The Washington Department of Ecology is the leading state agency for floodplain management in Washington State. Ecology provides grants to local communities to reduce losses to life and property and protect the environmental functions of floodplains. Ecology is also the state coordinating agency providing technical assistance to local governments in implementing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Floodplain Management and Control 2013-2015 Grants Program
The 2013 Washington State Legislature provided Ecology with $50 million in grant funds for multi-benefit floodplain management grant projects. $38.75 million of that fund was provided to eleven specified multi-benefit floodplain projects in the Puget Sound basin. Through a competitive process, Ecology awarded an additional $11.25 million in grant funds towards thirteen multi-benefit floodplain management projects across the state. These grants support a new holistic approach that addresses both reducing flood hazards to people and property, and improving habitat and the natural function of our floodplains. Learn more about the Floodplain Management and Control 2013-2015 Grants Program
Floodplains by Design 2015-17 Budget Proposal
Floodplains by Design (FbD) is a new approach designed to integrate flood hazard reduction with ecosystem benefits, and help leverage investments from other funding sources. Ecology is working with local project proponents to prepare a proposed FbD funding list for future funding. This list will support Ecology’s request to continue FbD funding at the $50 million level in the FY 2015-2017 State budget.
Learn more about Floodplains by Design 2015-17 Budget Proposal.
Floodplain mapping, regulation and insurance
Floodplain management is a community program that includes corrective and preventive measures designed to reduce flood damage. Local floodplain management ordinances, particularly those addressing new construction, are an important element in making FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program available to home and business owners.
Ecology assists FEMA and the Washington Military Department's Emergency Management Division to address statewide flood hazard challenges by:
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