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Got a small boat? Interested in saving a lake from the horrors of dense weed infestations? Want to learn how to identify water plants?  Join us!

2020 Lake Weed Watcher Training

Project description

The Lake Weed Watcher Program trains volunteers to survey for aquatic weeds in small lakes in King County, Washington. Volunteers are trained to identify both native and non-native aquatic plants.  The goal of the project is to watch for populations of invasive weeds that are not currently known to occur in King County or that have a very limited distribution, but have the potential to spread and cause damage.  Detecting these weeds early allows us to stop them before they get too entrenched to remove.

We provide:
Lake plants on a collecting rake - click for larger image

  1. Training in survey methodology and plant identification
  2. All necessary survey equipment (other than that mentioned below)
  3. Plant identification materials

Volunteers need:

  1. A small boat (e.g. canoe) and a place to launch it (if you don't live on a lake we can help you choose a lake with a public boat ramp)
  2. Personal flotation device (PFD) and any other required water safety equipment
  3. Ability to attend one or two training sessions in late June
  4. Approximately one field day in early July and one field day in late August or early September

Project Resources

Note: You will need Acrobat Viewer to read most of these files. 

2008 plant identification training - click for larger image
Weed Identification



Project Contact

For more information, contact Ben Peterson, Aquatic Weed Specialist, King County Noxious Weed Control Program.

Related agencies

Program offices are located at 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104. To contact staff, see the Noxious Weed Control Program Directory, send an email, or call 206-477-WEED (206-477-9333).