Presentation Abstract

Floodplains are some of the most economically and ecologically vital lands of Puget Sound but also some of the most impaired as well. Investments at the local and regional level aim to improve aquatic and terrestrial habitat, reduce flood risk, and protect economically important lands. However, the condition and status of Puget Sound floodplains is poorly quantified in a consistent manner across the 17 major watersheds, hindering strategic investments and planning. The Puget Sound Partnership and Washington Department of Ecology are developing an assessment of floodplain condition and status for a Sound-wide watershed-scale floodplain monitoring effort using spatial data and local knowledge. The Partnership ad Ecology are engaging technical floodplain expertise from the region’s federal, tribe, state, county, and local organizations to advise the project. The spatial assessment will initially focus on three pilot watersheds from a diverse geomorphic setting to develop a region-wide procedure that will be applied in the remaining 14 watersheds for a comprehensive condition and status of Puget Sound floodplains. This assessment and the spatial products will support: a) strategic planning for habitat protection and restoration, reduction of flood risk, and conservation of agricultural lands at the region-wide and local levels, b) the Partnership’s Vital Sign program, c) WDFW and DNR’s Floodplain Implementation Strategy, d) evaluation of potential restoration and protection projects for the region’s grant programs including Floodplains by Design, and e) tracking restoration progress and investments across the region’s watersheds in a standardized manner at both the local watershed and regional scales.

Session Title

Lessons from Management Approaches

Keywords

Floodplains, Management

Conference Track

SSE4: Ecosystem Management, Policy, and Protection

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE4-445

Start Date

6-4-2018 9:30 AM

End Date

6-4-2018 9:45 AM

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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Assessment of floodplain condition across Puget Sound: an emerging tool for tracking investments and communicating status

Floodplains are some of the most economically and ecologically vital lands of Puget Sound but also some of the most impaired as well. Investments at the local and regional level aim to improve aquatic and terrestrial habitat, reduce flood risk, and protect economically important lands. However, the condition and status of Puget Sound floodplains is poorly quantified in a consistent manner across the 17 major watersheds, hindering strategic investments and planning. The Puget Sound Partnership and Washington Department of Ecology are developing an assessment of floodplain condition and status for a Sound-wide watershed-scale floodplain monitoring effort using spatial data and local knowledge. The Partnership ad Ecology are engaging technical floodplain expertise from the region’s federal, tribe, state, county, and local organizations to advise the project. The spatial assessment will initially focus on three pilot watersheds from a diverse geomorphic setting to develop a region-wide procedure that will be applied in the remaining 14 watersheds for a comprehensive condition and status of Puget Sound floodplains. This assessment and the spatial products will support: a) strategic planning for habitat protection and restoration, reduction of flood risk, and conservation of agricultural lands at the region-wide and local levels, b) the Partnership’s Vital Sign program, c) WDFW and DNR’s Floodplain Implementation Strategy, d) evaluation of potential restoration and protection projects for the region’s grant programs including Floodplains by Design, and e) tracking restoration progress and investments across the region’s watersheds in a standardized manner at both the local watershed and regional scales.