Flood Damage Prevention Services of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: An Evaluation of Policy Changes and Program Outcomes during 1970-1983 Measured against Criteria of Equity, Efficiency, and Responsiveness.
ARMY ENGINEER INST FOR WATER RESOURCES FORT BELVOIR VA
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Despite substantial Federal investment in activities designed to reduce flood damages in the United States, average annual damages continue to rise and are now estimated at nearly 3 billion per year. Significant urban development and millions of acres of the nations agricultural production are on lands subject to flooding. When floods occur, 1 life is endangered and disrupted, 2 productive capacities are impaired 3 transportation and utility lines are damaged, 4 property and crops are destroyed, and 5 soils are eroded. Flooding can be, and often is, sudden and traumatic, bringing with it loss of life, severe economic losses, adverse social impacts, and environmental damage. The central theme of this research focuses on policy changes during the 1970-1983 time frame and their impact on the flood damage prevention program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Corps. Outcomes from policy changes are analyzed and evaluated against criteria of equity, efficiency, and responsiveness.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Civil Engineering