A Floodplains by Design project is paying dividends along the Puyallup River. A major winter storm that would have flooded the town of Orting was kept at bay, thanks in part to the levee-setback project.

Already we’re seeing nothing but great results,” said Ken Wolfe, building official for the city of Orting, 20 miles southeast of Tacoma. “Past practices didn’t pencil out very well. Giving the river back what it used to have is the best way to approach flood control.”

A late November storm pushed the river to a level that, a year or two ago, would likely have flooded city streets or required sandbags, Wolfe said, but the project moved back the levee by up to 400 feet in some places and gave the river more space to spread out. The project also included improved salmon habitat. For all the details, read the full article.

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