Imagining Geographies & Civic Soul Media

Compromised, partial archive of Imagining Geographies & Civic Soul regional engagement initiatives (2012-2016) undertaken by dedicated students and residents.

LEVEES: Informative Resources


A Civic Soul – Sharing Knowledge Production – General Resources

about Levee Issues in Region and Beyond 


On Climate, Risk, Flooding and Levees: “More on Tornadoes, Floods, Climate and Risk”. Article provides overview of climate-related risks. Pay special attention to Professor Nicholas Pinter’s comments toward end of article.

What is a Levee?

Evolution of the Levee System along the Lower Mississippi.  C.A. Rogers.

Living by a Levee (brochure):

Why the Concerns with Levees, They’re Safe Right?   Bryan Martindale, Hoelscher Engineering and Paul Osman, IDNR Office of Water Resources.

Flood Plain Management in Illinois – Quick Guide. Illinois Dept Natural Resources (2001) brochure

Drainage – A Essential Utility (2005), Illinois Association of Drainage Districts (brochure)

Living with Levees – It’s a shared responsibility

Corp of Engineers Study

Declaration of Intent (2008): and%20Grand%20Tower_FS.pdf

USCOE details on Grand Tower – Golgotha levees

Guide to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 & 2014

The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 is a law passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2012 that extends the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, while requiring significant program reform.

2012 Law – National Flood Insurance Program    [Biggert-Waters Act]

2014 Reform of NFIP – Wiki Article –  Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

Pinter, N. (2013). The New Flood Insurance Disaster.  New York Times   [Retrieved: January 23, 2015]

FEMA Collection of Documents

Two articles that led to Shawnee High School activism:

Disaster Looming (August 2010). 

Southern Editorial – 2010

ON Shawnee High School students’ activism:

Shawnee High School students write about levee problem

Model of Citizen Activism – on Shawnee High School activism on the levees. Page 12

Recent articles:  The Southern – – Feb 15, 2015


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