9/26/2022 - The Bolt Creek Fire continues to burn. Here are some information resources from Snohomish County and the Incident Command. We are still in Red Flag fire weather and should remain vigilant to changing conditions.  

Community News

Big Bend Burn Ban in Effect

It's the dry time of year again.  A burn ban is now in effect for our community.  
As protection for our homes and property in Big Bend, please comply with our Fire Warden or a member of our Board of Directors should they ask you to control or put out a fire.  Residents must follow our Fire Sign at the entrance which informs you of the current fire danger status in Big Bend.
Outdoor burning of any kind in Big Bend will result in the following, as written in page 9 of the Big Bend Rules & Regulations:
A fine of $150 will be assessed for any violation of the Big Bend Fire Regulations.  Violators will be notified of the violation by a letter from the Landowners Association.  In the event a further violation occurs within 12 months of the imposition of the fine for the first violation, the fine for each subsequent violation will double per occurrence. (I.E., $150, $300. $600) and cap at $1,200 with no reset.  
Short-term Rental Owners, Landlords, and properties with guests – Please make sure this information has been shared and posted appropriately for guests on your properties, as the fine is assessed to the property owner.
If you need to report burning within the Big Bend Community, please:
1.      Attempt to get a photo if safe and possible.
2.      Note the property location/address/owners/violators as much as possible.
3.      Note any witnesses.
4.      Note the date, time, and description of the violation.
5.      To make a complaint, contact the Big Bend Fire Wardens; Brenda DeSuler 425-314-0699 or Chris DeSuler 206-348-7928, or call the Big Bend Messaging line, via phone/text at 360-793-7852 or email bigbendtalk@gmail.com. Make sure you provide your name, lot#/address, and phone number.
Thanks for helping to keep our community safe!

Water System News

2021 Consumer Confidence Report
Posted on Jun 27th, 2022
Well #1 & #2 Test Results
Posted on Mar 30th, 2022
After completion of the flushing of Well 1, testing was done for hardness. The hardness level was reduced from a high in April 2021 of over 700 to just 47. This is the low end of soft water and Well 1 was placed back online on 3/21.
We were contacted on 3/23 with concerns about the taste from Well 1 . We switched back to well 2 on 3/24. Both well 1 and 2 had samples pulled on 3/25 for coliform and hardness testing.
The satisfactory coliform sample results are attached. The water is safe. We are still awaiting the hardness test results so that we can compare the hardness level between the two wells to gain some insight into whether hardness is playing a role in the taste.
Rich Norris
Public Works Director, WDM Il, CCCS City of Gold Bar
Well #1 Update
Posted on Mar 26th, 2022
Hi Big Benders, Regarding water issues, we have switched back to well #2. 
72-hr Flush Well #1
Posted on Mar 21st, 2022
Good news on our well water! A year ago we had to shut off well #1 due to a sudden large increase in hardness, which also caused a foul taste. Multiple experts recommended we flush the water from the well onto the ground for 72 hours continuously.
Water Manager Contract
Posted on Dec 10th, 2021
On 12/10/21, the current Water Manager’s contract expired.  Simultaneously, Big Bend entered a new contract for water system supervision and maintenance.  

Wellhead Protection Committee

Cadman has announced their intention to pursue adding a hard-rock quarry in addition to the existing quarry across from Big Bend on Highway 2.  The link to Cadman's informational site is here: cadmangoldbar.com
Here's Big Bend's most recent Water Supply Contingency Plan.
The Board always appreciates your ideas and comments.  Feel free to leave a message on the Big Bend messaging line at 360-793-7852 or better yet, send an email to: bigbendtalk@gmail.com.

Online Accounts for Property Owners & Tenants!

Did you know? Property Owners and Tenants can both register for online accounts. 
Even if you don't own the property you're occupying in Big Bend, you can still register for an online account that will give you access to Members Only areas, such as the Member Message Board and Classifieds. 
A tenant membership will not grant access to any payment capability or confidential lot/owner information.

Info. to Know

Flood Hazard Maps:
Hazard maps are published for the Skykomish River by FEMA.  Flood hazard zones are proposed to be changed for many properties in Big Bend.  These changes, when adopted, will affect flood insurance costs and where Snohomish County development regulations apply on affected properties.  Snohomish County has several good links here: https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/faq.aspx?qid=774
You can access an updated FEMA map online at: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home.
All work performed on the waterlines of Big Bend (road side of the meter) or the meter itself must be conducted in compliance with the current Uniform Plumbing Code, through Big Bend. If you have proposed work for the meter or from the main to the meter contact the Big Bend Landowners Association.  Homeowners may conduct their own work on the meter side of the service connection as long as they do not alter the connection at the meter itself. Down the PDF for further information.

Rules & Regulations

Here's the most recent copy of Rules & Regulations. 
There are currently no burn bans in effect.
No monetary transactions are conducted at Board Member's homes. All payments must be made online through the "Payments" tab at the top of the page, or mailed to PO Box 1593, in Monroe.  Remember to allow for increased mailing time. A late fee will be charged for any late payments. 

Message Center

Be Careful/Be Responsible
We all love the beautiful area of Big Bend where we live. The predicted summer weather conditions make it essential that we all become good stewards of our land, homes and community by:
• Observing Big Bend’s fireworks ban and outdoor burning rules
• Using water wisely and practicing water conservation at all times
• Picking up litter, leaves, branches around our homes to reduce fire potential
• Using caution, especially with children, in swimming and playing in the river