Status of Recommendations related to National Leadership
Recommendations for a National Levee Safety Program | Report to Congress | National Leadership | State Levee Safety Programs | Aligning Existing Federal Programs | Feedback on the National Levee Safety Program
The NCLS was charged with developing recommendations and a strategic implementation plan for a National Levee Safety Program. The NCLS continues to work to provide further detail on some of its recommendations so that Congress can be as well-positioned as possible to create a National Levee Safety Program.
As with all efforts that involve complex policy questions, extensive intergovernmental coordination, and significant technical standards development, the NCLS continues to work to identify and communicate to Congress which recommendations need legislation and which recommendations can begin moving towards implementation.
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which each have a seat on the NCLS, are working within current authorities and funding to move the nation toward the vision of the National Levee Safety Program, "an involved public and reliable levee systems working as part of an integrated approach to protect people and property from floods." Activities which align with NCLS recommendations include:
Legislation to establish new authorities or expand current authorities is needed to fully implement 12 of the 20 recommendations at a national level. New federal appropriations are needed for all the recommendations.
The nonfederal members of the NCLS have drafted a proposed legislative framework for establishing a National Levee Safety Program and addressing the areas where the NCLS sees that legislation is needed to implement their recommendations. This legislative framework has been provided to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee - the committees which have jurisdiction over many levee safety activities.
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