A questionable flood-protection requirement imposed by the city of Everett on San Diego developer Oliver McMillan for the Everett Riverfront Project on the Snohomish River needs a serious reality check.
The proposed development will be required to build two feet above the “100-year flood level.” Two feet? How many “100-year floods” have we already experienced in the last two decades? Have we considered the Midwest experience with repeated devastating “500-year” floods? Have we considered the rise in sea level that might occur with global warming? This would act like a hair-ball in the bathtub drain and cause flood levels to rise along the river…
If we must develop, let’s not do it in our sensitive and risky riverside locations that have so much opportunity for people, fish and wildlife if restored to a natural condition.