Floodplains by Design
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The Nature Conservancy and a new state capital program being developed by Washington State Department of Ecology. The US Geological Survey has provided technical leadership to assess the ecological functions and flood risk within Puget Sound river floodplains.
The Floodplains By Design Grant Program
- The state capital program was developed in response to a capital appropriation in the 2013-15 State biennial WDOE budget, which funded an initial 11 Puget Sound projects, largely derived from Lead Entity three year workplans where salmon recovery actions provide multiple beneifits, and provided additional funds for competitive funding.
- The new program decided to extend the effort to State-wide projects, and develop a list for the 2015-17 budget.
- Washington State Department of Ecology program webpage
- The program prepares a project list for legislative review. Appropriations are targetted to specific projects, reducing the programs ability to adjust the funding package after appropriation in response to changes in project status. This is the culmination of a trend toward direct legislative oversight of capital programs which has reduced program staffs ability to adjust funding in the public interest.
The National Initiative
- National TNC Floodplains By Design initiative webpage
- TNC Puget Sound Floodplains webpage
- Floodplain by Design Decision Tool - FbD has developed a ESRI map engine prototype that presents floodplain data and climate change projections.
- Fisher Slough Restoration and Port Susan Restoration are both identified by TNC as examples of multiple-benefit projects.
- Konrad 2015 describes analytic methods--spatial data are available at the USGS publication page.
- The Coordinated Investment has identified flood management coordination
- The Puget Sound Partnership's implementation strategies include a Floodplain Implementation Strategy.