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An update from the National Committee on Levee Safety. Presented to the TWCA by Karin M. Jacoby, PE, Esq. June 17, 2011. An Involved Public and Reliable Levee Systems. Presentation Overview. Levees in the U.S. Creation of the National Committee on Levee Safety

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An update from the national committee on levee safety
An update from the National Committee on Levee Safety

Presented to the TWCA

byKarin M. Jacoby, PE, Esq.

June 17, 2011

An Involved Public and Reliable Levee Systems


Presentation overview
Presentation Overview

  • Levees in the U.S.

  • Creation of the National Committee on Levee Safety

  • Overview of Recommendations for a National Levee Safety Program

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Levee history in the us
Levee History in the US

1600’s – 1920’s

  • Private levees the norm

  • No coordination

  • No government involvement

  • No oversight

  • 1920’s – 1960’s

  • Congress declares “flood control” a federal interest

  • Construction of major systems in CA and along the Mississippi River

  • 1960’s – Present

  • NFIP established with “100-year flood” set as the insurance standard

  • Federal policy change requires local “cost sharing” in flood control projects

  • Levees built in uncoordinated fashion, by different entities, not as a system, resulting in no typical levee, and no typical levee owner

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Levees Today: Lacking Standards and Leadership

  • Many levees designed for one purpose are now serving another

  • There are no national levee standards - construction, maintenance, inspection

  • Varying levels of responsibility and maintenance – federal, state, local, special districts, private

  • Aging infrastructure & growing risk

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Recognizing the Risk and Leadership

1993: Midwest Floods

1997: CA’s Central Valley

2005: Gulf Coast Flooding

“The Great Flood” of 1993 (PBS & USACE)

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Levee safety a national concern
Levee Safety: A National Concern and Leadership

Do not know location or condition of most of the nation’s levees

14 million people live behind 14,000 miles of Corps levees

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Wrda 2007 congress created the national committee on levee safety
WRDA 2007 – Congress created the and Leadership National Committee on Levee Safety

“The committee shall develop recommendations for a National Levee Safety Program, including a strategic plan for implementation of the program.”

  • Federal, state, local/regional government and private sector representatives

  • Includes expertise in:

    • Engineering

    • Levee operation

    • Law and policy

    • Public administration

  • Further expertise and feedback on development of recommendations provided via Review Team

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Vision for levee safety in the u s
Vision for Levee Safety in the U.S. and Leadership

An involved public and

reliable levee systems

working as part of

an integrated approach

to protect people and property

from floods.

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20 recommendations in 3 main categories

National and Leadership

Levee Safety

Program

Strong Levee Safety Programs in all States

Comprehensive

and

Consistent

Leadership

Aligned

Federal

Programs

20 Recommendations in 3 Main Categories

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Six key activities of national levee safety program
Six Key Activities and Leadership of National Levee Safety Program

One-time comprehensive inventory and inspection of levees and maintain a comprehensive National Levee Database

Develop model state levee safety program and incentives to adopt it

Establish Levee Rehabilitation, Improvement, & Flood Mitigation Fund so qualified states and communities can reduce significant flood risk and improve public safety

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Six key activities of national levee safety program1
Six Key Activities and Leadership of National Levee Safety Program

Develop model national levee safety standardsand encourage federal agencies, states, and communities to adopt standards appropriate to their region and needs

Align federal programsfor incentivizing state programs and appropriate investments in levees and leveed areas

Understand and address liability concerns

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National Levee Safety Commission and Leadership

(or Advisory Board)

Federal Interagency Committee on Levee Safety

Program Administrator and support staff

State Programs

Public Involvement & Education

Safety & the Environment

Technical Matters

Program Governance & Structure

Standing Committees

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Thank you
Thank you and Leadership

www.leveesafety.org

Questions

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