Public Meeting: Tacoma Demolay Sandspit Nature Preserve Shoreline Restoration

PenMet Parks is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 21st from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Join us for an evening of discussion about the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve shoreline restoration project.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85968242972

Or join us by telephone: +1 253 – 215 – 8782

Webinar ID: 859 6824 2972

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Project Summary.

For information on how to attend this meeting and RSVP, please email Info@PenMetParks.org.

Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve Shoreline Restoration Project Summary

Overview:

In partnership with the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks), Pierce Conservation District (PCD) proposes to complete a restoration project at the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve.

This project will address up to 600 feet of failing bulkhead on the beach using methods that will benefit public shoreline access, as well as the health of Puget Sound. Removal of this failing shoreline armor will reconnect marine riparian vegetation and restore sediment processes that support the sandspit. This restoration will enhance habitat for critical species including forage fish, Puget Sound Chinook, and eelgrass beds.

Project Approach

As a public preserve with residential neighbors, this project requires a comprehensive planning process that carefully considers site feasibility and engages project stakeholders to develop, evaluate, and select project alternatives.

To support the planning processes, PCD secured funding from the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District. We will host three public meetings during 2021 to engage Fox Island and district residents and target user groups. These public meetings will inform attendees of the restoration goals for the project and allow us to both communicate the project specifics and collect pubic feedback.

Project Status

Phase 1: Feasibility Study, Alternatives Analysis, Public Meetings and Stakeholder Engagement –
As of January 2021, PCD has secured funding from the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District (PCFCZD) to complete Phase 1, which will yield a conceptual design by the end of 2021. PCD has contracted with Blue Coast Engineering to prepare a feasibility study and alternatives analysis to develop conceptual design options with the input from the public and stakeholders. Conceptual designs will consider site conditions, including 1) adjacent residential armor, 2) public uses of the Preserve, and 3) site geology, ecology, and sediment processes impacting the shoreline.

Project Contacts

Mary Krauszer
Pierce Conservation District
Shorelines Program Manager
maryk@piercecd.org
(253) 845-9770 x113

Eric Guenther
Peninsula Metropolitan Park District
Planning and Special Projects Manager
eguenther@penmetparks.org
(253) 313-5086