Flood risk management project eligibility

Posted in: Military, Water

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued an interim policy change on March 21, 2014, for determining eligibility status of flood risk management projects. This will allow eligibility determinations in the rehabilitation program to continue to be implemented while the new policy is developed. The interim policy provides revised eligibility criteria for levee systems based on inspection items from the existing levee inspection checklist.

While comprehensive levee system inspections will continue, those ratings will not be used to determine eligibility status in the rehabilitation program. The interim policy’s paragraphs 5 and 6 specify that only a subset of the criteria previously used to determine eligibility will continue to be used to make eligibility determinations during the interim period. It is important to note that vegetation on levees is no longer a criterion for determining program eligibility.

The interim policy’s paragraph 7 provides additional detail for processing Letters of Intent and System-Wide Improvement Frameworks as part of this interim policy.

Contact me to learn more about the interim policy or the rehabilitation program, or if you have questions about levee certification and flood risk projects.

Karen Wiemeri

About the Author

Karen Wiemeri, P.E., is a project manager in the Water Group. She provides design and technical support for structural flood mitigation measures. Through her work with structural flood mitigation and stormwater management, Karen has an increased interest in more sustainable approaches to flood risk management that can complement existing defenses.

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