Tag: Flood Risk Management

“Ride that Sun Across the Sky, from Jackson Hole Down to Telluride, and Get a Little Rocky Mountain High.” Keeping it Country, Jake Owens (2011)

I am thrilled to be heading to Jackson Hole, Wyoming this afternoon to attend the annual conference of the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA). Susan Gilson and the Board always do a great job of putting together a conference that brings together the leaders from Federal, state, and local service to … Continue Reading

Inverse Condemnation Flooding Case Moves Forward in Texas

A recent Texas Supreme Court case on inverse condemnation has opened the door for a group of homeowners to continue in a lawsuit against their county and flood control district over property damage that was allegedly a known possibility when the government entities approved the housing development.  These cases are rare, so it’s an unusual … Continue Reading

The new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS): An unclimbable mountain or a modest molehill?

There is significant uncertainty as to the intent and effect of the new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, released as part of the Obama Administration’s issuance of Executive Order 13690, issued in January to amend Executive Order 11988. Based on the chatter in the flood risk management community, the FFRMS has the potential to turn … Continue Reading

State Grant Program Offers $150 Million for Urban Flood Protection Projects

California flood control agencies learned in January that the state’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) is making available $150 million for projects aimed at reducing flood risks to urban areas. The Urban Flood Risk Reduction grant money, which represents a portion of the $5 billion approved by voters in 2006, will be distributed through a … Continue Reading

2014 Milestone: Passage of Water Infrastructure Legislation

When it comes to federal legislative actions that impact flood control, the passage of water infrastructure legislation was undoubtedly the most significant action in 2014. After months of difficult negotiations in Congress, the House and Senate passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) and the President signed the bill into law in late … Continue Reading

Corps Issues New 408 Guidance for Modifications of Authorized Projects

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a new engineering circular (EC 1165-2-216) to provide policy and guidance for processing requests to alter USACE civil works projects pursuant to 33 U.S.C. section 408. This new circular collects existing guidance from several informal documents, codifies USACE practice from some USACE Districts that process many 408 … Continue Reading