In 2012, Pierce County started the restoration work by removing the rock wall along the Puyallup River, building side channels, and planting a forest.
Next Phases of Work
The next phases of the project are unfunded and only conceptual at this time. These phases include acquiring and restoring property east of Fennel Creek, restoring Fennel Creek upstream of McCutcheon Road, and replacing the McCutcheon Road bridge. When the entire project is completed and the forest matured, this Fennel Creek area will be a 100-acre, self-maintaining sanctuary for native fish and wildlife.
Fennel Creek and Salmon
Fennel Creek is an important salmon-bearing stream that flows to the Puyallup River. It provides valuable spawning and rearing habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead, which are endangered species. Chum, coho, pink salmon, and coastal cutthroat trout also use Fennel Creek.
Project Plans and documents