Floodplains by Design: A tool to support multi-objective decision-making in floodplains

Posted on: 11/20/2016 - Updated on: 9/28/2022

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The Floodplain by Design decision tool identifies areas at risk from flooding with an assessment of their current and potential ecosystem function helping coordinate the actions of stakeholders as they develop multiple benefit floodplain restoration projects. We will show the regional 'app' developed in collaboration with state and federal agencies to identify opportunity areas and inform program funding decisions. We will also describe the local 'app' developed in partnership with Snohomish County, WA which integrates data about flooding under future climate change scenarios with information related to salmon recovery, agriculture and other objectives to inform local project development and support coordination. 

Floodplains by Design is a Public-Private Partnership led by: The Nature Conservancy, Puget Sound Partnership, and State of Washington Department of Ecology


Managing Organizations

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

Our vision: Our innovative partnerships sustain healthy land, air, and water in harmony with a strong economy.

Our mission: Protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

The Puget Sound Partnership is a community effort of citizens, governments, tribes, scientists and businesses working together to restore and protect Puget Sound.

Despite its size, Puget Sound is ecologically delicate; and while its symptoms of trouble are not easily visible, they are undeniable and getting worse.


Sector Addressed
Target Climate Changes and Impacts