Reducing Risk, Restoring Rivers
Since 2013, the Washington State Legislature has appropriated $216 million to support large-scale, multiple-benefit projects across the state through the Floodplains by Design grant program. These investments have reduced flood risk for 63 communities across the state while restoring over 70-miles of salmon habitat, increasing agricultural viability, and improving local economies. For every $1 invested in flood mitigation, communities save $7 in damages avoided.*
In addition to the outcomes highlighted in the infographics below, FbD investments are also economic drivers. For every $1 million invested in integrated floodplain management, $2.2 – $2.5 million in total economic activity is generated with roughly 80% of it staying in the county that the project is based. The State’s FbD investments are leveraged roughly 3:1 with local and federal investments, creating thousands of jobs across Washington while reducing flood risk and restoring rivers.
* Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves, National Institute of Building Sciences (fbd_communities_impact_NIBS Factsheet)
“The Yakama Nation has worked diligently to restore this river and the many species that it supports including salmon and other culturally important plants and animals. However, we understand that we cannot accomplish our goal to “make it like it was” by ourselves. We need to continue to create partnerships and support the efforts of our partners.”
Where FbD Has Funded Projects
Funded in 2019
Impacts of Integrated Floodplain Management
Washington State’s investments in Floodplains by Design are helping local partners build integrated floodplain management approaches that have profound impacts on making communities safer and healthier. In addition to reducing flood risk, restoring salmon habitat, and increasing agricultural viability, FbD helps create thousands of jobs and stimulate local economies.
This infographic highlights the outcomes from FbD investment from 2013 through the 2021 funding cycle. Click on the graphic above to see how FbD funding has created jobs, restored rivers, improved working lands and more for over 60 communities across the state.
In the 2023 – 2025 funding round, the Department of Ecology has requested $70.4M to support 11 projects across the state. Click on this fact sheet to see how these projects leverage over $100M in other funding to bring significant impacts for communities, salmon, and our economy.