Levee failure can be catastrophic — for individuals, communities, and the nation. In the United States there is significant uncertainty about the location, performance and condition of levees that millions rely upon to reduce their risks of flooding. An absence of consistent oversight or technical standards and a lack of understanding and communication of risk has left many communities more vulnerable than they realize.
We are at a critical juncture as a nation. We can choose a continuation of the status quo — leading to more frequent and more damaging flooding catastrophes — or, we make smart investments and take reasonable actions to effectively assess, communicate, and mitigate our flood risks.
"A National Levee Safety Program hinges on shared responsibility
at all levels of government and from the public."
A National Levee Safety Program hinges on shared responsibility at all levels of government and from the public. One agency or organization, or even one level of government, is not going to correct this problem. Only by working together and sharing the responsibility of levee safety will change occur and safety improve.
The National Committee on Levee Safety's vision of a National Levee Safety Program:
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)
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?