The Farming in the Floodplain Project is part of the Floodplains for the Future partnership in Pierce County, Washington State. We are focused on increasing the understanding of agricultural viability and analyzing the impact of future changes to flood and hydrology systems on farmlands (and farm businesses/farmers) in the greater Puyallup Watershed and in the Clear Creek area. We work collaboratively with agricultural landowners to understand, document, and support agricultural viability needs in the Watershed.
Continuing our work in the Clear Creek subbasin, we’ll be writing and working towards implementation of an Agricultural Resilience Action Plan, and supporting on-the-ground projects that improve agricultural viability. The long-term goal of this work is to advance progress toward a collectively agreed upon plan for lands in Clear Creek that supports a thriving agricultural community, while also meeting the needs of fish and flood interests. Within the larger Watershed, we’re working with partners to understand and address the physical barriers (often agricultural drainage) of agricultural viability in Pierce County.