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 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 state biennium

Ecology is announcing a call for project pre-proposals for the next round of Floodplains by Design grants, scheduled for funding beginning July 1, 2017. Learn more about the proposal process and the Floodplains by Design Funding Guidelines.

Floodplains by Design 2015-17 Capital Projects

Floodplains by Design (FbD) grant program received $36 million for local projects in the 2015-17 biennium capital budget. Learn more about the process of creating the proposed funding list and adopted Floodplains by Design adopted budget.

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.

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