New York Key Facts:
Water and Environment
- New York’s dam safety program has 12.49 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 458.4 state regulated dams.
- New York has 403 high hazard dams.
- 88% of the state regulated dams in New York have an Emergency Action Plan.
- New York’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $1,386,500.
- New York has reported $27 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- New York has 87 sites on the National Priorities List.
- New York has approximately 146 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- New York has reported $29.7 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 141 public-use airports in New York.
- 2,169 of the 17,420 bridges in New York (12.5%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 4,718 of the 17,420 bridges in New York (27.1%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- New York received $429.3 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- New York has 390 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 22nd in the nation.
- New York’s ports handled 52 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 17th in the nation.
- New York has 37 freight railroads covering 3,479 miles across the state, ranking it 13th by mileage.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs New York motorists $4.551 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $403 per motorist.
- 60% of New York’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- New York has 114,546 public road miles.
- New York’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 6,767 per capita, ranking it 49th in the nation.
- New York’s gas tax of 50.6 cents per gallon has not been increased in 0 years.
- New York has 3,764,951 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- New York has reported an unmet need of $95.4 million for its parks system.
- Public school districts in New York spent a total of $14.3 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that New York schools have $2.1 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
- New York produces 32.286 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 4th.
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