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Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Issues Page
12/16/1955 Minutes of Meeting of Skagit County Chapter, Puget Sound Flood Control Council Composed mostly of Dike District Commissioners the Council discussed the proposed "cut-off" on the North Fork of the Skagit River.  No one mentioned the impact of tides on flood flows.  One concern was that the new channel would deposit silt in the channel East of Whidbey Island which could impact navigation.  Predicted the South Fork of the river would be almost non-existent in a very few years.  Dike Districts talked about forming a County-wide Flood Control District to simplify the levying of taxes for local participation.
5/17/1966 Ltr to Corps fm State re Flood Control Developments in Skagit County
Letter addressed a meeting in which "reorganization" of the dike districts was discussed.  It was the first seed planted for the formation of the current Skagit County Flood Control Zone District.   "In an effort to develop and present a united position on a flood control plan and program, which plan may be that of the Corps of Engineers now tentatively proposed, a flood control advisory committee was selected from the total number of diking districts on the valley floor to represent the full community interested in and likely to be affected by floods and their control."  ...  "Upon a general discussion of the proposed Corps' project (a. levees and channel improvement; b. Avon Bypass; and c. upstream storage), consolidation of the sixteen diking districts was quite thoroughly explored. Either a flood control district (86.09 RCW) or a flood control zone district (86.15 'RCW) appears to be a superior, legal vehicle over reorganization under their present diking district laws (Title 85 RCW)." 
1/17/1967 Skagit County BCC ltr to Corps re establishment of Citizens Advisory Committee on Flood Control BCC let Corps know they planned on setting up a county-wide flood control district.  Also would hire more qualified staff to handle flood control items in the future.  Ltr was in response to Corps August 25, 1966 ltr
1/27/1967 CORPS ltr in response to 1/17/1967 ltr Corps let BCC know that they were willing to work with the committee.
2/3/1967 Corps Daily Log entry re telephone conversation with County Engineer Corps wanted new flood control committee to call itself the Water Resource Planning Committee rather than a Flood Control Committee so that it could start out with an objective of having a comprehensive look at all aspects of water resources planning rather than limit themselves to flood control.
2/20/1967 DF re Meeting With Local Interests on Skagit River Basin Planning It was Corps idea to form Water Resources Committee.  One purpose of the committee was to form countywide Flood Control District for project sponsorship.
8/25/1967 DRAFT Resolution from WRAC to County Commissioners Purpose of FCZD was to raise taxes for flood control activities.  Agreed to comp plan (attached) that would raise levees to 8 year protection to include "fuse plugs" to eliminate critical levee failures.  In addition, a program of public information and control of the flood plain will be adopted to insure that developments are controlled and a false sense of security does not exist.
10/19/1967 MFR re Skagit County Commissioner Attempts to Form Countywide Flood Control District Corps wanted local funds in hand by January 1, 1967.  FCZD was not formed until 9/1/1970.  See Resolution re: Countywide Flood Control Zone District.
9/1/1970 County Commissioner Public Hearing Transcript RE: Formation of Flood Control Zone

“We can't do anything. Our hands are completely off of it. If we form a flood control zone district it gives us some power to start doing something with our own problem locally. Up to now it has always been the Corps of Engineers or somebody distant from us who has wasted our taxpayers money doing all these studies. We are trying to correct this. If we don't make some chances we will be powerless to do anything about this.”

9/1/1970

Resolution re Countywide Flood Control Zone District

This resolution established the Skagit County Flood Control Zone.
11/25/1970 DF re Avon By-pass and using trash for levee fill Locals wanted to know if they could use "encased solid waste" for levee construction.  We could change Mt. Vernons name to Mt. Trashmore.  County also wanted to know if they could "bid" on the levee projects.
4/6/1971

BOC letter to Corps re Flood Control Phases

County established countywide flood control zone. Levee improvement project was tied to Avon By-Pass or upstream storage. Urged Corps to implement flood control storage.
6/17/1971 Corps ltr to County Commissioners re additional requirements for Corps project other than the formation of Flood Control Zone District Corps wanted to be assured of "continuing maintenance" of project and wanted county to be aware that they were responsible for additional right-of-way acquisition cost.
5/08/1975 Skagit County letter to Corps re sponsorship of the lower levee project “Skagit County does have an established County-Wide Flood Control Zone District which will enable the County to provide financing for its local sponsorship.”
7/17/1975 Series of letters re Congressman Meeds inquiry re changes in the deferred to active project list. Congressman used recycled paper for his stationary.  BCC wanted to activate the 1966 Levee and Channel Improvement project; achieve additional storage behind Baker Dam; have a study done on the feasibility of the Sauk River Dam; agreed that if Sauk not feasible then would look at Avon Bypass.  "We, as a Board, know that we are sitting on a "Time Bomb" in the Skagit Valley.
9/13/1977 Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Letter to Corps re sponsorship of the Levee Improvement Project via the Flood Control Zone District “As adequate flood protection is urgently needed to protect our urban and farm areas, Skagit County has established a County-wide Flood Control Zone District which will enable the County to provide financing for its local sponsorship.”
3/1978
NEW
Corps Public Brochure re Skagit River Levee and Channel Projects See also Public Meeting Transcript and 3/23/78 SVH for a meeting summary.  Pg2...The 100-yr flood at SW is estimated at about 215,000 cfs.  Pg3...The existing levees below Burlington vary in level of protection ... from 84,000 cfs to 130,000 cfs with a minimum 2 ft levee freeboard.  Pg7...The two "PSE" dams on the Baker river provide flood control for the Baker River Basin which amounts to approximately 10% of the Skagit River drainage  ... Skagit River flood damages in Dec 1975 totaled $3,247,000... Skagit County has considered a comprehensive flood control plan to guide future planning and has formed a county-wide flood control district to enable the county to sponsor flood control improvement projects.  (See 1973 Comp Plan Alternatives for the Skagit ) which was clearly never enforced.
1986 RCW 86.26.105: Comprehensive flood control management plan — Requirements — Time for completion. A comprehensive flood control management plan shall be completed and adopted within at least three years of the certification that it is being prepared, as provided in RCW 86.26.050.  If after this three-year period has elapsed such a comprehensive flood control plan has not been completed and adopted, grants for flood control maintenance projects shall not be made to the county or municipal corporations in the county until a comprehensive flood control plan is completed and adopted by the appropriate local authority. 
1/21/2001 WAC 173-145-040: Comprehensive flood control management plan What must be in the CFHMP/CFCMP by state statute.
3/15/2005 Memorandum from Public Works Dept. Requested opinion from Prosecuting Attorneys Office re proper expenditures for Drainage Utility
10/17/2005 Essential Activities List from the Public Works Department

To be funded by the Skagit Countywide Flood Control Zone District

1/17/2006 Draft Interlocal Agreement for Flood Control Zone District Draft Interlocal Agreement to activate FCZD, has neither environmental nor land use component.
3/15/2006 Draft letter to be sent to dike districts/cities and towns Document explains that County was going to form SCFCZD.
4/24/2007 Public Works Dept. Memo re Rough cost estimate for FCZD planning purposes.

"With the development of the flood control project, some areas may not receive 100-year protection and a variety of floodplain management techniques will need to be evaluated.  This may include buy-outs, elevation of structures, flood proofing, and changes to the current zoning and regulations to prevent development in areas that have been identified as flood prone."  "The proposed Flood damage reduction measures were designed so that the Corps hydraulic analysis can evaluate a range of flows with an attempt to optimize the benefit to cost ratio."

4/25/2007 Agenda for meeting between County Public Works Department and Consultant Items to be discussed included doing away with Sub-Flood Control Zones and taxing cities and diking districts.
4/25/2007 Countywide Flood Control Zone District Data Requirements Consultant request info for activation of SCFCZD.
5/1/2007 Update to verbiage in planning memo County updates proposed projects list.
5/3/2007 Update to verbiage in planning memo Further clarification of what planning memo intended.
5/21/2007 Draft Outline for FCZD presentation to County Commissioners "Need to fully address the sales tax option as suggested by LK".
5/21/2007 Gene Sampley comments on FCZD presentation Did not want to discuss sales tax issue and did not want the people of Skagit County to vote on instituting a property tax.
7/5/2007 Public Works Draft Strategy for Skagit River Flood Control Once again the P/W personnel show signs of not wanting voters to have say.
7/12/2007 Draft Strategy for Skagit River Flood Control Revised version including proposed committee members.
7/12/2007 Gene Sampley comments on draft strategy Won't have salmon recovery program out of flood control process.
7/27/2007 Draft Resolution Re: COMPREHENSIVE FLOOD HAZARD MANAGEMENT PLAN THAT IMPROVES FLOOD CONTROL AND BENEFITS SALMON RECOVERY Would officially dissolve the Flood Control Committee
7/27/2007 Draft Executive for FCZD 66% of the people who do not live in floodplains are not adequately represented on this committee.
7/27/2007 Draft Structure of FCZD Clearly shows BCC in charge.
7/27/2007 Draft Technical Committee makeup Dike Districts overly represented.
7/30/2007 Gene Sampley changes to FCZD resolution Wanted to separate Plan Development from FCZD organization.
8/7/2007 Sampley CFHMP Resolution

Gene Sampley Draft Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan That Improves Flood Control and Benefits Salmon Recovery Resolution which replaces the flood control committee with the FCZD governance structure plus have the FCZD Executive Committee "recommend long term funding options based on drafts developed by staff to fund construction of the recommended projects" plus emphasizes doing both flood control and salmon recovery and finally seek Corps of Engineers assistance.

8/7/2007 Sampley FCZD Organizational Resolution DEFINING THE PURPOSE AND ESTABLISHING THE ORGANIZATION FOR THE COUNTYWIDE FLOOD CONTROL ZONE DISTRICT
8/20/2007 Draft Organizational Structure for Flood Control Zone District A work in progress.
8/21/2007 Draft Flood Control Zone Organization Resolution Lots of changes from the original draft.
9/10/2007 Skagit River Flood Damage Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Project Feasibility Study (a.k.a. "GI Study") Project Management Plan (PMP)

"The revised PMP identifies Federal and non-Federal funding requirements and assigned responsibility for performing identified studies and activities required to complete the feasibility study phase."  Appears Skagit County is proceeding with countywide flood control zone district (property taxes).

10/11/2007 Skagit GI Study Executive Committee Meeting Packet

Attachment 1

Attachment 1a

Attachment 1b

Attachment 1c

Attachment 1d

Video of meeting can be viewed at http://skagit.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=129

Document purports to establish timeline and cost of new and improved GI Study.  County on hook for over 3 million dollars over next three years.  Schedule admitted to as being "optimistic" as best.

#1.  Document shows proposed level of authority for Skagit Countywide Flood Control Zone District ("SCFCZD")

#1a.  Shows everyone that the SCFCZD is controlled by the County Commissioners who have ultimate decision making power.

#1b.  Shows purpose and number of "Advisory Committee" members (15).  Public limited to 3 minute presentations.  "Advisory committee will be tasked with funding."

#1c.  Public Works Dept. staff roles for the SCFCZD.

#1d.  Technical Committee Rules

11/5/2007 Skagit River Flood Control Committee Meeting Minutes Committee discussed the Flood Control Zone District, the GI Study, widening the 3-bridge corridor, preparing for FEMA FIRM appeal, Skagit River gauge finances and emergency response to floods.
11/6/2007 Packet to Activate Skagit County Flood Control Zone District (SCFCZD) Packet of information the Skagit County Commission used to approve the activation of the Skagit County Flood Control Zone District.  Updated to have the final, signed resolution.
12/30/2007 SKAGIT COUNTYWIDE FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT – AN EVOLUTION IN PROGRESS An inside look at the history and the development of the countywide flood control district through the use of historical documents and e-mails by county officials.
1/2008 Update description of Skagit County Public Works involvement with Flood Control Zone District Document describes the activities of the Public Works department with respect to the flood control issue.
2/2008 Background and Guiding Principles for Developing An Update To The Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan Skagit County Commissioners as the Flood Control Zone District's Board of Supervisors outlay their strategy of inclusive input as "the best way to identify viable solutions to flood damage prevention and public safety in Skagit County" as well as manage the Skagit River Basin in a more comprehensive way
5/05/2008 Skagit Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan 3rd Technical Committee Members Workshop Skagit Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP) group members brief one another and then dissolve into SC FCZD technical committees.
5/05/2008 SC FCZD Dike and Drainage Technical Committee Meeting Draft Meeting Summary Committee designates chairs plus advisory committee members and then advanced an agenda of further flood control work, with an emphasis on dike & drainage district involvement.
5/05/2008 SC FCZD Environmental Technical Committee Meeting Draft Meeting Summary Committee votes for a chair, a vice chair plus advisory committee members and then discusses when they'll meet.
5/05/2008 SC FCZD Land Use Technical Committee Meeting Draft Meeting Summary Committee designates leaders and then allowed Liz McNett Crowl with the Active Community Task Force to join them to provide a recreational perspective.
5/19/2008 Skagit County Commissioners Resolution #R20080254 Skagit County Commissioners set membership in the SC FCZD Advisory Committee.
5/22/2008 First FCZD Advisory Committee Meeting Announcement Announcement of first SC FCZD AC meeting.
5/30/2008 Agenda for 1st Advisory Committee Meeting on June 9 Agenda for kickoff of the SC FCZD AC, scheduled for 4 to 6 PM at the Skagit Room in the County Building at 1800 Continental Place, Mt. Vernon.
6/9/2008 DRAFT June 9, 2008 Meeting Summary

“Jim Voetberg, P.E., Director, Skagit County Department of Public Works, welcomed the new AC members and challenged them to “be heroes” by recognizing the devastating impact severe floods have on everyday activities, and to work collaboratively on flood management plans most likely to result in meaningful flood damage reduction measures benefiting all County stakeholders.”

6/9/2008 Map of Possible Projects for the Skagit County Flood Control Zone District

Map from June 9, 2008 Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee meeting showing possible floodplain management projects for the Skagit River Basin.

6/9/2008 Tetra Tech Presentation on Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan Roadmap 35 slide roadmap prepared by Tetra Tech for drafting the Skagit County Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP) by the Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee (SC FCZD AC).
6/30/2008 Public Meeting Notice

Skagit County Public Works Department Public Announcement of upcoming 2nd meeting of the Advisory Committee.

7/14/2008 Solution ideas worksheet

Document put together by consultant “Triangle”, titled Initial Questions Needing Responses in CFHMP Process.

7/14/2008 DRAFT Advisory Committee Agenda Draft agenda for 2nd meeting - “Meeting Purpose—For the Advisory Committee members to:
1. Consider certain operating and organizational items
2. Begin a initial consideration of and pros and cons for CFHMP solutions, alternatives, approaches
3. Consider initial assignments to the Technical Committees
4. Determine next steps and schedule”
7/14/2008 DRAFT SC FCZD AC Meeting Summary Draft minutes from the July 2008 SC FCZD AC meeting.
7/14/2008 DRAFT Recorded Motion of the Advisory Committee

Proposed requirement of two meetings before a major decision can be made by the SC FCZD Ac.

8/4/2008 Memo to SC FCZD AC, Re: Skagit Natural Hazards Mitigation Steering Committee

“The Skagit Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan was developed in 2003 in response to the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 that required jurisdictions to have a FEMA approved mitigation plan in place in order to receive federal mitigation grant funds. Simply put, the mitigation plan opens the federal mitigation checkbook for all incorporated municipalities within Skagit County as well as the unincorporated areas of the county thereby increasing the amount of federal grant funds available for flood mitigation projects within Skagit County.”

8/5/2008 Skagit County Public Works Memo to Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee

Responses to questions on “video recording future AC meetings”, SC FCZD AC versus former Skagit River Flood Control Committee, a draft resolution to amend SC FCZD AC operating rules, a “cost breakdown” of the GI study and more information on the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.

8/5/2008 Skagit Flood Control Study Costs - 1997 through December 31, 2007 Payments by jurisdictions for the Corps GI Study.
8/18/2008 Agenda for August 18, 2008 SC FCZD AC Meeting

Corps of Engineers will deliver a report to the SC FCZD AC on Skagit GI Preliminary Measures.

8/18/2008 Notice for August 18, 2008 SC FCZD AC Meeting

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
“All appointed members of the Skagit County Flood Control Zone District’s Advisory and Technical Committees and other interested persons. The public is welcome. Anyone interested in flood management and ecosystem protection and restoration on the Skagit River are encouraged to attend.

8/18/2008 Proposed resolution to Skagit County Commissioners on rules of the SC FCZD AC with attachment

If supported by the SC FCZD AC, Commissioners will affirm the “major decision” rule and also that “rules and procedures” “amendments shall be by recorded motion, approved by a quorum of the Advisory Committee, and generally such amendments will not require ratification of the FCZD Board of Supervisors provided that all amendments shall comply with RCW Chapter 86.15. Exception: An amendment proposing to change the structure or membership of the Advisory Committee must be approved by the FCZD Board of Supervisors.”

08/27/2008 Skagit County Planning Comments on City of Burlington and Dike District #12 Determination of Significance and Request for Comments on Scope of EIS [for Ring Dike] County Planning Department raises seven concerns.
9/15/2008 Notice of Meeting

What, when, where, who and why of the upcoming September 15, 2008 SC FCZD AC meeting.

9/15/2008 Agenda for Sept. 15, 2008 SC FCZD AC Meeting

After regular business, presentation by the City Gov't of Burlington & Dike District 12 on their 100-year ring levee and more.

7/14/2008
July 14, 2008 SC FCZD AC DRAFT Meeting Summary
(Document A in Agenda)

Staff's draft summary of the July 2008 SC FCZD AC meeting.

8/18/2008
August 18, 2008 SC FCZD AC DRAFT Meeting Summary
(Document B in Agenda)
Staff's draft summary of the August 2008 SC FCZD AC meeting.
9/15/2008

City Gov't of Burlington/Dike District 12 Presentation
(Document C in Agenda)

23-page PDF of presentation to SC FCZD AC, includes slides about Skagit River Flood Risk in reaches of the river, the floodway issue, Crofoot's Addition investigation led by City Gov't of Burlington, and discussion of proposed levee enhancements as well as consequences of incorrect hydrology.

9/15/2008

Skagit County Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP) Table of Contents
(Document D in Agenda)

Overview of needs of a CFHMP.

9/15/2008

SC FCZD AC/Skagit CFHMP Advisory Committee Preliminary Meeting Topic Schedule through February, 2009
(Document E in Agenda)

Staff-created draft of strategic plan for the SC FCZD AC's meetings.

9/15/2008

“Straw-man” Examples of short-term and long-term goals, and objectives for the Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan
(Document F in Agenda)

“The following “straw-man” (examples of short term and long-term goals and objectives statements) were selected by staff for consideration by the Flood Control Zone District. These goal/objective statement examples are not intended to be exhaustive and were, in general, gleaned from existing comprehensive flood control management plans, the Skagit GI, interviews with participants, and statements from the Technical Committee and Advisory Committee meetings.”

9/15/2008
DRAFT Recorded Motion of the Advisory Committee
(Document G in Agenda)

Proposed requirement of two meetings before a major decision can be made by the SC FCZD AC.

8/05/2008
Skagit County Public Works Memo to Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee
(Document H in Agenda)

Responses to questions on “video recording future AC meetings”, SC FCZD AC versus former Skagit River Flood Control Committee, a draft resolution to amend SC FCZD AC operating rules, a “cost breakdown” of the GI study and more information on the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.

8/04/2008
Memo from Chuck Bennett to Committee, Re: Skagit Natural Hazards Mitigation Steering Committee
(Document I in Agenda)

“The Skagit Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan was developed in 2003 in response to the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 that required jurisdictions to have a FEMA approved mitigation plan in place in order to receive federal mitigation grant funds. Simply put, the mitigation plan opens the federal mitigation checkbook for all incorporated municipalities within Skagit County as well as the unincorporated areas of the county thereby increasing the amount of federal grant funds available for flood mitigation projects within Skagit County.”

8/28/2008

Skagit Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP) Stakeholder Interview Takeaways
(Document J in Agenda)

“As an important early step in the Skagit Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP) update process, consultant team members Cynthia Carlstad and Bob Wheeler conducted interviews with participants and other stakeholders. . . . Interviews early in the process helped provide an understanding of perspectives, commonalities, differences, and individual knowledge.”

9/22/2008 SC FCZD AC Chair Letter to Skagit County Commissioners, Re: City of Burlington Flood Control Project SC FCZD AC Chair requests for the AC "clarification as to the type of recommendation the BCC is expecting" from the committee.
10/19/2008 Tetra Tech Memorandum, Re: Skagit County Public Involvement Plan for the Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan

While flood events most directly affect property owners in the floodplain, any significant event can impact the economic health and welfare of all of Skagit County, as well as regional and national interests. A key component of the CFHMP is to inform Skagit County citizens and businesses about the life-safety and health, welfare, property, and infrastructure components of flooding in Skagit County, and at the same time allow for citizens and businesses to become actively involved in providing input into how such events can be better controlled and risks reduced.

10/20/2008 Notice of Meeting

“The meeting will start out as a joint work session with the Board of County Commissioners to hear a presentation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on flood preparedness and flood response as part of the Flood Awareness Week.”

10/20/2008 Agenda for Oct. 20, 2008 SC FCZD AC Meeting

General summary of planned activities for Sept. 2008 SC FCZD AC meeting.

09/15/2008

Consideration and acceptance of Advisory Committee Meeting Summary from 9/15 AC meeting
(Document A in Agenda)

Staff's draft summary of the September 2008 SC FCZD AC meeting.
10/20/2008

Mission, Goals, Objectives, and Measurement Criteria for CFHMP
(Document B in Agenda)

Black and white copy of LJK Proposed Modifications to the Goals and Objectives of the Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan
10/20/2008

Consideration and decision on recommended ground rule changes for SC FCZD AC
(Document C in Agenda)

Formal implementation of SC FCZD AC proposals that "action" on major issues would require two SC FCZD AC meetings or a supermajority of SC FCZD AC members plus a procedure for amendments to the Operating Rules and Procedures

11/17/2008 Agenda for Nov. 17, 2008 SC FCZD AC Meeting

General summary of planned activities for Nov. 2008 SC FCZD AC meeting.  Document C, Criteria for Considering Projects, is still a work in progress.

11/17/2008

Consideration and acceptance of Advisory Committee Meeting Summary from 10/20 AC meeting
(Document A in Agenda)

Staff's draft summary of the October 2008 SC FCZD AC meeting.
11/17/2008

Mission, Goals, Objectives, and Measurement Criteria for CFHMP
(Document B in Agenda)

Current progress of the SC FCZD AC on Potential mission, short-term and long-term goals, objectives, and measurement criteria for the Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP).

11/17/2008

Draft Criteria for Screening and Selecting Projects/Measures Recommendations from Technical Committees
(Document C in Agenda)

The Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee requested that each Technical Committee (Environmental, Dike and Drainage, Land Use) develop recommendations regarding flood project screening/selection criteria. This document provides a compilation of criteria developed by the three Technical Committees.

11/17/2008

Finalize Operating Procedures/Ground Rule Changes for SC FCZD AC
(Document D in Agenda)

Formal implementation of SC FCZD AC proposals that "action" on major issues would require two SC FCZD AC meetings or a supermajority of SC FCZD AC members plus a procedure for amendments to the Operating Rules and Procedures.

11/17/2008

Nov. 17, 2008 SC FCZD AC Meeting Audio of GI Study Discussion

Discussion on the Corps of Engineers General Investigation (GI) Process using these documents.

11/17/2008 Nov. 17, 2008 SC FCZD AC Meeting Audio of Impact of the 100-year Flood Standard Discussion

Discussion on the definition of maximum flood risk reduction.

11/17/2008 Nov. 17, 2008 SC FCZD AC Meeting Audio of the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) Discussion

Discussion of supporting continued county-wide participation in the federal Community Rating System (CRS) of the National Flood Insurance Program.

12/08/2008 Public Involvement Activities Budget for Skagit County Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan

Itemized budget for education of Skagitonians about the Skagit River Flood Risk for SC FCZD AC review.

12/15/2008 Agenda for Dec. 15, 2008 SC FCZD AC Meeting

General summary of planned activities for Dec. 2008 SC FCZD AC meeting.

11/17/2008

Consideration and acceptance of Advisory Committee Meeting Summary from 11/17 AC meeting
(Document A in Agenda)

Staff's draft summary of the October 2008 SC FCZD AC meeting.
12/15/2008

Mission, Goals, Objectives, and Measurement Criteria for CFHMP
(Document B in Agenda)

Current progress of the SC FCZD AC on Potential mission, short-term and long-term goals, objectives, and measurement criteria for the Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP).

12/15/2008

Draft Criteria for Screening and Selecting Projects/Measures Recommendations from Technical Committees
(Document C in Agenda)

The Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee is developing screening criteria for determining flood risk reduction projects to be advanced for further analysis, design and review through as part of the development of a Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP). The criteria could also be used to provide local screening of the measures proposed in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ General Investigation Study (Skagit GI).

1/20/2009 Agenda for Jan. 20, 2008 SC FCZD AC Meeting

Meeting will be held on Jan. 20, 2008 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Training Room at 325 Metcalf Street, Sedro Woolley.  Primary purpose will be focusing the Corps GI process onto specific flood risk reduction opportunities.

12/15/2008

Consideration and acceptance of Advisory Committee Meeting Summary from 12/15 AC meeting
(Document A in Agenda)

Staff's draft summary of the December 2008 SC FCZD AC meeting and table of attendees.
12/18/2008

“Straw-man” Potential Mission, Goals, and Objectives for the Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan
(Document B in Agenda)

Updated to reflect input from the Advisory Committee and Land Use Technical Committee (LUTC) input.

1/19/2009

Project Screening Criteria for Advisory Committee Consideration
(Document C in Agenda)

The means to which a project or projects will be decided to be built and/or implemented to reduce the Skagit River Flood Risk.

2/2009 Skagit County Flood Control Zone District (SC FCZD) Meeting Notices

Meeting notices for the SC FCZD Advisory Committee and Technical Committees.

2/11/2009 Announcement of Feb. 18, 2009 SC FCZD AC workshop

The major assignment (see attachments) is to develop a 1st phase (“fatal flaw”) (“no-brainer”) (“common sense”) flood reduction project screening criteria list and then to apply it to the 37 preliminary flood reduction projects/measures in the Skagit GI (and a few other projects identified by the Technical Committees). It is intended that the criteria list and the information gathered from screening the projects/measures will be forwarded to the USACE for its use in justifying which projects to continue evaluating as part of the Skagit GI. The information will also be used as the AC moves forward to develop its own prioritized project list as part of the Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan.

2/18/2009 Agenda for Feb. 18, 2009 SC FCZD AC Meeting

Purpose is mainly to Adopt screening and fatal flaw criteria for considering projects/measures and Begins the process of a local screening of the Skagit GI Measures and any local projects using screening and fatal flaw criteria in order to, from a local perspective, narrow measures to a smaller number.

1/20/2009

Consideration and acceptance of Advisory Committee Meeting Summary from 1/20 AC meeting
(Document A in Agenda)

Summary of activities of Jan. 20, 2009 SC FCZD AC meeting.

2/18/2009

Document B: Mission, Goals, & Objectives for the Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan
(Document B in Agenda)

Final mission, goals and objectives document to be approved at Feb. 18, 2009 SC FCZD AC meeting.

2/18/2009

Document C-2: Advisory Committee Input on Project Screening Criteria
(Document C-2 in Agenda)

The Advisory Committee agreed to provide input into the screening criteria considered at the January 20, 2009 meeting. Any input would be compiled, distributed and discussed at the February 18 Advisory Committee meeting, with the goal of agreeing on a list of screening criteria.

2/18/2009

Initial Skagit GI Measure/Local Project Narrowing
(Document E in Agenda)

List of proposed measures and their review by the SC FCZD technical committees.

3/16/2009 Agenda for March 16, 2009 SC FCZD AC Meeting

Purpose is to screen flood risk reduction opportunities for the Corps of Engineers to review for a potential future project.

2/18/2009

Advisory Committee Meeting Summary from February 18, 2009
(Document A in Agenda)

General summary of the meeting's activities.

3/16/2009

Fatal Flaw and Project Screening Criteria
(Document C-3 in Agenda)

Two options for must-pass criteria for any Skagit River Flood Risk reduction project.

3/16/2009

Initial Advisory Committee Input on Corps Measures
(Document E-1 in Agenda)

The purpose of this effort is for the AC to provide a local perspective on the Skagit GI measures for the Corps to consider as it begins the process of narrowing and lumping individual measures into a more focused and shorter list of alternatives. Additionally, the work of the AC will be used as one of the processes for determining which projects should be recommended in the CFHMP.

4/20/2009 Agenda for April 20, 2009 SC FCZD AC Meeting

Continue the process of a local screening of the Skagit GI Measures and any local projects using screening and fatal flaw criteria in order to provide input to the Army Corps for their consideration as they screen the measures, as well as using this work effort as input for the CFHMP.

4/20/2009 AC Meeting Hand-Outs for April 20, 2009 A table explaining how all the handouts relate to one another.
3/16/2009

Advisory Committee Meeting Summary from March 16, 2009
(Document A in Agenda)

The AC worked from document E-1, “Initial Advisory Committee Input On Corps Measures, draft dated February 27, 2009” (see attachment #5). Document E-1 reflected the revisions made to Document E at the February 18, 2009 AC meeting and it also contained additional information submitted from the FCZD Technical Committees and the Cities of Burlington and Mount Vernon. The bulk of the meeting was taken up with this task. Revisions were approved live on the document as projected on a screen and are reflected in Document “E-1” (attachment #6). Work will continue to complete this task/document at the April 20, 2009 AC meeting.

2/11/2009

Public Comment submission from Chairman Boudinot, re: Cedar Rapids, Iowa flooding impacts

Eight months after being hit by a flood expected to come along less than once every 500 years, this city of 120,000 is still struggling to get its head above water.  About 10 square miles of flood-wrecked neighborhoods are largely abandoned, with thousands of boarded-up houses and businesses lining debris-dotted streets. A steam and electricity generating station that served some of the city's biggest employers is still inoperable. More than 300 municipal buildings are in need of repair, along with roads and bridges.

3/16/2009

Public Comment Submission from Dan O'Donnell, re: Environmental Technical Committee's findings regarding Measure #35 - La Conner

Regardless of the Corps' label, this project has consistently been called: "Gap Filler".  In a meeting with Col. Wright, it was made clear that the objective is to replace the approximately 1,700 lineal feet of levee that was removed in the early 1970's, and rebuild the spoils left from dredging an additional 1,100 ft. The Town Council does not envision building a new ring dike around La Conner.

3/11/2009

Public Comment submission from Bob Helton, re: rising sea levels

Rapidly melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are likely to push up sea levels by a metre or more by 2100, swamping coastal cities and obliterating the living space of 600 million people who live in deltas, low-lying areas and small island states.

3/16/2009

Document E-1: Initial Advisory Committee Input on Corps Measures with March 16, 2009 AC Meeting Edits

Comments from each of the technical committees, along with additional AC comments are shown. Green highlighted projects could be eligible for early action implementation. Yellow highlighted projects need additional analysis, development, design, and alternative packaging. Red highlighted projects should be abandoned, considering any caveats listed under comments.

4/20/2009

Screening and Fatal Flaw Criteria for Projects/Measures
(Document C-4 in Agenda)

Current iteration of criteria for the Corps of Engineers to consider floodplain management projects for the Skagit River Basin.

4/20/2009

Initial Advisory Committee Input on Corps Measures and Consideration of Locally Identified Projects
(Document E-3 in Agenda)

The following table provides initial input from the Skagit Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP) Advisory Committee (AC) on the Skagit GI measures. It additionally includes locally identified projects that the AC is considering for inclusion in the Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP).

3/23/2009

SC FCZD Environmental Technical Committee Meeting Summary

Assignment: For City of Burlington Levee Certification project, provide additional project concept information including map(s), project components, project benefits and concerns, and potential costs. Response: The project is ill defined, but appears to include levee setbacks and extensions. All setbacks should meet ETC project selection/screening criteria including the removal of hardened bank, old levees and restoration components. There should be no new hardened levees along the river.

4/7/2009

SC FCZD Land Use Technical Committee Meeting Summary

The City of Burlington and Dike District #12 has issued a draft environmental impact statement on this measure with some project details. The City and District are now considering how best to respond to comments received during the public comment period. Revised site plans ... showing levee location and flood inundation areas were provided to the LUTC by ... City of Burlington.

4/7/2009

SC FCZD Dike District Technical Committee Meeting Agenda & Notes

No project can reduce the existing level of flood risk protection for a given area.

4/20/2009

Possible Overtopping Levee Sites

Map of lower Skagit River Basin showing in bold lines along the Skagit possible overtopping levee sites.

4/20/2009

Map of I-5 and BNSF Levee Concept

Idea is to protect the railroad and interstate as well as connect to downtown Mount Vernon flood protection.

4/20/2009

One-pager on Nookachamps Storage

Additional flood peak flow reduction could be achieved if the Nookachamps floodplain storage were designed to function like a temporary flood control reservoir by storing during the peak flow period and releasing the stored water after the peak had passed. Implementation of this measure requires construction of levees and gate-control flow release structures that are available to control flows into and out of the reservoir area.

5/28/2008

Skagit Delta Tidegates and Fish Initiative Implementation Agreement

The Skagit Delta Tidegates and Fish Initiative is a collaborative, multi-stakeholder process convened by the Western Washington Agricultural Association in March 2006 for the purpose of identifying pathways and protocols for federal, state and local permitting of tidegate and floodgate repair and replacement activities within the Skagit and Samish River deltas. This Agreement will address actions at tidegate and floodgate sites that are under the ownership or control of Drainage, Diking, and/or Irrigation Districts that are Parties to this Agreement.

3/13/2009

Skagit County Consolidated Comments to City of Burlington / Dike District 12 Draft Environmental Impact Statement Regarding Proposed Flood Control Measures

The only meaningful way to consider, analyze and balance these significant adverse impacts on the City's neighbors is to engage in a basin-wide planning process that involves and includes the jurisdictions and entities that are on the receiving end of these impacts, in a manner calculated to produce mutually agreeable, regionally applied mitigation measures and implementation solutions. For this reason, Skagit County is committed to the Corps' General Investigation process and our comprehensive flood planning efforts, which envision a holistic, basin-wide approach.

5/7/2009

Save the Date!

Skagit County and the US Army Corps of Engineers are holding an Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Commissioners' Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the Skagit River General Investigation study.

5/7/2009 Land Use Technical Committee Meeting Notes “Land impacted by flowage from any diversion of flood waters must be mapped and land so mapped must be protected with easements/purchase and zoning restrictions.”
6/2/2009 Dike & Drainage Technical Committee Comments “Dike and drainage districts are generally in the business of keeping or moving water out of their respective districts. Designing a measure that directs water onto private property through a “spillway” flies in the face of this general mandate and is contrary to the required nexus between district taxes benefiting the lands being assessed. This raises concern about “liabilities”.”
6/15/2009 Environmental Technical Committee Comments “The ETC sees by-pass projects (depending on design) as one of the types of projects the group favors because there is the potential for environmental restoration and reconnection of the river with a portion of its flood plain. The spillway project as the group understands it does not have a defined channel or defined location flow would hit the bay or Swinomish channel. Given that lack of definition environmental restoration potential is limited. ”
6/15/2009 Agenda for June 15, 2009 SC FCZD AC Mtg Mainly “To consider AC efforts to-date and consider any recommendations on the process/logistics to the Board of Supervisors” and “Continue the process of a local screening of Skagit GI Measures, and any local projects using screening and fatal flaw criteria, in order to provide input for the CFHMP and to the Army Corps for their consideration as they screen the measures. ”
4/20/2009

Attachment A-1: Draft SC FCZD AC Meeting Summary of April 20, 2009

Summary of the meeting that discussed potential activation of the property tax levy powers of the Flood Control Zone District (FCZD), identifying feasible projects and working with other jurisdictions on hydrology & Baker River flood storage.
6/15/2009

Attachment A-2: Support for Measures Identified as part of a Skagit River CFHMP and the Army Corps of Engineers Skagit GI Study Draft/Example from Daryl Hamburg

Nine proposed measures to reduce the Skagit River flood risk to be fast tracked.
5/18/2009

Document E-4, Attachment 2: Advisory Committee Input on Corps Measures and Consideration of Locally Identified Projects

Latest version of Document E-4, incorporates habitat restoration, emergency overflow spillway and Mount Vernon comments on potential projects.
4/20/2009

Public Comment to April 20, 2009 Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee

In theory, Skagit County Commissioners have had the authority to collect property taxes for the past 39 years for flood control projects and to serve as local match for, but have chosen not to do so.” (Lauren Tracey, Hamilton PDA)
3/31/2009

Mayor Ed Brunz Letter to Skagit County Commissioners

A contingent representing the City of Burlington, Dike District 1, and Dike District 12 recently met with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (Project Planning and Review), Mr. Doug Lamont, along with members of the Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff regarding the possibility of engaging in an independent external review process for the hydrological analysis of the Skagit River General Investigation study. In this meeting, we expressed our concern that the hydrology was a basic foundational issue which must be resolved prior to further work on the General Investigation study. In particular, it is difficult to define existing conditions or determine appropriate flood measures if the underlying hydrologic basis is not correct.
6/20/2009

Document C-3: Fatal Flaw and Project Screening Criteria

Incorporates changes from previous SC FCZD AC discussions about this document.
4/21/2009

Advisory Committee Assignment to Technical Committees

Technical Committees assigned to review the potential of an emergency overflow spillway at Avon and also habitat restoration projects in the Upper Basin tributaries.
7/14/2009 Public Meeting Notice Notice of upcoming advisory & technical committee meetings.
7/20/2009 DRAFT Meeting Agenda for July 20, 2009 SC FCZD AC Meeting #13 Meeting Purpose—For the Flood Control Zone District (FCZD) Advisory Committee (AC) members to conduct normal business and:
1. To convene for a joint meeting with the FCZD Board of Supervisors (Skagit County Commissioners) in order to discuss AC flood planning efforts to-date and future challenges.
2. To provide an opportunity for Puget Sound Energy to respond to an invitation to present an overview of the Baker dam(s) flood storage planning efforts.
3. For the AC to consider an approach and timeline for completing the Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan.
4. To determine next steps and Technical Committee assignments (if any).
6/15/2009

DRAFT Meeting Summary for 6/15/2009 Mtg

The AC reviewed a short list of nine flood control measures being advocated by Daryl Hamburg. Daryl had preliminarily reviewed the list with the DDTC and received concurrence to ask the AC to acknowledge that these projects, at a minimum, are going to be required for any meaningful flood control effort on the Skagit River. ... Motion was amended to remove measure #1 (Additional Baker River Storage) from list at this time due to lack of information but to approve the remaining eight measures. There was no consensus, motion passed 9/0/3 [Walsh (2 votes), Kunzler abstaining]. Motion will be brought back to next AC meeting for second vote. 
7/20/2009

Attachment #A-2.1 (7/20/2009): Support for Measures Identified as part of a Skagit River CFHMP and the Army Corps of Engineers Skagit GI Study Draft

List of one rejected and eight accepted projects to fast-track to approval by the SC FCZD AC.
7/20/2009

Corps of Engineers Response to Public Comments Made from August 2008 Meeting

Anticipated total cost to complete the remaining work on the GI is anticipated to be over $4,000,000 and the selection of a preferred plan is currently scheduled during Step 3 for completion in or about 2012. ... Several work items, including geotechnical investigations, H&H and Economics without project condition report and alternatives formulation are the next step items required prior to alternatives analysis and the selection of a preferred alternative plan. The estimated cost to complete each of these work items or deliverables range from $200,000 to $500,000. The development of these tasks are prioritized based on funding received and timing. Timing is important not only because of the need to complete this project but as it relates to when the data will be needed in order to maximize efficiency as some reports have a limited “shelf life”.
6/15/2009

Skagit County Commissioners Letter to SC FCZD AC Membership

An issue that is at hand is the United States Army Corps of Engineers' Water Control Manual in regard to the operation of the Lower Baker Dam during flood events. Skagit County has been pursuing this action for several months with Puget Sound Energy in relation to the Baker River Hydroelectric Project Settlement Agreement dated November 30, 2004, which allowed Puget Sound Energy to obtain a new license for the Baker River Hydroelectric Project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It is the position of Skagit County that this is an ongoing negotiation that needs to proceed. We would also like to have an open dialogue with the Advisory Committee on this issue as well.
6/2/2009

Attachment A-4: Dike & Drainage Technical Committee Formal Comments on Emergency Overflow Spillway

Would overtopping levies with an element of flood risk management be easier for the public to support? People are still going to get wet during a major event but are getting risk reduction based on the percentage of likelihood the major event will happen in a given year.
8/17/2009 Agenda for August 17, 2009 SC FCZD AC Meeting Meeting will be focused on screening potential projects.
7/20/2009

July 20, 2009 Mtg. Draft Meeting Summary

“Carlson appreciated Hamburg's list after expressing his frustration in a previous AC meeting. This is a good sign to congressional delegates. It's a place to start looking at projects that will be beneficial to fish, agriculture, and infrastructure. Norris expressed the measures should be most beneficial to human life and property.”  The list “passed by 13 votes with Wasserman and Carey against.”
8/17/2009

Document C-3: Fatal Flaw & Project Screening Criteria

Updated by SC FCZD staff to reflect recent modifications by advisory committee & technical committees.
5/18/2009

Document E-4: Advisory Committee Input on Corps Measures and Consideration of Locally Identified Projects

Document carried over from previous meetings.  Last version incorporates habitat restoration, emergency overflow spillway and Mount Vernon comments on potential projects.
4/07/2009

April 7, 2009 Dike & Drainage Technical Committee Meeting Minutes

Updates to screening criteria for the DDTC.
8/18/2009 Environmental Technical Committee Request for Advisory Committee Motion Recommends support for the measures of a 3-bridge corridor levee replacement plus wider corridor & a Fir Island Bypass.
8/18/2009 Land Use Technical Committee Request for Advisory Committee Motion List of measures the Land Use Committee can support.  Notes on dam storage, “Storage continues to have the potential to be the most cost effective method of flood risk reduction.”
9/21/2009  Agenda for September 21, 2009 Meeting Primary objective of meeting is to hold a, Final discussion and vote on projects/measures that will be moved forward (“short list”) for further evaluation in the draft CFHMP.
8/17/2009 

Draft Minutes for August 17, 2009 Meeting

Discussion focused on storage projects #4 Nookachamps and #5 Harts Slough, listed under motion item #3. The AC had previously discussed these measures and preliminarily recommended they not be considered further (red lighted) as part of the Skagit GI. ... An amendment to the motion was made by Larry Wasserman and seconded by Larry Kunzler to drop the Nookachamps and Hart Slough Storage projects from the original motion. Motion carried with Bud Norris opposed.
8/17/2009

Attachment 1 to 8/17 Meeting Minutes - Press Release: City of Mount Vernon Withdraws Complaint Against FEMA

“Since the filing of the action, Mount Vernon has been in continuous communication with FEMA through the agency’s attorneys. Following dismissal of the City’s action, the City understands that FEMA will continue to work on the CLOMR application; review information submitted by the City to date as well as any new information submitted by the City in the future should further information be requested; and, provide technical assistance to the City regarding the CLOMR request.”

5/10/1993

Attachment 2 to 8/17 Meeting Minutes - Planning Dept memo re Skagit County flood permits

Flood control engineer recognizes that all flood control projects are subject to fill and grade permits, Shoreline Management Act, SEPA and must comply with the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance.
10/5/1950

Attachment 3 to 8/17 Meeting Minutes - Allen Tingley Letter to Corps of Engineers 

Tingley letter documenting work done by the snagboat W. T. Preston as well as a dispute between Norman Hamburg and a Mrs. Halverson over removing a stump.
8/18/2009

Attachment 4 to 8/17 Meeting Minutes -  Environmental Technical Committee Request for Advisory Committee Motion

Recommends support for the measures of a 3-bridge corridor levee replacement plus wider corridor & a Fir Island Bypass.
8/18/2009

Attachment 5 to 8/17 Meeting Minutes - Land Use Technical Committee Request for Advisory Committee Motion

List of measures the Land Use Committee can support.  Notes on dam storage, “Storage continues to have the potential to be the most cost effective method of flood risk reduction.”
9/21/2009 

Draft Document C-4: Criteria for Screening Projects and Measures

It is proposed by staff that the following project criteria be used to initially screen and evaluate preliminary projects and measures moving forward in the CFHMP. Generally all projects should have affirmative answers to the criteria listed below. It is understood that additional technical information on individual (and combined) measures will need to be developed to answer all the criteria questions.
9/21/2009  

Consolidating Motions for Identifying Measures to Move Forward in Draft CFHMP

List of measures the Skagit County Flood Control Zone District (SC FCZD) committees are considering for incorporation into the Skagit County Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP).
10/19/2009 Agenda for October 19, 2009 Meeting (Handout 1) Primary objective of meeting is to hold a final vote on project screening criteria and a first vote on preliminary projects.
9/21/2009

Draft Minutes for September 21, 2009 (Handout 2)

“The AC turned to Handout #5, a list of projects/measures that the technical committees brought forward as motions. These are projects that the technical committees believe should be further evaluated in the CFHMP. ... It became apparent early on in the discussion that there were strongly held divergent opinions on the merits of some of the proposed projects. Due to meeting time constraints and the need for full discussion on this matter, the Chair asked members if they would care to postpone action on this item and carry it over to next month’s meeting.”
9/16/2009

(Attachment 1 to Handout 2) Agreement for Flood Control and Replacement Power Between Corps of Engineers & Puget Sound Energy (Amendment at Amendment No.1 Agreement For Flood Control And Replacement Power)

“Puget shall operate the Upper Baker Development to provide (i) 16,000 acre feet of flood control storage space between October 15 and March 1 and (ii) an additional 58,000 acre feet of storage space between November 1 and March 1 of each operating year during the Tenn. Such flood control operations shall be at the direction of the Corps on terms and conditions to be mutually agreed upon by the Corps and Puget.”
12/20/1917

(Attachment 2 to Handout 2) 12/20/17
MVH - "Heavy Rains Cause A Raging Skagit"

News article cited in Flood Historian report out supporting his determination that, “One of his early discoveries in compiling flood event history for the CFHMP is that many flood events are not listed in the current plans and that the 1917 and 1995 flood events appear to be almost identical.”
2/16/2009

(Attachment 3 to Handout 2) Historic Flood Flows of the Skagit River

Table of historic flood flows from 1815 to 2009.
9/21/2009

(Attachment 4 to Handout 2) Table of news articles about 1917 flood

Listing of news articles in the Historical Newspaper Article database about the 1917 flood.
9/22/2006

(Attachment 5 to Handout 2) Stewart July 1918 Skagit River Flood Report - Retyped

This is a retyped version of Mr. Stewart's 1918 work product.   Footnotes were added to explain terms and indicate handwritten notes that appeared on the original.  NOTE:  You can do word searches on this document.

10/19/2009

Document C-4: Criteria for Screening Projects and Measures - 2009-10-19 Final Draft (Handout 3)

Final Draft of the criteria the SC FCZD AC will use to screen potential projects for inclusion to the Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP).
10/19/2009

Consolidating Motions for Identifying Measures to Move Forward in Draft CFHMP (Handout 4)

“The AC approves the following short list of projects/measures to be included in a first draft, of a future CFHMP.”
11/16/2009 Agenda for November 16, 2009 Meeting (Handout 1) Primary objective of meeting is to discuss “Project Funding Options..”
10/19/2009

Draft Minutes for Oct. 19, 2009 (Handout 2)

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will receive about 30% of what they were expecting [for the GI study]. Amy Gibbons also told the County the USACE will not be participating at the AC meetings, and County expenses associated with the AC are not eligible as match for the Skagit GI. Also, the Project Management Plan was distributed for comments; due the end of October.
10/14/2009

Attachment 1: Letter re: Request to Revise Water Control Manual

“A final EIS for the Baker River Hydroelectric Project was issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on September 8, 2006. As noted in the EIS, the Corps cannot take advantage of any earlier storage provisions in the license or additional storage beyond that contained in H. Doc 95-149 (as authorized by P.L. 89-298) until it completes a study and receives Congressional authorization for taking such additional action (see EIS at 3-52).” 
12/3/1909

Attachment 2: The Skagit Rampage of 1909

News article clearly shows 1909 flood was a "double-pump" event.
1936

Attachment 3: Aerial Photo of Burlington in 1936

Clearly a lot of urban encroachment south towards the Skagit River since then.
1/13/2010 Swinomish Tribal Representative Resignation The purpose of this letter is to inform you of my resignation from the Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee (AC) and the Environmental Technical Committee. From the very beginning of this process, the Tribe explained that our support for individual flood damage reduction elements would be based on the result of a cumulative effects analysis that would consider many flood reduction actions together and their associated environmental consequences. ... However, the AC has moved forward and developed recommended action items without any analysis of the environmental consequences nor the level of flood damage reduction that would be achieved.
1/19/2010 Agenda for January 19, 2010 Meeting (Handout 1)

Topics of discussion are:

1) CFHMP Draft Update Status
2) Board of County Commissioners Discussion
3) FEMA Flood Maps - FEMA Representative TBD
4) To determine next steps and Technical Committee assignments (if any)

10/19/2009

Draft Minutes for Nov. 16, 2009 (Handout 2)

“If a project is chosen to reduce flood risk in Skagit County, how would it be funded? Boudinot opened the discussion by handing out three documents: a presentation given by David Brookings in 2007, a table compiled from the Assessor's database (by Emma Whitfield, Skagit County Public Works), showing the Dike and Drainage Districts' monies received every year, and a report on Levy rates by Kunzler.”

2/16/2010 Agenda for Feb. 16, 2010 Meeting Meeting is to review discussion on FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps plus review chapters 1-4 of CFHMP.
1/19/2010

Draft Minutes for Jan. 19, 2010 Meeting

“The common theme was the concern regarding FEMA's review of information submitted during the appeal process. Many feel the data submitted has not be taken into consideration. It was also mentioned there is a desire to hold a discussion about the hydrology of the Skagit River with FEMA and several other parties. ... Ryan was asked again about the possibility of having a technical panel review the base information and the maps and Ryan said that if it was up to him, he would like to get all of the experts in the same room and work this out. Unfortunately, it is not his call.”
2/10/2010 CFHMP Draft Chapter 1 Draft Introduction to Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan/CFHMP as of Feb. 10, 2010.
2/10/2010 CFHMP Draft Chapter 2 Draft Skagit River Basin Characteristics section of Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan/CFHMP as of Feb. 10, 2010.
2/10/2010 CFHMP Draft Chapter 3 Fundamentals of Flooding section of Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan/CFHMP as of Feb. 10, 2010.
2/10/2010 CFHMP Draft Chapter 4 Flood Warning and Operations in the Skagit River Basin section of Skagit River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan/CFHMP as of Feb. 10, 2010.
5/3/2010 Skagit Flood Planning “Blueprint” Discussion Purpose The AC needs direction and funding to move forward.
5/10/2010 Skagit Flood Planning Blueprint Discussion Notes Todd: Need to determine who is in charge – this especially needs to be resolved.

Bob: Leadership is needed as a core group.

Esco: Coming up with a plan is not high on a priority list. There is a need to work through the priorities of the individual groups.

Leonard: Advised that he had been part of a Recon study before – when it was presented to the County Commissioners, they did not like it & threw it out. Since then the Commissioners and the Corp have been at odds.
4/19/2010 Agenda for April 19, 2010 Meeting Meeting is to review membership, funding issues, updating the draft CFHMP as well as the recent trip to D.C. for federal assistance.
4/16/2010

Draft Minutes for Feb. 16, 2010 Meeting

“The Skagit GI project delivery team is also reviewing the scope of work to complete the 10% design and cost estimates for each measure. This information will feed into the USACE’s HEC- Federal Damages Assessment model to establish whether there is a Federal interest in pursuing a flood project in the Skagit River basin. ”
4/7/2010

2nd District Congressional Meeting Senator Murray and Skagit County Community Agenda

Meeting w/ US Senator Patty Murray on attempting to get funding for the Corps of Engineers Skagit General Investigation Study.
4/7/2010

List of Tasks Left to Do in Skagit GI Study as of April 7, 2010 and What's Funded

As per title.
4/19/2010

DRAFT Executive Summary

Most recent draft of CFHMP Executive Summary.
5/17/2010 Agenda for May 17, 2010 Meeting Bulk of meeting is to, Continue Conversation Regarding Funding to Complete Planning Process.
4/19/2010

Draft Minutes of April 19, 2010 Meeting

Boudinot opened the discussion with two questions: 1.) How does the County plan to fund the Skagit GI and 2.) Is it possible to devote a source of funding towards building projects? The County is going to need a dedicated funding source in order to meet its match requirement for funding the Skagit GI, which comes to approximately $2 million over the next two years. The Board of Skagit County Commissioners (BCC) is going to have to decide how the County goes about meeting this match.
6/26/2007

Plan B Presentation

LJK Presentation to Skagit County Commissioners urging formation of a flood agency and excise sales tax to be used specifically for flood project construction.
6/19/2010 Draft as of June 19, 2010 of Chapter 7 of CFHMP: History of Flood Management This section of the CFHMP discusses the studies conducted and some of their findings on the Skagit River so far.
6/21/2010 Agenda for June 21, 2010 Meeting Meeting will be to plan future flood control efforts thru a Blueprint and also the first draft of the Combined Flood Hazard Management Plan/CFHMP.
6/21/2010

Handout 2: Draft Minutes of May 17, 2010 Meeting

Ellestad estimates the cost to finish the study is approximately $3 million. The County’s match thus far has been met by contracts with technical consultants, county staff time, and funding from DOE. The County is reviewing the PMP and is negotiating to be responsible for tasks that have obvious “added” value to local cities and dike districts in order to complete them in a timely manner. Identified match for the Skagit GI will be submitted as part of the projected Fund 110 budget and vetted through the county bdget process for approval. It was decided to not request funding for the CFHMP. However, the AC agreed to send a letter to the Board of Skagit County Commissioners to ensure their monetary support of the Skagit GI.
4/30/2010

Handout 3: Quarterly Progress Report to Washington State Department of Ecology on GI Study and other Skagit River Flood Risk Management

Listing of various tasks the State Department of Ecology is funding on Skagit River Risk Management from among other things seeking full GI study funding, working to get correct Flood Insurance Study/FIS maps and the buy-out of six Cape Horn properties.  Also managing the Baker River hydroelectric project as, “Skagit County continues to be confident that the additional flood control at the Baker River Hydroelectric project will be compatible with other project purposes and provide additional protection benefits for endangered Chinook salmon by reducing bed scour during flood events. 
5/10/2010

Skagit County Commissioners Resolution #20100157 Updating the Flood Control Zone District Advisory and Technical Committees Membership Lists

Skagit County Commissioners recognize resignations and replacements on the Flood Control Zone District committees. 
9/20/2010 Agenda for Sept. 20, 2010 Meeting Discussion on FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps/FIRMS and review of Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan/CFHMP.
6/21/2010

Handout 2: Draft Minutes of June 21, 2010

County staff handed out the first draft of the Skagit River CFHMP. It was requested the group review the plan for items of importance that may have been left out, areas that should be developed further, or additional sources of information that should be referenced. The AC and TCs will meet to discuss the Plan in September.”
5/19/2010

Handout 3: An Evaluation of Flood Frequency Analyses for the Skagit River, Skagit County, Washington

The impact of the historic peak discharge revisions and new data resulted in the regulated 1-percent annual chance (base) discharge decreasing from 226,400 cfs to 209,500 cfs. ... Based on this review, it was concluded that no changes are warranted in the USACE (2008) hydrologic analysis.
See Also:  FEMA Region X E-mail, Re: Status Update on FIRMs
10/25/2010 Agenda for Oct. 25, 2010 Meeting Review of Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan/CFHMP Chapters 1-4 and regular business.
9/20/2010

Handout 2: Draft Minutes of Sept. 20, 2010

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Hydrology and Hydraulics update is nearing completion. NHC will soon be working on the 10% design of the measures. The Project Development Team will be meeting on September 29 to view the measures sites. This will be followed by a discussion of the measures. Dan Johnson, USACE, added the Corps is wrapping up the Without Projects Conditions report as well.
10/25/2010

GI Study Report Out Handout

“What we have been told is that the Seattle District will be required to report on a regular basis and that the Skagit GI is now one of the Seattle Districts priorities. ... This is a direct result of the effort by the Cities and the County to get HQ directly involved in address the lack of progress over the years and finally getting the Skagit GI on a shorter completion schedule and allocating the resources to make it happen.
10/25/2010 Agenda for Nov. 15, 2010 Meeting The meeting has been moved to Fisher Slough for a site visit & Dike District 3 HQ in Conway.  Will also have report outs. 
10/18/2010

Handout 2: Draft Minutes of Oct. 18, 2010

“The Skagit River GI project development team has had two follow-up meetings to the tour of measures that took place in September. The meeting discussion consisted of hydraulic effectiveness and damages among several other factors. ...The GI will be “reset” due to its lengthy process. Headquarters has acknowledged the study has taken several years. Chal Martin added this is positive, because it appears the Corps is staying on schedule. It has also been effective tasking NHC with designing the measures. Adam LeMieux added Representative Larsen and Senator Murray are still confident the bill providing the GI with a match of $1.137 million will pass.
10/25/2010

Handout 3: Low Low Water in Puget Sound vs. Mean Sea Level

LJK Presentation given to the SC FCZD AC about questions concerning the datum used for historical floods at Sedro-Woolley and the impacts on Ross Dam Storage.
2/2009

Handout 4: Fisher Slough Fact Sheet

“Fisher Slough historically supported dynamic tidal and non-tidal wetlands. To claim land for agricultural purposes, tide gates and levees were installed decades ago. Today, the slough and its lower tributaries are confined and filled with invasive non-native plants; the historic alluvial fan has been eliminated; and natural flooding and tidal events are almost non-existent. The net results are a reduction in extent and diversity of wetlands, reduced accessibility for fish, degraded water quality and a reduction in flood storage capacity.”
4/07/2011 April 7, 2011 Announcement of SC FCZD AC Meeting Cancellation “The next FCZD Advisory Committee (AC) meeting, scheduled for Monday, April 18, has been cancelled. The County would like to attend the Reset and NEPA meetings with the Corps before the AC meets again.”
7/25/2011 Agenda for July 25, 2011 Meeting

Items to be discussed include a conversation with the County Commissioners, the GI Study and its finance, Flood Spreading Project/FSP, funding and FERC Relicensing Article 107 (c).

11/15/2010

Handout 2: Draft Minutes of Nov. 15, 2010

“The AC heard a presentation from Bob Carey and Jenny Baker, Project Manager, on the Fisher Slough Freshwater Tidal Marsh Restoration. The project restores sixty acres of estuary and addresses many community issues, including flood protection for farmland, creating salmon habitat, and improving water quality. One of the major highlights of the project is that it has involved several diverse interest groups like farmers, major government departments, dike and drainage districts, conservation entities, and tribes.
9/6/2011 Upcoming FCZD Meeting Reminder

“The Advisory Committee generally meets the third Monday of every month. The next meeting is Monday, September 19 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Skagit County Administrative Building, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA.”

9/19/2011 Agenda for September 19, 2011 Meeting The meeting will elect a new chair, give an update on the Skagit GI study & Baker FERC Relicensing 107 (c)/Baker River Dam Storage.
7/25/2011

Handout 2: Draft Minutes of July 25, 2011

“Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) Relicensing Article 107 (c): Martin, City of Burlington, reported on Article 107 (c) as being an opportunity to provide additional flood storage, as needed. It is beneficial to drawdown more water than has been agreed upon, before a flood takes place, because it reduces the risk of flooding and severe damages to fish habitat. Currently, 74,000 acre feet of flood storage is authorized, but the county, towns and cities feel this is inadequate for a 100-year flood event. Instead, 140,000 acre feet should be authorized. Puget Sound Energy does not want to study this issue nor does it want to amend the articles or settlement agreement.”
9/14/2011

Handout 3: 107 c Baker Storage Imminent Drawdown Important Dates

Timeline of efforts to get a plan for drawdown of the Baker River Dams before a major flood.
9/19/2011

Handout 4: Memo from Skagit County Natural Resources Director, Re: Skagit GI Washington DC Trip

At the end of the meeting, the following actions were determined:
“1. Use available Corps funding to complete the Feasibility Scoping Meeting Report and submit it to Corps Headquarters by October 1, 2011. Work tasks will need to stay "on schedule" in order to meet this due date and weekly Corp phone conferences will be established to track progress and any resource needs.
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“3. Clarify flood damage benefit opportunities in the Baker River system pertaining to FERC License articles 107c and 107b. The Corps immediately began to explore issues related to Baker Storage, even between meetings. HQ now has a better understanding of why the local community has demonstrated such keen interest in this measure.”
9/9/2011

Handout 5: Skagit County Public Works Letter to USACE Seattle District Colonel, Re: Visit

Letter thanking the Colonel and recapping pledges from the June meeting in DC on the Skagit GI.
9/13/2011

Handout 6: PSE Draft Meeting Notes Baker River Project License Implementation Aquatic Resources Group Meeting Minutes

“The plan is now to submit the next version of the report along with comments by September 16 with final comments due October 3. PSE will submit the report to FERC by October 17. Lorna reiterated the County's desire to see analysis included in the report that demonstrates what targets can be hit for 107c within the constraints of 106 and without the Corps' Water Control Manual. They also want to see timing and discharge data for the 10% exceedance. Gary explained that the analysis performed by Tetra Tech will not be included in the report as it was off target for what 107c was supposed to accomplish. And, based on the results of the teleconference and the need for amendment to pursue operations Skagit County has proposed, PSE sees the focus of the report as the communication protocol.”
10/5/2011 Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled in October & Flood Awareness Week Schedule

“The October AC meeting has been cancelled due to Flood Awareness Week (Oct 18 – 21). You are more than welcome to attend the activities scheduled during that week instead (agenda attached).”

11/21/2011 Agenda for November 21, 2001 Meeting

Meeting will discuss Skagit River GI & Baker FERC Relicensing 107 (c).

9/19/2011

Handout 2: Meeting Summary for September 19, 2011

Baker FERC Relicensing 107 (c):
“Berentson explained that the settlement agreement required a report be filed three years from the date of license that addresses imminent dam drawdown, including a means and method for doing so. The County felt it was not being adequately consulted regarding the report. As a result, meetings have been held between the County and Puget Sound Energy (PSE). The County’s concern is that not enough storage is being addressed in the analysis of storage, and has filed comments asking PSE to complete it without Water Control Manual constraints.”
1/23/2012 Agenda for Monday, January 23, 2012 Meeting

Meeting will have a Skagit GI Update & a nhc Hydraulic Effectiveness Report presentation.

11/4/2011

Handout: Skagit River Flood Risk Management Study Hydraulic Effectiveness of Measures Spreadsheets

A series of spreadsheets in small print showing the impact in CFS of potential flood projects.
1/12/2012

Handout: Skagit River Flood Risk Management Study Hydraulic Effectiveness of Measures FINAL DRAFT

This report describes analysis of the hydraulic effectiveness of various measures proposed for management of floods in the lower Skagit River basin, focusing on conditions at and downstream from Sedro‐Woolley. The intent of the work is to identify those measures which hold promise for improving flood management and for which additional more detailed analysis is warranted. Hydraulic effectiveness is defined for current purposes as the impact of the proposed measure on flows and water levels in the Skagit River (including the North and South Forks) upstream and downstream from the measure location, and the impact on spill from the river channel onto the floodplain.
See also: nhc Presentation to SC FCZD AC, Re: Skagit River Flood Risk Management General Investigation Hydraulic Effectiveness of Measures  
1/12/2012 nhc Presentation to SC FCZD AC, Re: Skagit River Flood Risk Management General Investigation Hydraulic Effectiveness of Measures 33 slide presentation on the Skagit River Flood Risk reduction potential of measures being reviewed by the Skagit River GI Study.  Hydrology is from the Corps March/April 2011 report.
See also: Corps Skagit River Basin Skagit River Flood Risk Management Study Draft Report Hydraulic Technical Documentation, nhc Skagit River Flood Risk Management Study Hydraulic Effectiveness of Measures FINAL DRAFT
2/21/2012 Agenda for Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Meeting

Meeting will have a Skagit GI Update, CFHMP Update & finally a discussion on "funding".

1/23/2012

Handout: January 23, 2012 Meeting Summary

“Dan Berentson reiterated the Future Scoping Meeting Read-Ahead Report has been submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Headquarters. The County is continuing to position the Skagit GI so that staff will be able to move forward with the study when more funding is available.  ... Malcolm Leytham, NHC, gave a presentation regarding the hydraulic effectiveness of several flood management measures that could be constructed along the Skagit River at and downstream of Sedro-Woolley.”
2/21/2012

Potential Future Agenda Items

Ideas to get floodplain management measures into the Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP), address the debris-attracting railroad bridges over the Skagit and find sources of funding/revenue.
3/19/2012 Agenda for Monday, March 19, 2012 Meeting

Meeting will have a Chairman Comment, a Historical Perspective, a Skagit GI Update, a Feasibility Scoping Meeting report and Public Comment.

1/23/2012

Handout: January 23, 2012 Meeting Summary

“Dan Berentson reiterated the Future Scoping Meeting Read-Ahead Report has been submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Headquarters. The County is continuing to position the Skagit GI so that staff will be able to move forward with the study when more funding is available.  ... Malcolm Leytham, NHC, gave a presentation regarding the hydraulic effectiveness of several flood management measures that could be constructed along the Skagit River at and downstream of Sedro-Woolley.”
2/21/2012

Handout: February 21, 2012 Meeting Summary

Skagit GI Update
“Dan Berentson reported the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has received $700,000 to continue the Skagit GI for Fiscal Year 2012. The USACE is scheduling the FSM for March. Kara Symonds added the USACE is currently preparing for the Alternatives Formulation Briefing. Preparation includes the 10% design of the alternatives, the cost-to-benefit ratio of each alternative, recommend the National Economic Development plan, and the Locally Preferred Plan.
Feasibility Scoping Meeting Read-Ahead Report
“Symonds explained the purpose of the report is to document technical studies and findings related to flood risk management of the Skagit River basin. Once a report is ready, the USACE can schedule a meeting to discuss it. This is a continuation of the report that was submitted in 2009, which received several comments that needed to be addressed. Additional comments and responses were received in 2011, as well. The final submittal includes things such as all comments, environmental and economic reports, levee failure analysis, basin description, and alternatives formulation strategy. This is the meeting anticipated to take place in March.
CFHMP Update
Symonds has been getting up to speed on the WACs and RCWs that guide the process of creating a CFHMP. Currently, she is updating the bibliography and incorporating recent publications from the USACE and others into the document, such as the NEPA scoping comments, Hydrologic Effectiveness Report, FSM Read-Ahead documents, the Geotechnical report by Shannon & Wilson, and a Stratigraphy report from the U.S. Geological Survey. ”
4/16/2012 Agenda for Monday, April 16, 2012 Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory and Technical Committees Joint Meeting

Meeting will have two second votes on housekeeping issues, a Skagit GI Update / Feasibility Scoping Meeting Read-Ahead Report, and a Alternatives from Project Delivery Team Workshop Presentation.
See also re Skagit GI: 7/24/2001 Flood Damage Reduction Project [GI Study] Schedule

3/19/2012

Handout: March 19, 2012 Meeting Summary

“As was discussed at the previous month’s meeting, the idea to move to quarterly AC meetings was broached again. After some discussion, the AC made the motion to hold meetings every other month, starting after April’s meeting; no less than six meetings per year. ...
“Hamburg suggested the AC adopt a new rule that states if a member misses three (3) consecutive meetings, the AC can remove him/her from the membership. Pursuant to current policy, the replacement members would be picked by the committee the member represented. At-Large and City representatives would still need to be appointed by the BCC. If passed by the AC, this revision would then have to be written into resolution for the BCC’s approval. ...
Feasibility Scoping Meeting
“Dan Johnson, USACE, was unable to attend the AC meeting as had been scheduled. Instead, Kara Symonds gave a brief run-down of the FSM, which took place on March 13. The USACE documented technical studies and findings related to flood risk management. Hand-outs included the agenda, a copy of Johnson’s presentation, and the USACE’s comments. Johnson presented an overview of the basin, and a summary of work completed to date. The group also discussed responses to USACE Headquarters comments of the FSM Read-Ahead Report. It is anticipated Johnson’s FSM presentation will take place at the AC meeting in April. ”
4/16/2012 Corps of Engineers Presentation Skagit River General Investigation Preliminary Alternatives 22-slide presentation explaining the GI Study and current alternatives.
See also: 4/25/2012 Skagit River General Investigation (aka GI Study) Preliminary Alternatives Presentation Read-Ahead, April 25, 2012
5/21/2012 Agenda for Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory and Technical Committees Joint Meeting of May 21, 2012

Meeting will be mainly be an alternatives workshop w/ Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District staff.

4/16/2012

Handout: April 16, 2012 Summary

The April meeting discussed a new attendance rule where missing three meetings without a proxy can mean dismissal, the six alternatives the Corps of Engineers Seattle District Project Delivery Team (PDT) came up with, and a Q&A session.
5/15/2012

Handout: Skagit GI – Alternative Workshop Questions for Alternative Discussion

Questions posted to the Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee and Technical Committees about the six Preliminary Alternatives the USACE Seattle District has came up with.
7/16/2012 Agenda for July 16, 2012 Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee Meeting Meeting will have regular business, a Skagit GI Update and a Puget Sound Energy presentation.
5/21/2012

Handout: Draft SC FCZD AC Meeting Summary

Preliminary Alternatives Workshop
“The AC and TCs were previously given a link to the Preliminary Alternatives presentation, a PowerPoint of the presentation, and a Read-Ahead document. The group attended an alternatives presentation in April, as well. The AC and TCs were also provided with a list of questions, for each alternative, to begin thinking about. For reference, the questions are attached to this meeting summary under Attachment A.
“Kara Symonds, Skagit County Public Works, and Dan Johnson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), lead the meeting. Public input is a part of formulating each alternative, therefore, questions and comments were accepted throughout the workshop. It was restated that the alternatives can and may change as more information is gathered.”
9/17/2012 Agenda for September 17, 2012 Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee Meeting Topics planned for discussion include a GI Study Update, Dam Storage, and a Farm, Flood, Fish Initiative plus regular business.
7/16/2012

Handout: July 16, 2012 Summary

“Dan Berentson said the County has been meeting with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and the USACE to address issues regarding hard storage in the Lower Baker system. The FERC relicensing agreement held 29,000 acre feet as a placeholder through the Skagit GI. The first point was to find out how much, up to 29,000 acre feet, can be stored at the Lower Baker dam without dam modifications. Irena Netik, PSE, stated it to be about 20,000 acre feet. The next question centered on the cost of replacing lost power; another stipulation of the relicensing agreement. If dates were changed from November 15 to October 15, about 1,500 megawatt hours would be lost at the Upper Baker Dam, and about 6,500 megawatt hours would be lost at the Lower Baker Dam. About 3% – 4 % inflation would be figured into the formula for figuring out cost, as well. This would be figured into cost to benefit ratio in the Skagit GI.”
9/17/2012 Skagit County Public Works Update Presentation on Corps GI Study Skagit County Public Works gave an update to the Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee (Issues Page) on the Skagit GI.  Last page is the latest timeline with a projected Fall 2015 completion date.
12/10/2012 Agenda for December 10, 2012 Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee Meeting Meeting will discuss general business items plus the Farm, Fish, Flood Initiative.
See also: 7/13/2012 Letter to Corps from Farms, Fish and Floods Initiative ("3FI") 
9/17/2012

Handout: September 17, 2012 Summary

“The next steps for the Skagit GI involve comparing the alternatives. Major aspects to consider include risk reduction to life, agriculture, and environment. Other items to be considered will be economic damage reduction, construction, operation and maintenance costs, and overall acceptability. In 2013, there should be an alternative analysis and selection of a plan. A report should be finalized by the fall of 2014, with the Chief’s final report being finalized in the fall of 2015.”

Also discussion about Lower Baker Dam storage & the Farms, Fish and Floods Initiative (3FI).

See also: 7/13/2012 Letter to Corps from Farms, Fish and Floods Initiative ("3FI") 

2/19/2013 Agenda for Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee Meeting of Feb. 19, 2013 Meeting will discuss Skagit GI, have a Congressional Update and public comment.
12/10/2012

Handout: December 10, 2012 Meeting Summary

“More documents will be posted to the County website including the presentation from the last AC meeting, a summary of all public comments received regarding the alternatives, as well as, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) summary of the alternatives process. It was expressed later in the meeting that Kunzler would have preferred the comments be better documented; specifically what WSDOT shared with the USACE. Many comments do not appear to have been written down. Dan Berentson understood WSDOT to say the cost-tobenefit ratio of keeping water off I-5 may not be feasible. WSDOT was tasked with providing numbers to the USACE for review.
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“Berentson added that once all the information is gathered, the community will be involved in picking its preferred alternative before the 30% design is drafted. The County has tentatively budgeted $600,000 for 2013, and again in 2014; scheduled to be done in 2015. He has tasked Symonds with organizing a public outreach plan for the Skagit GI. He went on to say the AC will be one of the first groups from which to request input throughout the Skagit GI process, or the “3x3x3” – to finish a three-inch document, in three years, for $3 million.
2/19/2013 Recording of Feb. 19, 2013 SC FCZD AC Meeting Recording of the SC FCZD AC Meeting.  Meeting discussed dam storage, NEPA, and FCAAP (Flood Control Assistance Account Program).
4/15/2013 Agenda for Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee Meeting of April 15, 2013 SC FCZD AC meeting will discuss Skagit River GI Study and the Farm, Fish, Flood Initiative.
2/19/2013

Meeting Summary for Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee Meeting of Feb. 19, 2013

“Kara Symonds reiterated NHC is under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct the alternatives analysis for the Skagit River GI. The work was slightly delayed, but work is still expected from NHC. The consultant is studying the effectiveness of storage at the Upper and Lower Baker Dams, some issues with modeling at the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Bridge, and modeling all three alternatives. Alternatives will be analyzed and compared further when the information is complete. The public outreach plan will most likely include the USACE providing a presentation to the AC, City Councils, and upriver groups.
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“Easton inquired about continued federal funding for the study. Berentson said the USACE has received an additional $50,000 to use before it spends the money the County’s contributed. When asked about federal funding, Adam LeMieux seemed somewhat optimistic about receiving money next year, due to the Skagit River GI being high-profile. David Radabaugh, Washington State Department of Ecology, added the department has asked for a capital program that mimics the Flood Control Assistance Account Program (FCAAP), since it has been underfunded. Radabaugh anticipates legislation in June or July that will make funding available again.”
6/17/2013 Agenda for Skagit County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee Meeting of June 17, 2013 Meeting will discuss funding; Farm, Fish, Flood Initiative; an update on the Skagit River GI Study and the Skagit River I-5 Bridge Collapse - for starters.
4/15/2013

Handout One: April 15, 2013 Meeting Summary

“After several modeling runs, the system-wide levee setback alternative shows it is not effective in reducing spill at Sterling or south of Mount Vernon. In addition to setting them back, levees would have to be raised. Therefore, the alternative will morph into one that protects urban area. An alternative of this significance is not hydraulically effective, particularly between the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Division Street bridges. Potentially, it could be used in mitigation.
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“Symonds spoke to the Baker system pursuant to Daryl Hamburg’s request. The County’s question to the USACE and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is to know the cost of additional storage. There is a preliminary cost from PSE, and a preliminary benefit from the USACE, but they still have to go through multiple layers of quality control before a definitive cost to benefit ratio is determined. Hard storage is in all three alternatives, and could be considered a “stand alone” project.”
11/16/2009

Handout Two: LJK Funding Options

Six page handout for the November 16, 2009 SC FCZD AC meeting on funding options for flood control.
11/12/2013
NEW
Next FCZD AC Meeting Superseded by Work Session “The next FCZD Advisory Committee meeting, which would have been scheduled Monday, November 18, is superseded by a work session before the Board of Skagit County Commissioners. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be in attendance to assist County staff with providing an update on the Skagit River General Investigation. This work session will be recorded by Skagit 21.
What: Work Session – Skagit River General Investigation Update with the Corps
When: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon ”
11/12/2013
NEW
Skagit Cty Public Works GI Study Status Update Video Video of Skagit County Public Works & Corps of Engineers Seattle District update on the Skagit River General Investigation Study (GI Study).
See also: 11/12/2013 Skagit River General Investigation Status Update Presentation to Skagit County Commissioners
11/12/2013
NEW
Skagit River General Investigation Status Update Presentation to Skagit County Commissioners 19-slide presentation of a public update on the Skagit River General Investigation Study (GI Study).  Focus of the presentation is on preferred alternatives and timelines.
See also: 11/12/2013 Skagit Cty Public Works GI Study Status Update Video