Milfoil

What is milfoil?

Milfoil

Cascade operates Lake Tapps for eventual water supply for its members, but works diligently to keep it clean and healthy today. That includes addressing milfoil.

What is milfoil?

Eurasion milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) is a non-native, invasive aquatic plant.

What is Cascade doing about milfoil?

Invasive species, like milfoil, have posed il treatment

Cascade has no regulatory obligations to control milfoil in Lake Tapps. Cascade will continue to manage milfoil to the same level that was present when former owner Puget Sound Energy generated hydropower. For a history of Cascade treatment, click here
Cascade has initiated its LakeWise program, a partnership with Tacoma-Pierce County Department of Health promoting natural yard care and septic maintenance to keep Lake Tapps clean and healthy.

What can the Lake Tapps Homeowners do about milfoil?

If property owners plan to remove aquatic vegetation on their property, they must follow rules outlined in Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Plants and Fish: Rules for Aquatic Plant Removal and Control (link http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01728/wdfw01728.pdf.  They must also obtain permits from appropriate agencies, such as Bonney Lake, Pierce County, and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Nutrients from lawns and septic tanks significantly increase vegetation.  Residents can participate in the LakeWise program to help keep Lake Tapps clean and healthy.