You're Invited: Building a Resilient Pierce County Watershed Tour

Pierce County Planning and Public Works and Floodplains for the Future welcome you to experience in-person the partnerships, creativity and hard work that build into a larger vision for a resilient Pierce County. 

On Aug. 24, 2022, you're invited to explore seven project sites embodying the partnership, community, habitat and agricultural values that make Pierce County a place people are proud to call home. In this "choose-your-own-adventure" watershed tour, you will see examples of active construction, restoration and deeply collaborative planning processes. Learn how we're connecting communities, reducing flood risk, improving salmon habitat, supporting agriculture and restoring floodplains across the County. 

Pierce County representatives and partners will staff the following project locations, making themselves available to answer questions and explain how your investment contributes to building a better future for our community, environment and wildlife. Review the projects below and use the RSVP form to indicate which site(s) you intend to visit. You can arrive and depart from a site at any point during the scheduled times. Feel free to visit as many sites as your schedule allows. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Berger at [email protected]

  1. Orville Road Revetment 
  2. South Prairie Creek Reach
  3. Canyon Road Regional Connection
  4. Clear Creek Integrated Design
  5. Swan Creek Streambank Stabilization at 64th
  6. Lower White River Restoration
  7. Chambers Creek Bridge Replacement

Grab your hard hat and check out the last phase of construction for this multi-year, 70-acre floodplain reconnection and road revetment project! 

Project Reach-AerialAbout the Project:

This integrated project to construct a new revetment setback from the Puyallup River will provide protection to Orville Road while allowing the river to reconnect with its floodplain. The project utilizes use-engineered log jams to create a roughened channel and improve fish habitat. 

Benefits of this project include:

- Reduces flood risk along Orville Road and surrounding properties

- Stabilizes river channel away from existing development

- Enhances salmon habitat

Funding Sources:

Funding partners for this project include Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Pierce County Flood Control Zone District, Pierce County Surface Water Management and Floodplains by Design. 

Learn more at

Tour Location Instructions:

(Link to Map) 26598 Orville Road East, Orting, WA

— Please meet at 266th Street East and Orville Road East. Though not shown in the link to the map, there is a blue levee gate here. Follow the gravel road through the gate and then follow the signs for parking. Please be advised that this is a large site with active construction. Visitors are encouraged to bring a hard hat and vest.

Staff will be at this site from 9-10:30 a.m.


*Please ensure to hit the submit button after you've filled out the form*

RSVP by Tuesday, Aug. 23.