Meeker Creek Channel Restoration Construction
Council awarded a contract for construction of the Meeker Creek Channel Restoration project to the low-bidder: LKE Corporation during the 04/21/2015 Council Meeting. Construction is expected to begin in early May. Connection of the new creek channel will not be done until the July 15-August 31 in-water work window. Work leading up to channel connection (and after connection) will include: flood plain excavation, stormwater device installation, cul-de-sac construction (for access to stormwater device manholes ONLY), riparian planting, fence installation, and more.
If you would like to volunteer to help with planting of the riparian area this fall, after construction of the stream channel, please contact Melissa Buckingham with Pierce Conservation District at MelissaB@piercecountyCD.org. PCD is partnering with the City of this project to provide planting expertise as well as pass through funds received by PCD to support planting of this project.
Clarks Creeks 2015 Projects
Visit our project pages for up-to-date information on the Clarks Creek Elodea Removal (DASH) and the Sediment Removal Demonstration.
Large Woody Material + Streams = Good for fish
"While it may seem counterintuitive, adding large woody material (LWM) , including whole trees, limbed logs and rootwads, to forest streams can provide many benefits to fish". Read through an interesting article from the National Forest Foundation on the benefits of LWM in streams: http://www.nationalforests.org/blog/7-reasons-why-fish-need-wood.
Riparian Planting Video Wins Award
To highlight and promote the City's riparian planting program, Stormwater Division staff scripted a video with production support from PCTV to showcase streamside planting projects and on-going volunteer efforts along Meeker and Clarks creeks in Puyallup. The video was award 1st Prize in the Government Agency category at the 2013 Puyallup River Film Festival, organized by the University of Washington, Tacoma.
Addressing Stormwater Pollutants at the Source
The Department of Ecology has funded a temporary position in the City of Puyallup that directs education and outreach support to local businesses. This position assists businesses in complying with NPDES requirements to maintain their stormwater infrastructure and address sources of pollutants and contaminants before they reach the City’s stormwater infrastructure. This is known as a “Local Source Control Program.” After a successful interview, Bryana Solis was recently hired to head up this program. She is scheduled to start work on August 5th. This position is funded by the Department of Ecology through June 2015.
Since 2011 we have been cataloging green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) installations in the city. With the completion of the 8th Ave NW LID Retrofit project, we have reached our goal of disconnecting 9 million gallons of stormwater! Read more about this success on the Get Disconnected web page.
Current Stormwater Projects
In addition to Stormwater Programs - such as Puyallup's Rain Gardens and Fish-Friendly Car Washing - the Stormwater Department is currently working on the various projects listed below. Read more on the Stormwater Projects page.
Stormwater Management Staff
Steve Carstens, P.E.
Steve Carstens, P.E. was born and raised in Tacoma. He graduated from Washington State University with a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1998 and also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management which he received in 1989. Steve has Project Management experience with construction firms in both western and eastern Washington. He also has consultant engineering experience working for a local structural engineering firm. With over 10 years experience working with Pierce County in the Bridge Engineering section, as well as Planning and Land Services, Steve brings considerable experience and expertise to the city of Puyallup. Additional work experience has also included active work with Low Impact Development (LID) in association with the Rails to Trails program. His extensive design background working with the Ecology's Storm Manual and NPDES permit requirements further builds on his impressive qualifications to serve at the City's Stormwater Engineer. Steve started working for the City of Puyallup in October, 2011.
Associate Stormwater Engineer
Joy Rodriguez holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento (2001) and has passed the FE exam. She received LID Certification from WSU's program in 2015. Joy's work in stormwater includes support to the Stormwater Engineer on NPDES-compliance activities and reporting including implementation of TMDL-related activities and plan development, and collaboration on partnerships with local organizations, jurisdictions and businesses public education and outreach, grant writing and management. Additional work includes management and conceptual design of Capital projects related to stormwater and Parks and Recreation as well as construction management of small works CIP projects and larger stormwater-related projects.
Prior to the City, Joy performed work as a researcher in automotive accident reconstruction for seven years. Activities included research and analysis, report authoring and presentations on pedestrian, single- and multi-vehicle collisions related to products liability and roadway design. Analysis included field documentation, analysis of roadway design including sight distance, roadway structure, maintenance, traffic signal function and analysis, crash test analysis, simulation, energy analysis reconstruction, federal report authoring, publishing, and courtroom presentation development.
Joy began working for the City in June 2010.
Business Outreach Specialist
Bryana Solis was born and raised in Tacoma. She comes to Puyallup with 10+ years' experience in the automotive industry, providing an on-the-ground perspective to apply to local source control planning and site visit inspections. Bryana has served as the equivalent source control site manager in her previous position, providing her with a wealth of knowledge about BMP implementation and potential challenges that businesses may face in the regular-course-of-business related to pollution prevention. She now manages Puyallup's Ecology-funded Local Source Control Program, providing no-cost education and outreach to local businesses with the goal of reducing stormwater and environmental pollution by small quantity hazardous waste generators while providing businesses with potential cost-savings information.