Port of Tacoma Advance Mitigation Planning, Design, and Construction

The Port of Tacoma (Port) has worked to develop habitat restoration projects in advance of development projects conducted by the Port or its tenants in order to make the permitting process more efficient and provide larger-scale restoration with greater ecological benefit. The Port recently received approval for the 41‑acre Upper Clear Creek Mitigation Bank, the first of its kind in the Puyallup River watershed and only the second joint wetland and fish conservation bank in Washington State. Anchor QEA is designing an expansion for additional Upper Clear Creek restored wetland, fish, and floodplain habitat and evaluating whether it will be part of the bank or serve as additional advance mitigation.

The Port is also constructing the Lower Wapato Creek Habitat Project in partnership with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians as part of an advance mitigation project to offset unavoidable wetland impacts and other fish and habitat impacts on Port-owned properties. Anchor QEA supported the Lower Wapato Creek Habitat Project construction by managing contaminated soil cleanup and supporting improvements to fish passage through the removal of fish barriers in Wapato Creek.

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