Flood Plain Management

 

Floodplain Management

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).

Funding Programs

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:

  • Evaluating community floodplain management programs.
  • Reviewing local floodplain ordinances.
  • Participating in statewide flood hazard mitigation planning.

More information on technical assistance from Ecology on floodplain management
 

Chehalis flood photo

Chehalis Flood 2007

 

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ECOLOGY'S FLOODS HOMEPAGE
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LIVING WITH THE WATER PUBLICATION

FLOODSMART.GOV
The Official Site of FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program

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Department of Health's fact sheets to help you prepare for the possible hazards of bad weather

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DAM SAFETY
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NATIONAL LEVEE POLICY

CHEHALIS FLOOD AUTHORITY