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Thurston County Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan Update


Thurston County completed a final version of its Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan in January 2013. A 12-member steering committee worked with the County consultant and staff to refine the Flood Plan. The final version of the plan can be found below.

Thurston County Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan

2016 Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan Annual Progress Report

2015 Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan Annul Progress Report

2014 Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan Annul Progress Report

There were four public workshops to receive citizen input on the update of the "Thurston County Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan".

  • August 20th, 5:30 to 8:00 PM @ Thurston County Courthouse Bldg. #1, Room 152, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SE, Olympia
  • August 21st, 5:30 to 8:00 PM @ Thurston County Emergency Management, 9521 Tilley Rd. SW
  • November 14th, 5:30 to 7:00 @ Thurston County Emergency Management, 9521 Tilley Rd. SW.
    The public submitted their comments during this public meeting.
  • December 11th, 3:00 PM @ the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, Building #1, Room 280 a public hearing was held and public testimony and comments were heard.

Steering Committee members include:

  1.  Sue Thorne (Black River area citizen)
  2.  Paul Pickett (citizen representing academia)
  3.  Glenn Connelly (representing the Chehalis Tribe)
  4. Jeff Clem (citizen business representative in Nisqually area)
  5. Tris Carlson (citizen representing the County Storm and Surface Water Advisory Board)
  6. Nicole Hill (citizen representing the Nisqually Land Trust)
  7. Alan Vanell (representing the Town of Bucoda as the Mayor Pro-tem)
  8. Howard Glastetter (citizen from Nisqually area)
  9. Paul Brewster (representing Thurston Regional Planning)
  10. Tim Rubert (County Floodplain Manager)
  11. Andrew Kinney (County Emergency Management)
  12. Mark Swartout (County Floodplain Administrator)

Below are the Committee approved Guiding Principles and Goals

Guiding Principles

  1. Provide a methodical approach to flood hazard planning that can integrate with other planning mechanisms that enhance or support floodplain management.
  2. Enhance the public’s awareness and understanding of the flood hazard.
  3. Create a decision making tool for policy and decision makers.
  4. Promote compliance with State and Federal Program requirements.
  5. Assure inter-jurisdictional coordination on all floodplain management activities.


  1. Reduce the vulnerability to flood hazards in order to protect the life, health, safety, welfare and property of the community’s residents, businesses and visitors.
  2. All sectors of the community work together to create a flood hazard resilient community.
  3. Assure that local and state government entities have the capabilities and capacity to develop, implement and maintain effective floodplain management programs in the Thurston region.
  4. Assure that collectively, the communities within the Thurston region maintain the capacity to initiate and sustain emergency operations during and after a flood disaster.
  5. Local government essential operations are not significantly disrupted by flood hazard events.
  6. Reduce the adverse impact on critical facilities and infrastructure from flood hazard events within the Thurston region.
  7. Maintain, enhance, and restore the natural environment’s capacity to withstand and mitigate the impacts of flood hazard events.
  8. Increase public awareness [and preparation] of the vulnerability to flood hazards.

 Steering Committee Meetings

Agenda Minutes
April 16, 2012 April 16, 2012
June 18, 2012 June 18, 2012
October 1, 2012 October 1, 2012


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