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

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Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Photo of Susquehanna River at top of Floodwall. Binghamton, NY. 2006.Susquehanna River at top of Floodwall. Binghamton, NY. 2006. Courtesy of NYSDEC.
Photo of Lupines on the levee.
Lupines on a Sacramento River levee in Sacramento, California.

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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View of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. August 2005.
View of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. August 2005.

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