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.

How much water comes off the hills?

In the past few years, one consistent question from farmers and residents in the Clear Creek area has been: How much water is coming off the hillside from Waller and surrounding areas? We know a lot of development has occurred, and it seems like there is an increasing flow of water onto our land! The excess water- some of it stormwater runoff from development upstream– ponds on agricultural land, making it dicey for farmers to get onto the land in time in early Spring to plant a first round of crops. Poor drainage in the Clear Creek area exacerbates the … Continue reading “How much water comes off the hills?”


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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