Carbon River Setback Levee Feasibility Study

What's Happening

Pierce County Planning and Public Works is conducting a feasibility study to increase flood protection and improve fish habitat conditions on the Carbon River near Bridge Street and Voights Creek. The project team is meeting with various stakeholders and the greater community. A goal is to reach a common understanding of the perceived problems, values and opportunities of the community and area of the study. This information will guide the selection of a preferred alternative.


  • Determine ways to reduce flood risk with a setback levee or other options
  • Evaluate options to increase salmon spawning and habitat conditions


  • Improved flood protection
  • Reduced levee damages and repair costs
  • Reduced flooding impacts
  • Improved fish habitat

Potential Impacts

  • Infrastructure
  • City of Orting stormwater pond
  • Stormwater drainage
  • Existing levee
  • Residential development
  • Foothills Trail
  • Agriculture property

Moving Forward

A community open house will be held from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Orting Middle School's gym. The community and county staff can discuss the feasibility study and what it could mean for the area. The community's comments are part of the feasibility study.

The results of the study will be finalized and made public in the winter of 2019.


  • Randy Brake

  • Project Manager
  • 253-798-4651