New federal construction projects must meet higher flood risk standards.

On Jan. 30, President Barack Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13690 establishing a federal flood risk management standard “to improve the Nation’s resilience to current and future flood risk.” The executive order also sets up a process for further soliciting and considering stakeholder input before the standard is implement.

EO 13690 demonstrates President Obama’s belief in the importance of climate change as a major factor in increasing flooding risks. Recognizing the severe damage that flooding can cause to infrastructure, including buildings, roads, ports, industrial facilities and even coastal military installations, the new executive order directs federal agencies to ensure that new federal building projects are constructed to withstand the impact of flooding, following the new standard.

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