But wait! Is it really decided? 208th St.

From Cindy Beckett, Watershed Steward – regarding the 208th Street development There is a great deal of confusion on this issue.  The below letter from Ecology clearly says “Frederickson 40 warehouse project.”  The person I spoke with at the USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers or AC) said it was for warehouses and industrial buildings. …

A mixed-use industrial facility on 208th

[Editor Note: This is a response received from the Department of Ecology about the wetlands and the Sierra Pacific Project between 200th and 208th Street] Thank you for contacting the Department of Ecology regarding the development in the Frederickson/Spanaway area.  I understand your concerns and frustrations, but the information Ecology has given you previously is…

Irreparable Damage – Permits? Really?

[Editor Note: This is the neighborhood I grew up in. My family property at nearby Shady Acres airport has been in the family since 1965.] By Marianne Lincoln Around mid-July, large earth moving equipment started rolling across a former dairy farm along 208th Street East in Spanaway/Frederickson. A considerable portion of this land is Federally listed…

Sierra Pacific – 208th Street – Wetland

[Guest column on the Army Corps “decision” 2014 Sierra Pacific site on 208th St. in Spanaway] Letter To: Dennis Hanberg; Scott Sissons; Bruce Dammeier: I have contacted the USACE (United States Army Corps of Engineers) staff personnel now in charge of this area and am waiting for them to call back.  Meantime, I am proceeding…

Spanaway Lake Watershed

As promised, the draft Spanaway Lake Watershed-scale Stormwater Management Plan is available for review on our website: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/spanawaywatershedplan     Background:  The Spanaway Lake Watershed-scale Stormwater Management Plan is a requirement of the Washington State Phase I Municipal Stormwater Permit (2013-18).  The Permit requires watershed modeling to predict whether water quality standards for temperature, copper,…

Wetlands and Pierce County – can they coexist?

By Marianne Lincoln Two developments currently in process are raising the eyebrows of planning and development watchers in the county. These are called Ally Brook and Phoebe’s Meadows. In Phoebes Meadows, the developer actually didn’t want to build as many houses (4) as PALS (Planning and Land Services) demanded he put on the parcel (10)….

Project to restore salmon habitat on Fennel Creek begins July 1

A project to restore salmon habitat on Fennel Creek where it joins the Puyallup River will begin July 1 and continue through the end of August. Truck traffic along McCutcheon Road between 96th Street East and 128th Street East may increase during the work. Crews will build a new, meandering stream channel for Fennel Creek. The…

Pull together for Lake Kapowsin Park

There is unnecessary controversy about the proposed 1,000 acre Lake Kapowsin Park. Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and others are grossly mischaracterizing the plan for the park and its potential impacts. The park is a good thing from every perspective. The not-for-profit Lake Kapowsin Trust has proposed the creation of the park and…

Open house on flood insurance maps planned for May 19 in Gig Harbor

PIERCE COUNTY — Homeowners and businesses located near coastal areas have are invited to view updated federal flood insurance rate maps at a May 19 open house in Gig Harbor. These maps, created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are used by property owners and federal, state and local agencies to determine standards for…

Puget Sound Starts Here Month challenges residents to protect local waters

PIERCE COUNTY — Pierce County is teaming up with hundreds of organizations across Puget Sound to challenge residents to commit to at least one Sound-healthy action during May’s Puget Sound Starts Here Month. “In Pierce County, we have many scenic vistas of mountains and Puget Sound reflected in our public waters,” said Pat McCarthy, county…

Puget SoundCorps to help restore habitat of wetland preserve

A Puget SoundCorps crew will remove Himalayan blackberry, English ivy and other invasive plants and remove trash from Pierce County’s Larchmont Wetland Reserve in Midland May 4 through 29. Getting rid of these invasive plants and trash will improve the health of the wetland the county has worked to rehabilitate for several years. Pierce County…