128th Street Comprehensive Setback Levee Feasibility Study

About the Project

Pierce County Planning and Public Works is conducting a feasibility study to help alleviate the flooding risk and impacts along both the right and left banks of the Puyallup River, near the 128th Street East bridge crossing. Though levees are present along both banks of the Puyallup River, this area experiences widespread flooding due to insufficient channel capacity and existing levee protection. Levee setback features help to minimize risk from flooding to nearby property and infrastructure and improve fish habitat. 

The objective of this study is to evaluate how levee setbacks would benefit and effect the surrounding natural environment and community.


Throughout this study, Pierce County is committed to working with the community and nearby property owners to develop alternatives and prioritize potential future projects.

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  Contact Us

Pierce County staff is available to provide presentations about the study upon request.

Angela Angove, Project Manager



Randy Brake, Project Manager



What’s Happening

The 128th Street Comprehensive Levee Setback Feasibility Study will prioritize up to four setback levee projects to reduce flood risks to areas that have experienced repeated flooding. Of the four proposed levee setbacks, any one setback will likely influence all three of the others. Therefore, all the setbacks need to be evaluated concurrently. 

Field crews will be collecting data to inform this study. Fieldwork may include crews on the ground as well as in boats on the river. Crews will be conducting bathymetric surveys, field recon, and geomorphic site analysis, and you may begin seeing them in the project area starting as early as June 2020.

The study is funded through the end of 2021. Pierce County is consulting with Environmental Science Associates (ESA) for conducting research for this study. Findings will consider stakeholder feedback and community safety as well as potential benefits to agricultural operations and salmon habitat.

Stakeholders & Community

We are committed to engaging stakeholders early and keeping the community involved throughout this study process.

A series of open houses, mail notices, surveys and interviews and will be available to the community and to those directly impacted by this project. Based on evolving social distancing guidelines from local, state, and federal public health agencies, open houses and other outreach may take place online throughout this project. We will share the most up to date information here as it is available.

Project Map & Location

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The project area is east of State Route 162, west of McCutcheon Road East, south of 112th Street East and north of 144th Street East. Along both the right and left banks of the Puyallup River between river miles 15.7 and 17.5, bisected by the 128th Street East bridge crossing (and north of the City of Orting limits).

Project Funding

Capital project, part of the Pierce County River Flood Hazard Management Plan and Capital Facilities Plan.

 Project Timeline

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Other efforts are underway that address infrastructure in the area. 

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