Floodplains by Design Workshop Agenda and RSVP


June 2, 2017 Floodplains by Design Workshop

The Mountaineers 

7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

9:30 – 4:00


Purpose of the Workshop

The June 2, 2017 Floodplains by Design workshop will bring together regional experts, local leaders, and practitioners to share experiences and knowledge to support our collective efforts to increase the productivity and resilience of Washington’s floodplains.  The workshop will continue to advance our collective understanding of what it takes to do integrated floodplain management at the local level in terms of capacity, expertise and support; advance our skills in telling important stories; improve solutions to obstacles that accelerate design and construction of multi-benefit projects; and provide opportunities for engaging fellow practitioners in topics of mutual interest.


9:30 Welcome: Bob Carey

9:45 Overview of Agenda and Afternoon Open Space Session: Jim Kramer and Julie Watson

10:00 Plenary Speaker- Systems Change through Innovation: Hal Hamilton (Academy for System Change and Sustainable Food Lab)

10:30 Social Innovation from the Field: Integrated Floodplain Management – Creating System Change through Social Innovation

There are many different situations practitioners face as they seek to advance integrated floodplain management.  It is increasingly clear that capacity, expertise and approaches need to be tailored to each unique situation and success may require something very different than what has worked before.  In this session, we will discuss situations where practitioners reached a barrier and decided to bring in new expertise or approaches.

Rhys Roth (Center for Sustainable Infrastructure): When traditional road improvement efforts failed to meet larger Comprehensive Plan goals, the City of Olympia brought in experts from Evergreen’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure to facilitate a value-planning design charrette.

Heather Cole and Photo Voice experts:  As we know, not everyone is compelled by a planning process and yet understanding what people value and want for the future of their community is critical to advancing integrated management.  When no one is interested in engaging, what other options do you have?  Photo Voice is an approach currently being explored as part of the Agricultural Resiliency plan in Snohomish County.

Jacob Pederson:  Clear Creek is a large effort in the Lower Puyallup that is at the nexus of flood, farms and fish but it also is highlighting the internal complexity of County government and responsibilities as well.   Pierce County staff feels, as the floodplain reconnection project gets further along, their current approach isn’t sufficient for integrating all the issues affecting the project and community.  Turning to the Ruckelshaus Center and others Pierce County is looking to strengthen their collaboration and test new approaches for advancing the work in Clear Creek and beyond.

Paul Cereghino (NOAA, Coordinated Investment):  Floodplain managers are aware that some tension exists between the traditional flood fight and response programs and the “design and build” efforts of integrated management.  Coordinated investment is an effort to align state and federal resources to better drive towards locally supported integrated efforts. What new approaches are state and federal partners exploring?

Group discussion: What situations are you facing where you feel what you are used to doing isn’t working?  What are the signs that it isn’t working? Where have you successfully pulled in new people or approaches?  What specifically can federal and state agencies do to provide more support?

12:00 Lunch, Storytelling and Networking (Lunch will be provided)

Story-telling: Several speakers will explore telling a story important to them and their integrated management work using an innovative approach that emphasizes images as well as words.


1:30 Concurrent Session 1- Accelerating the Design and Construction of Multi-Benefit Projects

A group of local practitioners have been meeting with state agency staff to develop solutions to common problems in designing, permitting and constructing multi-benefit projects.  This session will solicit input in response to the solutions being considered and will inform what is ultimately implemented in two state processes.  The panel will include:

Acquisition: Hans Hunger will describe how the FbD projects have increased the demand for acquiring properties and the breadth of tactics he is using to address common acquisition issues like: tenants, fair market value, and the unique and delicate situation of dramatically changing communities through large-scale acquisition.

Reconciling state permit requirements in support of multi-benefit projects: Joel Freudenthal and Gordon White will discuss possible solutions to improve state permitting to accelerate and simplify design and construction of multi-benefit projects.

Coordinating Grant Programs: Tara Galuska and Scott McKinney will highlight their efforts to streamline grant applications, coordinate funding, and reduce the administrative burden for local partners.

Group Discussion: Are the solutions proposed to address these three areas likely to help accelerate your projects?  Are they tackling issues important to you?  What would you tackle next?

1:30 Concurrent Session 2 – Open space (participants pose their own questions and participants problem solve solutions)

3:45 Closing Bob Carey

4:00 Adjourn