Floodplains: Washington's natural wealth
Resilient floodplains support farming and protect water quality
Flooding is becoming more severe and frequent
Working with nature to protect communities and the environment
Collaborating to meet multiple goals
Building on a strong scientific foundation for success
Innovation Through Collaboration
Washington rivers and their floodplains deliver a wealth of economic, natural and cultural benefits to our communities. Yet floodplain management, particularly around Puget Sound, has not kept pace with our growing communities. People are living in the path of flood waters; our water quality is on the decline; and habitat critical to restoring salmon populations is disappearing. Working with those who know the land and waters best, the Floodplains by Design partnership is carrying out integrated projects that improve flood protection for towns and farms, restore salmon habitats, improve water quality, and enhance outdoor recreation.
Voices of our work: Floodplains testimonials
Congressman Dave Reichert
“The project today will save property, it’ll save homes, it’ll save businesses. It also provides for a much better habitat for salmon, and it provides for some areas of recreation for folks living nearby.”
See the Perspectives page for more video testimonials
The Department of Ecology has released the Floodplains by Design ranked project list for 2017.
Floodplains by Design recognized Yakima County’s innovative work restoring floodplains, designating it a “Floodplains Luminary.” Read the full story in the Yakima Herald.