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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

Interested in meeting with USACE to talk about the draft Levee Safety Engineer Circular? Request a small group meeting by emailing us at EC218@usace.army.mil.

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.

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.

  

Public Comment Period

Feedback from the public and our partners is key to the success of the USACE Levee Safety Program, and provides opportunity to build trusting and transparent relationships. The draft agency guidance, Engineer Circular 1165-2-218: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Levee Safety Program, was available on the Federal Register for public comment February 25 to July 27, 2020. 

USACE is reviewing all comments received and will update the draft guidance based on this input. 

  • The draft guidance is available for download here. e-Reader versions are also available for Android and Kindle.
  • Public comments submitted are available on the Federal Register docket
  • A fact sheet, USACE Levee Safety Program Guidance, about the guidance is available for download here.
  • 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.
  • A fact sheet, Key Facts: Levee Safety Program and PL 84-99 Rehabilitation Program, is available for download here.NEW!

Information Sessions

During the open comment period, USACE hosted two virtual information sessions on March 4, and on July 22. 

  • View the presentation materials from March 4 here.
  • View the presentation materials from July 22 here, or watch the presentation here

USACE planned to host five in-person sessions during the open comment period. However, due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, these sessions were postponed. USACE intends to reschedule these sessions once it is safe to do so. This website will have the most up to date information. 


Because USACE has been unable to host in-person information sessions, we are offering to meet in small group settings, virtually or face-to-face where possible. If you are interested in scheduling a small group meeting about the Levee Safety Program Engineer Circular, 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.

Program Details

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Contact Us

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

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