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USACE Opens National Levee Database for Public Access Oct. 27
Friday, October 21, 2011
Please see the information below on the release of the National Levee
Database.

USACE Opens National Levee Database for Public Access Oct. 27

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today announced it will
open the National Levee Database (NLD) for public access with a series of
public webinars beginning Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. EDT.  The NLD is a living,
dynamic information source that provides visualization and search capability
for the first time on the location and condition of levee systems nationwide.

"The National Levee Database is the first critical step in understanding
levee systems in the United States, including the benefits and potential
risks they pose for the communities in which they exist," said Eric C.
Halpin, P.E., USACE special assistant for dam and levee safety. "Although the
current database currently contains levee information within the USACE
program, we are working closely with other federal, state and local agencies
to include the information on other levees on a voluntary basis."

The database includes attributes of levees and floodwalls relevant to flood
fighting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, repair and
inspection.  Because the location and characteristics of levee systems can be
viewed on a map with real-time data from other sources, such as stream gauges
and weather radar, it is a useful tool for a variety of public agencies and
individuals including flood plain managers, emergency management agencies,
levee system sponsors and citizens who live or work behind a levee.

Currently the NLD includes information on more than 14,700 miles of levees
systems that are associated with USACE programs, but this is just a fraction
of the estimated 100,000 miles of levees estimated to be nationwide.

The database will be available at http://nld.usace.army.mil

USACE will host three webinars:  Thursday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. EDT, Wednesday,
Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. EDT and Thursday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. EDT.  Attendance is free
and open to the public, but registration is required at:
http://nld.usace.army.mil/publicrollout.

 Editor's Note:  A media briefing and webinar are scheduled for Monday, Oct.
24 at 2 p.m. EDT.  If you have not received information on this briefing and
would like to participate, please contact Pete Pierce or Carol Sanders,
information above.

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