The Flood Control District approved new flood reduction grant funding for Renton.
The King County Flood Control District (FCD) on Wednesday approved $100,000 in grant funding to support the City of Renton’s Monroe Avenue NE storm system improvement project. The funds were a part of $3.35 million in 2020 Flood Reduction Grants that the FCD awarded to 23 projects.
“This is an important, multi-benefit project that provides critical flood protection while also improving drainage and water quality in the Renton Highlands area,” said Flood Control District Vice Chair Reagan Dunn. “I’m glad that the Flood Control District is continuing to partner with the City of Renton to invest in flood control infrastructure that will serve our community for years to come.”
“Helping our cities resolve local flooding issues is an important aspect of the work of the King County Flood Control District,” said Flood Control District Chair Dave Upthegrove. “I am pleased that we were able to provide Renton with funding to undertake this project.”
The Monroe Ave NE storm system improvement project aims to improve stormwater conveyance and water quality treatment in a 245-acre sub-basin in the Renton Highlands area while reducing the risk of flooding along Monroe Ave NE and adjacent properties. The current stormwater overflow along Monroe is only a temporary solution for historic flooding. This $100,000 Flood Reduction grant would help fund a permanent stormwater infiltration facility that can provide adequate drainage and long-term flood protection.
“I’m delighted that the Flood Control District included significant funding to assist us with this multi-benefits project that addresses flood protection while enhancing our management of stormwater and our commitment to water quality,” said Renton Mayor Armondo Pavone. “I applaud Councilmember Dunn for his work on this project and his partnership with our city.”
In its seventh year, the Flood Reduction Grant program funds smaller non-Capital Improvement Plan projects supporting local communities including cities, homeowner associations, school districts, businesses, and non-profits. The program provides grant funding for projects with flood reduction benefits, including but not limited to, surface water overflows, near shore flooding, lake flooding due to outflow blockage, or the clearance of clogged agricultural drainage systems.