Meeker Creek Stream Restoration
As a result of decades of land development, Meeker Creek has been channelized into a man-made trapezoidal ditch that runs in an east-west alignment from near Fairview Drive and 10th Ave SW in Puyallup, to its confluence with Clarks Creek near 18th St SW. Large stretches of the creek are located on private property and are fully exposed with no riparian cover or shade. This exposure of the creek contributes to depressed levels of dissolved oxygen (DO) in Meeker Creek and, subsequently, Clarks Creek for which a DO Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) has recently been developed.
The Meeker Creek Riparian and Stream Restoration Project will remove 1,000 linear feet of the 4,385-foot Meeker Creek from the trapezoidal ditch and place it in a natural, meandering stream channel. This project will also restore over 100,000 square feet of riparian area while creating floodplain storage, as well as support the existing, adjacent (Wal-mart mitigation site) wetland. These efforts will help meet requirements for the City to support the DO and FC TMDLs including contributing to an increase in DO levels in the creek through a reduction in stream temperature as a result of the riparian cover, suppression of elodea growth, and through designed channel features that will provide oxygenation to the stream.
If you have driven by the Meeker Restoration site lately, you'll know it is looking like a restoration project now! The floodplain has all been excavated, and the low-flow channel with shore armoring, woody material, and streambed cobble is over half-way installed.
And no, the large dirt piles are not permanent. To reduce material export as much as possible the dirt from these areas is planned to be located around the site in 5' tall mounds, as noted in the plans.
Reduce & reuse? Absolutely! All woody material that has been used thus far on this project has come from trees on-site that had to be removed, and from the stockpile of rootwads the City obtained as a donation from a local WSDOT project where they went unused.
Connection of Meeker into the new channel is expected to be made in mid-August. After the channel is complete, efforts will move to filling in the old ditched area, connecting those outfalls left in the ditch area, and installing a new water quality device.
Past Milestones/Status Updates
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.
Bids for construction of the Meeker Creek Channel Restoration were opened on 04/14/2015. The contract will be presented to Council at the 04/21/2015 Council meeting for consideration and award. LKE Corporation was the apparent low bidder. LKE's past projects include stream restorations, in-stream habitat projects, watershed restoration, and riparian enhancement to name a few.
If awarded, notice to proceed is expected to be issued in early May, with ground work beginning shortly thereafter. Connection of the new channel will not be done until the in-water work window of July 15-August 31.
The project plans were completed in February, including design considerations discussed at various public meetings and by Council. These items included: meeting water quality objectives, maximizing retainage of existing vegetation on-site, reusing any removed vegetation on-site, mirroring the existing ditch grade in the new channel, and maximizing flood benefits based on the design and cost analysis.
The project is currently out to bid. Sealed bids will be opened on April 14th at 2pm, with the low bidder presented to Council at the 04/21/2015 meeting. It is expected that the selected contractor will mobilize in early May, and begin construction shorter after. Construction of the new channel and flood plain area will be done first, with the actual connection of Meeker Creek into the new channel area, and connection with Clarks Creek being done July-August, during the permitted in-water work window.
12/22/2014 - Thank you to those who attended the public meeting in October 2014 to review the year-long permitting phase which completed recently, and provided additional comments on the project.
The next step will include continuation of the design plans to meet the desired water quality goals of the project. The project will be presented to Council in early 2015 for review of the goals and approval prior to bidding.
9/29/2014 - Permitting is now complete! No significant comments were received from the permitting agencies, and the design may continue as intended with design alternative #4, as indicated by attendees at the March 2013 public meeting as the preferred alternative. The project has received a DNS (Determination of Non-significance) for SEPA, Shoreline exemption, HPA, and granted by USACE to be covered under a national permit for restoration work.
A public meeting is scheduled for 10/06/2014 to review the completed permitting process, design direction, next steps, and anticipation remaining schedule, through construction. The public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback and comments on the project.
02/05/2014- Permitting on this project is continuing. Initial comments have been received from the US Army Corps of Engineers and notified parties. SEPA review is currently underway, with a Mitigation Monitoring Plan requested by the City to support the checklist submittal.
Once permitting is completed, agency comments and permit contingency requirements will be incorporated in the plans and work toward 60% plans will continue. A public meeting will be held at that time.
The City has been working to identify and acquire additional funding to meet the project need and bridge the funding gap between existing grant funding and stormwater funding for this project. Costs for excavation and disposal of existing soils - which would create the floodplain area in the lowered site - present a large portion of the construction costs. The City is working with various partner organizations to pursue additional funding
09/04/2013 - The project has been designed up to the 30% phase, and is currently in the permitting phase. Once permitting is complete, comments from the permit review process will be incorporated into the 60% design. A public meeting will be held at that time.
Additional funding sources have been researched to support construction of this project to achieve the maximum benefit. A Resource Conservation Office (RCO) Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) grant was identified to bridge the funding gap between existing grant funding and stormwater funding for this project. Efforts of City Staff have secured a positive ranking position on the SRFB review process and will receive final decision by November 2013 on the potential $415,000 funding source.
08/29/2013 - SRFB Technical Review Panel comments address and application updated to reflect revised cost estimate and planting plan information.
07/05/2013 - Site visit and initial technical review by SRFB citizen committee panel completed. Responses to review compiled and added to application.
05/20/2013 - RCO SRFB grant pre-application submitted.
03/19/2013 - Thank you to those who were able to join us for the 03/14/2013 Public Meeting for the Meeker Creek Restoration project. For those unable to attend, we have posted the presentation and design alternatives to the project web page. (Link to Presentation) (Link to Design Alternatives) We will use your feedback and comments to help define the design alternative for the restoration. The following topics were discussed during the meeting:
The next step is to develop one of the design alternatives and begin the permitting process. Another public meeting will be held once the design is 60% complete. Please look for postcards and emails to announce the next meeting.
02/27/2013 - The conceptual design phase is underway for the stream restoration. Multiple possible designs and layouts for the stream meander are being considered and drafted up for public input. Please join us to look over the conceptual designs. We will present four possible designs, discuss decision factors, and review related cost estimates:March 14, 2013 6:30-7:30pm
01/15/2013- After Council approval and award of the design contract at the 12/04/2012 Council Meeting, investigations have begun at the project site. Soil analysis began this week, with multiple test pits dug throughout the project area so that the specific type of soils can be determined. Wetland delineation is also being completed, which will feed into the first concept layouts for consideration.
The next public meeting is anticipated for March 2013, where the first concept layouts will be presented for public input and discussion.
11/13/2012 - The contract to design the Meeker Creek Restoration project is scheduled to be presented to Council for consideration at the 12/04/2012 council meeting.
10/01/2012 - Prior to design or continuation of this project, a Study Session will be held to further discuss the Meeker Creek Restoration project. Please join us for this study session:
Meeker Creek Stream and Riparian Restoration Project Study Session
November 20, 2012, 6:30pm
Council Chambers, 5th Floor, Puyallup City Hall
09/20/2012 - Design of this project will begin after/if City Council makes the determination to approve a consultant contract for the design phase. A Study Session is scheduled (11/20/2012) for Council to learn about the project, background information, project goals and other deciding factors that will allow them to make an informed decision on the status of this project.
09/18/2012 - As follow-up to the Public Meeting, City Council announced during the council meeting that they are requesting additional information on the project at the November 20, 2012 Study Session prior to making a decision on award of the design contract.
09/05/2012 - Public Meeting Held
A public meeting was held on 09/05/2012 to offer an overview of the project benefits and goals, project funding, and proposed project schedule. Comments and concerns were discussed during the meeting. A summary of questions asked and responses given will be posted shortly. A copy of the presentation can be found in the Quick Links in the left hand column of this page.
Additional negotiations are currently underway with the selected design consultant. Once the grant agreement is completed, a contract will be drafted for the design of this project. It is planned to host multiple public meetings to gather input from the community on this project once the design begins.
08/14/2012 - City Council did not approve and award the design contract for this project. They did request staff to hold a public meeting on the project.
7/17/2012 - City Council approved and accepted the WA Department of Ecology grant for the Meeker Creek Stream & Riparian Restoration project in the amount of $215,891.
07/2012 - Final offer list published (by Ecology)
06/2012 - Design consultant preliminarily selected for contract
05/2012 - Request for Qualifications published for design consultant
02/2012 - Draft offer list published (by Ecology)
11/2011 - Grant application submitted (to Ecology)