Renton could benefit from proposed Flood Control Disrtrict grant

From a press release:

The Executive Committee of the King County Flood Control District on Monday gave its approval to a recommendation that the City of Renton receive a Flood Control District grant from a newly created program aimed at reducing the impact of local flooding.

The $200,000 would be used by Renton for the Maplewood Creek project, which would replace failed stormwater outfalls with a single outfall that discharges to Maplewood Creek. These outfalls convey runoff from the Heather Downs subdivision to the east down a steep ravine to Maplewood Creek.

“The Flood District’s grant program targets local flood reduction projects that will help to reduce flooding in communities across King County,” said Reagan Dunn, Chair of the Flood Control District. Dunn represents parts of Renton on the Flood Control District, in a press release. “By replacing these outfalls the city will help to prevent future erosion and thus reduce the landslide risk to homes located on top of the slope above the failed outfalls.”

“The City of Renton very much appreciates the Flood District’s grant award,” said Renton’s Public Works Administrator Gregg Zimmerman, speaking on behalf of Mayor Denis Law. “One of the benefits of this project is that it will reduce the amount of sediment that flows into Maplewood Creek and eventually the Cedar River. This will improve the salmon habitat.”

The new grant program targets flood reduction projects throughout King County. A total of $2.6 million in grants are available in 2014, with the funds being awarded on a competitive basis by the Flood Control District.

Eligible applicants included homeowner associations, private non-profit organizations or associations, schools, special districts, tribes and King County jurisdictions. Funded projects must be completed within 36 months of receiving funds.

Final action on the recommendation will occur before the full King County Flood Control District Board of Supervisors at its upcoming meeting.

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