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America's GPA: D+
Estimated Investment Needed by 2020:
$3.6 Trillion


Wisconsin Key Facts:

Water and Environment


  • Wisconsin’s dam safety program has 6.25 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 152.5 state regulated dams.
  • Wisconsin has 252 high hazard dams.
  • 70% of the state regulated dams in Wisconsin have an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Wisconsin’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $752,000.

Drinking Water

  • Wisconsin has reported $6.2 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Hazardous Waste

  • Wisconsin has 38 sites on the National Priorities List.


  • Wisconsin has approximately 134 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.


  • Wisconsin has reported $6.4 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.



  • There are 133 public-use airports in Wisconsin.


  • 1,157 of the 14,057 bridges in Wisconsin (8.2%) are considered structurally deficient.
  • 779 of the 14,057 bridges in Wisconsin (5.5%) are considered functionally obsolete.
  • Wisconsin received $18.3 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.

Inland Waterways

  • Wisconsin has 230 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 29th in the nation.


  • Wisconsin’s ports handled 30.6 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 22nd in the nation.


  • Wisconsin has 8 freight railroads covering 3,387 miles across the state, ranking it 14th by mileage.


  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Wisconsin motorists $1.147 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $281 per motorist.
  • 71% of Wisconsin’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Wisconsin has 114,843 public road miles.
  • Wisconsin’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 10,440 per capita, ranking it 22nd in the nation.
  • Wisconsin’s gas tax of 32.9 cents per gallon has not been increased in 6 years.


  • Wisconsin has 70,074 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.

Public Facilities

Parks and Recreation

  • Wisconsin has reported an unmet need of $53.2 million for its parks system.


  • Public school districts in Wisconsin spent a total of $1.5 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
  • It is estimated that Wisconsin schools have $4.4 billion in infrastructure funding needs.


  • Wisconsin produces 4.586 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 27th.


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