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New Report Explores Planning for America’s Water Infrastructure Needs

Leaders in the water infrastructure industry, in association with The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, released a report titled “Planning for America’s Water Infrastructure Need,” which focuses on shared interests and challenges likely to face water infrastructure in the future. The report came out of a workshop held in February that......

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Trump Administration’s Reorganization Plan

  This week, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform examined the Trump Administration’s government-wide reorganization plan and shared thoughts and ideas about the proposals, which included infrastructure-related issues.  The proposal is still in its early stages and will require congressional approval for any changes to occur. Margaret Weichert, Deputy Director......

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California Transportation Investment at Stake in November

California legislators voted in the spring of 2017 to raise the state’s gas tax for the first time in 23 years. Gov. Jerry Brown praised the decision and signed the bill, SB1, into law, ushering in $5 billion worth of revenue to pay for roads, bridges, and transit projects that would increase safety, ease congestion,......

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Senate Appropriators Fund High Hazard Dam Rehab Program

This week, the Senate Committee on Appropriations passed its Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The $48.334 billion bill, which is an increase of $611 million compared to the FY18 enacted level, includes $250 million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis, which is a $12.5 million decrease......

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Kansas’ Infrastructure GPA Jumps, but Challenges Remain

In Kansas City, Kansas today the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the 2018 Report Card for Kansas’ Infrastructure. The ASCE Kansas City and Kansas Sections gave the state an overall grade of a ‘C,’ an increase from the 2013 grade of “C-.” Five categories earned “C” grades: Bridges, Drinking Water, Energy, Levees, and......

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Preparing Infrastructure for Autonomous Vehicles

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works held a hearing entitled “Innovation and America’s Infrastructure: Examining the Effects of Emerging Autonomous Technologies on America’s Roads and Bridges.” The hearing explored questions regarding the feasibility and importance of autonomous technologies as it relates to infrastructure. The Senators’ questions were fielded by a......

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U.S. Department of Transportation Released Grant Awards

Last week, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) attended an invitation only event with U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao announcing the Department’s release of nearly $1.5 billion in grants to fund the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America or “INFRA” program for freight, highway, and bridge improvements created by the Fixing America’s......

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Green Infrastructure Solutions in Urban Spaces

This week, the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science of America, and Soil Science Society of America hosted a Capitol Hill briefing entitled “Urban Soil and Water: Geoscience that Underlies our Economic Prosperity” that explored the important role that soil – buried beneath our urban concrete jungles – plays in reducing stormwater runoff and in......

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States Wrap Up Legislative Sessions For 2018

As state legislatures across the country are wrapping up their sessions for 2018, lawmakers in several states acted this year to make investments to address their states’ infrastructure needs. In Colorado, Governor John Hickenlooper (D) signed a major bill to fund transportation infrastructure projects. The legislation calls for periodic transfers from the state’s general fund......

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California Infrastructure Propositions Win at Primaries

Yesterday, California voters were tasked with weighing in on Propositions 68 and Propositions 69 in addition to making their candidate selections for November’s general election. These measures needed only a simple majority to pass: Proposition 68, approved with 56% of the vote, will provide $4.1 billion in funding to various natural resources-related programs. California is......

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