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Support for Integrated Floodplain Management

Capital projects, programmatic actions and collaborative work to advance integrated floodplain management are increasingly large and complex.  As a result, calls for support and capacity building have grown across the network.  Luckily, there is a lot of knowledge, expertise and resources to draw from on topics such as Project Management, Interpersonal Engagement, Communications, Research and Monitoring, and Pacific Northwest Tribes and Tribal engagement.

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Paula Harris
Nooksack River

“I can honestly say that when we got funding to acquire the highest risk properties on the Canyon Creek alluvial fan I thought that mitigating the risk to human life was probably the best we could ever do with a bad situation. While some salmon funding did come through, it was not near enough. The Floodplains by Design funding came at the critical time and now both the fish and residents of Glacier Springs are happy and safer.”

Project Management Resources

Project management associated with integrated floodplain work ranges from how to manage a complex, multi-interest, multi-party collaboration to seeing a capital project from idea to construction. For many, it includes working at a watershed scale, which means dozens of partners and projects and associated contracts and meetings. Resources on collaborative work, and permitting and contracting efficiencies can help move work forward easier.

Interpersonal Engagement Resources

Trust, collaboration and communication are foundational components of integrated floodplain management. This section contains resources for building trust with diverse project stakeholders, engaging with unhoused communities living in the floodplain or taking a trauma-informed approach to emergency communication. ​

Communication Resources

Building support for the vision of integrated floodplain management and the FbD capital grant program requires ongoing outreach to partners, elected officials, and funders. The linked and downloadable communications resources we provide here include program fact sheets, a letter to the editor tool-kit, and project fact sheets and templates. You can also reach out to us about developing custom outreach materials to support your efforts.

Research & Monitoring Resources

The Research and Monitoring team evaluates project and system impacts to enable continual learning and improvements to adaptively manage and improve the overall FbD program and process. This work focuses on adaptive governance and identifying indicators to track change in social, political, and institutional norms and structures needed to enable IFM outcomes. In this section you’ll find both past and ongoing research and monitoring resources. ​

Tribal Training Resources

The resources in this section are for learners interested in gaining foundational knowledge to use in working and collaborating with tribes. The materials and links here will provide deeper understanding of Washington Tribal governance and history, some of the similarities as well as the differences of Tribal Nations across Washington, and effective tools and techniques to collaborate and partner with Tribal Nations.