Ferndale Road flooding
Flooding in Acme community
South Fork Nooksack River farmland
Fish Camp Community Workshop
Floodplains by Design is a public-private partnership working to reduce flood risk, restore habitat, and create naturally resilient communities along Washington’s major rivers . Funding from Washington State supports large-scale, multiple-benefit projects through the Department of Ecology’s Floodplains by Design grant program. The Floodplains by Design approach is locally-driven and based on collaboration and partnership to find solutions that work for all. It’s a new way to think about floodplains and how to manage them.
The Nooksack River: Floodplains that Work is the name of our community-driven Floodplains by Design approach to managing the Nooksack River floodplain. This work is being funded and completed in phases. The Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District is leading this effort, bringing diverse interests together to find mutually agreeable solutions that work for the community and achieve project goals to:
Whatcom County is seeking $12.4 million in funding for the Nooksack River: Floodplains that Work Phase 3 in the 2023-2025 Washington State Floodplains by Design (FbD) budget. The county was ranked first across the state for its Phase 3 proposal, and funding confirmation will occur after the 2023 legislative session.
Whatcom County received $6.3 million in funding for Phase 2 in the 2021-2023 FbD budget and $6 million in funding for Phase 1 in the 2019-2023 FbD budget. The county is providing an additional $3.1 million (20%) in local match from the Flood Control Zone District for Phases 1 and 2 combined.
Phase 3 will build on work currently underway in Phases 1 and 2. The Floodplains by Design grant funding allows the county to develop and implement integrated floodplain management projects at a scale that is not possible with local funding alone.
Phase 1 Project Accomplishments 2019-2023
Phase 2 Project Accomplishments 2021-2025