In August, 2016, 200
logs from the US Army Corps of Engineers' dam at Mud Mountain were
donated for use on this site. These logs will be used during Phase 2
construction. The US Army Corps of Engineers provides logs that are
removed from the area upstream of the dam to salmon habitat restoration
Underground utility movement will take place in
2016-2017. Phase 2 construction is anticipated to start again in summer
2017 or 2018 when utility work is completed.
About the Project
The South Fork Road Floodplain Restoration project currently has a
2,000-foot side channel and a 1,100-foot backwater channel. In addition
to building these channels, crews built engineered log jams in the
channels, constructed a perimeter access road and planted native plants.
The final phase of the project (anticipated construction 2017 or 2018)
will complete the side channel’s second segment (1,300 lineal feet),
install engineered log jams, native plants, a bridge crossing structure
and relocate utilities. The downstream end of the side channel will be
connected to the Puyallup River, creating a total side channel length of
about 4,200 linear feet.
This project is funded with
grants from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and Department of Ecology
Floodplain by Design program and Pierce County Real Estate Excise Tax.
Flood risk reduction for neighborhoods along the east-side of the Puyallup River.
of the floodplain, which allows the river to function more naturally by
providing flood storage in a new side channel.
salmon habitat for spawning during the summer and fall and juvenile
salmon rearing during the winter, especially beneficial to endangered
July - August 2013: Construction
Winter 2013-2014: Planting
Summer 2014: Phase IIa completed
Summer 2017 or 2018: Phase IIb (Utility Relocation Work, Anticipated Winter-Spring 2017)
Future: Future phases of this project are currently unfunded. When funding becomes available a timeline will be established.