Clark's Creek Initiative

The Clark's Creek Initiative includes several local organizations including WSU-Puyallup, City of Puyallup, Pierce County, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and is supported by several local citizen groups. The primary focus of this group is to provide a setting for information sharing of data and projects underway in the Clark's Creek Watershed.

Various projects are centered on the creek including studies, monitoring, restoration efforts and research. Sharing of information, data, and in-stream monitoring equipment creates an environment for increased possibilities and efforts on restoring and protecting Clark's Creek.

The EPA, Region 10, selected the Clark's Creek Initiative as the recipient of the 2011 Green Infrastructure Community award. This award recognized one organization in each of the EPA's 10 regions which exemplified collaborative and forward-thinking efforts to project and restore their respective watersheds. Read EPA's brochure (PDF) highlighting the Clark's Creek Initiative group to see what makes the City of Puyallup and its project partners stand out.

About Clark's Creek

Clark's Creek flows from its headwaters (beginning) near 23rd Ave SW and 17th Street SW in Puyallup, approximately 5 miles from its entry into the Puyallup River near the 66th Street bridge. Along the way, the waters from Meeker and Silver Creek empty into Clark's Creek within the city. Diru, Rody, and Woodland Creeks enter into the Clark's Creek flow in Pierce County limits. Within the creek can be found Chinook, coho, chum, cutthroat, and steelhead salmon. Between Maple Wood Springs and Meeker Creek spawning grounds are located - contributing to the population of salmon which feed a significant sector of Puget Sound's business industry with this natural resource. If you venture to DeCoursey Park, you will be witness to a formation of Clark's Creek waters, creating the recreational setting that many local families and individuals enjoy. With such a lovely sounding creek, whatever might be a problem you ask? While Clark's Creek provides a habitat and setting for natural resources and recreational activities, the health of the creek and its sustainability is in jeopardy.

What's the Problem?

Overgrowing plants, stormwater runoff pollution, fecal coliform, and low levels of dissolved oxygen all plague the creek. Each one of these contributing factors are currently being addressed on the creek - some have been the focus of efforts for years! Read through these pages for information on current efforts to address and fix in-balances in Clark's Creek including: high levels of fecal coliform (FC), overgrown native elodea, low dissolved oxygen (DO) levels, and less-than-favorable spawning grounds for our precious (and state income-producing) native salmon.

I am Clark's Creek (PDF) is a book written by local collaborative efforts featuring illustrations and content by Puyallup School District students. Take a read through this wonderfully compiled book to learn about the problems of Clark's Creek and ways to better care for the creek.

Clark's Creek Facts

  • 5 species of salmon reside in the creek waters
  • 7 groups currently have efforts focused on Clark's Creek
  • 135 opportunities for riparian planting
  • 135 private properties line the creek's banks
  • Average water flow: 55-75 cubic feet per second
  • Headwaters near highway 512 and 13th Street SW