USACE ECB 2019-8 Managed Overtopping of Levee Systems -- Category: Guidance  


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will use this directive and guidance for commands responsible for planning, design, construction, and operation and maintenance of civil works projects. The procedures are general in nature and can be applied to any phase of study, as directed by Engineer Regulation (ER) 1110-2-1150. The level of detail in the overtopping analysis will depend on the study phase. This document is applicable for all USACE riverine levee and floodwall systems.

This Engineering and Construction Bulletin (ECB) provides an interim update to expired ECB 2017-15 and technical guidance Engineer Technical Letter (ETL) 1110-2-299 and provides a methodology for configuring the engineered capacity exceedance related to flood overtopping at a specific location or locations along the levee system. This guidance does not address overtopping of the entire system on those occasions when the overall system capacity is exceeded. Content of this ECB supersedes previous guidance on the subject of overtopping of levee systems and will be incorporated into an Engineer Manual (EM) in the future.