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.



Roadside ditch progress

Pierce County Roads division has been expressing interest in understanding how better to support improved agricultural drainage by re-visiting their maintenance schedule and methods. Typically, their crew visits a few times a year, mows down the grass (mostly reed canarygrass or blackberries) and departs. However, this leaves piles of debris in ditches, which may eventually make their way to a culvert, and may only partially decompose, therefore blocking water from draining from the ditch. They’re now seeking a few locations to try out alternative methods, including cutting grass shorter, removing debris, and/or placing a mat down to block weed growth. … Continue reading “Roadside ditch progress”



Resources

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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