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Researchers Implement Phased Project To Reduce Levee Failures

November, 2007

Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 which authorizes approximately 400 new water resources projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including projects for flood control, navigation and environmental restoration. One primary area of concern focuses on the deplorable condition of most levee systems in this country. On the main stem of the Mississippi River alone, there are approximately 1,602 miles of levee in place.

Levees are earthen embankments whose primary purpose is to furnish flood protection from seasonal high water for a few days