File:Whitely Binder & Morse 2016 stillaguamish puyallup climate change interviews.pdf

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Whitely Binder, L.C, and J. Morse. 2016. Climate Resilient Floodplains: Local Perspectives on Integrating Climate Resilience into Floodplain Management and Planning in the Stillaguamish and Puyallup River Watersheds. University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Seattle, WA.


  • Summary of interviews of individuals involved in floodplain management.
  • Builds from recent work by Mauger et al 2015 puget sound climate change
  • Stillaguamish interview identified unresolved tension between restoring river habitat formation processes and enhancing farm production.
  • Unresolved tension in DNR authority between revenue, and enhancing forest maturity to increase hydrologic function.
  • Many comments point to the potential benefits of distributed water catchement both to reduce flood impacts, reduce incision of stream channels, and provide irrigation for changing agriculture.

"In the lower watershed, climate change could put a squeeze on agricultura l production if August temperatures are too warm for the crops typically grown in the Stillaguamish and wetter spring conditions make it more difficult to plant earlier to avoid the warmer August temperatures. This squeeze, it was noted, may occur even as climate change induced drought in California creates higher demand for products grown in the Stillaguamish. This could lead to more intensive farming in the lower watershed and increase the need for on farm water storage for irrigation."

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