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Happy Birthday, National Parks!

August 25, 2016 | By: Olivia Wolfertz

Today marks the 100th anniversary of an American treasure: the National Park Service (NPS). With 412 areas covering more than 84 million acres, located in every state, the National Park System includes national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks and sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation...

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Tags: #NPS100

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Innovations in Infrastructure: Reinventing Travel Convenience

August 19, 2016 | By: Olivia Wolfertz

According to the Chicago Tribune, Americans spent about $15 billion in fares on public transit in 2014. Public transit use has been steadily growing over the past few decades, with ridership increasing by nearly 39 percent since 1995. Yet, according to a recent article in...

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Tags: transit


New Report Highlights Limitations of National Levee Safety Initiative

August 17, 2016 | By: Whitford Remer

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a new report surveying the progress the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have made carrying out the National Levee Safety Program. The conclusion: the Agencies “have made little progress in implementing key national...

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Tags: Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, levees, Water Resources, WRDA

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Innovations in Infrastructure: Appreciating the Value of Water

August 16, 2016 | By: Olivia Wolfertz

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in full swing, water quality is at the forefront of viewers’ minds. Obstacles of polluted water, trash and pollution-related illness are hindering the Olympic games and remind us all of how critical clean water and effective water treatment is to...

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National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit Talks Infrastructure

August 11, 2016 | By: Maria Matthews

This week the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) held its  annual Legislative Summit in Chicago.  Approximately 5,000 state legislators, legislative staffers, federal officials and others gathered to gain invaluable knowledge from experts and fellow legislators to take back to their respective states. Attendees participated in an array of...

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Tags: Drinking Water, infrastructure, infrastructure report card, public-private partnership, water, water infrastructure


With Gas Prices Low, Congress Has Opportunity to #FixTheTrustFund

August 8, 2016 | By: Laura Hale

Last month’s average gas price in the U.S. was the lowest for July since 2004. Cheap gas coupled with an improved economy is spurring Americans to drive more. After a decrease during the recession, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is climbing again. Summer is the busiest...

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Tags: #fixthetrustfund, congress, gas tax, highway trust fund, transportation