Our impact

Building momentum.

We’re on a mission to improve the way we live with our floodplains, one watershed at a time. It all adds up to meaningful change across the state – more salmon, fewer people living in flood prone areas. It’s money well spent.

We’re not the only ones excited about the possibilities.

People from many walks of life see the benefits of re-thinking floodplain management. From first responders who see improved public safety to local tribes who value the improved salmon habitat, the list of people who support our projects is long, and growing.

“This project is a big success… Just looking out on the marsh that’s being restored with the tide flushing over the ground.. that’s really cool and something I’ve waited 10 years to see.”

Jason Griffith

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

“We really like where we’re living now. It used to be we would get pretty anxious when they’d say a Pineapple Express was coming, but we don’t worry at all where we’re living now.”

Jon Miller

Relocated homeowner on Cedar River

“We can’t do it all ourselves, even if we could we wouldn’t want to because this is something we need to share. We are optimistic, I am optimistic.”

Joseph Pavel

Skokomish Indian Tribe

“You’ve gotta get back to sitting down with local people and saying, what are the effects and what are we interested in? Floodplains by Design is a great example of that.”

Jay Gordon

WA State Dairy Federation

“I can honestly say that when we got funding to acquire the highest risk properties on the Canyon Creek alluvial fan I thought that mitigating the risk to human life was probably the best we could ever do with a bad situation. While some salmon funding did come through, it was not near enough. The Floodplains by Design funding came at the critical time and now both the fish and residents of Glacier Springs are happy and safer.”

Paula Harris

Whatcom County Public Works Department

“What the city has done [is]…giving the river more space, keeping more flow in the river so that flow doesn’t have to go through town. In turn, we’ve done a much better job now of preparing for flooding disasters.”

Zane Gibson

Orting Valley Fire & Rescue

“I live in the floodplain, I grew up right here. To be able to come down to the river for fishing, recreating… all of those things are important to us and to our families.”

Ron Stiles

Yakima business owner

“The more we look at the science and the more we look at the problems, it has become really clear we need a lot of people working together. Floodplains by Design is a perfect example of how we can work together and be smart about solving these problems.”

Sheida Sahandy

Puget Sound Partnership

We’re not the only ones excited about the possibilities.

People from many walks of life see the benefits of re-thinking floodplain management. From first responders who see improved public safety to local tribes who value the improved salmon habitat, the list of people who support our projects is long, and growing.

“This project is a big success… Just looking out on the marsh that’s being restored with the tide flushing over the ground.. that’s really cool and something I’ve waited 10 years to see.”

Jason Griffith

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

“We really like where we’re living now. It used to be we would get pretty anxious when they’d say a Pineapple Express was coming, but we don’t worry at all where we’re living now.”

Jon Miller

Relocated homeowner on Cedar River

“We can’t do it all ourselves, even if we could we wouldn’t want to because this is something we need to share. We are optimistic, I am optimistic.”

Joseph Pavel

Skokomish Indian Tribe

“You’ve gotta get back to sitting down with local people and saying, what are the effects and what are we interested in? Floodplains by Design is a great example of that.”

Jay Gordon

WA State Dairy Federation

“I can honestly say that when we got funding to acquire the highest risk properties on the Canyon Creek alluvial fan I thought that mitigating the risk to human life was probably the best we could ever do with a bad situation. While some salmon funding did come through, it was not near enough. The Floodplains by Design funding came at the critical time and now both the fish and residents of Glacier Springs are happy and safer.”

Paula Harris

Whatcom County Public Works Department

“What the city has done [is]…giving the river more space, keeping more flow in the river so that flow doesn’t have to go through town. In turn, we’ve done a much better job now of preparing for flooding disasters.”

Zane Gibson

Orting Valley Fire & Rescue

“I live in the floodplain, I grew up right here. To be able to come down to the river for fishing, recreating… all of those things are important to us and to our families.”

Ron Stiles

Yakima business owner

“The more we look at the science and the more we look at the problems, it has become really clear we need a lot of people working together. Floodplains by Design is a perfect example of how we can work together and be smart about solving these problems.”

Sheida Sahandy

Puget Sound Partnership

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