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Announcing Plans to develop the Floodzilla Citizen Hydrologist Project

Living with floods in the Snoqualmie Valley is a way of live for those who live and work and farm here, but the floods seem to come faster and seem less predictable.

In response, the SVPA is working on a tool to make it easier to track what’s happening while it’s happening, and also to collect data to gain insight on how flooding is changing.

A small team of dedicated members of the valley community, lead by Floodzilla author Geary Eppley, is working to deploy a beta/prototype by flood season in the Fall of 2016.

The tool would allow users to upload observations into a map, and allow others to view it real time. Observations such as water levels, road closures, and flood damage would be loaded by users and stored over time. Users could check in to see what is happening upstream, which is especially useful for individuals needing to prepare for floods. We are also working on a remote sensor that can track water levels automatically.

Check back for more updates on this exciting project.

Email Cynthia Krass at cynthia@svpa.us or Geary Eppley at geary@svpa.us with any questions or comments. We’d love to hear from you!

Snoqualmie Falls Hydraulic Flood Study

Responding to pressure from the SVPA and other lower valley stakeholders, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks has commissioned a study to understand the impacts of the recent modifications made to Snoqualmie Falls. The SVPA is is pleased that the county has retained hydrologist Ed McCarthy, PhD as the peer reviewer for the study. Dr. McCarthy has participated in the scoping of the project, and estimates that the results will be available in late spring 2015.

Email cynthia@svpa.us with any questions or comments.

Flooding is a part of life in the Snoqualmie Valley, but flooding made worse and less predictable by human intervention must be addressed if farms, businesses and residents are to thrive. Development activity upstream and downstream can result in flood devastation from any combination of higher peak flows, slower drainage, less reliable flood warning and monitoring tools, and late season flooding, which can destroy spring plantings.

The SVPA works with community members, landowners, King County, Washington State Department of Ecology, Flood Control District, King Conservation District, and other nonprofits to ensure that the policies and standards for flood management, habitat restoration projects and recreation uses are compatible with long term viability of the lower Valley.