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.
Ever since communities have been built next to rivers, there have been levees. Built to reduce the impacts of floods on people and property, today many of our nation's levees no longer provide the protection expected of them. In other areas, development has put a population at an increasing risk of flooding they may not fully understand. As time goes on, the risks of loss of life, property and environmental damage continue to increase.
Levees also play a large role in protecting our infrastructure, the very infrastructure that we depend on during an emergency event.
Although we do know that there are levees in all 50 states, the total number, location and condition of many of the nation's levees — and the population and property they protect — remains unknown. Preliminary estimates indicate there may be more than 100,000 miles of levees across the United States, and tens of millions of people live and work behind them.
Created by Congress, the National Committee on Levee Safety developed 20 recommendations for creating a National Levee Safety Program based on three central concepts: