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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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Congress Prepares for WRDA Floor Debate

The Senate is expected to vote on S.2800, America’s Water Infrastructure Act, or the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), in the coming weeks after about six months of Committee work, drafting, and negotiation. WRDA proposes continued American investment into infrastructure like dams, levees, and ports. If approved, WRDA will authorize water programs vital to American......

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Eno Paper Finds Tools for Improving Public Transit

Public transit has underfunded for decades and system delays, especially on legacy systems, are increasing. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gave public transit a “D-”, the lowest grade given to a U.S. infrastructure category, largely due to the ever growing $90 billion in rehabilitation costs. Eno recently released a paper titled “Tools for a Smoother......

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