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
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.
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.
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.
March 29, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 26, 2010
NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010
Turn Thanksgiving post-feast grease into biodiesel — and help prevent a hazard in local sewer systems.
King County has joined General Biodiesel to offer disposal locations for free and eco-friendly option to dump cooking fats and grease through Dec. 31.
The closest 24/7 disposal site to Issaquah is the Sammamish Safeway, 630 228th Ave. N.E. Find a complete list of disposal sites here.
The announcement came as Issaquah officials consider a plan to cut on the amount of food grease running down restaurant drains and into the municipal sewer system.
November 20, 2010
NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 20, 2010
With freezing temperatures forecast for Thanksgiving week in Western Washington, residents should take steps ASAP to protect pipes from freezing.
National Weather Service forecasters said cold air moving into the state in the days ahead could bring a chance of snow at lower elevations. Temperatures in the region could drop into the 20s and 30s into early next week.
The cost of a frozen and broken pipe can be more than just the cost of a plumber. Residents might be forced to go without water until the leak is repaired. If no one is home as the pipe thaws, flooding and property damage could lead to sizable repair costs and inconvenience.