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Release: King County Flood District now accepting applications for flood reduction grant program, 3/18/14

Flood Reduction Fund

** APPLICATIONS CLOSED ** (June 15, 2014)

The Flood Reduction Fund targets medium and small local flood reduction projects including projects where the control of stormwater will have a direct benefit in reducing flooding.

  • There is no cap on the award amount, except up to the annual amount allocated to the Flood Reduction Fund of $2.6 million.
  • Matching funds are encouraged but not required.
  • The expenditure of funds must be completed no later than 36 months after receiving funds.
  • An annual status report and final project completion report are both required.

Eligible applicants

  • Homeowner associations
  • Private non-profit organizations or associations
  • Local group, not yet incorporated.
  • Schools
  • Special districts
  • Tribes
  • King County jurisdictions

Private individuals, businesses, and consultants are not eligible.

Application 

2014 Flood Reduction Fund Application (MS Word RTF, 115KB)

Instructions:

1.     To complete the application, save the application file to your computer and fill in all fields.

2.     If filing by mail, submit one copy of this application.

3.     For electronic filing of the application, all attachments must be electronic files or links to web pages.

4.     The deadline to return the completed application is June 15, 2014.

STANDARD MAIL:  
Sylvia Aro, River and Floodplain Management
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Water and Land Resources Division
201 South Jackson Street, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98104 

ELECTRONIC MAIL: wlr-rivers@kingcounty.gov.

For more information or help with the application process, please contact King County River and Floodplain Management.

Eligible projects

1.     The proposal is consistent with the priority rating system and provides a flood reduction benefit such as, but not limited to:

  • Surface water overflows;
  • Near-shore flooding;
  • Lake flooding due to outflow blockage;
  • Clearance of clogged agricultural drainage systems
  • Slope stabilization when slope failure is caused by the design inadequacy or failure of a stormwater system; or
  • Assessment of existing conditions as part of the creation of a lake management district.

2.     The proposal provides a broad economic benefit, such as:

  • Maintaining access to goods and infrastructure that serve a larger agricultural economy; or
  • Providing navigable water channels for industry and recreation.

3.     The project is reasonable based on the following:

  • Implementation of the project is realistic and well-thought out;
  • The budget is feasible for the kind of activity proposed;
  • The budget is detailed and shows good leverage;
  • Partners and stakeholders are engaged in several phases of this project;
  • The project team is qualified to carry out the project;
  • The project legacy, through oversight or continuous improvements, is assured; or
  • Readiness to proceed is assured (e.g., design is finalized and permits are secured or are being expedited as an incentive to start the project).

Ineligible projects

The following types of projects will not be considered for funding:

1.     Projects that are already eligible for funding under Watershed Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) programs, such as:

  • habitat improvement projects where flood hazard reduction is not the primary purpose, and
  • salmon habitat enhancement projects.

2.     Projects whose design and/or performance may transfer flooding problems upstream or downstream.

3.     Projects that do not compensate for the loss of restored or undisturbed natural habitat or may adversely impact habitat or water quality.

4.     Projects that do not include on-the-ground structural improvements as a deliverable, except for the assessment of existing conditions related to the creation of lake management districts.

5.     Projects included on the King County Flood Control District 6-year Capital Improvement Project list.

6.     The project can not currently be on the King County Flood Control District's 6-year Capital.

Supplemental items for consideration

The project selection team will evaluate whether or not a proposed project provides any of these additional optional items:

1.     Project results in multiple benefits, such as:

  • Demonstrable water quality improvement to a listed body of water;
  • Recreational access;
  • Ecosystem protections and improvements not limited to salmon;
  • Safeguarding critical facilities;
  • Improved access to maintain the economic viability of a community, including water access; or
  • Channel migration zone protection.

2.     Project leverages state, federal and local programs and funding directed towards floodplain management efforts.

3.     Project provides matching funds (not required).

For more information, contact King County River and Floodplain Management Section.