Understanding the Corps planning process for hurricane and flood risks

The latest issue of Municipal Water Leader features an article on hurricane and flood planning by D&A’s Ed Dickey.


Congrats to our colleague Ed Dickey, who has an important article in the new issue of Municipal Water Leader on the Army Corps of Engineers’ hurricane and flood planning processes.

During Ed’s long career with the Corps, he served in several capacities including Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Works.  He also was Chief of the Planning Division at Corps Headquarters.

Titled “Contributions of the Corps’ Planning Process: Reducing Hurricane and Flood Risks to the Nation,” this article encourages Congress to continue relying on situation-specific water resource studies when deciding to authorize and fund hurricane- and flood-related measures.  As Ed notes, Sound water resource planning considers a location’s economic, environmental, and social conditions, allowing tradeoffs to be addressed in an informed way.

An excerpt:

The Corps has been a pioneer in applying incremental analysis to develop ecological restoration plans and multiple purpose plans to provide a mix of economic and ecological outputs. In situations where benefits are not monetized, as in the case of ecological restoration, costs of successive increments of output are identified with the goal of weeding out unproductive project features for which the expenditure of resources does not produce commensurate benefits. In short, tradeoff analysis is essential to informed choice among competing alternative plans regardless of the nature of the alternative plans’ outputs.

For the whole article, please click here.

Bruce Berwick Senior Vice President

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