Swan Creek Channel Restoration at 64th Street

What's Happening

Channel erosion in the upper segments of the creek combined with sediment deposits in the lower portions have contributed to a loss of habitat. Channel erosion also impairs fish passage and increases downstream maintenance costs. 

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians has commissioned design efforts to address this problem. Pierce County is partnering with the Tribe to develop a project that provides stream bank stabilization and improves the habitat. 

Additional project partners include Tacoma Metro Parks and Pierce County Parks, who are both donating land easements to facilitate project elements and support restoration efforts in this important area.

About the Project

This project proposes to use a combination of woody material, streambed gravel, and plantings to stabilize streambanks and provide sediment recruitment capacity within the channel. The intention is to slow erosion and allow the channel to return to a more natural state. 

The proposed project reach begins immediately downstream of the 64th Street East culvert crossing and concludes near Swan Creek Park at Pioneer Way. Construction will be divided into two implementation phases with the first phase tentatively scheduled for 2025. For more information, please download a copy of our project handout to the right.  


Pierce County will build off of investments already made by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians by using grant funding from Washington State Department of Ecology's Floodplains by Design program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to combine with Surface Water Management Funds to complete the project.

Project Area

Below is a map showing proposed and potential construction and staging areas. Click on the map to enlarge.D460_SwanCreek-WebsiteDisplay Opens in new window


David Davis
Project Manager
(253) 798-6157
[email protected]

Project Handout

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