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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

Aging Dams and Clogged Rivers: An Infrastructure Plan for America’s Waterways

Friday, October 21st, 2016
FIGURE 1 Number of dams per age range, by 2020

Functional or not, the dams that dot the country cannot simply be ignored or forgotten. Indeed, these dams pose a significant safety problem: ASCE classifies nearly 4,000 dams as “deficient.” Furthermore, these structures continue to block an estimated 600,000 miles of rivers in the United States. A new analysis by the Center for American Progress for this report demonstrates that dams and reservoirs have modified the flow of 71 percent of Western rivers by length and that Western rivers are 66 percent more fragmented than they would be in their natural state.

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Water Infrastructure: Information on Selected Midsize and Large Cities with Declining Populations

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Figure 1: Location of U.S. Cities with 2010 Populations of 50,000 and Greater That Experienced a Decline in Population from 1980 to 2010

Many midsize and large cities throughout the United States, including the Midwest and Northeast, have lost a substantial percentage of their population. These cities face the challenge of a corresponding decline in utility revenues from a loss of ratepayers, which makes it difficult to address their water infrastructure needs. Overall, water and wastewater utilities across the United States face substantial costs to maintain, upgrade, or replace aging and deteriorating infrastructure—approximately $655 billion for water and wastewater utilities over the next 20 years according to EPA’s most recent estimates.

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22nd Annual Highway Report: The Performance of State Highway Systems

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
Figure ES1: Trends in U.S. State Highway Performance, 1998–2013*

Reason Foundation’s 22nd Annual Highway Report tracks the performance of the 50 state-owned highway systems. States are ranked in 11 categories including Interstate and rural primary road pavement conditions, deficient bridges, traffic congestion, fatality rates, unsafe narrow rural arterial lanes, capital costs per mile, administrative costs per mile, maintenance costs per mile and total highway expenditures per mile.

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AEM: National Infrastructure Poll

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

The poll found that a majority of Americans recognize the declining state of the nation’s infrastructure as an issue that should be addressed, and nearly half (46 percent) of respondents said that U.S. infrastructure has gotten worse in the last five years. Roads and bridges top the list of sectors of the nation’s infrastructure in extreme need of repair, but registered voters also believe that repairs should be made to railways, dams and water pipelines.

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2016 Report Card for Florida’s Infrastructure

Monday, July 25th, 2016
Florida state classifications of sandy shorelines

Florida’s economy relies heavily on its beaches, the state’s “invisible” coastal infrastructure that protects Florida’s communities. Most of the public view beaches as places where they can participate in outdoor recreational activities. Florida beaches represent its leading tourist destination with about 810 million “day visits” to its beaches annually. This number more than double the number of “day visits” made annually to all U.S. National Parks combined.

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An Infrastructure Plan for America: How Investing in Infrastructure Will Lay the Foundation for Prosperity, Advance Environmental Goals, and Rebuild the Middle Class

Monday, July 18th, 2016
FIGURE 1 Transportation funding distribution

Infrastructure is the foundation that makes everything in the U.S. economy possible. Infrastructure is also essential to our national competitiveness. When done right, infrastructure investments produce broad-based prosperity for American businesses and workers, facilitating social mobility and enabling access to opportunities, people, and ideas.

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End-of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
Overview of global PV panel waste projections, 2016-2050

Growing PV panel waste presents a new environmental challenge, but also unprecedented opportunities to create value and pursue new economic avenues. These include recovery of raw material and the emergence of new solar PV end-of-life industries. Sectors like PV recycling will be essential in the world’s transition to a sustainable, economically viable and increasingly renewables-based energy future. To unlock the benefits of such industries, the institutional groundwork must be laid in time to meet the expected surge in panel waste.

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Thom Hartmann: Why Can’t We Unite About Our Crumbling Infrastructure?

Friday, July 8th, 2016
Thom Hartmann: Why Can’t We Unite About Our Crumbling Infrastructure?

Thom talks to caller Bob about the fact that we should all be upset by our national need to invest in infrastructure.

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Shaping the Future of Construction: A Breakthrough in Mindset and Technology

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Figure 1: Industry Transformation Framework

The Engineering & Construction (E&C) industry strongly affects the economy, the environment and society as a whole. It touches the daily lives of everyone, as quality of life is heavily influenced by the built environment surrounding people. The construction industry serves almost all other industries, as all economic value creation occurs within or by means of buildings or other “constructed assets”. As an industry, moreover, it accounts for 6% of global GDP. It is also the largest global consumer of raw materials, and constructed objects account for 25-40% of the world’s total carbon emissions.

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ASCE: Our Nation’s Infrastructure Bill is Overdue and It’s Costing You

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
ASCE: Our Nation’s Infrastructure Bill is Overdue and It’s Costing You

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ “Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future” economic study finds that our nation’s inadequate infrastructure is costing your family $3,400 a year. Watch the video to learn more about how underinvesting in infrastructure comes at a high cost.

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