Presentation Abstract

Floodplains for the Future is a multi-organizational collaboration that seeks to improve habitat for salmon, protect communities and critical infrastructure from flooding while preserving agricultural lands in the Puyallup River Watershed. FFTF partners invest in their long-term vision when they dedicate staff time, fund studies and projects, and implement capital improvement plans in the in the Puyallup, White, and Carbon River floodplains. FFTF Partners understand that the key to successful collaborative floodplain management is ensuring that individual stakeholder goals are being integrated at both the project and watershed scales. Partners need to be able to observe progress toward goals. With this in mind, FFTF Partners embarked to create an ambitious long-term monitoring plan to track outcomes of their work as well as gauge their continued support for the overall program. Led by the Pierce Conservation District with support from Environmental Science Associates and Ross Strategic, the long-term monitoring plan consists of a set of high-level metrics related to how communities interact with land in the floodplain, the capital investments made and progress toward shared goals, and the outcomes and benefits in the floodplain. FFTF partners are responsible for reporting metric data annually, biennially, or every five years and have committed to coming together to assess the state of the floodplain every two years. The shared monitoring plan is in its early stages; the first round of monitoring will begin in 2018, and baseline information is in development. In total, there are 21 individual metrics and three integrated metrics in the monitoring plan. A website will serve as the primary method for communicating monitoring information to the public and is a key element of the communication effort with FFTF Partners.

Session Title

Building Resilient Floodplains through Regional Policy, Community-driven Solutions and Science: The Story of Integrated Floodplain Management

Keywords

Flood, Monitoring, Integrated

Conference Track

SSE1: Habitat Restoration and Protection

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE1-143

Start Date

5-4-2018 4:45 PM

End Date

5-4-2018 5:00 PM

Type of Presentation

Oral

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Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Tackling nebulous ideas: building a shared monitoring plan for tracking outcomes of integrated floodplain management in the Puyallup River watershed

Floodplains for the Future is a multi-organizational collaboration that seeks to improve habitat for salmon, protect communities and critical infrastructure from flooding while preserving agricultural lands in the Puyallup River Watershed. FFTF partners invest in their long-term vision when they dedicate staff time, fund studies and projects, and implement capital improvement plans in the in the Puyallup, White, and Carbon River floodplains. FFTF Partners understand that the key to successful collaborative floodplain management is ensuring that individual stakeholder goals are being integrated at both the project and watershed scales. Partners need to be able to observe progress toward goals. With this in mind, FFTF Partners embarked to create an ambitious long-term monitoring plan to track outcomes of their work as well as gauge their continued support for the overall program. Led by the Pierce Conservation District with support from Environmental Science Associates and Ross Strategic, the long-term monitoring plan consists of a set of high-level metrics related to how communities interact with land in the floodplain, the capital investments made and progress toward shared goals, and the outcomes and benefits in the floodplain. FFTF partners are responsible for reporting metric data annually, biennially, or every five years and have committed to coming together to assess the state of the floodplain every two years. The shared monitoring plan is in its early stages; the first round of monitoring will begin in 2018, and baseline information is in development. In total, there are 21 individual metrics and three integrated metrics in the monitoring plan. A website will serve as the primary method for communicating monitoring information to the public and is a key element of the communication effort with FFTF Partners.