Summer arrives, and along with it the flooding of yards and homes in the Puyallup Valley. As the water climbs out of Clarks Creek and slowly creeps towards my home, with it comes more duck feces, a nasty sewage smell, destruction of my beautiful yard and the death of our little piece of heaven.
After 20 years of “Band-Aid” creek weed cutting, a task force of all entities came together last fall, reviewed all options and presented to our city leaders real solutions in a “priority” list.
What happens next? Highly paid city staff drop the ball – again. Apparently six months is not long enough for them to do their job and have everything ready for the short “in the water” window of time for work allowed. Permits aren’t finished, excuses are made, and with the sweep of the hand and a deceptive report from staff, the council lets them off the hook.
What is not happening now? Removal of creek silt more than 4 feet deep, in which the elodea grows. A proprietary, environmentally safe, patented process, provided by Streamside Environmental, due to come out in July, was canceled due to staff incompetency and excuses.
Failure was not an option of the task force that spent so many hours sorting out the long-term solutions to Clarks Creek’s ever-rising water. But apparently failure is an option to Puyallup city staff and council, for they have allowed this to happen.