Northwest NEWS

July 19, 1999

Editorial

More facts on the Redmond Watershed

   Before anyone else becomes irate about horses "polluting" the Redmond Watershed Preserve, I'd like to pass along a few facts I learned while serving on the Redmond Parks Department Trails Committee from 1981 to 1985.

   First, the Redmond Watershed is not now, and has never been, a functioning watershed. The 800 acres were purchased by the City of Redmond Water Department as a potential drinking water source decades ago (you can still see some of the old weirs), but the water could not be used, due to high iron content. Redmond gets most of its water from the Tolt Pipeline (like Woodinville) and from the city groundwater wells.

   The Redmond Parks Department took over management of the so-called "watershed," which was being used by hikers, horse riders, and dirt bikers who caused major erosion problems. The Redmond Trails Committee mapped the Watershed trails in the early '80s as the first step in turning it into a real park. The local equestrian community was a major force in saving the Watershed from developers and turning it into the lovely park it is today.

   To make a long story short, the brochure about the Watershed Preserve clearly states that dogs disturb the deer and other wildlife, and that's why they're banned.

Ellen Bancroft, Woodinville