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Briefing Date:10/24/2012
Topic:Dam and Levee Safety and Community Resilience: A Vision for Future Practice

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering
Committee on Integrating Dam and Levee Safety and Community Resilience

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Congressional Briefing
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
B-375 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.

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Dam and Levee Safety and Community Resilience:
A Vision for Future Practice

Although advances in engineering can reduce the risk of dam and levee failure, some failures will still occur. Such events cause impacts on social and physical infrastructure that extend far beyond the flood zone. Broadening dam and levee safety programs to consider community- and regional-level priorities in decision making can help reduce the risk of, and increase community resilience to, potential dam and levee failures.

Collaboration between dam and levee safety professionals at all levels, persons and property owners at direct risk, members of the wider economy, and the social and environmental networks in a community would allow all stakeholders to understand risks, shared needs, and opportunities, and make more informed decisions related to dam and levee infrastructure and community resilience. Dam and Levee Safety and Community Resilience: A Vision for Future Practice explains that fundamental shifts in safety culture will be necessary to integrate the concepts of resilience into dam and levee safety programs.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on June 27, 2012 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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