The average age of the 84,000 dams in the country is 52 years old. The nation’s dams are aging and the number of high-hazard dams is on the rise. Many of these dams were built as low-hazard dams protecting undeveloped agricultural land. However, with an increasing population and greater development below dams, the overall number of high-hazard dams continues to increase, to nearly 14,000 in 2012. The number of deficient dams is estimated at more than 4,000, which includes 2,000 deficient high-hazard dams. The Association of State Dam Safety Officials estimates that it will require an investment of $21 billion to repair these aging, yet critical, high-hazard dams.
- Senate Passes WRDA
ASCE applauds the Senate today for passing the Water Resources Development Act (S. 601). The 83 – 14 vote on final passage caps off a huge bipartisan effort from Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ranking Member David Vitter (R-LA). The final $12 billion package includes several of ASCE top priorities for [...]
- Draft Bill Would Change Long Established Peer Review For NSF Research
Draft legislation is being circulated by new House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) which would require all research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be certified to “advance the national health, prosperity, or welfare” and “secure the national defense” of the United States. The NSF must certify that each funded project is [...]
- WRDA on Senate Floor…Call Your Senator Today!
The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) has reached center stage in the Senate this week, with votes beginning on amendments at 2pm today. The legislation provides much needed improvements to locks, dams, levees, and other waterway elements across the country through the authorization of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers programs. The first hurdle for the [...]
- Civil Engineer and Inventor John Hillman Named by White House as Transportation Champion of Change
Imagine holding four U.S. patents for a landmark and unique bridge technology, more than a dozen foreign or pending patents and winning every major design and construction award available in the nation. Now imagine all of this being accomplished by one individual – civil engineer John Hillman. In a White House ceremony today, Hillman and [...]
- Senate to Take Up Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
The Senate is expected to take up the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) when Senators return to Washington today. At this time, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said that he will hold a cloture vote on the legislation Monday evening. Cloture requires 60 votes and limits debate in order to block an attempt at [...]
- Former USDOT Heads Offer Advice While New Appointee Is Named
In a serendipitous coincidence, six of America’s former Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) gathered for the Goode Transportation Policy Conference less than 10 minutes away from the White House where President Obama was announcing his new nominee for Secretary of Transportation, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. Here’s what the former secretaries had to [...]
- ASCE Statement on the Nomination of Mayor Anthony Foxx for Transportation Secretary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following is a statement from Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S, D.WRE, president of The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), regarding the nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for U.S. Transportation Secretary: “We are very encouraged by Mayor Foxx’s nomination. Now is the time to reaffirm our commitment to improving our [...]
- Happy Earth Day from ASCE!
Did you know the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970? That it was first proposed by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin? That Senator Nelson was inspired by campus activism on the late 1960’s? Learn all about the history of Earth Day here. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States [...]
- Obama’s FY 2014 Priorities STEM Education Programs
The President’s FY 2014 budget request places new emphasis on STEM (Science-Technology- Education-Mathematics) education. The total STEM education funding request, across all federals agencies, amounts to $3.1 billion; this represents an increase of 6.7 percent over 2012 funding levels. While the proposed increase is noteworthy, the President’s proposal includes an ambitious reorganization of federal STEM [...]
- ASCE Educates State Officials on the Report Card, You Can get the Same Information!
ASCE recently conducted a webinar in partnership with the Council of State Governments (CSG) for an audience of state policymakers. The webinar focused on the 2013 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure and how state governments can use the data contained in the Report Card in order to help improve their local infrastructure. Notable participants included [...]