned off if you draw lake water for your yard.

Another concern that has been expressed by many of you, is the level of the lake. All of the boards are in the dam, however, the fish ladder is partially open to create enough flow for the salmon to continue their upstream migration. The heat and lack of rainfall has severely impacted us, not only through evaporation but Clover Creek has stopped running, thus a lower than normal lake level.

Your water albeit a tad low, should be clean and clear for the remainder of our summer. Enjoy.

The Boat Parade, the Boat Parade, the BIG Lake Steilacoom Boat Parade!!!

4TH OF JULY BOAT PARADE !!!!!

Once again its time for our bigger, better and “badder” each year, 4th of July boat parade.  Dig out your decorations, horses, eagles, Uncle Sam’s, pirate treasure chest or decorated dog, and join us if you can, for the parade of boats! YES you can do- SeaDoo’s, kayaks, RC boats, or what ever else you have that can move through the water. We will start at the south side of the bridge. Be there at  10:00 AM for a 10:15 departure.

For those that want to watch, please come out and wave the boaters on. The parade will leave the bridge area heading south and onwards around the lake. The whole parade tour will take between 45 minutes to an hour to circumnavigate the lake, so time your locale accordingly. If you do participate, lets keep it close and tight so our fans don’t get bored!

Let us know if you would be interested in a helping put together a progressive lake party, seeking individuals who would be willing to coordinate this event or be one of the hosts. Date/Time to be determined.