APWA Advocates for Improved Flood Standards

APWA joined with over 30 organizations representing professions including public works, emergency management, engineering, and design, in sending a letter to White House officials advocating for the development of improved flood-ready standards. Furthermore, the letter requests the Administration prioritize efforts on mitigation strategies to decrease future damage, as well as guidelines to protect federal infrastructure investments from the impacts, both physical and financial, due to flood related disasters.
 
Highlights of the letter include and emphasis on the benefits of taking proactive measures to best safeguard our nation’s infrastructure. Additionally, it points out the fact that the Congressional Budget Office estimates that, under the current policy regime, hurricane winds and storm-related flooding costs taxpayers at least $17 billion in losses and assistance per year.
 
APWA has worked with this coalition in the past to advocate for the benefits of focusing efforts to mitigate flood and other disaster related damage when the coalitions are in line with APWA priorities. To view a copy of the letter, please click here.
 
Please contact APWA Government Affairs Manager Marty Williams at mwilliams@apwa.net, or (202) 218-6732 with any questions.