Friday, August 3, 2012
Kari Hollandsworth from Renton checks out a view of Chester Morse Lake while on a tour of the City of Seattle's Cedar River Watershed. The watershed covers 91,000 acres and is the primary source of drinking water for the greater Seattle area while the South Fork of the Tolt River supplies the other 40 percent. The primary reservoir storing Seattle's water is Chester Morse Lake, which is five and a half miles long, and is located southeast of the city of North Bend. It drains into another body of water that is held back by the Masonry Pool Dam. The dam adjusts the water flow into the Cedar River and also supplies one to two percent of Seattle City Light's power. The water, flowing along the Cedar River, is treated to make sure it is pure before reaching Seattle. Cedar River Watershed is the home of many different species of fish and wildlife. For more information: http://www.seattle.gov/util/crwec Educational tours into the protected watershed are offered through August.
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