March 4, 2014
Conditions and Outlook
Our overall water supply situation and outlook is good.
Last week, 3.46 inches and 3.21 inches of precipitation were recorded in our Cedar and South Fork Tolt River watersheds, respectively. Snowpack is now approaching the long term average for this time of the year.
Chester Morse Lake at the Overflow Dike is at elevation 1552.5 feet, about 2.0 feet lower than last week, and about 1.2 feet above its long term average (based on the years 1989 to 2005). Masonry Pool Reservoir at Masonry Dam is at elevation 1551.8 feet, about 2.3 feet lower than last week, and about 4.7 feet above its long term average. The South Fork Tolt Reservoir at the South Fork Tolt Dam is at elevation 1757.2 feet, about 0.3 feet lower than last week, and about 1.5 feet above its long term average. Water releases from reservoir storage are actively being managed for water supply, fish habitat and flood management objectives for both the Cedar and South Fork Tolt Rivers.
Water consumption for the previous seven days averaged approximately 99 mgd. That is less than the 107 mgd consumed during the same period last year, and less than the average of 114 mgd used during the same period over the years 1999-2008.
Young Chinook and sockeye salmon are emerging from their redds in the Cedar River. Young Chinook and pink salmon are emerging from their redds in the Tolt River system. Chinook and pink salmon typically continue to emerge through mid-April; sockeye emerge through mid-May. Young coho, steelhead, resident and adfluvial trout are rearing in the Cedar. Young steelhead and coho are rearing in the South Fork Tolt.
Summer-run steelhead are spawning in the Tolt River basin. The majority of these fish move into the upper reaches of the South Fork Tolt River during the summer and fall where they hold and mature prior to spawning between late January and mid-April.
View Current Water Supply Graphs (pdf)
Tips for customers
- Wash full loads of clothes.
- Fix leaking toilets and faucets.
- Wash your vehicle at locations that recycle their water.
- Turn off running water in bathrooms or kitchen sinks.
- Check out the Saving Water Partnership’s Plant List (pdf) for water-wise suggestions.
- Visit the Saving Water Partnership or call (206) 684-SAVE (7283) for more water-wise tips.