Next Meeting: MG (Ret.) Michael Walsh on Building Resilience. Monday, May 2, 2016

Doors open at 11:30, Program starts at 12:00.

To register, click HERE no later than noon on 4/27/2016

MG(R) Michael Walsh is a Senior Vice President in Dewberry’s Fairfax, Virginia office. Mr. Walsh has extensive experience in every aspect of project and program management in the water resources community. He has over ten years of executive experience in delivering solutions to flood risk management issues, responding to floods, and developing flood plain management solutions. Mr. Walsh delivered over $15 billion of structural and non-structural programs to address water resources concerns from ecosystem restoration to comprehensive flood risk reduction systems for major U.S. cities. He was also the presidentially-selected and Senate Confirmed President of the Mississippi River Commission.

Prior to joining Dewberry Mr. Walsh served as the Deputy Commanding General Civil and Emergency Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington D.C., where he was responsible for a $10 billion annual program and supervised all Civil Works activities nationwide and 24,888 employees who operate and maintain infrastructure valued at $232 billion that includes 609 dams, 4,330 recreation areas, 12,000 miles of waterway, and 936 harbors. Mr. Walsh was a principal advisor to the Chief of Engineers and the Assistant Secretary of the Army and was responsible for USACE emergency response and FEMA support including most recently Hurricane Sandy. He also served as the lead coordinating official of USACE’s interagency levee task force from 2008-2009, a collaborative regional approach to the long-term restoration of flood management systems damaged by the Midwest Floods of June 2008. He worked with FEMA and other federal, state, and local agencies to assemble a Regional Interagency Levee Task Force (ILTF) to provide a uniform approach across the region impacted by the Midwest Floods.

 From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Walsh served as president of the Mississippi River Commission, a position recommended by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Mr. Walsh was the senior director of the $200 million annual program for flood risk reduction and navigation support for the Lower Mississippi River and Tributaries. During the 2011 floods, he quickly set up an emergency operations center and synchronized the activities of five federal agencies (USCG, NOAA, EPA, USGS, and USAE) and seven states to successfully pass the flood of record without loss of life nor catastrophic damages. This included operation, for the first time ever, the use of three floodways to make room for the river.

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