Puyallup River Levee Setback

Category Overview

Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.

Project Highlights

Pierce County will use this grant to buy 55 acres for floodplain habitat on the Puyallup River. The land will be used for a future project to setback a levee and restore floodplain habitat about 2 miles from Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting. The existing levees significantly limit river channel and floodplains from functioning properly, and restoration would lead to dramatic improvements in habitat, benefiting Chinook salmon, bull trout, steelhead, and other salmon species.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Pierce County of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $431,351.35 Applicant Match: $431,351.35 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pierce Legislative District: 25, 31 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1883

Location Details

The site is west and south of the intersection of McCutcheon Rd and Rhodes Lake Rd. Travel south on SR 162 from Hwy 410. Turn right at 137th (private road before bridge) approximately 4.4 miles from HWY 410.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.