The goal of this project is to remove a fish barrier on Brighton Creek, where it crosses under Harts Lake Road near the confluence with the Nisqually River. The existing culvert blocks fish passage due to its elevation above the channel bottom at the outlet.
The planned improvements include removing the existing culvert and replacing it with a larger culvert or bridge at the crossing. The Nisqually watershed provides key habitat to Chinook, coho, pink, chum, cutthroat and steelhead, and Brighton Creek could offer habitat to steelhead, coho, and cutthroat populations once the fish blockage is removed at Harts Lake Road.
Pierce County will seek grant funding to combine with Surface Water Management Funds for this project.
2020 – 2021: Project development and initiation (Completed)
2021 – 2022: Preliminary design phase (Completed)
2022 – 2026: Finial design and permitting
2027 – 2028: Construction*
*Schedule is dependent on securing project funding through grants.