The Spring Valley Restoration project - a joint effort between the City of Federal Way and WSDOT - creates and restores wetland and stream areas along the Hylebos Creek in Federal Way.
The project returns approximately 1,400 feet of degraded creek channel and pasture-land back to its natural state. The creek was realigned to follow a more natural, meandering path and native plants and trees were planted to provide shade cover for fish.
Update - Jan. 2, 2008
Chum salmon were spotted in the new Hylebos Creek channel in December. Watch video footage of the salmon on YouTube.
Update - Sept. 25, 2007
The in-water work is complete and the stream is flowing freely in the new channel. The only work left now is to plant, which will take place in the late fall/early winter.
Update - Sept. 7, 2007
The stream is being pumped into the new stream channel and they hope to have it free-flowing by the end of next week.
Update - Aug. 24, 2007
All fish habitat structures in the new channel are being completed.
Grading of the south part of the channel (south of 373rd St.) is almost done.
Next week crews begin diverting the stream into the new channel by pumping. The stream should be flowing freely in the new channel by the end of next week.
Fish habitat structures will be placed in the existing channel in the north part of the site next week. Paving over the new bridge will occur early next week. Crews are on track to open the road by September 4th.
Update - Aug. 10, 2007
The culvert has been installed, the scour pool on the North Fork Hylebos Creek is under construction and excavation of the new stream channel is nearing completion. It should be done early next week.
Habitat structures will be placed in the existing West Branch Hylebos Creek next week.
Activation of the new stream channel will occur once the regulatory agencies approve the new stream channel. We expect that to occur within the next two weeks.
Update - July 27, 2007
This week crews completed about a third of the new north channel, which includes log clusters for fish habitat. The pile caps/footings were poured yesterday for the new 3-sided structure under 373rd Street.
Next week, new north channel work will continue, which will include more habitat structures, and the footings will be backfilled in preparation for the new structure. We also will be installing the new 8-inch waterline on S. 373rd, which replaces the old AC Water line.
Update - July 23, 2007
Work is under way on the new stream channel. Crews are forming the footing for the new three-sided structure. This week, work continues on the new stream channel and workers will pour the footing for the new structure on 373rd.
To the right is a picture of a portion of the Hog fuel access road and the stabilizing mats for the excavator to sit on while digging the channel.
Update - July 13, 2007
Grading is under way in the northeast portion of the site. The tennis court has been removed and pile-driving for the culvert is complete.
Crews are building access roads to excavate the new stream channel, which begins next week. Work is continuing on construction of the culvert.
Update - July 6, 2007
Utilities have all been relocated and the fish ladder at the south end of the bridge was removed.
Grading is continuing throughout the project site. Work continues on the culvert under 373rd Street.
Update - June 29, 2007
The car bridge in the northeast section of the property has been removed and the fish ladder at the south end of the pond is currently being removed.
Work on the culvert (under S. 373rd St.) is beginning this week and
excavation for the new stream channel is beginning soon.
Grading is occurring throughout the project site and utility relocation is near completion.
Update - June 22, 2007
Crews will close South 373rd Street between June 25 and Sept. 3 for culvert installation work. It is anticipated that workers on Friday, June 29, will begin driving piles to create a base for the culvert.
Restoration excavation work is under way. Workers plan to begin digging the new north channel next week.