Indian-Moxlie Creek Watershed

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Indian and Moxlie creeks converge and flow into what used to be East Bay. It is the largest watershed completely within the City of Olympia. Now East Bay has been filled, and the creeks put into a pipe. To reduce nuisance flooding, more and more of the creek has been put into pipe over time, until now the creeks have been largely put into pipe downstream of Watershed Park. You can listen to Indian-Moxlie Creek through storm sewer covers in downtown Olympia.

Notes

  • The Olympia Urban Waters League] has been advocating for bringing Indian-Moxlie back to the surface.
  • Such an action would require acquisition of the creek right of way, and since the mouth of the creek into the bay is now located farther to the north than its historical location, the stream gradient will be significantly lower than historical, creating a variety of technical considerations.
  • The City of Olympia, has been issued new development permits such that the restoration of the creek is less feasible, frustrating advocates for restoration.