The Jones Levee is the connection between the Ford and Wolfe (Calistoga} setback levees. The project is a levee setback project designed to work in combination with the Ken Wolfe (Calistoga) setback levee to provide an improved level of flood protection to the City of Orting. Together, these three levees will help reduce flood risk to the City of Orting. Three primary contributors to increased flood risks are (1) development in the floodplain, (2) deposition of sediment, and (3) significant channel migration potential.
Development in the floodplain has increased risk to life safety, property, and infrastructure. Levees confine the Puyallup and Carbon Rivers next to the City of Orting and limit channel capacity, increasing flood risk. Since 1990, major flood events in the basin occurred in 1990, 1996, 2006, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2020. Flooding can cause significant damages. Pierce County is currently working on the 2023 Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan to create a resilient community. The increased area the river will be able to occupy after project completion has benefits to salmon habitat as well as offsetting the effects of the deposition of sediment. The US Army Corps of Engineers will take the lead in design and construction.