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National Flood Risk Management Policy Summit Managing Flood Risk: Where do we go? July 14, 2009. Bruce A. Julian USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Managing Flood Risk—. Questions to ponder— What have we been doing? Is “it” enough? What do we need to be doing differently?

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National Flood Risk Management

Policy Summit

Managing Flood Risk: Where do we go?

July 14, 2009

Bruce A. Julian

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service


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Managing Flood Risk—

  • Questions to ponder—

    • What have we been doing?

    • Is “it” enough?

    • What do we need to be doing differently?

    • Will fewer resources deliver the desired outcomes?


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Perspective—

  • Over 2000 authorized watershed projects

  • All projects require a local sponsor

  • 11,000 flood control structures

  • >$1.5 billion in annual benefits

  • Flood mitigation, water conservation, municipal/industrial water supply, water quality measures, fish & wildlife habitat

  • >$1.4 billion in authorized, unfunded federal commitments


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NRCS Water Resources Program Tools

  • Watershed Surveys & Planning

  • Watershed Operations**

  • Watershed Rehabilitation**

  • Floodplain Easements** (Emergency Watershed Protection Program)

  • Wetlands Reserve Program

    **Recovery Act Funding


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Photo by Don Mobley

Photo by Don Mobley


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House Elevations

Photo by Pennoni Associates, Inc.


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Elevation Underway

Photo by Pennoni Associates, Inc.


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Elevation Completed

Neshaminy Creek


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Funds this Fiscal Year:(millions)


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Watershed Operations

  • Structural and non-structural flood mitigation solutions

  • Floodplain easements

  • Projects with multiple solutions to flooding

  • 100% federal share—cost of construction


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Watershed Rehabilitation

  • >11,000 dams—many reaching their design life

  • Change in hazard class

  • Not eligible if sponsors failed to perform O&M

  • 65% federal share of the total project cost


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Floodplain Easements

  • >120,000 acres in the current portfolio

  • First national sign-up = over 4,200 applications, $1.4 billion, competing for $145 million

  • Selected 289 projects, 36,000 acres, 36 states

  • Approx. 100% of the ag land value, 100% of the restoration costs

  • Eligibility: damaged once in the last 12 months or twice in the last 10 years

  • Dam breach zone


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Wetland Reserve Program

  • Over 2 million acres of easements acquired/restored in the last 15 years

  • Farm Bill authority to enroll another 1 million acres

  • Pace: 150,000-250,000 acres per year

  • 100% of acquisition costs

  • 100% of the wetland restoration costs


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So……….

  • Questions to ponder—

    • What have we been doing?

    • Is “it” enough?

    • What do we need to be doing differently?

    • Will fewer resources deliver the desired outcome—[is there anyone one in the room that thinks we can get “more” for less?]


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Pondering……

  • Options—

    • Path #1—More of the same (includes declining $$)

    • Path #2—Do/try something(s) different

      “Don’t expect different results by using the same tools and processes…….”


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Partners—

Success depends on all of us working together—

“All” includes a partner set of local, state, feds, NGO’s and the private sector—it does not include fewer resources.


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