333 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 - 253-841-4321

City of Puyallup

Meeker Creek Restoration


 At completion, the Meeker Restoration Project has created a restored stream section which includes channel characteristics supportive of water quality including riffles, pools, and glides. These channel features support water quality through oxygenation of the stream and natural sediment removal. The surrounding flood plain created as part of the design is also allowing for sediment removal during large rain events. When the flood waters exceed the banks of the low-flow channel, the floodplain area serves its purpose by allowing these increased flows to spread out and slow down – this is when the volumes of sediment being carried down from upstream sources (such as stormwater outfalls and degraded stream channel sections) settle out and deposit in the flood plain. This reduces down-stream sedimentation and conveyance from these large upstream system flushes. This effect was evident after the first large rain event post-construction.

Construction work is complete and the Meeker Creek Stream Restoration is now transitioned to an on-going planting and monitoring phase. Over the upcoming years the City and its program partner, Pierce Conservation District, will host planting events, weed management work, and host a Site Steward to monitor the site.  

When walking past the site on 14th Street SW, note the new pervious concrete sidewalk. The sidewalk stretch was replaced as part of this project to add to the hydrologic connection of the system. Pervious concrete was installed to manage and filter stormwater runoff and help direct it to the creek.

Thank you to each and every neighbor and visitor who shared their thoughts on the project and watched it grow from a degraded stream section to a natural, meander channel and floodplain that now supports water quality improvements, filters sediment loads from the stream, hosts wildlife including a bald eagle, blue heron and salmon, and supports the City's implementation of permit-requirement TMDL plans.
Meeker by the Numbers

The Meeker Restoration design incorporated in-channel, floodplain, and riparian characteristics to support improved water quality, Salmon and wildlife habitat, and flood storage. 

  • Habitat- and water quality-improved channel
    • 16 anchored large woody debris installations
    • 5 pools
    • 5 glides
    • 6 riffles
    • cobbled-stream bottom
  • 2.6 acres of riparian zone planted
    • 480 trees 
    • 1,400 shrubs 
    • 1,750 live cuttings (trees)
    • 6,050 emergent
  • 100+ volunteers attended 4 planting events