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Slide1 Flood Risk Management and the Role of Nonstructural Measures Association of State Flood Plain Managers New Orleans, LA U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pete Rabbon Director, National Flood Risk Management Program U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 18 November 2008
“ Building Strong“ / Our Last Civil Works Strategic Plan Global Climate Change PopulationMigration DecliningDiscretionaryFunding AgingInfrastructure Water Conflicts Between States Droughts Sedimentation a Bigger Issue DisappearingWetlands & Coasts Growing Backlog CG, O&M Growing State Water Resources Capabilities The World Has Changed Rising Cost of Oil Floods
“ Building Strong“3 Focus the talents and energy of the Corps of Engineers on delivering enduring, comprehensive, sustainable and integrated solutions to the Nation’s water resources and related challenges through collaboration with stakeholders (regions, States, local entities, other Federal Entities, etc.), playing a leadership or support role as appropriate to meet today’s and future challenges. Deliver Enduring and Essential Water Resources Solutions USACE Campaign Plan – Goal 2
“ Building Strong“4 New Thinking FocusFromTo SUCCESS = SUCCESS = CRITERIA CRITERIA SCOPE SCOPE WORKWORK KNOWLEDGEKNOWLEDGE STYLESTYLE MONEYMONEY LIFE CYCLELIFE CYCLE ProjectsProjects NED benefits 1stNED benefits 1st Single purpose/needSingle purpose/need Stay in your functional laneStay in your functional lane Knowledge is powerKnowledge is power Follow SOPs as recipesFollow SOPs as recipes Save Federal $Save Federal $ Plan and buildPlan and build Comprehensive PlansComprehensive Plans More balanced NED, RED, EQ, OSE benefitsMore balanced NED, RED, EQ, OSE benefits Sustainable systems & healthy environmentSustainable systems & healthy environment Seek horizontal & vertical integrationSeek horizontal & vertical integration Share knowledge & informationShare knowledge & information Think creatively, consider risks, think systemsThink creatively, consider risks, think systems Leverage resourcesLeverage resources Plan, fund, monitor for full project life cyclePlan, fund, monitor for full project life cycle
“ Building Strong“5 Flood Risk Management Program Vision: To lead collaborative, comprehensive and sustainable national flood risk management to improve public safety and reduce flood damages to our country. Mission: To integrate and synchronize the ongoing, diverse flood risk management projects, programs and authorities of the US Army Corps of Engineers with counterpart projects, programs and authorities of FEMA, other Federal agencies, state organizations and regional and local agencies.
“ Building Strong“6 Flood Risk = f(chance of flood, consequences) Flood management = Floodwater management + Floodplain management
“ Building Strong“7
8 Shared Flood Risk Management
“ Building Strong“9 Core Members: USACE, FEMA, ASFPM, NAFSMA leadership Meet quarterly to discuss integration of programs and policies Current Focus Areas: Interagency Cooperation/Collaboration Risk Communication Levee Inventory and Assessments Mapping, Certification, and Accreditation Legislative Impacts Intergovernmental Flood Risk Management Committee
“ Building Strong“10 Interagency Levee Task Force Identification of regional partners A facilitated comprehensive regional approach to flood risk management and recovery Establishment of interagency partnerships (federal / state) Explore non-structural solutions and other flood risk management opportunities
“ Building Strong“11 Silver Jackets Teaming Structure Initiating State-level teams nationwide Each team will be different and will evolve Focus is on State priorities Will not duplicate similar efforts –Establish relationships where they don’t exist –Strengthen existing relationships –Supplement successful teams –Learn about programs and how to combine them Lead facilitators: USACE, FEMA, State NFIP, and State EMA SILVER JACKETS - OHIO
“ Building Strong“12 Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration (LaCPR) Congressional direction: develop and present full range of flood, coastal and hurricane protection measures exclusive of normal policy considerations. Traditional National Economic Development (NED) and National Ecosystem Restoration (NER) analyses will not be done. Risk-based tool development Decision framework to present risks, costs & consequences $20 million authorized and funded by Energy & Water Development Appropriations Act, Category 5 equivalent comprehensive hurricane protection
“ Building Strong“13 Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program (Ms CIP) $10 million authorized in Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Over 180 problem areas identified; 15 near-term improvements 7 hurricane storm damage reduction projects 4 flood damage reduction projects 4 ecosystem restoration projects Comprehensive Plan –Hurricane storm damage reduction involving multiple lines of protection: Restoration barrier islands Improving beaches and dunes –Balance of engineered and environmental measures
“ Building Strong“14 Policy Studies Wise Use of Floodplains – Identify procedural or legislative changes that may be warranted to allow the Corps of Engineers to be more effective in working with other Federal agencies, states, local governments and stakeholders in the management of flood risk. WRDA 2007, Section The President is to submit a report to Congress describing the vulnerability of the U.S. to damage from flooding, comparative risks faced by different regions of the country, programs in the U.S. which may be encouraging development and economic activity in flood prone areas, and recommendations for improving those programs and proposals for implementing the recommendations.
“ Building Strong“15 National Flood Risk Management Program Templates for Change EU’s Directive on Flood Risk Management Executive Order Water Resources Planning Principles and Guidelines Unified National Program for Floodplain Management
“ Building Strong“16 National Flood Risk Management Program EU Directive Requires inter jurisdictional coordination Acknowledges impacts of land use and water use decisions on flood risk Emphasizes developing and updating flood risk assessments and maps Addresses multiple flood risk reduction objectives Emphasizes educating and involving the public
“ Building Strong“17 National Flood Risk Management Program Executive Order “...take action to reduce the risk of flood loss, to minimize the impact of floods on human safety, health and welfare, and to restore and preserve the natural and beneficial values served by the floodplain.”
“ Building Strong“18 National Flood Risk Management Program Unified National Program for Floodplain Management
“ Building Strong“19 National Flood Risk Management Program Water Resources Planning Principles and Guidelines National Objectives: Public Safety Environmental Quality Economic Development
“ Building Strong“20 It is ours to create.It is ours to create. A Picture of the Future ….?