This regulation was modified in August 2003 and supercedes all previous regulations.


The Cedar River Municipal Watershed is the primary source of drinking water for the Seattle Metropolitan area.Compliance with State and Federal drinking water quality regulations requires that land within the boundary of the Watershed be subject to strict access and water quality protection controls.


Therefore, all persons entering the Watershed shall comply with the following regulations:



1)      Access to the Watershed is by permit only. Only those persons who are actually engaged in authorized watershed management activities and are properly registered with Seattle Public Utilities shall be permitted access.


2) Permittee shall maintain a current list of the names of all employees and other persons entering the Watershed on his or her behalf.Required information for each person shall include a photocopy of a driverís license or other acceptable photo identification, the person's name and place of residence, phone number,vehicle descriptions with license numbers, destination within watershed and duration of visit.

The list, along with copies of photo IDís shall be submitted to the Watershed Protection Supervisor at the office of Watershed Management Division at the Cedar River Watershed, 19901 Cedar Falls Rd., S.E., North Bend, WA98045, prior to entering the watershed.


3)      Proof of an insurance policy for each vehicle must be provided naming City of Seattle as additional insured with minimum liability coverage of $250,000 per person, $500,000 per accident, and $250,000 property damage.The City reserves the right to adjust liability coverage.


4) Access to the Watershed will only be allowed through the gate at the main entrance to the Cedar Falls Watershed Management Headquarters except as otherwise approved by the Watershed Protection Supervisor.Hours of access will be determined by the Watershed Protection Supervisor or designee.


5)†† All vehicles used in association with any work or research project shall display a vehicle permit card issued by the Watershed Protection Supervisor or designee.The vehicle permit card is valid only for the vehicle for which it is issued and is not transferrable.No unauthorized riders are allowed.


6)      Access is permitted in the Watersheds only at such times as said persons are on direct work assignment.


7)      Wandering from the work area or engaging in any activity other than that authorized by the Watershed Protection Supervisor is not permitted.


8)      Permittee shall instruct all persons who enter the Watershed on his or her behalf as to the nature of the Watershed and the serious consequences arising from failure to comply with these access regulations.


9)      The Permittee shall provide a copy of these access regulations to all employees and agents who enter the Watersheds.


10)   A copy of these regulations shall be posted in a conspicuous place at each work site.


11)   Access permits are not assignable and any assignment of a permit shall be cause for revocation.





Sanitary Facilities


1)      Human waste shall not be deposited on or below the surface of the ground or in any surface waterbodies.


2)      Permittees performing work at stationary work sites are required to provide approved, commercial sanitary facilities.


(a)    Location of sanitary facilities shall be subject to approval by a Watershed Protection Inspector.


(b)    Sanitary facilities shall be placed on flat surfaces and adequately protected against upset.


(c)    Sanitary facilities shall be serviced by a professional servicing provider on a schedule approved by the Watershed Protection Supervisor or designee.


(d)    Permittee shall remove work site santitary facilities at the completion of the job in a timely manner.



Litter and Job Site Clean-up


1)      Garbage and all forms of litter or refuse shall not be deposited on or below the surface of the ground or in any surface waterbodies.††††††††††


(a)    Permittee shall provide an approved receptacle for garbage.


(b)    Garbage receptacles must have a suitable cover that restricts animal access and prevents wind from blowing contents out of receptacle.


2)      Permittees performing work at stationary work sites shall remove all equipment, materials and refuse from the work site upon completion of the job.Any exceptions must be approved by the Watershed Protection Supervisor.


Hazardous Materials


1)      Certain activities may require the Permittee to provide absorbant pads or absorbant booms.The type, size and quantity will be determined by the Watershed Protection Supervisor.


2)      Permittee vehicles and equipment must be in good working order and maintained in a condition that prevents leakage offluids.Vehicles and equipment will be subject to inspection and approval by a Watershed Protection Inspector.


3)      Hazardous materials including any oil or any other petroleum base products shall not be discharged into the air or deposited on or below the surface of the ground or in any surface waterbodies.Any containers of oil or oil products shall be maintained in a condition that prevents any leakage.Equipment maintenance activities shall be undertaken so that no oil or other hazardous materials reach the ground.Normal maintenance and refueling shall be carried out using oil absorbent pads.In the event of a spill of any amount, prompt action shall be taken to mitigate the spill.The Watershed Protection Supervisor is to be notified immediately.


4)      Pesticides or fertilizers shall not be applied in the Watershed.






Equipment Washes


1)      All equipment and/or objects (boats, barges, chains, ropes, hoses, monitoring equipment, turbidity curtains, sandbags, etc.) that could come into contact with surface water (reservoir or tributaries) must be new, or disinfected by the user and inspected by designated SPU personnel.These measures are implemented to prevent the introduction of bacteria or nuisance or exotic species into the drinking water sources.Disinfectant procedures will be directed and supervised by a Watershed Protection Inspector.


2)      All earthmoving equipment, logging trucks or any other vehicles as determined by SPU shall be pressure washed or steam cleaned, including undercarriage, prior to each entry into the Watershed.





1)      All work shall be performed in a manner that prevents erosion or siltation.


(a)    Where culverts, ditches or drainage are deemed necessary for protection of the water supply, such facilities shall be constructed by the Permittee at his or her expense.All work will require prior approval by a Watershed engineer or designee.


(b)    Upon completion of work, all roads shall be left in such a condition as to not induce soil erosion, or to become channels for the collection of surface runoff, and shall be so treated by the Permittee to accomplish this result to the satisfaction of the Watershed Protection Supervisor or designee.







1)      All gates are installed to control access and protect water quality and shall be kept locked at all times.


2)      Only authorized persons or agencies under special agreement are permitted to use access gates other than the main entrance gate at Cedar Falls.


3)      The Cedar River Municipal Watershed Gate and Door Access Policy procedures are to be strictly adhered.[i]


Fire Protection


1)      Permittees are subject to the Watershed Fire Prevention Regulations.


2)      Campfires/warming fires are not permitted.


3)      Fireworks are not allowed.




1)      No camps or housing facilities may be constructed or maintained within the Watersheds without approval of the Watershed Inspector Supervisor or designee.











1)      The City does not warrant the condition of any watershed road and Permittee(s) use roads at their own risk.


2)      Permittee shall use seatbelts and drive with headlights on.Vehicle speed shall not exceed 25 mph unless otherwise posted.


3)      The use of alcohol and illegal drugs is strictly forbidden.




1)      Firearms are not permitted within the Watershed except by commissioned law enforcement personnel.




1)      Any person found to be in violation of any of these regulations may be denied further access to the Watershed and may be subject tolegal prosecution.


2)      If there is probable cause to believe that there has been a violation of the aforestated regulations, then any such vehicle or vehicles as may appear to be involved in such violations may be stopped and inspected by Seattle Public Utility personnel.The refusal by the operator of any such designated vehicle to permit such inspection may be deemed sufficient reason to deny that operator further access to the Watersheds.



All operations in the Watersheds shall be conducted in compliance with all other applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules and regulations for the protection of domestic water supplies.The Access, Water Quality andControl Regulations established by the Utility are subject to change from time to time as conditions require.





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For information regarding access, water quality and control issues or for the name of the Watershed Protection Supervisor contact the Watershed Management Division at 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend, Washington, 98045, phone (425)888-1507 or (206)233-1510.









CRW Access, Water Quality and Control Regs.

August 2003