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).

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.

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

Chehalis flood photo

Chehalis Flood 2007

 

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ECOLOGY'S FLOODS HOMEPAGE
Emergency flood information and more

AM I IN A FLOODPLAIN?
Find out in Ecology's Coastal Atlas

LIVING WITH THE WATER PUBLICATION

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

STAYING SAFE IN BAD WEATHER
Department of Health's fact sheets to help you prepare for the possible hazards of bad weather

KING COUNTY'S FLOODING SERVICES AND RESOURCES

DAM SAFETY
Ecology regulates many non-power generating dams

NATIONAL LEVEE POLICY

CHEHALIS FLOOD AUTHORITY