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National Levee Safety

These web pages present a history of the work of the National Committee on Levee Safety, including a record of meetings, workshops, information sessions, and testimony before Congress.

National Committee on Levee Safety

Congress created the National Committee on Levee Safety in 2007 to "develop recommendations for a national levee safety program, including a strategic plan for implementation of the program." These web pages present a history of the work of the committee, including a record of meetings, workshops, information sessions, and testimony before Congress.

The Committee adopted the vision of "an involved public and reliable levee systems working as part of an integrated approach to protect people and property from floods," and provided their draft Report to Congress in January 2009.

A National Levee Safety Program hinges on shared responsibility at all levels of government and from the public. Therefore, the National Committee on Levee Safety included representatives of state governments, local/regional governments, the private sector and two federal agencies (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency). A designee for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) chaired the NCLS.

The National Committee on Levee Safety's vision of a National Levee Safety Program:
An involved public and reliable levee systems working as part of an integrated approach to protect people and property from floods.

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Photo of Elsberry, MO levee

Elsberry, MO, June 20, 2008 -- A levee in the Elsberry levee district breaks, flooding farmland and houses in the area. Photo: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA .

Test Your Levee IQ

What percentage of the approximately 15,000 miles of levees in US Army Corps of Engineers Levee Safety Program are operated and maintained by local sponsors?

  1. 10%
  2. 25%
  3. 65%
  4. 85%

Answers to this, and past, questions.