White River Levee Preservation Project

What's happening

A section of the Sumner Link Trail reopened Oct. 30 after crews completed a significant portion of a White River levee preservation project.

About 780 feet of the Sumner Commercial Levee along the White River’s right bank were reinforced during the project. The work area extended from 16th Street East toward 24th Street East.

Upcoming work

We are currently waiting for additional materials to arrive in December. Once they arrive, we expect to add a permanent fence around the detention pond. 

The installation is expected to take about two weeks. The trail will remain open during this work. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Trucks will access the levee via 16th Street East.

Sumner Link Trail
White River Levee Detour Map_02_Webpage

About the project

The section of the levee had been eroding due to the migration of the White River. 

Pierce County crews installed large rocks on the landward side of the levee to reinforce the levee and prevent channel migration in the event of additional erosion that breaches the levee. The rocks were topped with soil.

Plants native to the area will be planted on the landward side of the levee in late winter or early spring.

White River Levee Work

Other projects in the area

Learn about the City of Sumner's White River restoration project at connects.sumnerwa.gov/white-river-restoration-project.

Contact Us

Sarah Grice,

Engineering Supervisor

Reception: (253) 798-6000


7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


4812 196th St. E

Spanaway, WA 98387