Integrated floodplain management is a holistic way to manage river resources that benefit diverse interests. A healthy floodplain is a place where both people and nature thrive. In order to be successful, partners and willing landowners must work together to put forward ideas that protect the health and livelihood of a more resilient floodplain community.
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The floodplains of Snohomish County are facing difficult and complex challenges. Land conversion and changing weather patterns threaten the livelihoods of farmers. Salmon populations continue to decline due to habitat loss. Large flood events are becoming more frequent and damaging. We can’t solve these problems alone, or by relying on uncoordinated, infrastructure-heavy flood control measures of the past. A shift to integrated floodplain management is needed to help communities identify and advance solutions that achieve gains for Farm, Fish and Flood reduction.
Community Floodplain Solutions (CFS) is a collaborative effort between Snohomish County, the Sustainable Lands Strategy (SLS), the Conservation District and more than a dozen organizations – all working to improve how we manage floodplains. Through integrated floodplain management, we can develop actions that lower flood risks to residents and farmers while increasing salmon habitat without transferring the hazards to adjacent or downstream landowners.
For more than a decade, SLS partners, subject matter experts and community members have worked together to build a multi-benefit planning framework, which led to the Lower Skykomish River Reach Scale Plan. This work continues to influence the CFS – Sky Valley program. Moving actions forward requires finalizing landowner agreements where work can begin. Potential project areas identified in this interactive map are still under review and not possible without the help of willing landowners.
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