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Working together to keep Lake Tapps healthy! Lake Tapps is a regional gem — a recreational resource and the center of the community. But it is also a reservoir owned by Cascade Water Alliance for future municipal drinking water use. What do the two have in common? The need to keep Lake Tapps clean and healthy for all of us — homeowners, recreation enthusiasts and Cascade. This year, Cascade invites the community to attend a public meeting to hear how we can all do our best to keep Lake Tapps clean and healthy. Participants will also get updates on planned activities for the spring and summer, as well as an announcement of an exciting new program for lake health — Lake TappsWise, a partnership with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

Thursday, April 26 6 to 8 pm North Tapps Middle School 20029 12th St. E Lake Tapps Photo by Janice Thomas.

Join Cascade and others who provide resources around Lake Tapps to hear the latest information:

For more information on all of the things everyone must do to keep Lake Tapps clean and healthy, visit cascadewater.org

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water for today

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Keeping our Lake Tapps Reservoir healthy Lake Tapps, like other Northwest lakes, suffers from too many nutrients, which come from common household sources like lawn fertilizers, pet and animal wastes, failing septic systems, and bare soil. When mixed with rainwater, nutrients are transported from driveways and yards into the reservoir. A small amount of nutrients from many homes can add up to big problems for a lake:

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• Excessive algae growth and toxic algae blooms • Lower water clarity • Stress on fish and wildlife

Here’s how you take the first step

Be TappsWise!

The process to become certified is easy! Start by signing up online at www.tpchd.org/tappswise, emailing TappsWise@tpchd.org, or calling 253.798.2856 for information on the program and to schedule a free TappsWise certification visit.

The good news is that by making a few small changes, you can be part of the solution. Cascade and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will provide information and four workshops throughout the year on natural yard care and septic system operation and maintenance to help. You can follow the “TappsWise Checklist” as a guide to the most important actions you can take to protect your lake and be TappsWise. By completing the checklist, your property can be “TappsWise Certified” and you will receive an attractive sign for your property. To help make it easier for you to become TappsWise Certified, we are offering TappsWise incentives, which significantly lower the cost of a septic system inspection, pumping (if needed) and the installation of risers (if desired).

A local expert will meet with you to provide practical suggestions for implementing the TappsWise choices such as tips for your lawns and yard. The visit is not an inspection — just a way to provide support to help you move forward.

Also join us for two special new TappsWise workshops:

Saturday, May 5 from 10 am to noon Natural yard care tips and practices.

Wednesday, May 16 from 6 to 8 pm

How to keep your septic systems working properly.

Both workshops will help us all keep Lake Tapps clean and healthy. Both will be held at the Tapps Island Clubhouse 20818 Island Parkway E in Lake Tapps. The classes are free, but participants must register at TappsWise@TPCHD.org.

Participation in the TappsWise program is completely voluntary and you will be under no obligation to take any actions following the visit, but it will help keep Lake Tapps healthy.

With summer on its way, remember that Lake Tapps is a very cold, glacier fed lake. Swimmers should be aware that despite the hot sunny days the frigid water is very dangerous. Cascade, East Pierce Fire and Rescue, local police and fire departments, school districts, the Gordon Family YMCA and dozens of other partners around the lake participate in the Swimsafe Program for our students and community, so we all remember to Swimsafe.

TappsWise is Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s Healthy Lake Program in partnership with Cascade Water Alliance

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How can you make a difference?

East Pierce Fire and Rescue along with Cascade is offering residents incident locator signs at no cost while supplies last. The signs will connect to your address, and if you need to call 911, emergency services can quickly identify your location. Be safe — get your sign today. Visit www.eastpiercefire.org


Get answers and the help you need around Lake Tapps

Who to call? Various entities have different roles and responsibilities Summer 2018

Algae

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department ......... 253-798-6470 .............www.tpchd.org/healthy-places/surface-waterquality/toxic-algae

Boat Speed

City of Bonney Lake Police - Marine Unit ............ 253-863-2218 .............www.citybonneylake.org/police Pierce County Sheriff - Marine Unit ..................... 253-798-7530 .............www.co.pierce.wa.us/121/Sheriff

Dam Diversion Structural (Barrier) Integrity Operations Policing and Security Dam (Mud Mountain) Dikes

Equipment, structures, uses Regulation Maintenance Policing and security

US Army Corps of Engineers ................................. 206-764-3717 .............www.nws.usace.army.mil WA State Department of Ecology ........................ 360-407-6600 .............www.ecology.wa.gov Cascade Water Alliance ........................................ 425-453-0930 .............www.cascadewater.org City of Buckley Police ............................................ 360-829-3157 .............www.cityofbuckley.com/police US Army Corps of Engineers ................................. 206-764-3717 .............www.nws.usace.army.mil Cascade Water Alliance ........................................ 425-453-0930 .............www.cascadewater.org WA State Dept of Ecology .................................... 360-407-6600 .............www.ecology.wa.gov Veolia Water (partners with Cascade) ................. 253-590-3035 .............www.cascadewater.org Pierce County Sheriff ............................................ 253-798-7530 .............www.co.pierce.wa.us/121/Sheriff City of Bonney Lake Police ................................... 253-863-2218 .............www.citybonneylake.org/police

Drowning

911

Habitat

WA State Dept of Fish and Wildlife ..................... 360-902-2200 .............www.wdfw.wa.gov US Fish and Wildlife Service.................................. 800-344-9453 .............www.fws.gov National Marine Fisheries Service (salmon) ..............................................www.nmfs.noaa.gov

Lake Levels/Filling

Cascade Water Alliance ........................................ 425-453-0930 .............www.cascadewater.org/lake-tapps/lake-levels

Licenses/Permits for Docks, Bulkheads, Structures Below 545’ elevation (Cascade license) Cascade Water Alliance ........................................ 425-453-0930 .............www.cascadewater.org/lake-tapps/licenses-permits Any location (shoreline land use permit) Pierce County Planning & Land Svcs .................... 253-798-7210 .............www.co.pierce.wa.us City of Bonney Lake .............................................. 253-862-8602 .............www.citybonneylake.org Work in water WA State Dept of Fish and Wildlife ..................... 360-902-2200 .............www.wdfw.wa.gov US Army Corps of Engineers ................................. 206-764-3742 .............www.nws.usace.army.mil Littering

City of Bonney Lake Police ................................... 253-863-2218 .............www.citybonneylake.org/police Pierce County Sheriff ............................................ 253-798-7530 .............www.co.pierce.wa.us/121/Sheriff

Milfoil

Cascade Water Alliance ........................................ 425-453-0930 .............www.cascadewater.org

Noise (on the Lake)

City of Bonney Lake Police ................................... 253-863-2218 .............www.citybonneylake.org/police Pierce County Sheriff Marine Unit ....................... 253-798-7530 .............www.co.pierce.wa.us/121/Sheriff

Parking, Towing On roads, highways, public locations On Cascade Water Alliance property

City of Bonney Lake .............................................. 253-862-8602 .............www.citybonneylake.org Pierce County Parks and Rec................................. 253-798-4177 .............www.co.pierce.wa.us/114/Parks-Recreation Various community club owners, HOAs ............... Please contact specific community club owner or HOA City of Bonney Lake .............................................. 253-862-8602 .............www.citybonneylake.org Pierce County Sheriff ............................................ 253-798-7530 .............www.co.pierce.wa.us/121/Sheriff Cascade Water Alliance ........................................ 425-453-0930 .............www.cascadewater.org

Public Access Lake Dikes & other Cascade property

Parks, clubs, camps and HOAs .............................. Contact specific park, club, camp or HOA Cascade Water Alliance ........................................ 425-453-0930 .............www.cascadewater.org

Rafts

Pierce County Parks and Rec................................. 253-798-4177…..........www.co.pierce.wa.us

Shoreline Management

City of Bonney Lake .............................................. 253-862-8602 .............www.citybonneylake.org Pierce County Shoreline Plan................................ 253-798-7210 .............www.co.pierce.wa.us WA State Dept of Ecology .................................... 360-407-6600 .............www.ecology.wa.gov

Trespassing On dikes/Cascade property Allan Yorke Park Water Quality Planning and Regulation Management/monitoring plans

Lake TappsWise Program

City of Bonney Lake Police ................................... 253-863-2218 .............www.citybonneylake.org/police Pierce County Sheriff ............................................ 253-798-7530 .............www.co.pierce.wa.us/121/Sheriff City of Bonney Lake Police ................................... 253-863-2218 .............www.citybonneylake.org/police US EPA, Safe Drinking Water Hotline .................. 800-426-4791 .............www.epa.gov WA State Department of Ecology ........................ 360-407-6600 .............www.ecology.wa.gov WA State Department of Health .......................... 800-525-0127 .............www.doh.wa.gov Tacoma-Pierce County Dept of Health ................. 253-798-6500 .............www.tpchd.org Cascade Water Alliance ........................................ 425-453-0930 .............www.cascadewater.org Tacoma-Pierce County Dept of Health ................ 253-798-6500 .............www.tpchd.org 520 112th Street, Suite 400 Bellevue, WA 98004

cascadewater.org cascadewater.org

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Parks, Clubs, Camps Allan Yorke Park North Park Private Community Clubs

Wraps - Cascade Water Alliance  

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