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Eric C. Halpin, PE Special Assistant for Dam and Levee Safety Headquarters August 2012. Levee Safety Policies Supporting a Sustainable Flood Risk Management Program. Discussion Topics. Principles Embedded in Levee Policy Change Levee Safety Policy as Part of Overall Mission Accomplishment

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levee safety policies supporting a sustainable flood risk management program

Eric C. Halpin, PE

Special Assistant for Dam and Levee Safety

Headquarters

August 2012

Levee Safety Policies Supportinga Sustainable Flood Risk Management Program

discussion topics
Discussion Topics
  • Principles Embedded in Levee Policy Change
  • Levee Safety Policy as Part of Overall Mission Accomplishment
  • Current Levee Safety Policy Activity
  • Path Forward on Levee Safety Policy
levee policy principles a sampling
Levee Policy Principles(a sampling)
  • Accompany with Commensurate Process and People Changes
  • Decision Oriented – Risk Informed
  • Institutionalize Lessons….but
  • ….Compliance Requires Critical Thinking
    • One Size Does Not Fit All
policy as an aid to sponsor flood risk management
Policy as an Aid to Sponsor Flood Risk Management

Old Way

New Way

Continuing Collaboration with Sponsors

Puts Form and Substance to “Shared Responsibilities”

Decision Framework

Roles and Options

Data Rich Environment

Communication an Explicit Part of Policy

  • Handoff Between Corps and Sponsors
  • Decision Framework Not as Clear
  • Paper Trails
  • Silent on Role of Communication
policy as an aid to understanding the nature and severity of flood risk
Policy as an Aid to Understanding the Nature and Severity of Flood Risk

Old Way

New Way

Risk Informed

Life Safety, Economic, and All Consequences

Considers Exceedance Events!

Considers Non-Breach Risks

  • Condition Based
  • Economic Consequences
  • Considers Exceedance Events?
  • Doesn’t Consider Non-Breach Risk
elements of mission accomplishment
Elements of Mission Accomplishment

Technical &

Program

Guidance

Cadres

LS SC

SOG

Models

CoP

RMC

MMC

Training

Bench Building

current policy activities
Current Policy Activities

Program Policy – What and When

Technical Guidance – How

Levee Design

Seepage

Seismic Stability

Hydrologic Analysis

Culverts

Risk Assessment

  • Levee Safety Engineering Circular – 2nd Quarter FY13
  • Interim Policies in Place
    • ECB IRRM
    • Periodic Inspections
    • Program Standup
  • Vegetation Policies:
    • ETL 571 Standard
    • System Wide Improvement Framework
    • PGL on Variances
levee safety ec culture changers
Levee Safety EC “Culture Changers”
  • Levee Modifications will be planned and formulated fully compliant with the new Planning Paradigm
  • Corps has an important role in communicating and advising sponsors of benefits and risks of levee systems
  • Life Safety Risks are an explicit consideration in the policy
approach to future policies
Approach to Future Policies
  • More Integrated Across Disciplines, Programs, and Communities of Practice
  • Better Technology and Policy Transfer
  • More Stakeholder Feedback