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Posted 2/26/2015

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Updated March 2018


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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Levee Safety Program was created in 2006 to assess the integrity and viability of levees and to make sure that levee systems do not present unacceptable risks to the public, property and environment.  

Background

The basic objectives of the Levee Safety Program are to develop balanced and informed assessments of levees within the program; evaluate, prioritize and justify levee safety decisions; and recommend improvements to public safety associated with levee systems.  The Corps created the National Levee Database, inventoried all levees in the program and improved inspection procedures.  The Corps is developing a method to manage its portfolio of levee systems and is reviewing and revising current levee-related policies and procedures.

The Levee Safety Program is composed of more than 14,000 miles of levees and includes: systems operated and maintained by the Corps; federally authorized systems locally operated and maintained and covered under the Corps’s Inspection of Completed Works program; and locally constructed, operated and maintained systems in the Corps’s Rehabilitation and Inspection program in accordance with Public Law 84-99.

Status

The Corps, in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is developing a strategy for communication of our ongoing activities and identification of the benefits, risks and flood risk management measures on levee systems in our portfolio.  The Corps has completed screening level assessments to understand the risks associated with each levee system, which will be utilized to inform the communication effort. 

Ongoing activities in the state include:

City of Winona:

·      The St. Paul District continues to evaluate the Winona Levee System and is considering conducting a higher level risk assessment of the system to determine if FEMA accreditation is possible. The Corps is finalizing a scope of work and a cost estimate to complete this effort.

·      Additionally, the St. Paul District is developing a cost estimate for the Gilmore Creek Levee System. Upon review of the existing information, it is likely necessary to update the hydrologic modeling to accurately reflect the system. This information can be used to remediate the system (if necessary) and ultimately to determine FEMA accreditation.

·      Work with the sponsor on district, division and HQ approval of the System-Wide Improvement Framework plan and begin implementation of the interim risk reduction measures.

Levee Systems in St. Paul District Portfolio

Federally authorized, locally operated and maintained:

Red River of the North Basin – East Grand Forks, Oslo, Alvarado, Argyle, Noyes, Duxby,  Crookston, Breckenridge, Roseau.
Minnesota River Basin Minneota, Marshall, South Bend Township, Mankato, North Mankato, Henderson, Chaska, Dawson.
Mississippi River Basin – Black Bear/Miller Lake, Otsego, St. Paul, South St. Paul, Hastings, Kellogg, Winona, Rushford, Houston.

Locally constructed, operated and maintained:

Red River of the North Basin Dumont, Shelly, Hallock, St. Vincent, Hendrum, Perley, Halstad.
Minnesota River Basin Granite Falls, Carver.
Mississippi River Basin – Afton, Lake St. Croix Beach, Rockford, Elba

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