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