RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAM
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).
Floodplains by Design Grants
Floodplains by Design (FbD) is a partnership of local, state, federal and private organizations focused on coordinating investment in and strengthening the integrated management of floodplain areas through Washington State. Floodplains are vital to the ecological health of the state. They are critical to the economic vitality, cultural heritage and quality of life provided by our region—from salmon to farmland and commercial development, and recreational opportunities. More information at Floodplains By Design.
The Floodplains by Design grant program provides State funds to projects that advance FbD objectives. Based on biennial budgets adopted by the Legislature, Ecology awards grants on a competitive basis to eligible entities for collaborative and innovative projects throughout Washington State that support the integration of flood hazard reduction with ecological preservation and restoration. Proposed projects may also address other community needs, such as preservation of agriculture, improvements in water quality, or increased recreational opportunities provided they are part of a larger strategy to restore ecological functions and reduce flood hazards.
Floodplains by Design Request for Projects for the 2017-19 biennium
Ecology opened the project solicitation for the Floodplains by Design grant program for state fiscal years 2017-19 in October 2015. Pre-proposals, a 3-4 page summary of projects, were due to Ecology by January 29, 2016. Ecology received 56 pre-proposals. After screening by regional review teams 35 projects were invited to submit full applications beginning in April, 2016. Final applications are due by July1, 2016. For more information including projects advanced and not advance to full applications in this round, please visit Floodplains by Design 2017-19.
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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ECOLOGY'S FLOODS HOMEPAGE
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STAYING SAFE IN BAD WEATHER
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