Cedar River Watershed newsletter, Issue 14
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Connecting people to the source of Seattle's drinking water, inspiring confidence, stewardship and sustainability.
Questions? Comments? Contact Cedar River Watershed Education Center
or (206) 733-9421

What You See Is What You Get

Masonry Pool

Masonry Pool, behind Masonry Dam

Come summer, “what you see is what you get” is a common phrase when looking at the reservoirs behind the Masonry Dam. While we may not be able to control the weather, we can control how much water is stored in our reservoirs. All winter long, we keep a watchful eye on the weather—and your water. Low rain and snow from November 2013 through March 2014 caused some of us to wonder whether we might have a water storage shortage in 2014. Thankfully, the snowpack quickly accumulated, and spring rains brought reservoir levels up to their usual levels. At this point, the reservoirs are full, and the water waits, ready to meet the summertime demands of 1.3 million people.

Join us for a Signature Tap Water Tour and find out the current status of our reservoir levels for yourself. We’d love to show you first-hand how your water supply is shaping up for the future.

Did You Know?

Chester Morse Lake

Chester Morse Lake viewed from Vista

Did you know that we offer three different Tap Water Tours into the closed boundaries of the Cedar River Watershed?

Signature Tap Water Tour
Available on select weekends in July, August, and September.
A 2.5-hour, adult-oriented, guided bus journey into the Cedar River Watershed.

Family Tap Water Tour
Available on select weekends in July and August.
This 1-hour guided bus tour is suitable for multi-generational families.

Group Tap Water Tour
Available on select weekends in the spring and fall or specified weekdays in the summer.
This tailored 2.5-hour Tap Water tour is for organized groups of 9 or more.

Register for a Tap Water Tour

Breaking News

Summer Field Programs

Now is the time to get way out into the watershed! As the weather heats up, so do your opportunities to get into the closed boundaries of the watershed. From field trips in the oldest forests to Tap Water Tours, there is something for every interest and age group this summer. Space is limited and fills up quickly, so register early.

View summer tours and programs

School Field
Trip Lottery

We offer free 4th and 5th grade naturalist-led watershed field trips to public and private schools in the spring and fall. Due to the popularity of these programs, a lottery is held prior to each school year. For the 2014/2015 school year, teachers can register online for the lottery from June 1 to August 1, 2014.

Learn more about school field trips

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Visit Us

Education Center

19901 Cedar Falls Rd SE
North Bend, WA 98045

April thru October
Tuesday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

November thru March
Tuesday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area

19901 Cedar Falls Rd SE
North Bend, WA 98045
All Year
6:00 a.m. – Dusk

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