Floodplains by Design grant program
Floodplains by Design is our primary grant program for projects in the floodplain. This partnership of local and tribal governments, state and federal agencies, and private organizations works to coordinate projects that reduce community flood hazards while restoring the natural functions Washington rivers and floodplains provide.
Local organizations have used these grants to improve flood protection for towns and farms, restore salmon habitat, improve water quality, and enhance outdoor recreation.
About the Floodplains by Design partnership
Floodplains by Design is an ambitious public-private partnership working to reduce flood risks and restore habitat along Washington’s major rivers. By transforming how floodplains are managed on a landscape scale, we can support thriving communities and a healthy environment. Since 2013, the Washington Legislature has appropriated $115 million to support large-scale, multiple-benefit projects across the state.
- Reduce flood risks and recover floodplain ecosystems while maintaining or improving agricultural production, water quality, and open space/recreation.
- Improve coordination of public funding for floodplain efforts.
2017-2019 funding cycle
Previous Funding Cycles
2017-2019 Floodplains by Design grants — $35 million awarded
Ecology, together with our partners at The Nature Conservancy and Puget Sound Partnership, are awarding more than $35 million in grants through the Floodplains by Design program for the current two-year state budget cycle (July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2019). The grants will go toward seven projects around the state. Each project is designed to reduce flood risks while restoring floodplain ecosystems.
* Ecology deducts 3 percent from each grant for department administrative costs.
|| Base award*
|| Final Award
|Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
||Steigerwald Flood Risk Reduction and Habitat Restoration Project
|| $ 4,579,547
|| $ 4,442,161
|Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group
||Lower Big Quilcene River Design and Acquisition Project
|| $ 2,355,526
|| $ 2,284,860
|King County Water & Land Resources
||Riverbend Reach Construction Phase 1
|| $ 7,500,000
|| $ 7,275,000
|Mason Conservation District
||Skokomish Watershed Ecosystem & Floodplain Restoration
|| $ 7,000,000
|| $ 6,790,000
|Pierce County - Surface Water Management
||Floodplains for the Future - Puyallup, White & Carbon Rivers
|| $ 7,750,000
|| $ 7,517,500
|Skagit River System Cooperative
||Barnaby Reach Floodplain & Habitat Restoration
|| $ 415,000
|| $ 402,550
|Yakima County - Public Services Department
||Rambler's Park, Phase VI
|| $ 5,788,000
|| $ 5,614,360
|| $ 34,326,431
Floodplains by Design Grant Program Lead
*Northwest Washington grant inquiries, please contact Scott.
*Central Washington grant inquiries, please contact Scott.
Southwest Washington grant manager
Eastern Washington grant manager
For a list of counties in each region, visit our Contact Us page.