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Project Status

The project is under construction.  Two construction seasons (2016 and 2017) are needed to complete the project.  Construction during the summer of 2016 included clearing portions of the project area, grading the site and installing engineered log structures.  Time-lapse and flyover videos (YouTube) of the project site illustrate elements of the 2016 construction process.

Flyover video

Construction time lapse video

Project area

The Countyline reach of the Lower White River is bounded by the A Street and Burlington Northern-Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway bridges at the upstream end (River Mile 6.33 ) and the 8th Street Bridge at the downstream end (RM 5.00). The Countyline reach spans the King-Pierce County boundary.

Project elements

  • Acquire all at-risk and necessary properties required to construct the project.
  • Construct 6,000 lineal feet of new setback levee along the landward edge of a forested buffer to protect existing properties and structures.
  • Construct 5,780 lineal feet of bio-engineered bank revetment along the existing wetland edge to protect existing properties and structures.
  • Install engineered log structures in the existing wetland complex.
  • Remove approximately 4,500 lineal feet of levee and bank armoring.
  • Restore a forested riparian buffer (approximately 18 acres) adjacent to the wetland. 


Click the below image to enlarge the project's draft conceptual design.

Click to enlarge image of Draft White River Countyline Concept Plan, August 2012 


Significant flooding in January 2009 impacted more than 100 residences and numerous businesses in the City of Pacific and temporarily closed Stewart Road E due to overtopping by floodwaters east of the 8th Street Bridge. The goal of the Countyline Levee Setback project is to reduce flood elevations in the City of Pacific by removing the existing levee and reconnecting the river with 121 acres of off-channel aquatic habitat that has been isolated from the river for nearly a century. The Countyline Levee Setback project will provide significant flood risk reduction benefits for more than 200 residential properties. The proposed project is a combination of property acquisition, levee removal, setback levee construction, and floodplain restoration within the Countyline reach of the Lower White River in the cities of Pacific and Sumner.

Project costs and sponsors

The total project cost is estimated to be $20.8.

  • $14.7 million - King County Flood Control District
  • $823,000 - State Salmon Recovery Funding Board grant
  • $500,000 - Pierce County funding
  • $4.775 million - Natural Resource Damage Assessment participants

The King County River and Floodplain Management Section is overseeing the design and construction of this project, which is being implemented on behalf of the King County Flood Control District (external link).

Click the below image to enlarge the project's draft conceptual design.

Project milestones: Updated December 2016

Completed environmental review process (SEPA) Oct. 2012
Completed 60 percent design plans May 2013
Completed property acquisitions June 2015
Completed final design March 2016
Community Open House, Pacific City Gym  May 3, 2016
Start construction  June 2016
Finish earthwork construction and begin project site revegetation       Fall 2017
Project completion Dec. 2017

Supporting documents

The project documents are available in Acrobat format.

SEPA documents

Project design documents

Other information and external links

For more information about the White River, contact Jeanne Stypula, White River Basin Supervisor, King County River and Floodplain Management Section.