Dedicated to Flood Risk Reduction in the Chehalis River Basin
The purpose of the Chehalis River Basin FCZD is to address the continuing flooding problem associated with the Chehalis River. The objectives of the District include, but are not limited to: reducing the risk associated with flooding; preserving life, preventing damage to property; and protecting, preserving and conserving natural resources within the District.
The Flood Control Zone District is sponsoring a major flood mitigation project identified as the Governor's Work Group Recommendation in the Chehalis River Basin Strategy. The recommendation would achieve flood damage reduction through implementation of a Flood Retention Facility and raising the Airport Levee.
History of the Flood Control Zone District
The Chehalis River Basin Flood Control Zone District (FCZD) was created in accordance with the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Chapter 86.15. The FCZD has existed for many years in some capacity, and has gone through periods of higher and lower levels of activity. Past actions have included creation of planning and guidance documents which have help shape floodplain and stormwater regulations in Lewis County.
May 7, 1973
The Board of County Commissioners of Lewis County adopted a resolution declaring its intention to form a county-wide flood control zone district in Lewis County. After public hearing the flood control zone district was formally formed on April 1, 1974.
March 31, 1997
The Board of County Commissioners of Lewis County adopted a resolution that formed and incorporated a county-wide flood control zone in the County (1997 Zone).
May 5, 1997
The Board adopted a resolution that formed subzones within the 1997 zone for the Cowlitz River Basin (the "Cowlitz Subzone") and the Chehalis River Basin (the "Chehalis Subzone"), and dissolved all flood control zone districts created prior to March 31, 1997.
January 24, 2011
The Board declared its intention to abolish all county-wide zone districts in the County, including all subzones created thereunder, and declared its intention to form a flood control zone for the Chehalis River Basin.
February 14, 2011
The board adopted a resolution creating the Chehalis River Basin Flood Control District, as it is today.
Who we are
Edna J. Fund, Chair
Robert Jackson, Vice Chair
Erik Martin, District Administrator
Lara McRea, Interim Clerk
Betsy Dillin, Staff
John Henricksen, Chair
Bill Brumsickle, Vice Chair