Floodplains by Design

Reducing risk, restoring rivers.
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You may not think about floodplains all that much.

But they are quietly at work, providing rich soil for our farms, habitat for our salmon, and beautiful backdrops for our lives.

In the past we tried to “control” rivers so we could “use” the floodplain – straightening unruly rivers and building levees to keep the water in its place. We built whole cities where rivers once meandered. Now, salmon runs are disappearing and people live in the path of dangerous floodwaters.

Floodplain management needs a re-think. Our challenge is to modernize our approach so floodplains can sustain us – all of us – as our climate changes and population swells.

Challenge accepted.

What’s Floodplains by Design?

OUR STORIES

Floodplains by Design is changing the way we think about floodplains, enabling communities and the environment to thrive together in new and unexpected ways. Re-thinking floodplains may mean something different for each watershed. But in every project we put collaboration first, bringing former adversaries to the table to create meaningful change together. Read our stories to learn more.

WORKING TOGETHER AND THINKING BIG IS HOW WE GET THERE.

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. Floodplains by Design supports projects that are built from the ground up by local community members who know the land and waters best.

OUR IMPACT

25 COMMUNITIES PROTECTED FROM FLOODS

25 COMMUNITIES PROTECTED FROM FLOODS

500 ACRES OF PRIME AGRICULTURAL LAND PROTECTED

500 ACRES OF PRIME AGRICULTURAL LAND PROTECTED

10 MILES OF NATURAL RIVERINE PROCESSES RESTORED

10 MILES OF NATURAL RIVERINE PROCESSES RESTORED

1000+ ACRES OF FLOODPLAIN RECONNECTED

1000+ ACRES OF FLOODPLAIN RECONNECTED

On-the-ground actions are what matter most.

There's no one path to get there. From moving levees back to provide habitat and flood storage, to preservation of agricultural lands from development: our projects are varied and seek innovative solutions to floodplain management.

On-the-ground actions are what matter most.

There's no one path to get there. From moving levees back to provide habitat and flood storage, to preservation of agricultural lands from development: our projects are varied and seek innovative solutions to floodplain management.

NEWS STORIES

Leque Island: 250 Acres Open to the Tide

Leque Island: 250 Acres Open to the Tide

By Kat Morgan, Associate Director for Puget Sound Conservation Seven years ago this fall, I wore a hard hat and safety vest to visit The Nature Conservancy’s Port Susan Bay Preserve as a major estuary restoration project was underway. 150 acres of former estuary was...

Floodplains by Design is Seeking a Consultant!

Floodplains by Design is Seeking a Consultant!

The Washington Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (“Conservancy”) is seeking qualifications from qualified consultants to facilitate the Floodplains by Design (FbD) leadership and work group meetings, project manage the creation of a collaborative governance structure...

Re-imagining and Re-designing Our Floodplains

Re-imagining and Re-designing Our Floodplains

By Heather Cole, TNC Community Relations Manager Taking on the challenge of how we re-imagine and re-design our rivers and floodplain systems is no easy task. But in just six years, Floodplains by Design (FbD) has taken on this challenge and changed a siloed approach...

A Story About Storytelling

A Story About Storytelling

By Jordan Jobe, WSU Puyallup In the Spring of 2018, myself - Jordan Jobe (WSU Puyallup), Kristin Williamson (South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group) and Harold Smelt (Pierce County Surface Water Management) participated in a Floodplains by Design (FbD)...

RSVP for our Spring Workshop!

RSVP for our Spring Workshop!

The Confluence of Innovation and Collaboration A day of sharing stories, challenges, questions and generate new ideas to further advance integrated floodplain management   Tuesday, May 28, 2019 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM The Mountaineers 7700 Sand Point Way NE Seattle, WA...

Editorial: Floodplains projects worth state’s investment

Editorial: Floodplains projects worth state’s investment

Check out this article by the Everett Harold that highlights projects funded by Floodplains by Design, and the need for funding for these projects. This article highlights two projects in Snohomish County, including one with the Sustainable Lands Strategy and the...

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