People reduced water use by 10 percent; officials ask for continued practice

August 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 30, 2015

Cascade Water Alliance commended its members and residents for contributing to the region’s collective reduction of its water use by 10 percent in the past two weeks, hitting the goal set by Everett, Seattle and Tacoma.

The regional water suppliers ask customers to continue their efforts to reduce water use to stretch water supplies until the rainy season. Updates on use will be issued every other week.

Cascade and its members — Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Tukwila, and the Sammamish Plateau and Skyway water and sewer districts — get their drinking water from the Seattle water supply. Historic low river levels, combined with record-setting hot and dry weather have significantly increased the demand for water.

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Editorial — Consider your water consumption

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:42 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

It’s official. California isn’t the only one with a problem.

Cascade Water Alliance — of which Issaquah and Sammamish are members — joined Seattle Public Utilities, Tacoma Water and the city of Everett in declaring a regional water advisory at the end of July.

This year’s low snowpack coupled with high temperatures and increased customer demand have heightened the potential for lower water supply availability, according to a Cascade Water Alliance news release.

What does that mean for you? It means the time has come to take a good, hard look at your water consumption. Read more

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Cascade Water Alliance asks customers to curtail water use

August 11, 2015

NEW — 11:40 a.m. Aug. 11, 2015

The Cascade Water Alliance joined Seattle Public Utilities, Tacoma Water and the city of Everett in asking residents and businesses to voluntarily curtail their water use.

“We are asking residents and businesses to cut their water use by at least 10 percent,” said Chuck Clarke, Cascade CEO, in a news release.

Cascade and its members, Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Tukwila and the Sammamish Plateau and Skyway Water and Sewer districts, get their drinking water from the Seattle water supply.

Historic low river levels, combined with record-setting hot and dry weather have significantly increased the demand for water. These reductions in water use will help the region further maximize its water supply for people and fish. Read more

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Cascade Water Alliance announces water advisory

July 27, 2015

NEW — 11:35 a.m. July 27, 2015

Cascade Water Alliance is joining Seattle Public Utilities, Tacoma Water and the city of Everett in declaring a regional water advisory.

This year’s low snowpack coupled with high temperatures and increased demand have increased the potential for lower water supply availability, according to a news release.

“Residents and businesses should continue to use water wisely to help ensure sufficient water supply for people and fish,” said Chuck Clarke, Cascade CEO.

“This is a time to assess and reevaluate your own water use,” Clarke added. “Conserve inside your home by washing only full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine. Fix leaking faucets and toilets. Take shorter showers. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth. Take your car to a commercial car wash.” Read more

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King County conservation program honors four Issaquah schools

February 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 24, 2014

Seven King County schools, including four from the Issaquah School District, were recognized this month by the county’s Green Schools Program for having successful conservation practices.

Students and staff at the seven schools embraced waste reduction, recycling and other conservation actions, program manager Dale Alekel said in a news release.

Three Issaquah elementary schools — Cascade Ridge, Challenger and Endeavour — were given Level 2 recognition for energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling practices.

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Cascade Water Alliance seeks input to update goals

September 24, 2013

The Cascade Water Alliance is seeking community input as it sets its 2020 water efficiency goal and determines how best to provide the water efficiency services that will help save the most amount of water.

Setting and meeting a goal for wise water use helps ensure a reliable water supply, keeps costs lower to ratepayers and allows more water to stay in streams, the alliance said in a news release. In the past 10 years, residents who used water wisely helped save millions of gallons of water regionally. Wise water use today helps ensure future water reliability.

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Become a savvy gardener in time for fall and winter

August 27, 2013

With fall on the horizon, it is a great time for gardeners to get new plants in and off to a good start. Join “The Savvy Gardener Gardening for Fall and Winter Beauty” class provided by the city of Issaquah, Cascade Water Alliance and the Saving Water Partnership.

The free class takes place 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. NW.

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Swedish to offer free landscape seminars

March 12, 2013

With the fast approach of spring, Sustainable Landscape Seminars wants to help extend nature to the yards of Issaquah.

Presented by the Cascade Water Alliance and the Saving Water Partnership, three half-hour seminars will be held March 20 to help those interested in environmentally responsible landscaping. At no cost to the participants, the three instructions sessions will take place in the second floor conference center at Swedish/Issaquah.

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City Council turns to veteran for vacancy

February 5, 2013

Joe Forkner (left) is welcomed back to the dais for another City Council stint by Eileen Barber on Jan. 29. By Greg Farrar

Joe Forkner (left) is welcomed back to the dais for another City Council stint by Eileen Barber on Jan. 29. By Greg Farrar

Joe Forkner returned to the City Council on Jan. 29 after a divided council appointed the former councilman, onetime city employee and longtime community leader to a vacant seat.

Forkner, a councilman in separate stints during the early and mid-2000s, did not fade from public life after departing from the council in 2007. The engineering technician and draftsman served as a member of numerous municipal boards and commissions in recent years, and spearheaded the initial plan to redevelop the business district along Interstate 90.

The depth of experience led the council to appoint Forkner, 59, to occupy the seat left after former Councilman Mark Mullet resigned to serve in the state Senate.

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Fred Butler enters race for Issaquah mayor

January 22, 2013

Fred Butler, a City Council stalwart for 13 years and a voice in important debates about the future of Issaquah, entered the race for mayor Jan. 17.

Fred Butler

Fred Butler

The contest could hinge on the vision for the decades ahead, as city leaders seek to position Issaquah for redevelopment and attract more jobs to the community.

Butler, 72, served on the council at major junctures in recent history, as members debated the defunct Southeast Bypass road link, how to preserve forested Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain and, late last year, a 30-year redevelopment blueprint called the Central Issaquah Plan.

“We are in the process of evolving from a small town to a small city, moving from suburban to urban,” he said in a Jan 17 interview. “Because I’ve been involved in a lot of the planning and the development of the urban villages and the Central Issaquah Plan, I believe I’m in a pretty good position to help implement the direction that we are going in.”

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