Surface Water Management Projects Archives

View a list of our completed projects in Pierce County below. If you have questions about a project that does not appear on this page or on our active construction project page, please contact us.

South Fork Floodplain RestorationSouth Fork Floodplain Restoration
This is Pierce County’s largest side channel restoration project on the Puyallup River to date. It reconnected about 42 acres of floodplain and constructed a 4,200-foot major side channel, which include many engineered log jam structures, pools, rifles, and other natural wood features. The final phase was completed in November 2018.

Soldiers Home Setback LeveeSoldiers Home Setback Levee
The Soldier's Home Setback Levee project restored about 67-acres of Puyallup River floodplain area to historic pre-levee conditions for fish and wildlife. The new setback levee was constructed in 2007. It was setback about 950 feet from the river and the old levee along the river was removed. The setback allows the river to naturally meander in the opened floodplain area. The new setback levee also increased flood protection (100-yr level of protection) to adjacent property.

Lower Puyallup River Levee StabilizationLower Puyallup River Levee Stabilization
The Lower Puyallup River Levee Stabilization project was completed in 2010. A matrix of dolosse and logs was installed along 200 feet of the river to fix the eroding levee that was threatening Levee Road. This innovative technique encourage silt and vegetation to build up along the river bank. The combination of dolosse and logs stabilizes the bank and provides fish habitat. Over time, the dolosse may disappear under the silt, but the structure will remain preserving the integrity of the levee protecting Levee Road.

Spanaway Creek Fish BypassSpanaway Creek Fish Bypass
In 2007, Pierce County created a bypass channel around the historic Bresemann Dam on Spanaway Creek. The dam, built in 1873, blocked fish from migrating upstream to Spanaway Lake. The dam was kept to preserve the wetlands and historic mill pond. The new channel flows around the dam, following a historic stream path. The new channel provies migrating fish access to approximately five miles of upstream habitat, including Spanaway Lake.

Sprinker Parking Lot Retrofit - 2Sprinker Parking Lot Retrofit - 1Sprinker Parking Lot Retrofit
The Sprinker Recreation Center parking lot was retrofitted using porous concrete and asphalt. The original traditional asphalt parking lot was constructed in 1969 with no water quality filtration features. Runoff from the parking lot discharged directly into nearby Spanaway Creek. In 2010, the parking lot was replaced with porous asphalt and concrete, which allows rainwater to filter through the pavement and recharge groundwater instead of running off. In addition, 12,200 square feet of pavement was completely removed and replaced with bioretention areas - which function like large rain gardens, allowing rainwater to pool and slowly filter into the soil through native plants and special soils. This project was constructed using funds from the Washington State Department of Ecology totaling $1,115,000.

Canyon Creek Flood Mitigation and Stream EnhancementCanyon Creek Flood Mitigation and Stream Enhancement
In 2010, the Canyon Creek project restored the Canyon Creek stream channel, enhancing fish passage and alleviated flooding problems between 84th St and 90th St just east of Canyon Road. A large stormwater pond was built that will store stormwater regulate the flow of that water as it flows through the stream and into surrounding neighborhoods. Native plants will be installed in 2012 to complete the project.

South Silver Springs Stream Enhancement and Flood MitigationSouth Silver Springs Stream Enhancement and Flood Mitigation
The Sound Silver Springs Site was purchased to mitigate flooding along Spring Site Road from South Prairie Creek. The project provides flood storage and off channel salmon habitat in Pierce County's most important salmon spawning stream, South Prairie Creek. Buildings were removed from the 12.85 acre site, new fish channels and habitat features were installed along with a pond and natural flood wall. This project was funded primarily by grants from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and Pierce County Community Salmon Funds with supplemental support by Surface Water Management Utility service charge.

Woodland Creek RestorationWoodland Creek Restoration
Completed in 2010, this project daylighted and restored approximately 200 feet of Woodland Creek that was previously buried in an underground culvert. Pierce County partnered with Washington State University, Puyallup campus to complete this restoration. The project will provide salmon habitat for spawning and juvenile refuge. Salmon species known to use Woodland Creek are Chinook, Steelhead and Bull Trout. Funding for this project was provided by Pierce County, WSU and the Community Salmon Fund.

Morey Creek Dam Fish BypassMorey Creek Dam Fish Bypass
In 2009, McChord Air Force Base, in partnership with Pierce County and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, constructed a new stream channel around the Morey Creek Dam. This new stream channel allows migrating fish, including salmon, access to 6 miles of upstream habitat previously inaccessible due to the dam blocking the stream. Salmon species known to use Morey Creek are Coho, Steelhead and Cutthroat.

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