Study status

September 2019 update:

Field studies are now complete! Over the next several months, the technical team will work to analyze data, synthesize results, and prepare the study report. Look for more updates and opportunity to review the report in early 2020.

July 2019 update:

Field studies begin soon to support the technical work of the study. You may notice consultant crews taking photographs, mapping locations with GPS, and recording measurements along the river and river bank. This work is expected to take approximately three days and will be conducted only during daylight hours. Field studies are currently planned for July 22-24.

Project photos

We are currently completing photo digitization only; field work will be conducted this summer as water level drops. To date, we’ve completed the initial field visit with County staff and the Crystal River Ranch HOA.

We have met with Crystal River Ranch HOA, Crystal Village HOA, and initiated discussions with Puget Sound Energy and WSDOT.


walking icon to mark present progress

Late 2018

Project planning

December 2018

Project kick-off

Summer 2019

Field work

July 2019 - late 2019

Data synthesis and report preparation

January and May 2020

Results of draft CMZ study are shared with the public

Fall 2020

Project complete, final results of the CMZ study are provided to Pierce County and shared with the public


Pierce County reviews final CMZ study; once accepted by staff, the legislative process begins to adopt the study by ordinance.