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CVHA Water System & Common Area Maintenance

Thanks to  Jeff Barth, Diane Gebenini, and Mark Pedersen for their work removing a lot of the scotch broom. Thanks Jeff for organizing the event.

Over the last month many CVHA board members and their families worked to have trees removed that were endangering the water system and cleaned up scotch broom that was creating fire hazard. The water system tree removal project is about 60% complete. Thanks for the hard work folks!

Thanks to Paul McNabb and company who hauled 80% of the brush away for disposal in Scott’s yard. Scott, Gary and their wives hauled the limbs from CV3, Limbs from Rainbow Lane, and scotch broom. All the limbs and scotch broom were burned at Gary, Scotts’ and Gerry’s place. No chipper rental will be needed this year. These volunteers saved every homeowner money with their effort and it is much appreciated. Without this volunteer work we would need to hire contractors. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

There is still more scotch broom clean up to do this year and any help from the community members would be greatly appreciated. Scheduled work parties don’t seem to work for most people’s schedules. If you can help at any time, please contact us and we can work around your schedule.

2016 Annual Meeting Notes

The 2016 Annual Meeting Notes are available for homeowner review. Feedback welcome anytime. The notes will be voted for approval at the 2017 annual meeting.

The 2016 budget is also available for review. There was one change from the annual meeting. Electric bill was missing from the draft available at the meeting and it has been added in.

Both docs are available in the CVHA Online Document Archive.

2016 Annual Meeting Saturday Jan 16 @7pm

The annual meeting is Saturday Jan 16 @7PM at the Greenwater community center.  See you there.


1. Approval of 2015 Annual Meeting minutes

2. Water Manager’s report

a. System status

b. Cross Connection Plan implementation – Homeowner responsibility

c. Water Use Efficiency Plan progress

i. Meter installation progress

ii. Water conservation, homeowner responsibilities

iii. Detecting water leaks in homeowner’s water line

iv. Begin meter reading

3. Treasurer’s Report

a. Independent audit report

b. Current financial report

c. Discussion of lien protocols and misc. fee schedule

d. 2016 proposed budget

4. Reserve fund planning

a. Washington State Dept. of Health financial planning template

i. Operating and Emergency budget

ii. Reserve for capital items that will need to be replaced within the next 6 years.

iii. Reserve for capital items that will need replacement 10 years or more from now.

b. Funding plan s

5. Community communications

a. Newsletters / mailings

b. Blog / email notifications

c. Summer Picnic, select date

6. CVHA work parties

a. Need more volunteers or plan to contract out work

b. Dangerous tree removal, common area maintenance, grant search, independent audit, archiving, etc.

7. New Business

a. Discussion from the floor

b. Board member election

i. Call for nominations from the Floor, call for vote

ii Announce results and seat new Board members

Post from Wendy Scholl from Crystal River Ranch…

Electrical Surge Residential Protection

Please Provide Your Surge Damage Details – Click Here

For years, many of us have had to replace expensive appliances, furnace thermostats, heat pump motherboards, various electronics, numerous outlet rated surge protectors, and more.  Since 2009 my residence has been hit with three damaging surge events.  A whole house surge protection device (SPD) rated light commercial combined with multiple plug-in outlet surge protection devices for anything that is persistently on was recommended to me 2009 and this has worked.  Kindly forward and share this with anyone you know who has experienced one or more damaging residential surge events and/or is concerned about residence protection in Crystal River Ranch (CRR), Crystal Village (CV) or other Greenwater location.

This communication is from me, Wendy Scholl, an individual CRR property owner. I’m not communicating representing the CRR board nor am I an electrician.  I believe the following information is timely and will be helpful to many of you faced with damage from the 12/9/2015 surge event. In our locale, an electrical surge sourced house fire is a real risk. One CRR Riverview Way property owner’s bathroom heater thermostat exploded off the wall leaving scorch marks around and inside the wall 2/7/2008.  Fortunately they were home, heard it explode and were able to quickly deal with it.

A light commercial rated whole house surge protection device (SPD) plus using outlet plug-in SPDs for every appliance, internet modem, computer, etc. have twice saved all my appliances and electronics in the recent damaging surge hits to my home 12/9/2015 and 1/17/2012. Each event, a whole house SPD light commercial level rating took the blow and that is my only replacement cost.

There are a variety of residential surge protection choices.  In the 2009 damaging surge event when I lost multiple appliances, both a knowledgeable electrician and a retired PSE engineering employee recommended I install a light commercial rated SPD.  Here is an informative read about protecting your home from a surge event:,,387874-3,00.html

I believe most of you are aware that PSE has no committed electrical grid remedy ahead to prevent damaging surges nor will they recommend or pay for an SPD.  Over the years, owners like me have submitted claims.  No surge damage cost claim to PSE I know of has been reimbursed. Here is a whole house SPD that is highly rated with a maximum surge capacity of 108kA or 108,000 Amps. This one recommended to me by multiple sources.

Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA 108kV or 108,000 Amps maximum surge out (Light Commercial Grade) Rated indoor / outdoor install, requires a 50 amp 2 pole breaker in the electrical panel. $110 at:

As an example, this SPD low rated Home Depot $60.97 Square D Q02175SB in panel 22,500 Amps only provided partial protection to a vacant CRR property owner 12/9/2015.

Another informative site:


To convert kA to Amps:


CRR community residential damaging surge event dates I have in my records are:

December 9, 2015
January 17, 2012
December 23, 2008 – January 5, 2009 During 4 weeks multiple damaging surges in CRR.
February 8, 2008

May an evil doer force not hit your home and to all a safe peaceful 2016.

Wendy Scholl,

Phone and Power Updates from the recent Storm.

UPDATE: Power has been restored. They are still working on the phones.

Phone (as of 2pm Wednesday): Update from one of the local Century Link field technicians. One of the fibers that provides a dial tone to our area was taken down in this storm. It’s a bigger deal than most issues to fix but since it’s fiber, the technicians were able to estimate where the issue is (13 miles above Enumclaw). People are on the way there now to pinpoint the problem physically, and then they’ll get specialized service up to the site for the repair. My contact estimated 2-3 days as the worst case scenario for regular phone/Internet to be restored “if it’s not underwater up there.” (Unfortunately I just found out some phone and power lines are in the river at MP 38 and the geography sounds as if it may be the same issue.) He has offered to update me if he gets new information. In the meantime, Century Link has some way of routing all 911 calls to the Forest Service who will notify whatever agency is needed. We talked about the urgency of restoring service for both local businesses and emergency communication and he will underscore those points with the folks who set priorities.

Power (as of 10am today): The 55kV transmission line was dropped in to the White River by a tree that fell at “Sniper’s Corner” (where the Hancock bridge washed out a few years ago).  There is no significant damage to the structures on either side of the crossing (this is GREAT news).  Minutes ago, crews were successful getting a pull rope across the river, which is a key component to getting the transmission conductors pulled across and reattached to the poles.  Once we complete repairs on the transmission line we will heat up the Greenwater substation.

The two electric distribution circuits out of the Greenwater sub are GWR-13 (feeding Greenwater, Crystal River Ranch, and other areas north of the sub), and GWR-16 (feeding Alta Crystal, WRRA communities, and Crystal).  GWR-13 has VERY minor damage and will be ready to be energized once we get the substation up and running.  The majority of GWR-16 is ready as well.

Field reports indicate that FR 7150 has been completely washed out by Minnehaha Creek (GWR-16 radial).  PSE’s damage assessment team was not able to access PSE’s system beyond this washout, thus the extent of the damage is unknown.  Any damage along this single-phase distribution radial can be isolated, thus the majority of customers on GWR-16 will be energized.

We do not have an estimated time of restoration just yet.  I’ll be sure to provide an update once we receive additional info from our crews.

Potential Greeenwater Area Forest Road Changes

The National Forest Service (NFS) is closing public comment for the Greenwater Access and Travel Management project: soon.

This project would decide which forest roads to retain and at what maintenance levels, and which roads are no longer needed. The project would describe treatments needed to minimize impacts to other resources and comply with laws and Forest Plan direction.

Public feedback on this project needs to be emailed by Nov 20, 2015 to:

Summer Activities & Newsletter

Click here for the full summer newsletter.

CVHA Community Picnic

  • The Community Picnic will be held on Saturday, 01 August from noon to 4pm, at the McNabb / Rush homes in CV 1 (at the intersection of Crystal Drive and Chinook Lane). The Association will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and potato salad. Please bring your own beverages.
  • This is a great time to meet your neighbors and learn more about the neighborhood. There are a number of new families in the Village that are especially welcome.
  • Please RSVP at or call Scott at 206.719.8436, so that we can plan the amount of food.

Summer Work Party Weekend

The Summer Work Party Weekend will be held on Saturday and Sunday August 22nd and 23rd from 9:00am to Noon each day.  We will convene at the north cul-de-sac in CV1. This year’s projects are the following:

  1. Excavate/prepare areas for installation of the remaining water meters.
  2. Clear and pile scotch broom in the common area between CV1 and CV2.

Please bring the following if you can: Shovel, small garden trowel, metal rake, and work gloves.


Mike Emard

Burn Ban – very dry out there

There is an outdoor fire ban in place for our area due to the dry conditions. See more details here:


Please do not use fireworks in these dry conditions. Using fireworks while there is an outdoor burn ban is an irresponsible thing to do. Fireworks could easily spark a forest fire that could not only take trees, but also could take your neighbor’s house. More details on fireworks use here:

Getting exited for the long July 4th weekend. USA!  USA! USA!!!


Thanks all,
Mike Emard & The CVHA Board