FFTF Partner Projects

Floodplains for the Future partners are involved in numerous research and monitoring activities throughout the Puyallup Watershed. This page is dedicated to documenting the various sources of data collection efforts and making them available for others who work in our watershed.

Status: Ongoing

Scale and Extent: Clear Creek – Site Specific

Description: Data collection includes four groundwater monitoring wells. Well #1 includes elevation, temperature, and precipitation. Wells #2-4 contain elevation only. Temperature sensors will be added to wells #2-4 soon. This data consists of 15-minute continuous water elevation from November 2018.

More information can be found here and by contacting David Davis at Pierce County: david.davis@piercecountywa.gov

Status: Planned. Installation in Summer 2019, analysis in November 2020.

Scale and Extent: Clear Creek

Description: Installation of a grid network of groundwater wells across the Clear Creek study area.

More information can be found by contacting Kristin Williamson with the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group: kristinw@spsseg.org

Status: Ongoing.

Scale and Extent: Port of Tacoma’s upper mitigation site.

Description: This study will confirm the performance monitoring of groundwater and support wetland mitigation design.

More information can be found by contacting Mark Rettmann with the Port of Tacoma: mrettmann@portoftacoma.com

Status: Ongoing

Scale and Extent: Clear Creek – Site Specific

Description: Data collection includes 15 temperature sensors along Nancy’s Ditch stretching from 44th Street to the confluence with Clear Creek. Data includes 30 minute continuous water temperature since November 2018.

More information can be found here and by contacting David Davis at Pierce County: david.davis@piercecountywa.gov

Status: Ongoing

Scale and Extent: Clear Creek – Canyon Creek to flood gates

Description: Data collection includes sensors along Clear Creek providing 15 minute continuous recording at the following locations: Confluence of Canyon and Clear Creeks, upstream of Gay Road, downstream of Gay Road, 31st Avenue, upstream of River Road, and downstream of River Road.

More information can be found here and by contacting David Davis at Pierce County: david.davis@piercecountywa.gov

Status: Planned. Installation took place in Summer 2019, first analysis planned for Summer 2020.

Scale and Extent: Clear Creek and its four tributaries

Description: Installation of gauges and analysis of data on the four tributaries to Clear Creek combined with stream assessments. This data will provide information about the approximate amount of water entering the system from the tributaries/plateau.

More information can be found by contacting Jordan Jobe with WSU Extension: jordan.jobe@wsu.edu

Status: Ongoing.

Scale and Extent: Clear Creek

Description: Ongoing data collection from two locations in Nancy’s Ditch in the Clear Creek system showing fluctuations in water level and temperature.

More information can be found here and by contacting Jordan Jobe with WSU Extension: jordan.jobe@wsu.edu

Status: Collected in Summer 2019, data expected to be delivered in January 2020.

Scale and Extent: Watershed Wide

Description: Data collection of surface water temperature of an estimated 335 stream miles from the glaciers of Mt. Rainier to Commencement Bay including the three major drainage basins and their tributaries, Wapato Creek and Hylebos Creek.

More information can be found by contacting Kristin Williamson with the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group: kristinw@spsseg.org

Status: Planned. Deployment in Summer 2019, analysis in November 2020.

Scale and Extent: Lower Clear Creek

Description: Continuous monitoring of salinity upstream and downstream of the Clear Creek culverts at River Road.

More information can be found by contacting Kristin Williamson with the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group: kristinw@spsseg.org

Status: Planned. Deployment in Summer 2019, analysis in November 2020.

Scale and Extent: Clear Creek

Description: Continuous monitoring of dissolved oxygen at roving locations in Clear Creek.

More information can be found by contacting Kristin Williamson with the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group: kristinw@spsseg.org

Status: Data collected from May to July, 2019.

Scale and Extent: Clear Creek

Description: This project will collect data on terrestrial and pelagic invertebrates in Clear Creek to determine the prey field for foraging salmon. Beach seine collection methods will be used in Clear Creek to determine fish utilization and lavage sampling will be used to analyze diet composition.

More information can be found by contacting Kristin Williamson with the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group: kristinw@spsseg.org