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County seeks public help to update flood management plan

Post by Mike Archbold on Aug. 17, 2009 at 12:46 pm with No Comments »
August 17, 2009 12:46 pm

Pierce County is looking for help from the public as it prepares to update and expand its flood management plan for its major rivers.

"We really want this to be a good plan that addresses flood issues in a comprehensive and coordinated way," Lorin Reinelt, project manager for Pierce County Public Works and Utilities, said in a press release Monday.

"We invite people to share their opinions through the online survey, to be part of the advisory committee, or to send us their comments. We have already seen a strong interest in working together on this."

The plan Web site offers surveys and opportunities for the public’s input on such issues as floodplain development regulations, levee maintenance, gravel removal, fish habitat, emergency response and public education.

The existing plan. written in 1991, is out of date and includes only the Puyallup River system. The new plan will include more rivers and reflect current issues, policies and priorities for managing river flooding.

River flooding affects everyone, and all Pierce County households, even those in incorporated cities, will soon receive a postcard with information about the flood plan update and how get involved.

The updated plan, according to the county, will address the range of resource and policy issues facing local jurisdictions, resource managers, tribes, property owners and businesses.

“The goal is to reduce the risk to life and property from river flooding and channel migration,” Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy said in the press release announcing the plan update. “It requires striking a balance among cost-effective flood hazard management, available funding, compatible human uses, economic sustainability, and improved fish and wildlife habitat in flood-prone areas.”

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