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Farm Fish and Floods Initiative (3FI)

Farm Fish and Floods Initiative (3FI)

Client: 3FI (The Nature Conservancy, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Case Study: Peak facilitated the Farm Fish and Flood Initiative – a multi-interest group pioneering mutually beneficial approaches to saving farmland, restoring salmon runs, and reducing flood risk in Skagit County. Negotiations over the course of seven years resulted in the development of agreements, engaging factions, and building trust and relationships even on contentious issues in the watershed. Peak provided monthly facilitation and meeting support, strategic guidance and coordination, and project development services. 

Impact: A key outcome was the development of the Skagit Delta Hydrodynamic Model and Alternatives Analysis designed to identify restoration sites for salmon that reduce flood risk and limit the loss of farmland. David Roberts worked with both policy and technical teams bringing them into an agreement with the final product. A huge benefit of this long-term project was to engage factions and build relationships even on contentious issues in the watershed.

Testimonial: "The [3FI] project is a premier example of creating a constructive conversation and collaborative process among partners who have historically disagreed. "Skagit County has long been the site of conflict when the interests of agriculture, wildlife, and the environment collide. Dikes and tide gates necessary to drain fields can impede salmon runs, and farmland is often sought for salmon habitat restoration." Go Skagit

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