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Flood Risk Mgmt: Environmental Benefits

USACE flood risk management and emergency response efforts help to limit the level of environmental damage caused nationwide by floods.

Environmental considerations also are an integral component of the planning process for all flood risk management projects USACE undertakes. For example, USACE continues to encourage the implementation of non-structural flood management solutions that involve modifying how floodplains are used or accommodating current uses to potential flood hazards. A non-structural approach helps avoid changes to the floodplains that might have a negative effect on the environment.

As part of its flood damage reduction efforts, USACE also has instituted a program to manage sediment on coastal shores in an effort to protect property, infrastructure and valuable habitats.

When undertaking flood risk management studies, USACE strives to balance and integrate society's needs for economic growth, public safety and environmental quality. Trade-offs must be evaluated to determine which project provides the greatest benefit to the nation. Finding a balance that is acceptable to all stakeholders and decision makers is one of the greatest challenges faced by USACE.

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The USACE Flood Risk Management Program works across the agency to focus the policies, programs and expertise of USACE toward reducing overall flood risk. This includes the appropriate use and resiliency of structures such as levees and floodwalls, as well as promoting alternatives when other approaches (e.g. land acquisition, flood proofing, etc.) reduce the risk of loss of life, reduce longer-term economic damages to the public and private sector, and improve the natural environment.