Levee Safety

The Levee Safety Initative

ASDSO strongly supports the Levee Safety Initiative established in the US Army Corps of Engineers by the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) (click here for a PDF of the levee safety portions of the WRRDA Conference Report). This Initiative establishes many of ASDSO's priorities for a National Levee Safety Program. ASDSO has been working with partners to promote the work of the National Committee on Levee Safety (NCLS) and advocate for the creation of a National Levee Safety Program. In 2006 the voting membership of ASDSO approved a resolution supporting the creation of a National Levee Safety Program. In addition, at their March 2009 meeting, the ASDSO Board of Directors voted to support the recommendations contained in the NCLS January 2009 Draft Report to Congress. The voting membership reaffirmed ASDSO support for a National Levee Safety Program in 2012.

Important Levee Groups

The United States Levee Safety Coalition
The United States Levee Safety Coalition is a group of professional organizations that have joined together to support and advance levee safety in the United States of America. This coalition is committed to the common cause of preserving and protecting public safety, life and property, through the responsible engineering design, construction, operation, maintenance, management and removal of parts or portions of the existing and future vast levee infrastructure system in the United States. The original members of the Coalition are the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, the Deep Foundations Institute, the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies, the United States Society on Dams, and the American Council of Engineering Companies. ASDSO and the Coalition have been working to secure Congressional budget appropriations for national levee safety priorities.

National Committee on Levee Safety
The NCLS is a committee of federal, state, local, and private sector members with the direction from Congress to prepare recommendations and a strategic implementation plan on a National Levee Safety Program. Read more about the NCLS.

Levee Safety Tools

National Levee Database
The National Levee Database (NLD), developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), is the focal point for comprehensive information about our nation's levees. Authorized by Congress in 2007, the database contains information to facilitate and link activities, such as flood risk communication, levee system evaluation for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), levee system inspections, flood plain management, and risk assessments. The NLD continues to be a dynamic database with ongoing efforts to add levee data from federal agencies, states, and tribes. Note - The NLD currently contains the majority of levees within the USACE program, however, it does not contain all levees located in the United States.

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