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Lower Snoqualmie farmers needed for flood impact survey

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The King County Flood Control District is initiating a survey of farmers in the lower Snoqualmie Valley to learn more about how flooding impacts agricultural operations.

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The King County Flood Control District is initiating a survey of farmers in the lower Snoqualmie Valley to learnFlood Control Zone District Logo more about how flooding impacts agricultural operations. The goal is to increase understanding of flooding and erosion risks, especially related to agricultural buildings and farm fields.

To reach a goal of surveying every farmer in the lower Snoqualmie Valley, there are multiple ways to participate. Farmers are invited to drop by the Carnation Library at 4804 Tolt Ave. between 2-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 to meet with King County staff and complete a survey. Farmers may also make an appointment to take the survey in person or by phone, or at their convenience online.

“To improve the effectiveness of flood mitigation actions we need a better understanding of what farmers need,” said Reagan Dunn, Chair of the King County Flood Control District. “While this initial assessment is focused on impacts to farming, the program includes all structures in the floodplain, and we would like to hear from anyone impacted by floods.”

“In the lower Snoqualmie Valley, the rivers have deep, fast flows that create flood risks even during moderate flooding because the valley is flat and wide,” said King County Flood Control District Supervisor Kathy Lambert, who represents the Snoqualmie Valley. “There have been six major floods since 1990 that have caused significant damage and disruption and we want to do everything we can to reduce or prevent those impacts in the future.”

The results of the assessment will be used to help set priorities for implementing actions such as farm pads and raising houses and barns above flood levels. Additionally, information gathered will inform future flood risk reduction efforts in the lower Snoqualmie Valley.

Please contact Richelle Rose at 206-477-4815 or richelle.rose@kingcounty.gov to make an appointment to take the survey or for more information about the survey and assessment. Alternate formats and interpreter and translation services are available by request. TTY relay: 711.


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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.