The Tacoma Weekly ran an editorial about fisheries management on the Puyallup River:
The Puyallup River has deep significance to the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. Fishing for salmon is an important part of the tribal culture, as well as key source of food. Littering along the banks of the Puyallup is not only bad for the environment, it is a sign of disrespect to the original inhabitants of the area.
The tribe and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife are addressing the problem. Trash receptacles and sanitation cans are part of the solution, but what will help more than anything is an increased level of respect among the sport fishermen.
Members of the tribe and other members of the community concerned about the river do what they can to keep the banks of the river in good condition. However, a small number of people cannot be expected to clean up the mess left behind by thousands.