On Feb 5, 2010, Cascade Water Alliance, Lake Tapps area residents, and local organizations celebrated a new operating agreement.
Lloyd Warren, current Cascade Water Alliance Board Member and former Chairman of the Board, accepts the key to the White River from PSE.
The community celebrated the White River Project's new beginnings.
On Oct 1, 2011, Cascade hosts a celebration at the White River Powerhouse to note the 100th Anniversary of the White River/Lake Tapps Project.
Local area residents celebrate the Lake Tapps and White River Powerhouse Centennial.
In May 2012, Cascade unveils an historic marker to commemorate the centennial of the White River Project.
In 1911, Puget Sound Energy began the White River Project. A dam was built in Buckley to divert part of the White River into a series of basins and flumes, flooding four former lakes and creating Lake Tapps. Water then flowed through the Powerhouse, seen here in 1911.
A 1911 photo showing one of the immense turbines within the Powerhouse. At the height of its power-producing ability, the powerhouse operated seven of these turbines.
The canal that carries water back to the White River from the Powerhouse is known as the tailrace. This picture from 1911 shows Puget Sound Energy crews digging out this waterway.
Conservation is a component of Cascade's long range water supply management strategy. In early 2012, Cascade hosted a Rainwater Harvesting event for students at Endeavour Elementary School in Issaquah to learn about conservation.
Cascade Water Alliance was recognized in May 2010 by the Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC) as a 2010 Cascade Agenda Leadership Award winner, for its part in purchasing and keeping in public use the former BNSF Rail Corridor.
Cascade and its members bring the WaterSense Conservation Road Show booth to various community events, festivals, and farmers' markets throughout the year to promote conservation and offer free water conservation-related items and information to the community.
In 2010, Cascade was named "Partner of the Year" by the EPA WaterSense program. Board Chair John Marchione accepts the award.
This aerial shot shows Lake Tapps at a low water level. Cascade controls the lake levels by adjusting water flow through the barrier dam, and keeps it low in winter and high in summer.
Lake Tapps is partially fed by runoff from Mount Rainier, which stands picturesquely over the lake.
On coveted good-weather days, residents are lucky to experience the beauty of not just the lake, but Mount Rainier looming in the distance as well.
A sunrise is captured as stunning Lake Tapps comes to life.
Cascade inherited this sketch from Lake Tapps' former owner, Puget Sound Energy. This 1903 drawing depicts the many aspects of the White River Project, the intricate system that keeps Lake Tapps viable as a future water source.