Past articles, videos and clip-its of Puyallup Stormwater in the news.
Clarks Creek flows from its headwaters (beginning) near 23rd Ave SW and 17th Street SW in Puyallup, approximately 5 miles from its entry into the Puyallup River near the 66th Street bridge. While Clarks Creek provides a habitat and setting for natural resources and recreational activities, the health of the creek and its sustainability is in jeopardy. Read more about the Clarks Creek Initiative group, and ways you can help!
Check out the Winter 2010-2011 issue of The Tahoma View, the Pierce Conservation District's quarterly newsletter. The city of Puyallup's fall rain garden installation event is featured on page 8 and talks about the collaborative efforts that installed six rain gardens, a permeable paver driveway, and three streamside plantings on Clarks Creek.
The September 18th 2010 Rain Gardens Installation featured a fish-friendly car wash demonstration. If you missed the fun, take a look at our Fish Friendly Car Washing web page and learn about this FREE check-out program from the city, as well as the environmental benefits to washing your car at a car wash facility, or with one of these kits.
The third City of Puyallup Rain Gardens Installation is now down in history. September 18th, 2010 was host to six rain garden installations on 18th Ave SW, near Clarks Creek. This event included not only garden plantings, but also demonstrations on amending soil in your lawn, home energy audits sponsored by PSE, a porous paver driveway installation and exhibit, a Fish Friendly car wash demonstration, and several booths representing local organizations dedicated to environmental stewardship. Take a look at the Puyallup Rain Gardens page for pictures from this recent event.
Also take a look at the 8th Ave NW LID Retrofit Project. This street was the lucky recipient of the first rain gardens installation in September 2009. In early 2011, residents of this street will enjoy more benefits of Low Impact Development (LID) including many more rain gardens!
More on the development of the Washington Stormwater Center.
Washington State University, Puyallup and the City of Puyallup partnered to test and analyze the effectiveness of several different Low Impact Development techniques. Rain gardens, permeable pavement, and other LID techniques were installed at WSU Puyallup. Watch previously recorded video of the construction at the WSU Puyallup LID website. You can also view WSU's brochure detailing the retrofit project.
Puyallup and WSU-Puyallup were featured on Rainier Country detailing the installation of the project. Watch the video segment here.