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Action Alert: Floodplains By Design program funding at risk!

Funding for local Floodplains for the Future work in the Puyallup Watershed is in danger of being cut! We put together a letter template you can use to send a message of support to your representatives in Olympia to maintain adequate funding in the proposed state budget for the Floodplains by Design grant program to ensure projects in our watershed get funded.

More information about how these funds are spent in Pierce County can be found here: www.floodplainsforthefuture.org

Instructions: Cut and paste the sample letter below and send via email or snail mail to the House Budget Capital Committee. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to send letters this month!

{DATE}

Steve Tharinger
House Capital Budget Committee Chair
236A John L. O’Brien Building
P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600
Christine Rolfes
Senate Ways & Means Committee Chair
311 J.A. Cherberg Building
P.O. Box 40482, Olympia, WA 98504-0482

Re: 2019-2021 funding for Floodplains by Design
Dear Representative Tharinger, Senator Rolfes, and Committee Members,

The {Your Organization} would like to thank you for your past support to fund the Department of Ecology’s Floodplains by Design program and would like to ask that full funding continue for the next budget cycle.

The program supports innovative, integrated floodplain management across Washington that reduces flood risk, and protects and restores salmon habitat. The program also supports local collective efforts, such as Pierce County’s Floodplains for the Future, that teach us that we can preserve recreational and cultural assets while at the same time preserving agricultural uses – a symbiosis not historically recognized that we must understand to maximize the beneficial uses of these at-risk open spaces.

Floodplains by Design and Floodplains for the Future are programs that need our support to continue to bridge the partnerships between farming, salmon habitat restoration, and floodplain infrastructure management. We feel this is critically important in the Puyallup River Watershed where historically development, agriculture, and habitat competed strongly over these limited-resource floodplains.

Floodplains for the Future teaches us to re-imagine how we manage our floodplains, leading us to safer communities, sustainable farming economies, and the habitat we need to recover our endangered salmon. {Your Organization} appreciates your consideration to continue to fund the Department of Ecology’s Floodplains by Design program. We look forward to seeing how farming, fish habitat restoration, and flood risk management evolve as a result. Thank you.

Sincerely,

{Your Organization}

 

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