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Levee Safety Program

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

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. USACE will conduct a 60-day public comment period on the draft EC, announced in the Federal Register, and will hold a series of virtual and in-person public and stakeholder information sessions between February and April, 2020. Additional details about information sessions will be posted to this website.

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.

Program Details


Contact Us

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

Click here to find a USACE district office near you.