French Slough Drainage Management
This was an initial effort in regulatory coordination in floodplains. This effort was focused on drainage maintenance in floodplains areas of the French Creek Watershed managed by the French Slough Flood Control District, however the purpose of the effort was to make multi-agency regulatory review in floodplains more predictable, efficient, and lead to improvement of ecosystem functions. French Creek drainage permits provide an opportunity to begin evaluating the actual business of floodplain regulation, starting on improving predictability and efficiency in the regulation of agricultural systems. The District ultimately declined to have their maintenance efforts serve as a pilot for regulatory coordination, and so the project was aborted. Learning was used to inform a Agricultural Drainage Symposium 2019 hosted by WSU Extension.
Additional materials on the overall system are curated on the French Creek Watershed page
- File:WDFW 2015 french creek drainage maintenance HPA.pdf defines terms of a 5-year HPA between WDFW and the FSFCD
- File:SEE 2015 french creek drainage district regions and ditches.pdf
- File:SnoCo 2017 diking and drainage district relationships.pdf answers questions for the Agricultural advisory board
- Efficiently complete permitting on agricultural drainage maintenance operations that are protective of trust resources.
- Develop relationships and situational understanding that sets us up for future efforts that resolve French Creek floodplain habitat problems.
- WDFW has signed a 5-year HPA (see above).
- The French District has submitted a JARPA for activities negotiated under the programmatic HPA, that JARPA was closed but may be reopened.
- The Snohomish Sustainable Lands Strategy is providing support for this effort.
- An ad hoc workgroup has developed a work plan for developing coordinated assessments to support projects like French Slough.