Flood Risk in the National Capital Region:

A Walking Tour in DC with Members of the Flood Risk Assessment Program Team

5:30 PM, Thursday, September 13, 2012

Development pressures that are moving more people into hazard areas, a crumbling flood protection infrastructure, and IPCC 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 and many other local areas are only marginally protected. How are DC and the region 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.

Tour Leaders:

  • Gerald E. Galloway, PhD, PE, NAE

Glenn L Martin Institute Professor of Engineering and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland

  • Lewis E. Link, PhD

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.

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

Professor in the Department of Engineering, Architecture & Aerospace Technology, University of the District of Columbia

  • Michael J. Casey, PhD, PE

Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering and Director of Graduate Programs, Civil, Environmental, Infrastructure Engineering Department, George Mason University.


Click here for event flyer .


5:30 pm: Registration & Intro to the tour

6:00 pm: Walking Tour

7:30 pm: Dinner at Austin Grill (near Archives Metro)



Meet at 5:30 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Note: Foggy Bottom/GWU is the closest metro station. Walk 6/10 of a mile south on 23rd Street NW. Please bring water and snacks for 90 minutes tour.

The tour will end with dinner at Austin Grill nearby the Archives Metro Station.


Registration fee: $5

Registration does not include dinner



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