Risk MAP: Floodplain planning for governments
Ecology leads floodplain management in Washington. We provide technical assistance to local communities to help them better plan within the floodplain. We work to reduce losses to life and property, and protect the natural environmental functions and values of floodplains.
The Risk MAP (Mapping, Assessment and Planning) program works for Washington’s local governments. FEMA creates flood maps, we work with you to assess data and dedicate mitigation planning experts to each project. We give local communities the tools and expertise to better understand their flood risk.
How does the Risk MAP program run?
Risk MAP delivers county-wide digital maps for each project. We come to your community five times throughout the Risk MAP process. There are three phases of the Risk MAP process: Discovery, Mapping and Resilience.
What is the focus of the studies?
We are currently focusing on Washington’s coastal flood hazard areas. We’re revising the all of our coastal floodplains, including Puget Sound.
Through Flood Map Modernization, FEMA updated the methodology for identifying and mapping coastal flood hazards along the Pacific Coast. During Risk MAP, FEMA is using a new Pacific coast methodology to study the entire populated coastline in detail, including new topography and base flood elevations along all revised areas. FEMA also initiated a study examining the potential impact of climate change on the flood hazard identification process. The results of the climate change study may drive additional changes to the methodologies.
FEMA publication: Coastal Flood Risks: Achieving Resilience Together
What are the current projects in Washington?
See what counties have projects underway on our Risk MAP projects page.
If you have questions about Risk MAP or flood hazard mapping, contact Jerry Franklin at (360) 407-7470.
If you have questions about the National Flood Insurance Program or floodplain regulations, contact our regional floodplain specialists.
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