In April 2009, Levees.org filed a request to FEMA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). We wanted to know where the people lived who were protected by levees.
Six months later, FEMA responded and we learned that the majority (55%) of the American people lives in counties protected by levees.
Researcher Ezra Boyd converted the mountain of data into an easy-to-read map (see above). Shortly afterward, Levees.org commissioned Boyd to create a white paper analyzing the data.
The results were then published by the New Orleans Times Picayune, Homeland Security, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Insurance Journal.
And Levees.org just heard that Boyd’s white paper entitled “Assessing the Benefits of Levees: An Economic Assessment of U.S. Counties with Levees” has been accepted for Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy: The Third National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems.
The CNREP 2010 conference will be held in New Orleans LA on May 26-28, 2010.