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In this Update:
  • Birds of Lake Union
  • Seattle Splash Tours
  • Shore End Dwellers
  • Floating Kitchens Cookbook
  • Mike Dederer
  • Center For Wooden Boats Landmark Status
  • Ship Canal Water Quality Project
  • MOHAI Reopening

Hello Everyone,

Dave Galvin has put together another fascinating article about the birdlife you can expect to find in the neighborhood this month, with some interesting information about the habits and lifestyles of Canadian geese, mallard ducks, ospreys, and hummingbirds. You can read it here. Although we love watching the fledgling ducks and geese swimming around, we aren't big fans of them laying eggs on our dock, as the geese particularly get very aggressive around them. I have to share this photo to demonstrate one neighbor's resourcefulness and degree of determination! What tips does everyone else have for keeping the egg layers at bay?

Seattle Splash Tours - Talking of ducks, perhaps you saw the article in the Seattle Times a few days ago about the tour company that plans to run a new fleet of amphibious tourist vehicles? According to the article, which you can read here, the owner, John Malouf, has received a two-month permit from Seattle’s Department of Parks and Recreation to launch the vehicles at the Sunnyside Avenue North boat ramp, where the Ducks used to launch. We had our lawyer reach out to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to check the situation. They told us "The company has not yet completed its initial application. Charter and excursion companies must complete an application, submit insurance, obtain a USDOT number, and pass vehicle inspections, among other check-listed items before the commission would evaluate the company’s application and issue the requested operating authority. At this time, we are waiting for the company to complete its application. Public comments may be submitted at any time here. Please reference Alaska Amphibious Tours aka Seattle Splash Tours and Docket TE-210118 in any correspondence with the commission."  This information came from Patrick Remfrey of the  Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission who you can reach at 360-664-1223 or if you want to talk to him in addition to filling out the comments form. We are grateful to Rob Widmeyer for offering his expertise to the FHA Board if/when this becomes an issue. Rob was instrumental in negotiating the agreement reached with the Ride the Ducks Company regarding noise, distance limits, hours of operation, etc, and will be looking to do the same again with this operator. He will need some assistance, so we will keep you posted.

Shore End Dwellers - The topic of side casting may not be an issue for many of our homeowners, but for those houseboats threatened with running aground at low lake levels it is a huge issue. Ann Wunderlin has very kindly offered to take up the matter on behalf of the board. She needs to hear from you if you are one of the homeowners impacted. Please reach out to Ann at if you live at the shore end of a dock so that she can gauge the extent of the issue. In the meantime, FHA President Peter Erickson is in the process of setting up a call with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to get their take on the situation.

Floating Kitchens Cookbook - Following on from the success of Carol Buchanan's Northwest Cook Book, which we have a limited supply of left for purchase here, our Houseboatique organizers, Courtney Cooper and Molly Cartwright, have retrieved 100 of the Floating Kitchens cookbook from storage to sell. The wonderful book features 270 pages of recipes from many of the families resident on the houseboats in the 1990s as well as lots of little snippets of houseboat history. You can purchase a copy here. If you are in charge of your dock's co-op/HOA you might want to buy a stack to give them as gifts to new residents. The book only costs $12, less than it sells for on Amazon. That's a cost of less than 5 cents a recipe, and if you are local Courtney or Molly will deliver!

Michael Dederer (1932 -2021) a long-time owner on the Rosenquist dock at Hamlin/Fairview passed away March 7th, 2021 in Seattle aged 88. Mike was born and raised in Seattle. He attended the UW and was one of the founders of the Crystal Mountain resort. You can read all about Mike, his family and his eventful life here.

Wagner Floating Home and The Center for Wooden Boats - The Landmarks Preservation Board is considering the nomination of the Wagner Floating Home and The Center for Wooden Boats for landmark status. Dick Wagner and his wife Colleen were longtime residents on the Old Boathouse moorage, and Dick served on the FHA Board in the 70's. You can read about both of them here. The Landmarks Board is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, April 21st at 3:30 and is inviting public comments. You can find all the information you need here

Ship Canal Water Quality Project - Please email with questions or comments or call (206) 701-0233. You can also find information online at

Ballard - Over the next few months, we'll continue assembling the tunnel boring machine (TBM) and preparing the shaft and site for tunneling operations that begin this summer. During this time, you can expect more heavy equipment to arrive on-site, such as cranes, potentially at night. Truck deliveries of paving material, concrete, and equipment for the TBM and associated tunnel activities. Working hours are expected to be 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. We also anticipate working weekends over the next few months to prepare for tunneling.

East Ballard - Crews will continue ground improvement works in NW 45th St. During these activities, you should anticipate NW 45th St closed to traffic; vehicles must detour onto NW 46th St. Burke-Gilman Trail users remain detoured to the north side of NW 45th St; flaggers to help direct traffic during daytime working hours. Please follow all detour guidance on site. Bicyclists must cross train tracks at 90-degree angles. Please use extra caution in wet weather as ramps may be slippery. Both lanes of 11th Ave NW south of NW 45th St are now open and will remain open for approximately another month. Noise and vibrations typical of a construction site. Regular work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm. Night and weekend work may occur to maintain progress.

Fremont - Over the next few weeks, crews will continue utility work in NW 36th St., and prepare the site for the equipment required to support the 8-ft conveyance tunnel TBM. You should anticipate dump trucks and excavators working on-site and an uptick in traffic in Leary Way NW as trucks haul away excavated material and bring concrete to the site. NW 36th St between Leary Way NW and 3rd Ave NW closed (through the remainder of the project). Pedestrians detoured to the north side of Leary Way NW. A pump and bypass system running 24/7 to re-route an existing drainage line around the drop shaft. This system is powered by a generator and will be in place for several more weeks. Generators running constantly to power the dewatering pumps until permanent power is available on site. As early as April, 2nd Ave NW, between Leary Way NW and NW Canal St, will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic to conduct sewer and diversion structure work. This closure is anticipated to last through the end of the year. As early as April, crews will be installing a new water main in Leary Way NW. This work will intermittently close up to two travel lanes at a time, but two-way traffic will be maintained and assisted by flaggers. If you live near the site, there may be a short, temporary water shut off. If your service will be impacted, you'll receive a door hanger with more information.  Regular work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Night and weekend work may occur to maintain progress.

Wallingford - Secant pile installation is expected to complete by the end of March. So far crews have completed about 90 of 101 piles. Excavation of the drop shaft will follow secant pile installation. For the next several weeks, you should anticipate the demobilization of heavy equipment on-site such as the drill rig an oscillator, and steel casing. Trucks coming in and out of the site to haul away excavated material. Normal work hours are Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm.

Queen Anne - This site will continue to be relatively quiet over the next few weeks. Crews will return in April to work on the shaft lining wall. During construction of the lining walls, you should anticipate trucks coming in and out of the site to deliver rebar and formwork.
Noise and vibrations typical of a construction site. The West Ewing Mini Park parking lot closed. This closure is anticipated to last through mid-2023. A localized Ship Canal Trail detour through summer 2022. Regular work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm. Night and weekend work may occur to maintain progress.

MOHAI -  In a small sign that things are getting slowly back to a new normal, Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) will reopen to the public on April 2 with modified operations, elevated safety procedures, and the opening of Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project, a major exhibit exploring the power of self-government.

That's all for now. Except to say I hear from folks that they 'enjoy' reading the obituaries, I am sure they would enjoy happier news too if your dock has some to share!

All the best,

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