Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve Shoreline Restoration 

Aerial image of the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve 2


In partnership with the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks), Pierce Conservation District (PCD) proposes to complete a restoration project at the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve. 


This project will address up to 600 feet of failing bulkhead on the beach using methods that will benefit public shoreline access, as well as the health of Puget Sound. Removal of this failing shoreline armor will reconnect marine riparian vegetation and restore sediment processes that support the sandspit. This restoration will enhance habitat for critical species including forage fish, Puget Sound Chinook, and eelgrass beds. 

Project Approach

As a public preserve with residential neighbors, this project requires a comprehensive planning process that carefully considers site feasibility and engages project stakeholders to develop, evaluate, and select project alternatives. 


To support the planning processes, PCD secured funding from the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District. We will host three public meetings during 2021 to engage Fox Island and district residents and target user groups. These public meetings will inform attendees of the restoration goals for the project and allow us to both communicate the project specifics and collect pubic feedback. 

Project Status

Phase 1: Feasibility Study, Alternatives Analysis, Public Meetings and Stakeholder Engagement – 

As of January 2021, PCD has secured funding from the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District (PCFCZD) to complete Phase 1, which will yield a conceptual design by the end of 2021. PCD has contracted with Blue Coast Engineering to prepare a feasibility study and alternatives analysis to develop conceptual design options with the input from the public and stakeholders. Conceptual designs will consider site conditions, including 1) adjacent residential armor, 2) public uses of the Preserve, and 3) site geology, ecology, and sediment processes impacting the shoreline. 

Public Meeting: April 21, 2021 6:00-7:30 pm (Zoom link will be posted prior to meeting)

Project Contacts

Mary Krauszer

Pierce Conservation District

Shorelines Program Manager


(253) 845-9770 x113

Eric Guenther

Peninsula Metropolitan Park District

Planning and Special Projects Manager 


(253) 313-5086

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