An image of Lake Tapps in the fall, with a clear view of Mt. Rainier

We've partnered with Cascade Water Alliance to improve water quality in Lake Tapps. We offer workshops, site visits, and other education for homeowners. Become part of the solution. You can make a few small changes and protect your lake.

Water quality monitoring

In addition to education, we will also monitor water quality. We check many areas around the lake for toxic algae and test the water at Allan Yorke and North Lake Tapps County parks for bacteria. When conditions are unsafe, we issue advisories. This helps people and pets stay safe.

TappsWise Logo: "Lake Tapps Wise" in white on blue background with wavy pattern.

What you can do to be TappsWise

Become a steward of your lake—help keep it safe for swimming, playing, fishing and boating. Follow these easy steps to start improving water quality:

  • Practice natural yard care.
  • Maintain your septic system.
  • Scoop your pet's poop.
  • Attend workshops to learn more.

Get TappsWise certified

Want to get more involved? Be a leader in your community and show neighbors you contribute to a healthier Lake Tapps:

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Contact us at or (253) 798-2856.