In 2007 Congress passed and the President signed into law a new statute concerning levees. 

A draft report was prepared and delivered to the Congress in 2009 found at:

Recommendations to Congress

Draft Recommendations for a National Levee Safety Program, A Report to Congress from the National Committee on Levee Safety, January 20, 2009, (pdf, 5 MB)

Presentation of Recommendations to Congress, January 15, 2009, (pdf, 1.55 MB)

A website to keep up with the Levee Safety Committee’s activity can be found at:


On the NCLS website, you can sign up to be included on periodic updates.

40% of Americans live in communities protected by levees.   Some are”vulnerable” to failure.  Levees.org, an organization out of New Orleans, has  released an on-line data base to help residents determine whether their community could be at risk for levee failure.  Just put in your ZIP code and see the results.  (If you live in California, you may find this more than an academic exercise.)  Note:   the Army Corps data includes only “river” levees (as opposed to “hurricane” levees)!


FEMA announced in 2009 as follows:

FEMA Clarifies Levee Policy
Thu, 06 Aug 2009 11:11:50 -0500

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a continued effort to ensure that communities get the flood fighting assistance they need, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has amended its February 2009 policy on “Rehabilitation Assistance for Levees and Other Flood Control Works.” This clarification allows FEMA to provide financial assistance to state and local governments for eligible work associated with debris removal and flood fighting activities. This action is retroactive to February 25, 2009, when the revised policy went into effect.

Like many other environmental intiatives actions on the report are unlikely to be at the top of the list for consideration in the House Committee structure.

The problem of course is that the FEMA notice indicates yet another path around the necessity to comply with the existing Principles and Standards for Water Resouces dating from 1983 and now under proposals to be revised.


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