"This project, built nearly a hundred years ago, does not pencil out under today's environmental and engineering standards," said Ed Schild, PSE director of energy production and storage.
is continuing to work with the Lake Tapps Task Force
on finding a long-term plan for preserving Lake Tapps.
One idea involves a proposed sale of PSE's consumptive water right at Lake Tapps to a consortium of Puget Sound cities and public water districts.
The consortium, the Cascade Water Alliance
, hopes to develop a new, regional drinking-water supply at Lake Tapps.
"We believe the water-supply plan holds great promise for saving the lake," Schild
"But it's a complex plan with a lot of moving pieces.
We haven't crossed the finish line yet."
The alliance's plan would require less diversion of White River water into the reservoir, Schild
Smaller diversions, he
noted, presumably could meet federal fish-protection requirements for the White River, satisfy the drinking-water needs of alliance customers, and keep enough fresh water flowing into Lake Tapps to preserve a full, healthy lake.
Bunney, Ed Schild
, and Mark Quehrn met with NMFS Regional Director, Bob
"The dikes are sound," said Ed Schild, PSE's director of energy production and storage.
said the work will begin once PSE
obtains all the necessary permits.
"Ideally, we'd like to start moving dirt in February or March.
Our hope is to complete a good portion of the project, if possible, by late spring so the reservoir can be refilled to its full, recreational level by Memorial Day."
The reservoir's water level, Schild
noted, currently is down around the base of the five dikes identified for seismic remediation.
The water level typically is low during winter months because PSE
draws more water from the reservoir in winter for increased power generation.
Until the dike project is finished, he
added, the reservoir's water level will remain low.