As part of planning my pond I called the Seattle land use hotline, fearing
that there would be all kinds of permits and fees and limitations on
depth. Turns out that Seattle does not regulate Garden ponds at all! If
you raise the pond over 18" above the surrounding grade then the story
changes, but I didn't pursue that.
Also, I'm getting a sample of the Firestone EPDM roofing material to test
with live fish, per someone's suggestion. My plan is to get a few small
goldfish and split them between one bowl with the EPDM and one without.
I'll post results.