Elodea Task Force

  1. Paul Marrinan P.E.

    Senior Civil Engineer

Clark's Creek Elodea Task Force

Excessive native elodea growth within the lower reaches of Clark's Creek has contributed to problems in and around the creek for at least 20 years. The 2012 mechanical harvesting of the elodea was the last under the current Hydraulic Project Approval from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, as well as the last under the City’s Conditional Use Permit. The City must apply for a new HPA and Conditional Use Permit prior to any in-stream work in 2013.

To examine the past elodea management practices and determine a course of action for the future as we developed a solution for the long term that may effectively reduce the overall presence of elodea, a Task Force made up of City staff, local citizens, regulatory representatives, and other affected organizations was created. The Task Force met in late 2012, and focused various workshops on discussions of the problem(s), the effects of the excessive elodea growth, possible solutions, and ways to achieve them with a sustainable long term plan for elodea management.

Task Force Process & Results

During the final Task Force Workshop (#3, Select Solutions) the group members evaluated the proposed solutions using the decision criteria, and categorizing each solution as long- or short-term. The final product, a guiding document to be used by the City and County as the planning and permitting process begins for the 2013 season, outlines for the group the solutions selected, and provides an overview of the short- and long-term plans.

Task Force members that participated in the process have all been invited to sign the Short and Long Term Solutions Memorandum. This memo allows the stakeholders to express their support for the solutions selected.

The final documents created from this process include an exhibit to the Solutions Memorandum that identifies the selected alternatives for both the short term (2013 in-stream work window) and long term as well as a proposed implementation schedule. With this document as a guide, the City of Puyallup will present the plan to City Council for approval in January 2013, and then move forward quickly with permitting, planning, and contracting activities to prepare for the 2013 Elodea Management and beyond.

Task Force Background

The Task Force meetings were led by a facilitator to ensure focus on the issues, guiding the group to find a sustainable solution. Members included citizens, regulatory agencies, local organizations, general public, City staff and City Council as well as a steering committee to help compile ideas presented during the workshops, research information requested by the groups, and help keep the process on-schedule.

All Task Force members - as well as the public - were invited to attend the October-December 2012 meetings held at City Hall.

Photos of the "idea boards" used in the meetings as well and supporting documents and reference papers were posted to the project web page throughout the process.

Task Force Members

Group Members
A-Steering Committee Bill Sullivan, Mark Palmer, Joy Rodriguez, Chris Beale, Gina Piazza, Tony Fantello, Jenny Wu, Cindy James
B - Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Wa Department of Fish and Wildlife, EPA, WA Department of Ecology, WSU-Puyallup, Pierce Conservation District, USGS Char Naylor, Bill Sullivan, Russ Ladley, Gina Piazza, Steve Kalinowski, Heather Bartlett, Cindy James, Stephanie Brock, TanyaLee Erwin, Laurie Larson, Mark Savoca, Jenny Wu, Melissa Buckingham
C - City of Puyallup staff and City Council, Pierce County, Legislative representatives Mark Palmer, Joy Rodriguez, Chris Beale, Steve Vermillion, John Palmer, Tony Fantello, Sarah Motsenbocker, Jim Kastama, Hans Zieger, Bruce Dammier
D - City of Puyallup Citizens Georgia Prossick, Dan Anderson, Steve Hastings, Liz Engle, Laura Johannes, Ann Coon
E - General Public General Public

Shared Documents, Papers & Diagrams

Below are documents that have been shared during workshops or provided in response to requests for information to support the project. Please also see links in the righthand column for past meeting notes.