Puyallup-White River Local Integrating Organization

We are helping Puget Sound recover by bringing together diverse groups and communities and applying local knowledge and expertise to the many challenges facing the Puyallup-White River Watershed (WRIA 10) on its path to recovery.

In December of 2018, the Puyallup River Watershed Council was recognized by the Puget Sound Partnership as the sponsor for the Puyallup-White River Local Integrating Organization (PWR-LIO). Beginning in 2019, we are conducting outreach, inviting participation, and collaborating to develop an Ecosystem Recovery Plan for our watershed. Once the written plan is completed, we will work with PWR-LIO partners and Near Term Action owners to implement the plan, which serves as a catalyst for the recovery of the Puyallup-White River watershed, and thereby Puget Sound. Eventually, the Ecosystem Recovery Plan will inform future iterations of the Action Agenda for Puget Sound Recovery.


How to Participate:

In April 2019, Allan Warren was elected Chair of both the PWR-LIO and the Technical Advisory Committee. Current participation includes: City of Tacoma, City of Sumner, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Pierce County, Pierce Conservation District, WSU Washington Stormwater Center, Puyallup Watershed Initiative, Forterra, Rainier and Tahoma Audubon Societies. Participation is open to all.


In late 2019, participants identified five focus areas that are considered important to ecosystem recovery: salmon, estuaries, floodplains, stormwater and water quality, farms and agricultural lands, along with two cross-cutting themes - climate change and equity. Stakeholder groups will explore each of these topics in 2020-2021 to inform the Ecosystem Recovery Plan.


2020 Meetings*

  • Quarterly LIO Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursdays four times a year from 3:00pm-5:00pm on Zoom:
    • March 12 
    • June 11 
    • September 10 
    • November 12 
  • Ecosystem Recovery Plan - Initial Focus Area Meetings: (time and place varies)
    • April 29 9:30am at Lead Entity TAG WebEx meeting (salmon, estuaries, floodplains)
    • May 15 10:00am-12:00pm at Forests COI Zoom meeting (forests)
    • June 29 10:30am-12:30pm - Stormwater/Water Quality on Zoom
    • August 14 9:30am-11:30am - Farms & Agriculture on Zoom 
    • August 20 at Integrated Management Group meeting (floodplains)
    • September 11 10:00am-12:00pm - Equity on Zoom
    • September 25 10:00am-12:00pm - Climate Change on Zoom

*Contact the LIO Coordinator for meeting links and instructions.


Ways to Get Involved:

  • Request a presentation to your agency, organization or group
  • Join the PWR-LIO stakeholder contacts email list to receive meeting announcements, agendas, and meeting minutes. Contact the LIO Coordinator (below) to be added
  • Attend an LIO meeting
  • Attend a PRWC board meeting on the 4th Thursdays of most months from 3:00pm-5:00pm at Pierce Conservation District offices, 308 West Stewart Ave, Puyallup WA. There is a standing agenda item for PWR-LIO updates to the board, which oversees the LIO. NOTE: meetings are currently on Zoom only due to COVID-19.
  • Read the 2018 PWR-LIO proposal (below)
  • Bookmark and check this website for future updates and meetings
  • View the Resources sections below
  • Contact the LIO Coordinator, Krystal Kyer at (253) 798-2485 or krystal.kyer@piercecountywa.gov 

Where are we working?

The LIO boundaries mirror the WRIA 10 boundaries, except for a small area in Tacoma from the Tacoma Narrows bridge north to Point Defiance. Since this area is not included in any adjacent LIO’s boundaries, we opted to include it so that there are no gaps in recovery planning. See map below:

Map of LIO boundaries

Resources

LIO & Technical Advisory Committee Materials