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Floodplain Management and Control 2013 Competitive Grants Program
Ecology is soliciting applications for flood risk reduction projects that will also improve natural resource management (such as restoration of flood plain ecosystems and water quality protection). This statewide $11.25 million competitive funding program was created by the Washington State Legislature during the 2013 Legislative session. The Legislature also provided $38.75 million in specified multi-benefit floodplain projects in the Puget Sound basin, for a total appropriation of $50 million.
Deadline and Eligibility
Deadline for submittal is Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Eligible projects must provide cost-effective flood risk reduction to people, property, critical facilities and transportation corridors. In addition, eligible projects must be 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 based on an initiative by The Nature Conservancy known as “Floodplains by Design.” Summary of the nine Puget Sound projects.
Counties, cities, federally recognized Indian tribes, port districts,
flood control zone districts, flood control districts, and diking and
drainage districts are eligible and encouraged to apply. Apply at
Management and Control Competitive Grants Program 2013.
A floodplain is an area of relatively level land, usually bordering a lake, stream, or river that gets inundated with water from time to time.
The floodplain includes:
Flood plains typically support rich, diverse ecosystems, often
called “riparian” zones or systems, that can contain 100 or even
1,000 times as many species as a river.
However, the same features that made floodplains attractive places for development also make them susceptible to flooding. To reduce costs, the federal government has developed incentives and new risk management and communication tools to minimize flood damages and maximize public awareness about flood risks. You can learn more at Floodsmart.gov.
What is floodplain management?
Floodplain management is the operation of a community program that includes corrective and preventative measures designed to reduce flood damage. These measures take a variety of forms and generally include requirements for:
A community’s agreement to adopt and enforce floodplain
management ordinances, particularly those addressing new
construction, is an important element in making flood insurance
available to home and business owners. Since standard homeowners
insurance doesn't cover flooding associated with storms and heavy
rains for homeowners, renters, and business owners, Congress created
the National Flood
Insurance Program (NFIP) as a way for property owners to
financially protect themselves. The program is administered by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Floodplain management in Washington state
In Washington, the state coordinating agency for floodplain management is the Department of Ecology (Ecology). Ecology works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local governments to address statewide flood hazard challenges. Ecology provides grants and technical assistance to local communities to reduce losses to life and property and protect the environmental functions of flood hazard areas or flood plains.
Ecology also assists FEMA and the Washington State Military Department's Emergency Management Division by:
Ecology's Floodplain Management team is made up of:
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