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Lake Tapps Community Celebrates Third Swimsafe Summer!

November 05, 2015

Following a 2012 summer that saw three deaths in Lake Tapps, the surrounding cities, first responders, school districts and Cascade Water Alliance, owner of the reservoir, came together to take steps to help swimmers and boaters who enjoy recreation on Lake Tapps and other area waterways stay safe in a campaign called Swimsafe.

Fall Drawdown Schedule for Lake Tapps Reservoir Announced

October 26, 2015

Lake Tapps, WA  –   Cascade Water Alliance in consultation with the Lake Tapps Community Council today announced its expected fall drawdown schedule for fall 2015 and fill in early spring 2016. The fall drawdown of Lake Tapps will begin the last half of November.  Until then, Cascade will maintain the reservoir at current levels (approximately elevation 541-542 feet). Cascade will be lowering the reservoir in the last half of November approximately two to three feet (to approximately elevation 539.5 feet) to protect

Residences and businesses have cut back water use by 14% over the last four weeks.

September 09, 2015

BELLEVUE, WA –   Residents and businesses in the region have exceeded requests by water providers like Cascade Water Alliance to reduce water use 10 percent over the last four weeks by collectively cutting back use by 14 percent.  Yet while the recent rains have helped, it has not been enough to return water supplies to normal levels. Cascade and its members remind residents and businesses that more rain and continued water reductions are still needed to replenish regional water supplies for people

Voluntary Curtailment of Water Announced

August 11, 2015

Cascade Water Alliance announced today that it is joining Seattle Public Utilities, Tacoma Water and the City of Everett in asking residents and businesses for voluntary curtailment of their use of water by 10 percent of projected current use due to continuing drought conditions.

Cascade Announces Water Advisory

July 27, 2015

Cascade Water Alliance announced today that it is joining Seattle Public Utilities, Tacoma Water and the City of Everett in declaring a regional water advisory.

Corps Begins Final Phase of Repair Project; Cascade Will Take Water for Fill upon Completion

July 24, 2015

Lake Tapps WA – In the last phase of the Barrier Structure Apron Repair project with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Corps has begun to reduce instream flows to 350 cubic feet per second (cfs) to ensure worker safety in the river during the project, which could last up to one week. Water will be stored behind Mud Mountain Dam during this final phase of the project, and when complete, will be released and be used to continue to fill

Lake Tapps Opens Today!

July 02, 2015

Cascade is officially opening Lake Tapps Reservoir to all recreation effective immediately. Remember, this water is cold, and you may encounter stumps, floating debris or submerged hazards in the reservoir.   This opening has been made possible by Cascade’s project for the Corps in which water was twice stored behind Mud Mountain Dam and then released. After state-mandated in-steam flows have been met, water is diverted into Lake Tapps Reservoir. Some additional water will come in this weekend.  Law enforcement will be on patrol.  

Cascade Begins Lake Tapps Fill from Stored Water

June 10, 2015

Cascade Water Alliance today announced that water stored behind Mud Mountain Dam during Phase 1 of the barrier structure apron repair project is being released and fill of the Lake Tapps reservoir has resumed. The Corps and Cascade are collaborating on the project to repair the apron of the Barrier Structure to protect fish, as required by the National Marine Fisheries Service biological opinion. To ensure worker safety in the river, instream flows were brought down to 350 cubic feet per second