The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing $450,000 to continue studying ways to address flooding dangers along the Puyallup River.
The funding will allow a six-year study now in its second year to continue without delay. The study – known as the Puyallup River General Investigation – involves local jurisdictions and partners.
Pierce County announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding today.
The Puyallup River Executive Task Force, established by Pierce County in 2008, provides regional coordination for the general Investigation.
The task force includes most local jurisdictions in the Puyallup River basin as well as Pierce County, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the Port of Tacoma, King County, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Puyallup River basin includes the Puyallup, Carbon and White Rivers. All three begin on Mount Rainier and eventually flow into the Puyallup River and Commencement Bay in Tacoma.
Pierce County Council Chairwoman Joyce McDonald said the Puyallup River basin covers more than 1,000 square miles and is home to about 280,000 people.
“Much of our economy, particularly as it relates to the Port of Tacoma, is within an area that would be dramatically affected by flooding,” McDonald said in a statement. “With so many jobs dependent on activities at the port, it’s vital that we continue this study.”