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.