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In this issue:
  • Sad news from the Shelby Dock
  • Staying Safe on the Lake
  • Proposed Kayak Regulations
  • FHA Membership Survey
  • FHA Cookbook
  • FHA Board
  • Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement Update
  • Ship Canal Water Quality Project
Sad news from the Shelby Dock - Betty Swift (1930 to 2021) passed away peacefully on January 29 after a brief illness. A long-time floating home resident, Betty served on the FHA Board and graciously let her Victorian-style floating home be included on the floating homes tour. Betty particularly loved the nature and wildlife that surrounded her floating home and took some beautiful photographs for previous issues of the FHA newsletter, which you can view here. To read the full obituary and find out about Betty’s contribution to the Audubon Society and the League of Women Voters, as well as her lifelong life-long devotion to the outdoors, conservation and environmental issues, and keen sense of adventure click here.  Betty will be much missed by her Portage Bay neighbors, including an unusually large gang of various waterfowl who Courtney Cooper reports have been gathering around her house to salute her and say goodbye.

Staying Safe on the Lake - The FHA board seeks to work with all stakeholders on the lake to ensure the safety of everyone who uses the lake, whether recreationally or commercially. As part of that commitment, we would like to do our part to help educate users of the lake by sharing information and resources on this page. Please let me know if you have comments or suggestions.

Proposed Kayak Regulations – A Washington boating bill aims to regulate human-powered watercraft in the same way as motorboats. House Bill 1018 would require canoes, kayaks and paddleboard participants to take a boater education course, pass an exam and carry a boater education card. The bill had a hearing on Jan. 20 in front of the House Community & Economic Development committee. It has yet to be scheduled for an executive session, a key step before the bill can be brought to a vote. You can read the Spokesman's article here

FHA Membership Survey - Thank you to the 44 folks who filled out the survey already. There are 510 floating homes on the lake, so we have a ways to go before the deadline of February 8th. Please take a minute to complete the survey here. You can find out more about some of the issues raised in the survey on our website using these links -  SeaplanesElectrical Code Upgrade, and Grading in the Shoreline Environment

FHA Cookbook - We have sold an impressive number of these, including some repeat orders which speaks to the quality of the book. We would like to sell some more, especially as 20% of the proceeds go in the FHA kitty, and the Tour, our major fundraiser, is not looking very likely to happen this year. Northwest Cooking Afloat is not just a cookbook—it’s a cruise through the magnificent waters of the Pacific Northwest. With this book as a guide, onboard cooks will never lack for ways to gain the devotion of their captain and crew. And as any mariner here will tell you, "Everything tastes better on a boat.” You can order your copy here.

FHA Board - As you may, or may not, know our former president John Leness was obliged to step down from the role when he sold his Lake Union Floating home recently to pursue future yachting adventures. We would like to say thank you to John for all his hard work over the last four years. Long time Log Foundation resident and FHA board member, Peter Erickson, volunteered to take over the job of president and was voted in by the board at our last meeting. You can find out who your board is, and a bit more about each of the members here. You can view the minutes of recent board meetings here.

Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement Update - Upcoming work (January 22 - February 5): Over the next two weeks, crews will: 
Continue building forms and installing reinforcing steel for the bridge deck. Pour concrete for the bridge pier crossbeam. Crossbeams sit on top of bridge columns and support the bridge deck (surface). Pour concrete for the bridge shafts and columns. Concrete shafts are the extension of the columns that go more than 100 feet into the ground and are the support of many bridges. Install anchor bolts for utility poles and the bridge railing. Crews plan to work on Saturday, January 23. Work hours will be 9 AM to 5 PM. Typical work hours are Monday through Friday, 6 AM to 6 PM. Crews can continue work activity until 10 PM. Crews may also occasionally work on Saturdays, from 8 AM to 5 PM. Expect noise and vibration from heavy machinery and trucks in the area. In the last two weeks, crews continued building forms and installing reinforcing steel for the bridge deck, as well as installing anchor bolts for utility poles and the bridge railing. Crews also poured concrete for the bridge shafts, columns, and bridge deck. We like to hear from you and we want to be good neighbors during construction. If you have questions or concerns about construction or construction staging in the area, please contact us at or at (206) 775-8715. If you have any questions, please contact us or visit our project webpage here.

Ship Canal Water Quality Project -  "In 2020, the Ship Canal Water Quality project got underway in all five neighborhoods. The secant pile walls in Queen Anne and Fremont are complete, and we are breaking ground on this activity in Wallingford. Soil stabilization in East Ballard continues, and we just reached a huge project milestone in Ballard - completing the concrete pour for the 14-ft thick, 87-ft wide shaft floor (check out this video to learn more). Remember that intense rainstorm we had just before the holidays? Preliminary data indicates that over 30 hours, four SPU combined sewer outfalls overflowed 12M+ gallons of polluted stormwater and sewage into the Ship Canal. If the Ship Canal Water Quality Project was operating today, none would have entered our waterways. That's why we're continuing to do this work and making this investment in Puget Sound's health and the region's future. We're excited for everything 2021 has in store, like meeting our tunnel boring machine (TBM)! Our TBM has left Germany on a ship and is on its way to Seattle! Watch this video to learn more about the machine as it begins its journey west!" Here are the edited highlights:
  • Ballard - For the next few weeks, we'll be installing final concrete walls for the vertical shaft and electrical equipment. This work is anticipated to last through February. Additionally, we expect to receive and assemble the equipment for tunneling between January and April. 
  • East Ballard - Crews will continue soil stabilization and ground improvement work in NW 45th St and will begin this activity in 11th Ave NW south of NW 45th St. These activities will help prepare the site for upcoming excavation and underground construction work, like tunneling. 
  • Fremont - The secant pile wall is complete! Crews will dewater the site (pumps inside drilled wells are used to draw down groundwater levels) and will excavate the shaft. 
  • Wallingford - Over the next few weeks, crews will dewater the site (pumps inside drilled wells are used to draw down groundwater levels), bring in equipment, and begin secant pile wall construction. Secant pile wall construction will involve several months of intense, loud construction with long work days at the project’s Wallingford site.
  • Queen Anne - Crews have dewatered the site and are excavating the vertical shaft. 
To contact the project team, email with questions or comments or call (206) 701-0233. You can also find lots more information, along with photos and videos here.

That's all for now. Let me know if you have information to share with your floating friends.
All the best,

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