Sending Office: Honorable John Garamendi
Sent By:
Iain.Hart@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Current Cosigners: Garamendi, Westerman, Cohen, Hastings, M. Rose,
R. Davis, A. Green, Loebsack

FY2019 Cosigners: Garamendi, Westerman, McNerney, Jackson Lee, Hastings, Brownley, H. Johnson, Norton, Sires, Jayapal, Matsui, Bustos, Velázquez, Cohen, Payne, Green, Costa, Gomez,
M. Johnson, Bera, Gibbs, R. Davis, LaMalfa

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in co-signing the below letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee requesting full funding for the National Levee Safety Initiative (NLSI), at the $79 million Congressionally authorized level. This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’
program sets levee safety guidelines, maintains the
National Levee Database
, provides for levee rehabilitation and repair, and supports state levee safety programs.

  • Authorized Level: $79 million per year from FY2019-FY2023 (2016 WRDA)
  • Appropriated Level: $5 million for FY2019 (Program first authorized in 2014 WRDA)
  • Maintenance Backlog: An estimated $80 billion is needed in the next 10 years to maintain and improve the nation’s levees, which are 50-years old on average.

America’s levee systems provide critical flood control for communities. Nationwide, there are 13,700 miles of Army Corps levees and 15,400 miles of levees maintained by other federal, state, or local agencies. We urge you to sign onto this letter
requesting that the National Levee Safety Initiative be fully funded at $79 million in fiscal year 2020.

To be added as a co-signer or for any questions, please have your staff contact
Iain.Hart@mail.house.gov in Congressman Garamendi’s office or
Jefferson.Deming@mail.house.gov in Congressman Westerman’s office. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

JOHN GARAMENDI

Member of Congress

BRUCE WESTERMAN

Member of Congress

 

Full Text of FY2020 Letter:

The Honorable Marcy Kaptur, Chairman

The Honorable Mike Simpson, Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations

U.S. House of Representatives

 

Dear Chairman Kaptur and Ranking Member Simpson:

As you develop the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2020, we urge you to provide $79 million for the National Levee Safety Program, as authorized.

Nationwide, 30,000 miles of levees protect communities, critical infrastructure, and trillions of dollars in property. Upgrading levees will prevent billions in flood damage and provide a more than 20:1 return on investment for taxpayers. The average levee
in the United States is 50 years old, with an estimated $80 billion in repairs and maintenance needed in the next 10 years. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ most recent infrastructure report card gave the nation’s levees a “D” grade.

Authorized in 2014, the National Levee Safety Program seeks to promote consistent safety standards, create levee safety guidelines, and provide funding assistance to states. However, the program has yet to receive funding other than for the national
levee inventory. A 2016 Government Accountability Office report found that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have made little progress implementing the National Levee Safety Program to date, due to lack of funding.
Approving our request to fully funding the National Levee Safety Program would:

  • Improve coordination and raise flood-risk awareness
  • Complete the national inventory of levees, especially those non-Army Corps levees
  • Support levee rehabilitation and repairs nationwide

Communities across the nation rely on levees for flood control to reduce risk to homes, businesses, and property. With more than 50 percent of Americans living within 50 miles of a coastline or in floodplains, levees play an important safety role as our
nation faces increasingly frequent and severe flooding. Thank you for your leadership on the Subcommittee and for considering this bipartisan request.

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information:Appropriations, Environment, Transportation

Related Deadline Information

Deadline Title: Circulating for Signatures
Deadline Start: 3/11/2019 6:00:00 PM
Deadline End: 3/27/2019 6:00:00 PM

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