Obama administration hopes to restrict development on flood plains

07/22/2009 | NYTimes.com

The Obama administration is crafting a draft executive order designed to increase federal oversight over flood-plain development. The order would strengthen restrictions on building dams, levees, roads and other structures on flood plains. "The whole principle is that the federal government should be a leader and avoiding putting more property at risk," said Gerald Galloway, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Maryland.

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