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Posted on: December 5, 2014

Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management,... Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2014

Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

With wet fall weather returning and leaves falling, the potential for flooding along county roads increases. Pierce County residents can help reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves.

“While residents... Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2014

Homeowners invited to workshops on caring for stormwater systems in their neighborhoods

Pierce County homeowners and homeowner association members are invited to attend a free workshop in August to learn how to prepare their neighborhood stormwater systems for the rainy season.

Homeowners will learn simple... Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2014

Motorists should fix leaks so they “Don’t Drip and Drive”

Vehicle leaks can cause havoc for drivers and the environment. Motorists in Pierce County can find an affordable repair and keep pollutants out of Puget Sound, thanks to Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive”... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2014

Construction resumes on Puyallup River side channel near Orting

Foothills Trail users can expect to see construction trucks crossing the trail just north of the McMillin Trailhead when work resumes June 30 on a side channel that will reconnect the Puyallup River to its historic... Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2014

Learn about next phase of construction on Puyallup River side channel May 31

Residents and Foothills Trail users can learn about the next phase of construction on a Puyallup River side channel near Orting at an informal community meeting on May 31.

Pierce County will resume work on a side... Read on...

Posted on: May 21, 2014

County Council recognizes efforts of Public Works employees

The Pierce County Council adopted a resolution recognizing the week of May 18-24, 2014 as “National Public Works Week” in Pierce County. Speaking on behalf of the Council, which unanimously supported Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2013

Reduce flooding by keeping storm drains clear of leaves

Pierce County residents can reduce flooding on Pierce County roads by picking up yard waste on their properties and making sure nearby storm drains are free of leaves.

"Practicing preventative maintenance can go a long... Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2013

Borrow a fish-friendly car wash kit for your next fundraiser

Car wash fundraisers can be a great way to raise money, but the soap and pollutants that run off the vehicles can be toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
Organizations can help keep Puget Sound clean during their next car... Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2013

Motorists should take action so they "Don’t Drip and Drive"

Pierce County motorists can take advantage of free inspections and discounted service in April to identify and fix leaks as part of Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive” program.

Every year, hundreds of tons... Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2013

Turn in unused or expired medicines on April 27

Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the nationwide drug Read on...

Posted on: February 7, 2013

Applicants sought for Surface Water Management Advisory Board

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member Surface Water Management Advisory Board.

Advisory board members will be involved in such issues as storm drainage and surface water management;... Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2013

Puyallup River Clean-Up seeks volunteers on April 20

Pierce County residents can go green as they tackle their spring cleaning to-do list.

“Indoors and outdoors, sometimes the products and methods we use to clean and spruce up our homes can be harmful to our family and the... Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2013

Foothills Trail users can discuss impacts from upcoming construction April 6

Pierce County is inviting feedback from Foothills Trail users and neighbors on how a summer construction project along the Puyallup River near McMillin may impact them.

Construction on a new side channel on the west side... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2013

Free composting classes teach how to reduce waste at home

Residents can learn how to reduce the amount of waste they produce by attending Pierce County’s free composting classes this spring. Classes will be offered on yard waste and food waste.

"These classes are a great way... Read on...

Posted on: February 7, 2013

Flood-prone house to be used for SWAT training exercise Feb. 8

A flood-prone house owned by Pierce County will be used for a Tacoma Police Department SWAT team training exercise Feb. 8 before it is ultimately demolished by county crews and returned to a natural floodplain.

The SWAT... Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2013

Sustainable landscaping workshop offered for landscape professionals

Jan. 14, 2013

Landscape professionals looking to incorporate sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance into their business are invited to attend a Pierce County workshop on sustainable landscaping in... Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2013

Pierce County wins national environmental award

Pierce County recently won a national environmental award for its “Raise the Grade” stream health and stormwater technical assistance programs.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies presented Public Works and... Read on...

Posted on: December 20, 2012

County receives grants to fund salmon recovery projects

Pierce County will receive nearly $1.1 million to improve and protect salmon habitat.

The grants were awarded to the county and other local organizations by the state’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which approved more... Read on...

Posted on: February 29, 2012

Pierce County releases plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for plan also available

Pierce County on Feb. 29 released its proposed plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards on major rivers, large tributaries and associated... Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2012

Flood insurance premiums lowered thanks to new FEMA flood rating for Pierce County

Monday Apr 23 2012 10:55 AM

Pierce County has earned a new flood rating from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a result of its floodplain management activities. The new rating means that unincorporated... Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2012

Celebrate completion of stormwater pond with ribbon cutting Nov. 14

Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a stormwater pond in the Fir Ridge neighborhood south of Bonney Lake.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at the property located on... Read on...

Posted on: October 19, 2012

Prepare now for flood season

With the fall and winter flood season nearing, Pierce County residents should prepare now to keep their family and property safe.

"Everyone should have a family plan in place and an emergency kit on hand in case of... Read on...

Posted on: September 18, 2012

Free homeowners workshops focus on stormwater systems

Pierce County residents who live in communities with homeowners associations are invited to attend a workshop on how to maintain and protect their stormwater systems.

The free workshops, offered by Pierce County Public... Read on...

Posted on: September 14, 2012

Online resource now includes information about pollution in shellfish beds

The public can now access Pierce County’s quarterly shellfish bed sampling results for Filucy Bay, Rocky Bay and Burley Lagoon via the county’s online system that provides information about the health of waterways in Pierce... Read on...

Posted on: May 30, 2012

Road project earns award for using pervious concrete

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Wednesday May 30 2012 4:23 PM

Pierce County has won an award for a pilot project that used pervious concrete for the first time on a county road as a means of helping to control flooding.

The first place... Read on...

Posted on: May 25, 2012

Borrow a fish-friendly car wash kit for your next fundraiser

Organizations can help keep Puget Sound clean during their next car wash fundraiser by checking out a fish-friendly car wash kit. The kits are available at several Pierce County locations.

The kits keep soap, oil and... Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2012

Celebrate Puget Sound in May

Communities across Western Washington will celebrate Puget Sound with family-friendly activities and educational programs during Puget Sound Starts Here Month in May.

"Puget Sound is a treasure that belongs to every... Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2012

FEMA’s new flood rating reduces insurance premiums in Pierce County

FEMA’s new flood rating reduces insurance premiums in Pierce County

Pierce County has earned a new flood rating from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a result of its floodplain management activities. The... Read on...

Posted on: February 29, 2012

Pierce County releases plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for plan also available

Pierce County on Feb. 29 released its proposed plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards on major rivers, large tributaries and associated... Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2012

Pierce County receives $450,000 for Puyallup River flood study

Pierce County announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allocated $450,000 to continue studying strategies to address significant flooding issues along the Puyallup River.

Known as the Puyallup River General... Read on...