Status of Recommendations related to State Levee Safety Programs
Susquehanna River at top of Floodwall. Binghamton, NY. 2006. Courtesy of NYSDEC.
In a 2006 survey by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, only 23 state agencies (out of 47 respondents) had some regulatory authority or responsibility over levees. None of the states had comprehensive levee safety programs.
Until a National Levee Safety Program is established, states will continue to lack singular guidance and leadership for developing comprehensive state levee safety programs.
Once established, the National Levee Safety Program should be given the authority and funding to develop, working closely with states, guidance for model state levee safety programs.
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