SNOQUALMIE VALLEY FLOODING – A GROWING CHALLENGE

 

No single factor impacts the viability of Snoqualmie Valley farms more than the river itself. Flooding is a part of life in this valley, but flooding made worse and less predictable by human intervention must be addressed if farms, businesses and residents are to thrive. Large scale restoration projects, which serve to sustain and grow certain species of animals or plants, are often at odds with the long-term viability of food production, as many of these projects lead to more standing water on crop fields. Development activity upstream and downstream can result in flood devastation from any combination of higher peak flows, slower drainage, less reliable flood warning and monitoring tools, and late season flooding, which can destroy spring plantings.

 

The SVPA works to protect the valley landscape parcel by parcel, but collectively, we see this work as protecting a public resource. A thriving local agricultural community benefits everyone in King County.

 

SVPA engages in developing science-driven solutions to land use and flooding challenges – practical, creative solutions that allow farmers and landowners to persist and thrive in the evolving floodplain.

 

FLOOD RESOURCES

GOVERNMENT EMERGENCY RESOURCES