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Cascade Water Alliance adopts new Lake Tapps property rules

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm with No Comments »
February 28, 2012 1:32 pm

A newly adopted policy requires people who live on Lake Tapps to obtain permission before building new docks or similar structures.

The idea behind the policy is to “keep the property free of obstructions and unauthorized structures to ensure dike integrity, water quality, public safety and use are not compromised,” said John Marchione, chairman of Cascade Water Alliance’s board of directors, in a statement.

The board adopted the policy last week. Cascade Water Alliance owns the East Pierce County reservoir.

Existing docks and similar structures may still be able to stand under the policy, so long as they don’t harm the lake or pose dangers.

Here’s Cascade’s news release about the new policy:


Feb. 28. 2012 | Bellevue WA – The Cascade Board of Directors formally adopted the Lake Tapps Reservoir Property Management Policy at the Feb. 22 Board meeting.  The policy addresses use of its property by third parties around the Reservoir.The policy states that any new improvements or modifications on Cascade property will require a license from Cascade, as well as the appropriate permits from state and local jurisdictions as required.

Existing structures or facilities on Cascade property may be “grandfathered” if Cascade determines that they do not pose an adverse impact on the operations of the Reservoir, or pose a danger to public health or safety.

“Our goal is to keep the property free of obstructions and unauthorized structures to ensure dike integrity, water quality, public safety and use are not compromised,” said John Marchione, Chair of the Cascade Board of Directors.

Over 100 Lake Tapps area residents attended a January 12th Open House and Workshop to learn more about the proposed policy.  Cascade received no formal objections to the policy.

Since December of 2009 Cascade has owned and operated the White River Lake Tapps Reservoir Project (Project) and lake, up to its property boundary line delineated by the 545 foot elevation and including the dikes.

As the Project’s owner, Cascade’s primary function is to ensure the safety and viability of the Lake Tapps Reservoir for long-term municipal water supply purposes, while managing authorized public access to the lake.  For the past two years, Cascade has been working in, on and around the Project to determine function and system improvements necessary for long-term maintenance.

During this period, Cascade has also been engaged in a real estate/asset management assessment of the Lake Tapps Reservoir.  Several issues have come to light that must be addressed in order to ensure long-term dike integrity, safe recreational use, water quality, general legal and financial risk management, and preservation of Cascade’s property.  To address these issues, Cascade developed the Lake Tapps Reservoir Property Management Policy containing requirements that affect existing and new homeowner improvements on Cascade’s property in and around the lake.

For more information and to read the full text of the adopted Lake Tapps Reservoir Property Management Policy, visit www.cascadewater.org.

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