Flash forward seven years later. There are so many examples of what integrated floodplain management looks like across the state. Local floodplain practitioners and leaders have found a new norm on how to manage floodplains that reaches across disciplines and backgrounds, digs deep to find locally driven solutions, doesn’t shy away from those difficult conversations and most of all gets work done on the ground. Levees are set back, new side channels are created, communities are more protected from flooding and agricultural land is protected — to name a few examples. It takes a village to do this work.
Now, we have a snapshot of this IFM work, thanks to the Puget Sound Institute, which just completed a “Synthesis of Integrated Floodplain Management in Selected Puget Sound River Deltas.” The synthesis highlights IFM groups in the Nooksack, Samish, Skagit, Stillaguamish, Snoqualmie, and Snohomish river basins in the Puget Sound Region. These basins were selected based on their large area of historic contiguous habitat and their significance to local salmon recovery efforts. Moreover, additional examples include: Floodplains for the Future, operating in the Puyallup River watershed, and the Yakima River Basin Integrated Plan, operating in the Yakima River Basin.