Washington Key Facts:
Water and Environment
- Washington’s dam safety program has 8.5 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 121.2 state regulated dams.
- Washington has 227 high hazard dams.
- 90% of the state regulated dams in Washington have an Emergency Action Plan.
- Washington’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $1,330,303.
- Washington has reported $9.8 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- Washington has 49 sites on the National Priorities List.
- Washington has approximately 713 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- Washington has reported $5.3 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 137 public-use airports in Washington.
- 366 of the 7,840 bridges in Washington (4.7%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 1,693 of the 7,840 bridges in Washington (21.6%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- Washington received $146 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- Washington has 1,060 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 9th in the nation.
- Washington’s ports handled 107 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 6th in the nation.
- Washington has 23 freight railroads covering 3,215 miles across the state, ranking it 20th by mileage.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs Washington motorists $1.349 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $272 per motorist.
- 67% of Washington’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- Washington has 83,505 public road miles.
- Washington’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 8,482 per capita, ranking it 41st in the nation.
- Washington’s gas tax of 37.5 cents per gallon has not been increased in 4 years.
- Washington has 230381 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- Washington has reported an unmet need of $218.3 million for its parks system.
- Public school districts in Washington spent a total of $5.2 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that Washington schools have $6.3 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
- Washington produces 74.905 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 1st.
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