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Save the date: Tolt River and flooding focus of Jan. 15 community meeting

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The King County Flood Control District and the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum host a community meeting and open house on Thursday, Jan. 15 in Carnation about the Tolt River Corridor Action Plan, a flood-risk reduction project underway to improve public safety and salmon habitat while keeping long-term river management costs down.

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The King County Flood Control District and the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum host a community meeting and open house on Thursday, Jan. 15 in Flood Control Zone District LogoCarnation about the Tolt River Corridor Action Plan, a flood-risk reduction project underway to improve public safety and salmon habitat while keeping long-term river management costs down.

Set for 6:30-8:45 p.m. in the Commons Room at the Tolt Middle School, 3740 Tolt Ave., Carnation, the meeting will begin and end with a half-hour open house so residents can talk with the project team, provide input on experiences with flooding and share their priorities for the river.

The main presentation starts at 7 p.m. and includes findings from a recently completed technical study of the lower Tolt River’s existing conditions, such as flood hazards, transportation access, and habitat quality.

The study area includes a six-mile stretch of the river from the confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers – near the City of Carnation – to the end of Tolt River Road Northeast and 361st Avenue Northeast.

“The Tolt River Corridor plan is a community-centered project that will be critical in helping to reduce flood activity in the area,” said King County Flood Control District Supervisor Kathy Lambert, who will be attending the meeting. “I encourage those who live near the Tolt River to attend this meeting and let their concerns and suggestions be heard.”

The next phase of the project is to evaluate possible river management actions such as setting back or removing levees; acquiring property from willing landowners to allow flood channel movement with lower risk to people; and altering or improving roads or bridges. Community input is essential in this evaluation.

A recommendation for action will be brought to the community by mid-2015 for further review.

For more information, to provide feedback, or to sign-up for project notifications, please visit www.kingcounty.gov/rivers or contact Sally King, King County project manager at 206-477-4734 or sally.king@kingcounty.gov.

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The King County Flood Control District is a special purpose government created to provide funding and policy oversight for flood protection projects and programs in King County. The Flood Control District’s Board is composed of the members of the King County Council. The Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks develops and implements the approved flood protection projects and programs. Information is available at www.kingcountyfloodcontrol.org/.