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Al Amirzehni
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2702 S. 42nd St.
Suite 201
Tacoma, WA 98409
Ph: (253) 798-2725
What's Happening
Enhancements to a wetland on Pierce County property will be under construction for 1-2 days in August 2016. This work is required to fulfill permit requirements for construction of Phase A. Property acquisition for Phase B is underway and will continue through 2016. Project design is being finalized, and construction will take place after 2016 if funding is available.
About the Project
The Orville Road setback levee project will eventually protect two miles of Orville Road between Electron Road and 249th St. E. near Orting. The existing levee and revetment along the Orville Road side of the Puyallup River has been damaged in multiple locations, because the river channel is migrating toward Orville Road. The project has been broken down into five phases:

Phase A - Completed 2013  
Constructed about 700 feet of setback revetment made of discontinuous engineered log jams (ELJs), and 6 ELJs placed on the gravel bar to deflect flows away from Orville Road. The setback revetment protects Orville Road and provides salmon habitat.

Phase B - Property acquisition and design 2015-2018
This phase will address the area just downstream of the Champion Bridge (river miles 28.3-28.6 and 27-27.7). Construction will include engineered log jams along the existing levee to create smaller side channels that are less erosive and provide salmon habitat and 3,000 feet of discontinuous dolo timber revetment and a series of engineered log jams to deflect the river away from the revetment and provide salmon habitat.

In 2015, a $200,000 grant was received from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to support land acquisition for this project. In 2015 and 2016, properties are being purchased in the area and project design is being completed.

The first portion of Phase B construction is expected to begin in summer 2017. Construction is subject to fund availability and permitting.

Benefits include:
  • Reduces flood risk along Orville Road and surrounding properties
  • Stabilizes river channel away from existing development
  • Enhances salmon habitat



Project Plans and documents