The Final Environmental Impact Statement for Pierce County's proposed Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan was released today. The statement evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the management plan, as well as two alternative approaches.
The flood plan will guide the
management of flooding and channel migration hazards on major rivers, large
tributaries and associated floodplains over the next 20 years. It is a comprehensive
approach to reducing damages from major river flooding and channel migration,
protecting public safety and improving fish habitat.
"The Final Environmental
Impact Statement outlines the impacts and benefits of the plan and its
alternatives on the earth, water, plants and animals, natural resources, land
and shoreline use, transportation, and public service and utilities, among
others," said Harold Smelt, manager of the Pierce County Public Works and
Utilities Surface Water Management division.
The final version
incorporates comments and new information the county received from the public
and stakeholders during the review process.
The proposed Flood Plan and
Final Environmental Impact Statement will be brought before the Pierce County
Council's Economic Infrastructure and Development Committee at 9:30 a.m. on
Sept. 25. Committee meetings are televised on Pierce County TV, which can be
found at www.piercecountytv.org.
A hearing before the full County
Council will be scheduled based on a recommendation from the committee.
In 1992, Pierce County
adopted the Puyallup River Comprehensive Flood Control Management Plan for the
Puyallup, Carbon and White rivers. The proposed Flood Plan will replace the
1992 plan and expand its scope to include the Nisqually, Greenwater, and Mashel
rivers and South Prairie Creek.
In December 2009, a committee
was formed to advise Pierce County on technical and policy issues related to
the proposed Flood Plan. The committee included 26 representatives from
federal, state, local and tribal government, business, agricultural, and
environmental organizations, flood prone communities, and other interested
parties. In addition, 14 public meetings were held between March 2010 and
Scientific studies were
completed to provide a better understanding of Pierce County river systems. In
addition, an in-depth analysis of the potential economic impacts of major
flooding in Pierce County was completed.
The Final Environmental
Impact Statement and proposed Flood Plan are available in a variety of formats.
Please visit www.piercecountywa.org/floodplan
for a list of available formats and to view related information.