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In this issue:
  • Lake Washington Elevation
  • Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement
  • Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks
  • Floating Homes Anthology
  • Northwest Cooking Afloat
  • Tom Stockley's Cookbook
  • Board Meeting Minutes
  • FHA Survey Postcard
Lake Washington Elevation - One of the interesting things about living on a home that floats is watching the lake levels rise and fall. I looked out of the window this morning and it seemed like the lake dropped again overnight. In case you are new around here, I thought I would remind everyone that you can follow the measurements on the USACE website as the engineers manage the lake levels ready for the snowmelt. You can find the link on our Resources tab. On that page, you will find a message from USACE explaining that they try and avoid going below 20 feet (it's at 19.98 today), and their contact details in case you want more information. The link to the USACE site itself is just below the title of the page. Here is the chart for the last month.

Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement - From 3:30 to 4:30 PM December 17, they are hosting the Fairview monthly stakeholder meeting online via Microsoft Teams, which you’ll be able to access free of charge.  If you need special accommodations in order to attend this meeting, please contact us at or (206) 775-8715 by Monday, December 14. To maximize our time together, please send over topics of interest before the meeting. This will allow us to create an informed and focused agenda and to ensure all parties are represented.  To join online, click this link  Join Microsoft Teams Meeting. Or you can dial in on your phone. Conference phone number: +1 (206) 485-0017 . Conference ID: 601 692 635# 

Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks - On 12.5 the USACE opened the east half of the large lock. They can now accommodate vessels that will fit into the 385-foot long half chamber.  They will provide another notice when the west half opens. The large lock had been closed since October 15 for the third and final scheduled extended closure required for the Stoney Gate Valve Replacement Project. The Locks originally had a fourth closure scheduled in early 2021 but that extra closure is no longer needed.

Floating Homes Anthology - Peanut Butter Publishing (owned by houseboat resident Elliott Wolff) is inviting any artists, poets, writers, musicians, and photographers living on floating homes, houseboats or barges to submit their contributions to an anthology he is compiling as an FHA fundraiser. He invites you to contact him at by December 30th if you are interested. There is a website ( but it doesn't seem to be up and running yet.

Northwest Cooking Afloat - Did you order your copy of the new recipe book yet? There are excellent recipes in it for all waterborne (and housebound) situations including at anchor, dock parties, and stormy weather. The recipes look delicious and there are lovely photos taken around the lake and the islands. Plus it's written by floating home dweller Carol Buchan and twenty percent of the proceeds go to the FHA. You can order using this link, and our very own Courtney Cooper and Molly Cartwright will deliver if you are local. What more are you waiting for? Don't delay - order today!

Tom Stockley's Cookbook - Another cookbook with houseboat connections has also been published. Tom Stockley, the late wine critic for the Seattle Times, and long time houseboater on Tenas Chuck dock kept a private journal for many years with his favorite recipes and culinary notes. His daughters have published the book with fellow houseboater Elliott Wolff. If you would like to find out more about Tom, his family, and the book, you will find everything you need at

Board Meeting Minutes - The minutes of November's board meeting are now available here. The board is looking for new members! If you are interested in joining the board, don't be shy - reply to this email and let us know! We are particularly looking for folks with legal experience (contacts at the city would be advantageous), a willingness to oversee emergency planning, a passion for the local environment, or an interest in historical archives.

FHA Survey Postcard - Just a quick heads up that after the holidays we will be sending out a survey postcard to all floating home residents. We would like to make sure that the issues the board is focused on are the same ones that concern our membership.

Don't flush it - Courtney posted this graphic on the FHA Facebook page, so I thought I would share. It's a good reminder for our pumps, too. Here are some other helpful tips on what not to put down your drains (toilets, sinks, showers, washing machines, dishwashers): Grease (the worst!!), Flushable wipes, Rags, Tampons, Condoms, Dental floss, Kitty Litter, and face masks. In addition, Detergent pods are harmful. Use smaller amounts of liquid detergent instead of pods.

That's all for now. Reply to this email if you have something you want to share with the community.
All the best, Sarah
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