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A methodology for the design of levee/floodwall freeboard using evolving guidelines based on the concept of superiority is presented. A case study illustrating the application of the freeboard design guidelines to the Truckee Meadows Project is shown. The Truckee Meadows Project provides a 100 year level of flood protection through the Reno-Sparks, Nevada metropolitan area along an approximate ten mile reach of the Truckee River. Major features of the project include levees, floodwalls, channel modifications, bridge replacement or reconstruction, a detention basin, and drainage improvements. The project is presently in the Preconstruction, Engineering and Design (PED) Phase within the Sacramento District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.