Norton to Host Roundtable on Remedies for D.C. Flood Risk, Next Tuesday
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will host a roundtable discussion on near- and long-term risks of flooding in the District of Columbia on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., in 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Norton is seeking passage of her bill (H.R. 2540) to make D.C. eligible for federal flood mitigation and prevention funding by amending the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA) to include D.C. in the definition of a coastal state. D.C. is not currently included in CMZA, despite its location on two rivers, the Anacostia and Potomac, and its risk of interior flooding. Norton’s bill would also give the District oversight for federally issued permits/facilities/actions that affect the coastal waters of the District. D.C. has had three major floods—in 1889, 1942 and 2006—which did serious damage to the National Mall and federal buildings, Federal Triangle, and Southwest D.C. The roundtable will be open to the public.
“D.C. is a city on the water, and we have seen in the past the proven risks that flooding poses to the nation’s capital,” Norton said. “Particularly with rising sea levels and increasingly powerful natural disasters due to climate change, the District must be prepared to deal with flood risks and implement preventative measures to mitigate damage. This roundtable will offer state-of the-art information and remedies.”