The last major construction was completed in summer 2015. Additional phases will be completed as funding becomes available.
About the Project
The Fennel Creek Restoration Project will restore 40 acres of floodplain, including the lower ½ mile of Fennel Creek. It will provide long-term, quality spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and other wildlife. This project will restore salmon habitat in Fennel Creek just upstream of where it flows into the Puyallup River. This project will be divided into several phases of work.
The second phase, completed in 2015, restored the west side of Fennel Creek downstream of McCutcheon Road. The second phase features:
Create a new stream channel in which the water from Fennel Creek can flow. The new channel is approximately 1,880 feet long and 20 feet wide.
Remove portions of the man-made berm that separates Fennel Creek from the wetlands to the west, reconnecting the creek with its floodplain.
Add large pieces of wood and logjams in the new and existing channels to redirect water to the new channel, slow the water’s flow and help provide fish habitat.
Plant native plants along the stream banks and in the floodplain.
In 2012, Pierce County started the restoration work by removing the rock wall along the Puyallup River, building side channels, and planting a forest.
Next Phases of Work
The next phases of the project are unfunded and only conceptual at this time. These phases include acquiring and restoring property east of Fennel Creek, restoring Fennel Creek upstream of McCutcheon Road, and replacing the McCutcheon Road bridge. When the entire project is completed and the forest matured, this Fennel Creek area will be a 100-acre, self-maintaining sanctuary for native fish and wildlife.
Fennel Creek and Salmon
Fennel Creek is an important salmon-bearing stream that flows to the Puyallup River. It provides valuable spawning and rearing habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead, which are endangered species. Chum, coho, pink salmon, and coastal cutthroat trout also use Fennel Creek.