128th Street Comprehensive Setback Levee Feasibility Study

About the Project

Pierce County Planning and Public Works is conducting a feasibility study to reduce the flooding risk and impacts along both the right and left banks of the Puyallup River, near the 128th Street East bridge crossing. Though levees are present along both banks of the Puyallup River, this area experiences widespread flooding due to insufficient channel capacity and existing levee protection. Setback levee features can help to reduce risk from flooding to nearby property, infrastructure, and also improve fish and wildlife habitat. 

The objective of this study is to learn how levee setbacks or other flood risk reduction measures would benefit the public, residents, and natural environment. 


Throughout this study, Pierce County is committed to working with the community and nearby property owners to develop alternatives and prioritize potential future projects. The survey portion of our online open house is now closed. You may still visit the page for additional resources.  

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Contact Us

Pierce County staff is available to provide presentations about the study upon request.

Angela Angove, Project Manager

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Randy Brake, Project Manager


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Recent Survey Results

To better understand residents and stakeholders' priorities with developing flood risk reduction measures, Pierce County recently conducted an online open house, an online survey, and a series of workshops. Thank you to those of you who responded! Your responses will make sure that we are including important information in the study and prioritizing the right problems and opportunities as the work continues.

What did we hear?

  • Most people who participated in the outreach period are interested community members. Some live or own property near the study area, and a few live near or on the Puyallup River.
  • The community’s most common concerns regarding the Puyallup River include environmental and habitat concerns, flooding and property concerns, and development and roadway concerns.
  • Most participants agreed with the identified problems  and disagreed with the identified opportunities.
  • Most participants think that flood risk reduction is an important, habitat creation is less important, and feel neutral about cost as a benefit.
  • Participants suggested that additional benefit categories should include impacts to local residents and farmland conservation.

What will we do with the feedback?

  • This results from this survey help us learn about the community’s priorities with flooding near the 128th Street Bridge. We will use this to identify additional problems, opportunities, and benefits that will inform the alternatives development.
  • We heard that you want to stay connected, so as this study progresses we will send periodic updates about progress in the field and we will continue to be available for community briefings and questions.

What’s Happening

The 128th Street Comprehensive Levee Setback Feasibility Study will prioritize up to four setback levee projects to reduce flood risks to areas that have experienced repeated flooding. Of the four proposed levee setbacks, any one setback will likely influence all three of the others. Therefore, all the setbacks need to be evaluated concurrently. 

Field crews have completed the data collection portion of the study. The technical team is now working on developing several hydraulic modeling scenarios which will be shared in the draft report anticipated in 2022.

The study is funded through the end of 2021. Pierce County is consulting with Environmental Science Associates (ESA) for conducting research for this study. Findings will consider stakeholder feedback and community safety as well as potential benefits to agricultural operations and salmon habitat.

Stakeholders & Community

We are committed to engaging stakeholders early and keeping the community involved throughout this study process.

A series of open houses, mail notices, surveys and interviews and will be available to the community and to those directly impacted by this project. Based on current public health guidelines from local, state, and federal public health agencies, open houses and other outreach may take place online throughout this project. We will share the most up to date information here as it is available.

Thank you for taking the 2021 outreach survey to share your ideas about existing conditions, future project opportunities, and benefits. The survey portion of our online open house is now closed. You may still visit the page for additional resources. 

Project Map & Location

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The project area is east of State Route 162, west of McCutcheon Road East, south of 112th Street East and north of 144th Street East. Along both the right and left banks of the Puyallup River between river miles 15.7 and 17.5, bisected by the 128th Street East bridge crossing (and north of the City of Orting limits).

Project Funding

Capital project, part of the Pierce County River Flood Hazard Management Plan and Capital Facilities Plan.

 Project Timeline


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Other efforts are underway that address infrastructure in the area. 

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