The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) issued a Report of Examination (ROE) approving the use of Lake Tapps as a municipal water supply on September 15, 2010. Final water right permits were issued December 10, 2010. For more information, visit Ecology's Lake Tapps Public Water Supply Project website.
Letter from the Lake Tapps Community Council
Chuck Clarke, CEO
Cascade Water Alliance
The Lake Tapps Community Council has reviewed the Record of Examination with regard to the Lake Tapps Water Rights. We are extremely pleased that CWA has fully honored and incorporated the laboriously negotiated CWA/Community Agreements into the Water Right. We also appreciate the friendly 'New Neighbor' philosophy shown recently in addressing topics of mutual interest such as the milfoil challenges. Chuck, you and your team have been clearly instrumental in achieving this outcome. We appreciate all that you and your staff have done.
We commend you for your 'Out of the Box Thinking' and willingness to go beyond the previous norms. This is clearly shown by your ability to stop the lake loss at the powerhouse [a feat accomplished by Joe that was previously thought to be impossible], your vastly improved control over inflows, and your timely refill this spring following historically low winter river flows.
We also wish to extend our congratulations and thanks to the full CWA board and especially Lloyd for his personal efforts and willingness to work toward a mutually satisfactory outcome.
The sign of a good agreement between parties with vastly differing objectives is that no one gets TOTALLY everything they asked for. Despite our pleasure with the ROE we remain concerned that the failure to provide a mechanism for dealing with unforeseen long term low river flows could cause a future Emergency with no meaningful plan or mechanism to deal with it.
With that said, the community looks forward to a warm long term and mutually beneficial relationship as we move forward into the future.
Lake Tapps Community Council
Dr. Leon Stucki, VP, Lake Tapps Community Council
Lake Tapps Water Rights and Supply Project Final Environmental Impact Statement and Water Rights
On June 16, 2010, Cascade Water Alliance (Cascade) issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared for the Lake Tapps Reservoir Water Rights and Supply Project (Project) in compliance with the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) under Chapter 43.21C RCW. Cascade is the project proponent and lead agency. The Final EIS consists of a Fact Sheet, comments received and Cascade's responses to the comments and portions of the Draft EIS revised in response to comments received.
The EIS was prepared in support of Proposed Action, which was for Cascade's Board of Directors to approve Cascade's operation of the Project and to request approval by Ecology of the four municipal water rights Applications. The three basic elements of the Project operation are as follows:
Ecology's approval of Cascade’s Applications permit the following:
The average flow rate of 75 cfs for municipal, industrial and commercial water supply may be increased to an average flow rate of 85 cfs through implementation of the "Regional Reserved Water” Program. This water may be utilized by the cities of Auburn, Bonney Lake, Buckley and Sumner to mitigate impacts to the White River/Puyallup River in connection with future water right applications.