Federal permitting after Harvey & Irma

Widespread economic devastation in Florida and Houston from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have put major attention on the Federal permit process. Federal permitting is governed by multiple laws (the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act) and without changes to these, there is a limit to how much latitude Federal officials have in issuing permits for major development projects...

Understanding Federal emergency flood response

Hurricane Irma’s devastation along Florida’s Gulf Coast and the ongoing flooding problems in Houston have put an unprecedented strain on Federal emergency response. The burden is particularly heavy on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For the third time this week, our colleague Gen...

Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Corps of Engineer permitting

What impact will Hurricane Harvey have on permitting decisions from the Army Corps of Engineers?  And what steps will the Corps take to help Houston’s devastated areas? These are two of several crucial issues that our colleague Gen. Don Riley addressed this past weekend on FOX News. ..

Dawson’s Tom Sands on Federal flood control reform in The Hill

When it comes to flood control in the lower Mississippi River region, few people have more experience than our colleague Tom Sands. Before joining Dawson in 2005, Tom was Commanding General of the Army Corps of Engineers Lower Mississippi Valley Division and President of the Mississippi River Commission...

Flood insurance protection: Challenges for small business, FEMA and NFIP

Recently, Business Insurance highlighted a white paper sponsored by ACE Insured concerning flood insurance (“Innovations in Flood Insurance Protections” by Jeremiah Konz).  An excerpt: In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many corporate risk managers whose organizations had experienced a flood loss from the hurricane were distressed by their inability to acquire adequate limits of insurance to absorb future flood losses that might occur during the remainder of the policy period...