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CALIFORNIA OFFICIALS VOICE CONCERNS OVER CORPS VEGETATION POLICY

In a letter dated December 6, 2010 to Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, seventeen Congressional Members from California expressed concern over the Corp's levee vegetation policy. The letter highlights that removing vegetation from federal levees in the State has the potential to significantly alter ecosystems, place a large financial burden on California's struggling economy, and adversely impacts public safety. It further emphasizes that the vegetation policy is in conflict with federal endangered species regulations. The letter requests that the Corps work with local and state officials to develop a balanced approach to ensure public safety and environmental preservation.  Read Page 1 and Page 2 of this letter.


 

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION ANNOUNCES WaterSMART FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

View complete announcement here.


 

FEMA PROPOSED LEVEE APPROACH

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce an opportunity for the public and interested stakeholders to provide feedback regarding the new levee analysis and mapping approach for non-accredited levees FEMA has developed. Starting on December 15, 2011 the public will have 45 days to provide comments regarding this new approach. The “Public Review and Comment” period is being posted through the Federal Register, which is a formal Federal process for receiving, managing, considering, and incorporating accepted comments.

To provide comments on the new approach, please visit the Federal Register - Levee Approach and download a copy of the “Revised Analysis and Mapping Procedures for Non-Accredited Levees: Proposed Approach for Public Review.”  Alternatively, you can visit the website, search “FEMA-2011-0025,” and download the document. Follow the directions provided on how to submit comments through the website or submit comments here. Note that comments must be received through one of these channels in order to be considered for incorporation into the approach. 

In addition to the Public Review documents being made available online, FEMA will hold three 90-minute online public webinars to present the approach and answer clarifying questions. Participation is limited to 300 guests for each webinar and invitations will be extended on a first come, first serve basis. The dates and contact information for reserving your spot for one of the webinars will take place as described in the Federal Register notice. For more information on the background and development of the new approach, visit here.


 

FEMA ANNOUNCES UPDATES TO THEIR REGULATORY PRODUCT STANDARDS

Appendix K: Format and Standards for Flood Insurance Rate Maps; Appendix L: Guidance for Preparing Digital Data and FIRM Databases and Procedure Memorandum 66: Flood Insurance Study Report Alignment to Digital Vision: Together these three documents provide standards and guidance necessary to help us devleop comprehensive FIRM Databases and efficiently produce the common regulatory products (FIRM and FIS) that are derived from it.   See this document for an overview of the changes to these regulatory products.  Studies initiated in FY 2012 onward will be required to adopt these standards.  These standards may be adopted for studies initiated in fiscal years prior to FY 2012.


 

NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON LEVEE SAFETY LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE

On the new web site, you can: learn about the recommendations for a National Levee Safety Program and the current status of recommendations; read the latest Levee Safety Connections newsletter; test your levee IQ; and broaden your understanding of levee safety in the United States today.  Explore links and web sites related to levee safety activities occurring in the US and abroad. Also, sign up for the levee newsletter and updates here.


 

USACE SEEKS COMMENTS ON LEVEE SAFETY SCREENING PROCESS

The Corps of Engineers is looking for the best way to incorporate participation of sponsors of Federally Authorized-Locally Operated and Maintained levee systems and owners of non-Federal levee systems during the levee screening, national roll-up, and at the LSOG.  Comments due August 25.  Click here for the invitation.  Click here for process diagram.


 

HOUSE PASSES HR1309

The House of Representatives passed HR 1309, the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011, by a margin of 406-22.  If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, the bill would extend the NFIP through September 2016.  It also contains significant reforms to the NFIP including a delay in the mandatory purchase for properties newly mapping into the SFHA and a requirement for FEMA to adopt new flood mapping protocols which are yet to be determined.  The Senate is considering its own version of NFIP Reform.   Since the NFIP is currently only authorized through the end September, 2011, there is pressure for Congress to take action in order to avoid another lapse in the Program.


 

OPERATION WATERSHED 2011

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS BRIEFING ON OPERATION WATERSHED 2011 here.


 

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