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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Recycle, reuse clothing through new Threadcycle

May 27, 2015

King County and Seattle Public Utilities have launched Threadcycle, a joint effort to reduce the estimated 40,000 tons of clothes, shoes and linens that area residents and businesses send to landfills each year.

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Cascade Water Alliance outlines long-term regional water supply

January 3, 2012

Cascade Water Alliance leaders outlined a plan Dec. 30 to secure water for Issaquah and the region in the decades ahead.

The nonprofit organization purchases water from Seattle Public Utilities, but the water bought from the utility is due to start declining in 2024 as the Cascade Water Alliance switches to other sources. Then, in 2030, officials plan to start drawing water as needed from Lake Tapps in Pierce County.

The information is contained in the transmission and supply plan — a document outlining the water systems in alliance member jurisdictions and plans for the future. Residents can also weigh in, as the plan is open for public comment until Jan. 31.

The regional alliance includes the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, Issaquah and Bellevue, plus other Eastside and South King County cities and water districts. The agency serves about 400,000 residents and 22,000 businesses.

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Issaquah residents urged to prepare amid King County flood watch

November 21, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. Nov. 21, 2011

King County is under a flood watch as a precipitation-laden system barrels into Western Washington, and Issaquah residents should prepare for localized flooding as rain and wind pelt the area.

The flood watch is in effect until through late Wednesday night. Expect 2 to 4 inches of rainfall Monday night and Tuesday as the snow level rises to about 6,000 feet, and then another 1 to 3 inches Tuesday night and Wednesday as the snow level gradually dips to about 3,000 feet.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said any flooding related to the system is expected to be minor.

In addition, a wind advisory is in effect through noon Tuesday.

Bret Heath, city Public Works Operations and emergency management director, said leaves dislodged from trees by rain and wind could also clog storm drains and lead to flooding along city streets.

Issaquah Creek flooding is not expected to pose a major problem in the days ahead.

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Salmon in the Classroom reaches crossroads

March 29, 2011

Clark Elementary School students (from left) Callie Mejia, 10, Hannah Halstead, 10, Jackson Rubin, 10, and Caelan Varner, 11, take turns feeding the coho salmon fry growing in the science room aquarium. By Greg Farrar

Questions remain about start-up costs, permits

For a Clark Elementary School class, raising coho salmon from eggs no larger than a BB pellet to miniscule fish is part lesson, part ritual.

Students traipse down the hallway from class to the aquarium in a science room in the morning, again at lunchtime and before the last bell rings in the afternoon. Using a small spatula, students scoop salmon food — a coarse substance similar to dirt in color and texture — into the aquarium.

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Forecasters issue flood watch as rain continues to fall

January 15, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 15, 2011

National Weather Service meteorologists urged residents to prepare for possible flooding as rain-sodden conditions continue throughout the region Saturday.

Forecasters in Seattle issued a flood watch through Monday afternoon for most Western Washington counties. The latest moisture-laden system could drop 3 to 6 inches of rain.

Precipitation — more rainfall and a brief-but-intense snowstorm — saturated the ground throughout from Tuesday onward.

Issaquah emergency planners reminded residents to keep storm drains near homes clear of fallen leaves and other debris. Call the city Public Works Operations Department at 837-3470 to address larger storm water issues.

Residents can receive real-time Issaquah Creek flood data from a flood gauge in Hobart. Planners use the gauge to determine the city’s flood phases.

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Flooding risk dimishes, but landslide threat remains

December 13, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 13, 2010

Issaquah Creek has crested and the flood watch has been lifted for the region, but National Weather Service forecasters said the landslide risk should linger in the days ahead.

Runoff from the heavy rainfall could also trigger landslides and debris flows. The saturated soil means reduced stability and a greater chance of landslides.

Cumulative rainfall during the last three weeks has soaked the ground beyond the U.S. Geological Survey threshold for landslides. The risk should diminish in the days ahead.

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Forecasters issue flood warning as Issaquah Creek rises

December 12, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Dec. 12, 2010

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle issued a flood warning for Issaquah and other King County communities as heavy rain continued to saturate the region for a second day.

Forecasters issued the warning as Issaquah Creek neared flood stage and residents reported street flooding in Montreux and other Issaquah neighborhoods.

The flood warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Sunday. The warning means flooding is imminent or has been reported.

Western Washington lowlands had received 1 to 3 inches of rain by 9 a.m. Sunday. Forecasters expect another 0.5 to 1.5 inches to fall throughout the region.

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