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News Release

May 8, 2006


Mark Shwartz, News Service: (650) 723-9296,
Racquel Hagen, Blume Earthquake Engineering Center: (650) 723-4150,


A press conference on the risk of catastrophic levee failures in California will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center, Building 540, 439 Panama Mall, on the Stanford campus. Three experts are scheduled to attend—retired Brig. Gen. Gerald Galloway of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, geologist Jeffery Mount of the University of California-Davis and risk analyst Carel Eijgenraam of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

All three will participate in a public symposium at 7:30 p.m. in Stanford's Kresge Auditorium on effective strategies for managing levee risks (see The symposium and press conference will be moderated by Stuart Leavenworth, associate editor of the Sacramento Bee. For information and directions, contact Mark Shwartz or Racquel Hagen.


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