January 01, 2017

The New Federal Flood Risk Management Standard: Will It Lead to Improved Resiliency in America’s Floodplains?

Kathryn Firsching

Flooding is an important climate change issue, given that it is responsible for 85 percent of disaster declarations. According to the National Weather Service, more people die from flooding than from any other natural disaster, with 82 fatalities and $10 billion in damages as averaged annually over the last 10 years. Climate change is expected to increase flooding over time in some areas, such as the Northeast, but is expected to decrease in some parts of the United States, such as the Southwest. Building resilience to this looming threat is the central goal of an executive order President Obama signed in early 2015. See Executive Order 13690, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input Standard, 80 Fed. Reg. 6425 (Jan. 30, 2015) (E.O. 13690).

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