Floodplains by Design 2015-17 Budget Proposal
Ecology is announcing a new opportunity to submit project proposals that meet the intent of a new program designed to integrate flood hazard reduction with ecosystem benefits, and help leverage investments from other funding sources. This is not the same program as the Floodplain Management and Control 2013 Competitive Grants Program, but has similar goals.
There are two goals of the Floodplains by Design program:
Preliminary proposals are due May 23, 2014. Learn more at Floodplains by Design 2015-17 Budget Proposal.
Floodplain Management and Control 2013 Competitive Grants Program
The deadline for the 2013 Competitive Grant program has passed (February 14, 2014). All applicants that submitted project applications have been notified of receipt and the next steps in the process.
Ecology will be reviewing applications, scoring and ranking them. We intend to make awards in early April.
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:
Floodplains 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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