Tacoma Daily Index: First Creek stewards take inventory of unique clean-up project

The Tacoma Daily Index had a story last week about the unique partnership between the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and other governments and organizations to clean up First Creek:

A partnership that began 16 months ago between the City of Tacoma, the Puyallup Tribe, and a citizens group to create a stewardship plan for the First Creek watershed located on Tacoma’s East Side has improved public safety and restored, protected, and recognized the habitat’s cultural significance, according to partnership representatives.

According to Whitehead, the First Creek Watershed, which consists of a series of gulches, was once a vital center for the tribe, and home to an Indian school, a major fishing village, and several tribal chiefs. He also said the area was originally named Satsop.

“This will aid in changing the perception of the area from a series of gulches to a community asset,” said Whitehead. He also commented that over time the area could provide a walking trail or bike path. “We believe it’s an excellent idea. It can also be a major step in improving government-to-government relations.”