Recommendations for a National Levee Safety Program ...From the National Committee on Levee Safety

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Photo of Chino Canyon Levee. Palm Springs, CA.
Chino Canyon Levee. Palm Springs, CA. 2008. Courtesy of Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.
Photo of Susquehanna River at top of Floodwall. Binghamton, NY. 2006.
Susquehanna River at top of Floodwall. Binghamton, NY. 2006. Courtesy of NYSDEC.

The National Committee on Levee Safety (NCLS) was established by the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007, specifically Title IX, also known as the "National Levee Safety Act of 2007."

Members of the NCLS were invited to a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment in May 2009, where the recommendations for a National Levee Safety Program were addressed. In November 2010, the NCLS was invited to testify before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on levee safety issues. Keeping the lines of communication open, non-federal members of the NCLS have made themselves available to Congressional staff to answer any questions and support their recommendations.

Prior to WRDA 2007, other bills pertaining to levee safety have been brought before Congress; links to these bills are below.

Information & Listening Sessions

March 25, 2011

Recommendations for a National Levee Safety Program
Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC
Presentation (pdf, 1.04 MB)

Levee Safety Testimony before Congress

November 30, 2011

The Missouri River Flood: Testimony before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment

November 17, 2010

Water Resources Development Act of 2010: Legislative Issues (Levee Safety) testimony before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

July 28, 2010

"Flood Preparedness and Mitigation: Map Modernization, Levee Inspection, and Levee Repairs" testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs.

May 19, 2009

Recommendations for a National Levee Safety Program testimony before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

May 8, 2007

National Levee Safety Issues testimony before U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

April 6, 2006

H.R.4650: The National Levee Safety Program Act before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Levee Safety Bills before Congress

H.R. 1495 Water Resources Development Act of 2007

S. 1248 Water Resources Development Act of 2007

H.R. 1587 National Levee Safety Program Act of 2007

H.R. 4650 National Levee Safety Program Act of 2006

H.R. 4727 Dam Safety and Security Act of 2002

S. 640 Water Resources Development Act of 1996

H.R. 3592 Water Resources Development Act of 1996

Photo of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans, LA. 2005
Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans, LA. 2005.

What's New

December Levee Safety Connections (pdf, 341 KB)

NAFSMA resolution (pdf, 64.8 MB) supports a national levee safety program.

ASCE testifies in support of a national levee safety program. (pdf, 146 KB)

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What percentage of the approximately 15,000 miles of levees in US Army Corps of Engineers Levee Safety Program are operated and maintained by local sponsors?

  1. 10%
  2. 25%
  3. 65%
  4. 85%

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