Missouri Key Facts:
Water and Environment
- Missouri’s dam safety program has 5 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 135.4 state regulated dams.
- Missouri has 1,588 high hazard dams.
- 43% of the state regulated dams in Missouri have an Emergency Action Plan.
- Missouri’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $584,470.
- Missouri has reported $7.1 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- Missouri has 33 sites on the National Priorities List.
- Missouri has approximately 2,458 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- Missouri has reported $5.8 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 132 public-use airports in Missouri.
- 3,528 of the 24,334 bridges in Missouri (14.5%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 3,365 of the 24,334 bridges in Missouri (13.8%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- Missouri received $110.4 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- Missouri has 1,030 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 10th in the nation.
- Missouri’s ports handled 24.1 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 26th in the nation.
- Missouri has 17 freight railroads covering 4,019 miles across the state, ranking it 10th by mileage.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs Missouri motorists $1.6 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $380 per motorist.
- 31% of Missouri’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- Missouri has 130,360 public road miles.
- Missouri’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 11,819 per capita, ranking it 7th in the nation.
- Missouri’s gas tax of 17.3 cents per gallon has not been increased in 16 years.
- Missouri has 59,982 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- Missouri has reported an unmet need of $1.788 billion for its parks system.
- Public school districts in Missouri spent a total of $2.6 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that Missouri schools have $8.8 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
- Missouri produces 2.527 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 36th.
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