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Cascade Saves Record Amount of Water in Trust for Fish

What is it??? Not a bird or a plane, it’s a very special cube or wall.

Why??? To start a conversation with our communities about why we need water and that we value it.

Where??? Cascade’s We Need Water Because… campaign was unveiled by City of Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci as that city was preparing for the Bellevue Fourth of July event.

How??? We want to start a conversation with our communities about why we all need and value water. Colorful chalk is available for individuals to share their thoughts with the community at large, and by taking their photo at the wall and sharing it on and at #weneedwaterbecause, they have begun an important discussion about this precious resource in a time when water is scarce around the country.

Cascade Chair John Marchione, Redmond mayor, introduced the display just prior to Redmond Derby Days, urging attendees of that event to share their thoughts not just with their Redmond neighbors but with the entire Eastside and South King County.

And where will this be next? Kirkland's Juanita Beach Park beginning July 31st and into the first week of August. After that, keep your eyes peeled as it is coming to your neighborhood.

But even if you don’t see it you can join the conversation at and at #weneedwaterbecause. Cascade’s service area has a growing economy, a booming population, and great schools and parks to ensure a wonderful quality of life.

But what makes all of this possible – all of our growth into the 21st century – is something so important and yet something we take for granted every day. Water.

We Need Water Because

Check it out at and at #weneedwaterbecause on Twitter and Instagram.

Lake Tapps Opens for Recreation

Speaking of water, Cascade has filled Lake Tapps – at least enough so that the community can use it. Cascade opened the reservoir to all public uses July 3. In March Cascade completed an 18 month overhaul of the 110 year old 12 mile long system of conveyances, pipes, valves and flumes that get water from the White River to Lake Tapps. The project began in 2013 and was completed on time by March of 2015. Filling the reservoir began immediately, and then the rain stopped. The governor declared drought in East Pierce County. There was no rain to fill the reservoir.

Quite fortuitously, the US Army Corps of Engineers started a project to protect fish in the White River, providing Cascade with the opportunity to put additional water into the reservoir.

To make repairs at the Barrier Structure, the Corps reduced instream flows and held water above Mud Mountain Dam, which they can usually only do for flood control. Flows were reduced to approximately 350 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the White River to provide a safe work environment in the river.

Water stored, upon completion of the work, was released into the river. Because it was in excess of the minimum instream flow requirements, Cascade was able to divert a significant portion of that water to the reservoir and it reached elevation 537' on June 19. A second phase, repeating this process, added more water into Lake Tapps. The reservoir is now at about elevation 541'.

Cascade Water Efficiency Irrigation Efforts Celebrated

Cascade Water Efficiency Irrigation Efforts Celebrated

On May 29th Cascade and Lake Washington Institute of Technology dedicated the irrigation learning lab that was installed at the school’s arboretum last October. The event recognized Hunter and Rain Bird for donating the hardware for the system as well as the partnership between Cascade and LWTech. Cascade Board member and Kirkland Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet addressed the crowd at the celebration.

Drought in the state, but water available for Cascade Members

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state drought emergency May 15, with the exception of the Seattle, Tacoma and Everett areas. Water providers in these areas stored water and have water for their customers through the peak season. Cascade and its members should practice wise water use, but can continue normal activities.

Our current water supply outlook has been changed from good to fair, because of high temperatures and higher demand than usual. Continue to use water wisely.

In The Community

In The Community

Visit Cascade Water Alliance to answer your water questions at fairs, festivals, farmers markets and other outdoor events throughout the summer. Mark your calendars for these community events:

  • Kirkland Concert Series | July 23 and August 3
  • Issaquah Concert in the Park | July 28
  • Bonney Lake Days | August 14 and 15
  • Sammamish Days | August 22
  • Skyway West Hills End of Summer Event | August 29
  • Beautify Bonney Lake | September 19
  • Issaquah Salmon Days | Oct 3 and 4
  • Farmer’s Markets | in member communities throughout the summer

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