Pierce County has received a grant to perform restoration work from the Commencement Bay Trustee Council. The Council consists of: Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of the Interior represented by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The money has been dedicated to work that will improve ecological function in this area. Pierce County will be working with stakeholders and adjacent property owners to design projects that benefits farms, fish, and flood reduction.
About the Project
This project proposes to improve access to salmon habitat and increase flood storage capacity by removing sections of an existing access road separating Clear Creek from an adjacent wetland owned by the Port of Tacoma. The road removal will result in approximately 5,000 cubic yards of floodplain excavation and greatly improve access to critical salmon rearing habitat. The project is located near the mouth of Clear Creek.
This project is currently in preliminary design stage. Construction is planned for the summer 2022.
Pierce County will combine local money with the NOAA grant funding mentioned above to complete this project.