You may not think about floodplains all that much. But they are all around us, quietly at work, providing rich soil for our farms, habitat for our salmon and beautiful backdrops for our lives.
The Two-Minute Takeaway
A quick explanation of scientific terms and concepts we use regularly in conservation
Floodplains are made by a river meandering as it travels downstream. When this happens, it leaves behind silt and other deposits. These gradually build up to create the floor of the plain — a rich, fertile habitat and prime agricultural lands.
In the past we tried to “control” rivers so we could “use” the floodplain — straightening unruly rivers and building levees to keep the water in its place. We built whole cities where rivers once meandered. Now, salmon runs are disappearing and people live in the path of dangerous floodwaters.
Floodplain management needs a re-think. Our challenge is to modernize our approach so floodplains can sustain us — all of us — as our climate changes and population swells.
Explore maps that show how fluid rivers in Washington state have been over time.
The loss of another orca is a stark reminder of how sick our Puget Sound really is and the importance of river health, salmon recovery, climate change and the impacts of a fast-growing Puget Sound.
Climate change is bringing greater precipitation to Washington, with more frequent and severe storms. Healthy floodplains are a key natural solution: They absorb heavy flows, reduce flooding and temper storm surges.
The governor’s executive actions give us a unique and historic opportunity to come together as Northwesterners to save these majestic and intelligent whales
Through sideways rain as the tide rushed behind him, the tribal chairman talked about the turning point that this project represented.
Snohomish County farmers take part in advocacy after participating in a Photovoice project.
hanksgiving Day floods found many people evacuating their homes around Puget Sound and fish searching for quiet places to get away from fast-moving floodwaters.
How do we solve big flood events? By listening and learning from each other.
Floodplains are all around us, quietly at work, providing rich soil for our farms, habitat for our salmon and beautiful backdrops for our lives.
Help us celebrate Bob Carey's tenure by learning more about some of the projects Floodplains by Design has inspired and supported across the state.