Restoring Tacoma’s Natural Beauty
Historically, natural resources have been damaged by years of urbanization and industry, including soils, sediments and water. The Commencement Bay Natural Resource Trustees in adherence with state and federal laws, assessed the natural resource damage and assigned it to potential responsible parties (PRP). The City of Tacoma was among those PRPs and in 1997, the City entered into a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Consent Decree.
The Consent Decree had many parts including: environmental protection efforts, tribal and oversight payments as well as the construction of five restoration sites. These sites were chosen based on their benefit to salmon and proximity to the natural resource damage among other criteria.
†Restoration work at the Middle Waterway and Tahoma Salt Marsh sites was funded by the City of Tacoma and the Commencement Bay Natural Resource Trustees: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Washington State Department of Ecology, Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife; The Puyallup Tribe of Indians and Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.