King County Flood Control District

Enumclaw awarded $483,000 grant for flood reduction

Funds should help reduce flooding at the Enumclaw Golf Course.

The King County Flood Control District (FCD) has approved $483,000 in grant funding for two flood reduction projects in the Enumclaw area, the vast majority of which will go toward restoring Boise Creek at the flood-prone Enumclaw Golf Course.

That main project will involve restoring Boise Creek to its historical channel against the forested southeastern hillside of the golf course, as well as open up a 900-foot-long section of the adjacent Chappel Springs tributary to improve fish passage and spawning.

Perhaps most appealingly for golfers, the work should eliminate “routine seasonal flooding” of the golf course, according to an email from the FCD.

The FCD is governed by members of the Metropolitan King County Council. In a prepared statement, FCD Vice Chair Reagan Dunn said the projects would bolster flood protection across Enumclaw while at the same time “vastly improving fish passage and habitat along Boise Creek.”

For the second project, another $33,000 will go to King County Drainage District No. 5 to replace an aging, undersized piped conveyance system that drains part of Enumclaw.

It is “a source of frequent flooding along Cedar Street and Rainier Ave during high intensity storms,” according to the FCD. The grant will go toward design and permitting for the project.

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