2014 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
Field Trip #2


Flood Risk in Downtown Washington, DC
A Walking Tour with Members of the National Capital Region Flood Risk Assessment Program Team

Sunday, November 2, 2014
12:00PM - 5:00 PM

Cost - $10.00

12:00 pm: Meet in Sheraton Hotel Lobby
12:15 - 1:45 pm: Transit to Lincoln Memorial
1:45 - 3:30 pm: Walking Tour
3:45 - 5:00 pm: Transit to Hotel

Development pressures that are moving more people into hazard areas, a crumbling flood protection infrastructure, and National Climate Assessment predictions of increased flooding as a result of climate change threaten to increase already rising flood damages. Catastrophic flooding is occurring at an increasing rate across the United States, while at the same time much of downtown Washington are only marginally protected. How is DC dealing with these challenges? Come on a walking tour led by members of the National Capital Region Flood Risk Assessment Program to see what areas are most vulnerable to flooding, and what actions are being taken to manage the risk. The tour will begin with a quick brief on regional plans for DC-MD-VA flood risk mitigation and then a walk on the levee that is now 'protecting' downtown, a look at construction of the 'movable' barrier that keeps the Potomac from invading the city and, as the tour moves down Constitution Ave, a discussion and identification of the present and future risks that exist and plans for their mitigation. On the tour we will pass the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is under construction, Smithsonian Museums of Natural History and American History, The National Archives and the National Gallery of Art, and the Department of Commerce, FBI , EPA and IRS Headquarters Buildings.

The tour is on flat ground and is approximately 1.8 miles in length. Participants are urged to wear comfortable shoes. The tour will be held rain or shine. Those who would like to take the Metro should meet in the hotel lobby at 12:00 pm; Metro fare cards will be provided.

Tour Leaders

Gerald E. Galloway, PhD, PE, NAE is a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland

Lewis E. Link, PhD is a research professor at the University of Maryland and is the former director of the forensic analysis of causes of New Orleans Katrina levee failures.

Kaye L. Brubaker, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Director of the Maryland Water Resources Research Center.

Pradeep Behera, PhD is a professor in the Department of Engineering, Architecture & Aerospace Technology, University of the District of Columbia