Meeker Creek tree planting project 2018

Scouts from Troop 598 helped plant willow and alder shoots (trimmed from branch sections) and mulch around previous plantings Jan. 27 at the Meeker Creek water improvement project in Puyallup. This year the work was on the south side of the waterway, where prior projects had been on the far bank.

As these trees grow, the shade they provide will help cool the water to increase oxygen content in the area where it has been designed to slowly meander and deposit silt residue before it supplies Clarks Creek and eventually the Puyallup River. These changes should better support the returning salmon that use the system for spawning.

Photos courtesy Steve Heeb