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In Oregon and Beyond, Vote for Water in November

*This post is written by Greg DiLoreto, P.E.,  P.L.S., ASCE Past President regarding the 6th Annual Imagine a Day Without Water and Oregon ballot measure 3-562 on wastewater infrastructure Our country has faced an enormous public health crisis from COVID-19. Throughout this emergency, water and wastewater systems kept the water flowing in homes, hospitals, and......

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National Disaster Safety Board Proposed

Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have announced they will introduce The Disaster Learning and Life Saving Act of 2020. The bipartisan legislation will create a new permanent and independent board to study the underlying causes of disaster related fatalities and property damage nationwide. The National Disaster Safety Board (NDSB) will make recommendations......

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Congress Focuses on Clean and Renewable Energy

Over the last two weeks, Congress’ spotlight was on clean and renewable energy. The Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and the House Committee on Energy & Commerce held hearings on the topic. Last week, the House passed H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. The......

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ASCE Releases Preliminary Data on Investment Trends in Transit, Roads, and Bridges

With the impending expiration of the FAST Act on September 30, the American Society of Civil Engineers released new data on transit systems, roads, and bridges, showing that the current transportation system investment trends are unsustainable, producing dire consequences for the American people and the economy. The cumulative investment gap between what we are currently......

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United for Infrastructure to #RebuildBetter

United for Infrastructure 2020, formerly known as ‘Infrastructure Week,’ looked a little different this year. Aside from a whole brand new name, branding, and hashtag (#RebuildBetter), this national week of advocacy went all virtual – for the first time ever – due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But that didn’t stop our members, staff, partners,......

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New Study: U.S. Mayors Prioritize Infrastructure Investment to Drive Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery

America’s mayors are at the forefront of infrastructure initiatives – from public works projects to filling potholes, repairing roads, solid waste management, and more. Mayors from small to large cities, from the South to the West, from Midwest to Northeast, argue that investing in infrastructure to generate jobs and economic growth is the top immediate......

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Arizona and Wisconsin Receive “C” Infrastructure Grades in New Report Cards

On the heels of the eighth annual United for Infrastructure kickoff this past Monday, both the Wisconsin and Arizona Sections of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released their 2020 Infrastructure Report Cards.  Arizona Arizona civil engineers gave nine categories of infrastructure an overall grade of a ‘C,’ meaning the state’s infrastructure is in......

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Congress Must Prevent Surface Transportation Project Delays

Despite strong industry advocacy efforts and recent actions taken both in the House and Senate, Congress is unable to reauthorize our federal surface transportation programs before the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act expires on September 30, 2020. Congress’ inability to meet this deadline creates uncertainty, leading to project delays, and a subpar transportation system.......

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New Report: Modernize and Invest in Electrical Infrastructure to Accommodate Energy Transitions and Prevent More Harm to Families, Businesses, and Economy

The past few weeks, states across the country have experienced and onslaught of power outages due to more severe storms and rising heat temperatures–from Iowa to Texas. And then there’s California, a state that’s faced extreme weather, spurring fire tornadoes, lightening storms, record heat. In August, the Golden State has also recently instituted rolling blackouts......

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Investing in Aging Water Infrastructure: Exponential Potential and the Cost of Inaction

A hidden network of pipes and pumps ensure water flows through homes and businesses, but people often take these critical systems for granted. This month, our organizations, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Value of Water Campaign (VOW), partnered on a new economic report that quantifies water infrastructure investment and what happens......

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