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Levee Safety PhotoLevee systems are part of our nation’s landscape and important to communities because of the benefits they provide. For example, more than ten million people live or work behind levees in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Levee Safety Program. And, public and private property worth more than one trillion dollars are behind these levees.

These 14,100 miles of levee reduce flood risk to people, businesses, critical infrastructure and the environment, but it’s important to recognize they don’t eliminate flooding.

Additionally, levee conditions, storm/flood intensity and frequency, and populations around these levees change. So, the USACE Levee Safety Program works with local levee sponsors and stakeholders to make sure these levees provide their intended benefits. Working together to assess, manage and communicate flood risks to residents and businesses is our priority because, more than anything, life safety is paramount.

Our partners play an important role in levee safety because we all must work together, sharing responsibility, to solve and manage flood risk management challenges. Ultimately, individuals who know what to do before a flood or storm happens can make our communities safer places to live and work.

Levee Safety Program Guidance

Stakeholder Sessions postponed. Public comment period on the Engineer Circular to be extended.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is developing an Engineer Circular (EC), which is an agency policy document that will outline policies and procedures for its Levee Safety Program. The guidance consolidates and formalizes the principles, policies, and key processes used by USACE in the program.

Prior to publication, the Engineer Circular will be available for pubic comment through the Federal Register. USACE will host virtual information sessions and in-person sessions during this open comment period. The Engineer Circular will expire two years after publication. USACE will work with its partners to implement and improve this guidance during this two-year period and issue more permanent agency guidance based on input and lessons learned.

Please note that due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, USACE has postponed the stakeholder sessions scheduled during the open comment period. This website will be updated once the new dates for the five planned sessions are confirmed. To accommodate the change in schedule, USACE also plans to extend the public comment period.

  

Open Comment Period
The draft agency guidance, Engineer Circular 1165-2-218: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Levee Safety Program, is available for public comment and review.

  • The draft guidance is available for download here. e-Reader versions are also available for Android and Kindle.
  • A fact sheet, USACE Levee Safety Program Guidance, about the guidance is available for download here.

USACE requests your feedback on this Engineer Circular. The document will be available for review through the Federal Register under docket number COE-2020-0003 found at https://www.regulations.gov. The comment period, which opened February 25, was originally scheduled to close on April 27, 2020. Due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, USACE has postponed planned stakeholder sessions. These sessions will provide USACE vital input and remain important. USACE will extend the open comment period to accommodate the schedule changes and reschedule the planned stakeholder sessions as soon as possible. More information on when the comment period will close will be available soon. 

  • A fact sheet, USACE Levee Safety Program Guidance Public Comment Period, about the opportunity for public comment on the Engineer Circular guidance is available for download here.

Information Sessions
USACE will be hosting virtual information sessions and levee sponsor and stakeholder information sessions during the public comment period.

The two virtual information sessions were held on March 4. The presentation about the USACE Levee Safety Program and the draft Engineer Circular can be downloaded here.

Due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, the stakeholder sessions are postponed. The plan is to reschedule; this website will have the most up to date information. The schedule and link to register for the five stakeholder sessions will be available as soon as they are rescheduled. These sessions will have limited space, and will require pre-registration.

  • Levee Sponsor & Stakeholder Information Session, New Orleans, LA - TBD
  • Levee Sponsor & Stakeholder Information Session, Portland, OR - TBD
  • Levee Sponsor & Stakeholder Information Session, Sacramento, CA - TBD
  • Levee Sponsor & Stakeholder Information Session, Kansas City, MO - TBD
  • Levee Sponsor & Stakeholder Information Session, Albany, NY - TBD

For more information about the Levee Safety Engineer Circular or the upcoming information sessions, please email EC218@usace.army.mil.

Levee Portfolio Report

National Levee Database

  • National Levee Database (NLD) - includes attributes of levees and floodwalls relevant to flood fighting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, repair and inspection.

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Questions about the Levee Safety Program?  Email us at HQ-LEVEESAFETY@USACE.ARMY.MIL.

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