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Posted 2/26/2015

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Updated March 2017

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.

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 Inspection of Completed Works program; and locally constructed, operated and maintained systems in the Corps Rehabilitation and Inspection program in accordance with Public Law 84-99.


The Corps, in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is developing a strategy for communicating our ongoing activities and identifying 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 the Winona (Fed) Levee System.  The St. Paul District, the city, and Mead & Hunt (city’s A/E) have evaluated the Winona system using deterministic methods. Draft findings indicate inconclusive results, therefore a higher level risk assessment may be required to provide a certification recommendation for this system. Scoping requirements and district responsibilities are being coordinated through division (MVD), the Dam and Levee Safety Production Center, USACE HQ, and the Risk Management Center. The Gilmore Creek system (Winona) is also under review to determine if there is suitable freeboard along the system. The Corps has been in discussion with FEMA and the city on the path forward for all systems in the Winona area. Provisionally accredited levee (PAL) status for both systems is set to expire in November 2017.

Levee Systems in the St. Paul District Portfolio

Federally authorized, locally operated and maintained:
• Red River of the North Basin – Halstad, East Grand Forks, Oslo, Alvarado, Argyle, Noyes, Duxby, Crookston
• 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
• Minnesota River Basin – Granite Falls, Carver
• Mississippi River Basin – Afton, Lake St. Croix Beach, Rockford, Elba

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