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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

managing flood risk
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?
perspective
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
nrcs water resources program tools
NRCS Water Resources Program Tools
  • Watershed Surveys & Planning
  • Watershed Operations**
  • Watershed Rehabilitation**
  • Floodplain Easements** (Emergency Watershed Protection Program)
  • Wetlands Reserve Program

**Recovery Act Funding

photo by don mobley
Photo by Don Mobley

Photo by Don Mobley

house elevations
House Elevations

Photo by Pennoni Associates, Inc.

elevation underway
Elevation Underway

Photo by Pennoni Associates, Inc.

elevation completed
Elevation Completed

Neshaminy Creek

watershed operations
Watershed Operations
  • Structural and non-structural flood mitigation solutions
  • Floodplain easements
  • Projects with multiple solutions to flooding
  • 100% federal share—cost of construction
watershed rehabilitation
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
floodplain easements
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
wetland reserve program
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?]
pondering
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…….”

partners
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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