If the already-drained Lake Tapps water level seems a bit lower this week, that’s because it is.
Beginning in January, Cascade Water Alliance, who owns the lake, began drawing the lake down to an additional 4.5 feet below what was projected to be the low water mark to allow for completion of a pair of transportation projects.
Cascade projected reaching the target elevation of approximately 534 by the end of last week.
While levels are lower than normal, Cascade will work to repair posts on the Island 21 bridge and re-stabilize the bulkhead along the causeway in Bonney Lake to protect a water main that is in jeopardy.
Both projects have been approved and all necessary permitting is complete.
In the future, Cascade anticipates maximum winter drawdown will be to approximately 538 feet, absent the need for major dike maintenance or repairs.
Homeowners should not expect to have the lake drawn down below that level in the winter for individual dock or bulkhead repairs. Prior to beginning any repair or construction activity, homeowners must have all the necessary permits and a license from Cascade.
According to an agreement with the Lake Tapps Communtiy Council, Cascade will begin to re-fill the lake in mid- to late-February with plans to reach the recreational level of about 543 feet by April 15.