Pierce County Surface Water Management


email9859 64th St., W
University Place, Washington 98467
United States

Contact: Dan Wrye
Ph: (253) 798-2725
Fax: (253) 798-7709



Like any private developer, Water Programs must obtain local, state and federal environmental permits for projects it conducts in and around water. Program Services Section staff evaluates, process and ensure compliance with these requirements for Program projects. Program Services Section staff conduct comprehensive, integrated surface water management plans for each of Pierce County's 26 basins. The plans are updates to Pierce County's 1991 Surface Water Management Plan. They direct the capital projects and programmatic activities of the Water Programs. The Section applies a multi-disciplinary approach involving engineering, planning, and natural resource management to the basin planning function. Program Services Section staff assist and track implementation of Watershed Action Plans developed under the state's WAC 400-12 process. Four Watershed Action Plans have been developed: Chambers-Clover, Lower Puyallup, Key Peninsula-Gig harbor-Islands, and the Upper Puyallup. The action plans address sources of nonpoint source pollution and beneficial uses of water. In tracking implementation, staff work and support local the Puyallup River Watershed Council, the Chambers/Clover Watershed Council, and the KGI Watershed Council. Section staff serve as Pierce County Lead Entity under the state's Salmon Recovery Act (2496) process. Staff coordinates and support local committees and sponsors developing salmon habitat restoration projects for funding by the state's Salmon Recovery Funding Board for WRIAs 10 and 12 and provide technical assistance to the Kitsap Lead Entity in WRIA 15. Staff also provides biological expertise on in-water projects and mitigation plans.

What We Do:

  • Permitting Assistance
  • Comprehensive Basin Planning
  • Watershed Councils Support
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Lands Management
  • Outreach