"We all live in a watershed — the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer or even the ocean — and our individual actions can directly affect it. Working together using a watershed approach will help protect our nation's water resources. A watershed approach is the most effective framework to address today's water resource challenges. Watersheds supply drinking water, provide recreation and sustain life. More than $450 billion in food and fiber, manufactured goods and tourism depends on clean water and healthy watersheds." ( US EPA, 2002 )
Watershed Approach to Water Quality Management
Surface Water Management staff provide support to four watershed councils in Pierce County. Watershed councils depend on partnerships with cities, resource agencies, nonprofits, academia, and residents to improve water quality and habitat, educate, increase public awareness about watershed health.
Learn more about the councils and the four watersheds in Pierce County:
Pierce County SWM, with the assistance of GeoEngineers,
Inc. has prepared a characterization and action plan for Swan Creek. Actions include capital improvement projects, programmatic measures and additional monitoring and analysis.
The Puyallup River Watershed Council is recognized by the Puget Sound Partnership as the sponsoring body for the Puyallup-White River Local Integrating Organization (PWR-LIO). The PWR-LIO is focused on developing an Ecosystem Recovery Plan for the watershed that is driven by local knowledge and priorities, and will be implemented by local partners and Near Term Action owners. Recovery of the Puyallup watershed is a part of recovery of Puget Sound.