Flood Plain Management

Planning and Grants

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. The program is designed to encourage larger, more complex projects that may combine several different funding sources to achieve their goal.

There are two goals of the Floodplains by Design program:

  1. Promote the reduction of flood risks and floodplain ecosystem recovery while maintaining or improving agricultural production, water quality, and open space/recreation.
  2. Improve the coordination of public funding for floodplain efforts.

This program will be included in Ecology’s budget request for the 2015-17 state fiscal years. Like the competitive grant program, it will be funded by capital budget funds in order to allow projects to be completed in 2-4 years. The decision on funding the program will be made during the 2015 legislative session. Any funding provided will not be available until July 1, 2015.

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 Floodplain Management and Control 2013 Competitive Grants program was created by the legislature for the 2013-15 state fiscal years. These grants are intended to address multiple objectives in the floodplain, including flood hazard reduction and ecosystem benefits. It is a precursor program to the Floodplain by Design program. It provides roughly $11million for projects that address both flood hazards and improve the natural environment. Because this program is funded with capital budget funds, the projects can run 2-4 years before completion.

Ecology received 45 applications totaling $39,201,153 in requests for the 2013 Competitive Grants program. Ecology Floods Staff, assisted by outside environmental experts, reviewed, rated, and ranked the applications. Thirteen applications were the top-ranked projects and have been offered funding. Learn more at Floodplain Management and Control 2013 Competitive Grants program.

Flood Control Assistance Account Program (FCAAP)

Washington has had a Legislatively-established flood control maintenance program for more than 50 years. In 1984, the state Legislature established the Flood Control Assistance Account Program to assist local jurisdictions in comprehensive planning and flood control maintenance efforts. This is one of very few state programs in the country that provides grant funding to local governments for flood plain management planning and implementation actions.

However, due to state budget reductions, Ecology will be unable to offer Flood Control Assistance Account Program (FCAAP) grants through June 30, 2015. We believe this is a temporary situation and Ecology will be able to resume offering grant funding in the next biennum.

Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plans

A guidebook for local governments preparing Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plans outlines a step-by-step public process to:

  • Identify and analyze flood problems
  • Design strategies to solve the problems
  • Locate funds to implement hazard reduction plans

Currently, there are only enough funds for emergency projects.