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Water on the agenda

Post by David Seago on Nov. 30, 2007 at 2:32 pm |
November 30, 2007 2:32 pm

Our lead editorial today chiding the Cascade Water Alliance for snubbing the leaders of two Pierce County cities concerned about Lake Tapps got noticed by the alliance.

By noon we heard from the alliance’s public-relations firm, which asked for an editorial board meeting with alliance leaders. We’ll probably meet next week.

See our news story about the snub here.

Water availability is likely to be the most contentious natural-resource issue for the growing Puget Sound metro region. The cities east of Seattle want to develop a future water supply independent of Seattle. To do it, they need water from LakeTapps.

But the cities of Bonney Lake, Sumner and Auburn have as stake in Lake Tapps, too, and we think they should have a seat at the table, so to speak.

Tacoma gets water from King County’s Green River, but the city shares the supply with with Federal Way and several other South King County cities with its Second Supply pipeline. Seattle was originally supposed to connect to the new pipeline, thus creating a regional water network, but backed out. That was a setback for the region, in our view.

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