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

2019 FbD Project List Announcement

2019 FbD Project List Announcement

The Department of Ecology (Ecology), along with our partners the Puget Sound Partnership (Partnership) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), are announcing the release of the Floodplains by Design (FbD) 2019-21 project list.  This project list supports Ecology’s request...

A New Tool For Farmers In A Changing Climate

A New Tool For Farmers In A Changing Climate

By Jamie Robertson, Conservation Geographer, and Heather Cole, Puget Sound Community Relations Manager Imagine you’re a third-generation farmer in the Puget Sound. You’ve seen changes around your farm for years — neighboring farms disappear to urban sprawl and...

The Only Constant Is Change: Explore How Rivers Meander Over Time

The Only Constant Is Change: Explore How Rivers Meander Over Time

Words and graphics by Erica Simek Sloniker Many of us live near a river. Overtime, we grow accustomed to observing its flow at various times of the year as well as the path it follows. In many cases, we simply enjoy watching the wildlife or the beautiful glossy hue a...

Stories From The Floodplain

Stories From The Floodplain

Floodplains Come Alive Through Storytelling By Heather Cole   When I think of rivers an idealistic picture comes to mind. An image of water flowing from steep snow-capped mountains, meandering through valleys and forests and then finally emptying into the brackish...

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