TITLE

Flood insurance crimps Western waterways

AUTHOR(S)
Stapilus, Randy
PUB. DATE
December 2005
SOURCE
High Country News;12/12/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 23, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article analyzes the environmental side effects of the National Flood Insurance program (NFIP) of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program was started by the Congress in 1968. The aim of the program was to pay for repairs and to encourage communities and property owners to minimize flood damage. Before implementing any insurance program like this, FEMA has to follow the National Environmental Policy Act. According to the act, every federal action needs to have environmental assessment. But FEMA failed to do any environmental assessment since 1970. The NFIP has a significant affect on the environment. A housing development called Bosque Encantado near the river Rio Grande could affect the river. House owners might ask for building levees to control the shifting river or they might ask federal water managers to restrict water releases from upstream dams. These demands can significantly affect the endangered species silvery minnow, the bald eagle and other species of the river.
ACCESSION #
19434302

 

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