Citizens are helping DNR keep landslide database up to date

Landslide
This landslide north of Aberdeen in 2009 is mapped in a statewide landslide database maintained by DNR. Photo: DNR

Tens of thousands of mapped landslides — many going back decades — are already in a database that DNR maintains for citizens, local governments and others to access when making land-use decisions. The recent heavy rains across much of Western Washington brought new attention to citizens’ roles in reporting landslides. At latest count, the rainfall on December 11 and 12 has resulted in 51 notable landslides. Here’s our updated landslide map.

The news media has helped get the word out about our database:

Issaquah Press: Report landslides to Department of Natural Resources geologists 
Geology.com: Washington DNR Asks the Public to Report Landslides
Seattle Times
: DNR wants to hear about storm-caused landslides

Thanks to all who have contributed. Here’s how to report a landslide to DNR

More information and links about landslides in Washington State.

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