Flood Plain Management


2013 Puget Sound Coordinated Investment Projects and 2014 Statewide
Floodplain Management and Control Grant Awards

The 2013 Washington State Legislature provided Ecology with $50 million in grant funds for floodplain management projects. Ecology awarded $11.25 million in grant funds towards thirteen flood hazard reduction projects through a competitive process that will also improve natural resource management, such as habitat restoration and water quality protection. $33 million of that fund was provided directly to nine specified multi-benefit floodplain projects in the Puget Sound basin that were early examples of the Floodplains by Design concept. An additional $5.75 million was awarded to two separate projects.

The top thirteen projects, selected from forty-five applications, clearly demonstrated cost-effective flood hazard reduction to people, property, critical facilities and/or transportation corridors. Those projects were also designed to achieve ecosystem benefits such as salmon recovery actions, water quality improvements, habitat restoration, and channel migration zone protections.

This innovative $50 million funding program supports a multi-benefit approach to floodplain management. The objective is to address both the need to reduce flood risk to people and property, and the need to improve the natural function of our river systems. The nine Puget Sound floodplain projects included in the budget proviso exemplify this multi-benefit management approach, which is now termed “Floodplains by Design.”

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2014 Statewide Floodplain Management and Control Grants

Ecology received 45 applications totaling $39,201,153 in requests for the 2013 Competitive Grants program. Ecology Floods staff, assisted by outside environmental experts, reviewed, rated, and ranked the applications. The following 13 applications were the top-ranked projects and have been offered funding:

(alphabetical order)
Funding recommended:
Auburn, Mill Creek $532,000
Chelan Co., Nason Creek $780,616
City of Yakima, Shaw Creek $200,000
Ellensburg, Reecer Creek $1,300,000
Kitsap Co., Clear Creek $2,000,000
Pierce Co., Puyallup River $525,000
Seattle, Thornton Confluence $1,200,000
Tulalip Tribe, Qwuloolt $464,044
Wahkiakum DD#5, Skamokawa $50,000
Whatcom Co. FCZD, Deming $1,440,000
Yakima Co., Ramblers Park $1,392,112
Yakima Co., Y-9 Levee $574,800
Yakima Co., Naches R. N-9 Levee $453,928
Total: $10,912,500


We also want to highlight that Ecology is announcing another project solicitation process, with revised scoring criteria. For those projects that are not selected in this round, we encourage you to submit your revised application and project. Learn more about the Floodplains by Design 2015-17 Budget Proposal.


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