Abstract Title

Session S-04E: Managing Floodplains for Multiple Benefits

Keywords

Habitat

Location

Room 613-614

Start Date

1-5-2014 8:30 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

Description

Puget Sound’s major rivers and their floodplains deliver a wealth of economic, social and environmental benefits. They support diverse and productive agriculture, sustain important fisheries, enable recreation and provide other functions essential to quality of life in the region. However, development and other activities in Puget Sound have degraded more than 70% of floodplains threatening salmon populations, impacting water quality, and limiting the extent to which these areas can regulate flood waters and support other natural river functions. The variety of problems caused by the loss and degradation of floodplains has triggered responses from an array of stakeholders and interests, resulting in uncoordinated and often conflicting efforts to manage these critical areas. To address this challenge the Nature Conservancy launched Floodplains by Design, a collaborative effort to improve decision-making by providing information to align isolated objectives and integrate disconnected stakeholders. A key component of this strategy is the development of a decision support tool designed to provide data and data visualizations that can support floodplain management funding, prioritization and implementation decisions at both local and regional scales. The Floodplain Resilience tool is currently under development both at a regional scale with state and federal agency partners and at a watershed scale in Snohomish County. In this presentation, we will describe the design and content of the Floodplain Resilience tool and discuss the intended audiences and relevant decision-making applciations.

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May 1st, 8:30 AM May 1st, 10:00 AM

Floodplain Resilience: A tool to support multi-objective decision-making in floodplains.

Room 613-614

Puget Sound’s major rivers and their floodplains deliver a wealth of economic, social and environmental benefits. They support diverse and productive agriculture, sustain important fisheries, enable recreation and provide other functions essential to quality of life in the region. However, development and other activities in Puget Sound have degraded more than 70% of floodplains threatening salmon populations, impacting water quality, and limiting the extent to which these areas can regulate flood waters and support other natural river functions. The variety of problems caused by the loss and degradation of floodplains has triggered responses from an array of stakeholders and interests, resulting in uncoordinated and often conflicting efforts to manage these critical areas. To address this challenge the Nature Conservancy launched Floodplains by Design, a collaborative effort to improve decision-making by providing information to align isolated objectives and integrate disconnected stakeholders. A key component of this strategy is the development of a decision support tool designed to provide data and data visualizations that can support floodplain management funding, prioritization and implementation decisions at both local and regional scales. The Floodplain Resilience tool is currently under development both at a regional scale with state and federal agency partners and at a watershed scale in Snohomish County. In this presentation, we will describe the design and content of the Floodplain Resilience tool and discuss the intended audiences and relevant decision-making applciations.