The Farming in the Floodplain Project is focused on increasing the understanding of agricultural viability and analyzing the impact of proposed changes to flood and hydrology systems on farmlands (and farm businesses/farmers) in the Clear Creek area and in the greater Puyallup Watershed. We are working collaboratively with agricultural landowners, and conducted a technical analysis of current and future conditions that affect agriculture in Clear Creek.

For the next two years, we’ll be exploring the feasibility of separating agricultural drainage from the Clear Creek system and seeking on-the-ground projects that improve drainage. The long-term goal is to advance progress toward a collectively agreed upon plan for lands in Clear Creek that supports a thriving agricultural community, while also meeting fish and flood interests. Within the larger Watershed, we’re working to address drainage issues- a key factor of agricultural viability in Pierce County.

Agenda for the Puget Sound Region Agricultural Drainage Conference

The agenda will be updated as panelists and presentations are confirmed. Register for the conference here by February 1st. Confirmed presentations/panels: Ryan Bartelheimer, Snohomish Conservation District (and former Drainage District Commissioner): “Case Study: Can drainage pumps and fish co-exist?” This presentation will include a summary of lessons learned working with districts that needed to safely move fish through their pump systems. The emphasis will be on projects where grant funding was used to pay for upgrades on small pump stations that supplement the use of gravity drainage through tide-gated culverts. In these situations, no fish screens were used and pumps were … Continue reading “Agenda for the Puget Sound Region Agricultural Drainage Conference”


Looking for an agriculture report, a presentation from a recent meeting, or historical pictures of Clear Creek? Check out our resources page for reports, photos, presentations and maps of the area.
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