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.
Responsibility for levee safety is distributed across all levels of government — local, state and federal — and across different agencies at each level. While different levels of government have important roles to play in levee safety, this diffused responsibility can impede the development of comprehensive and consistent levee safety programs and policies.
The National Committee on Levee Safety (NCLS) recommends that Congress establish the National Levee Safety Program, led by an independent National Levee Safety Commission, to effectively address levee safety across the country. The NCLS determined the following characteristics of a National Levee Safety Commission to be essential: