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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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Infographic: Here’s How the Grid Works

Friday, October 14th, 2016
the grid - thumb

With more than 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines (not including distribution lines), the US electricity grid is clearly a behemoth. But how many times have you really given a thought to this huge, incredible network that generates electricity, carries it miles and miles, and powers our Netflix binges, our holiday lights, and our refrigerators? Here’s the breakdown, from the Energy Department:

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AASHTO Transportation TV: New Committee to Study Highway Safety

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
AASHTO Transportation TV: New Committee to Study Highway Safety

Americans take 300 million trips on the U.S. Interstate System every day. Getting where we want to go requires a network of reliable roads and bridges and that takes money. How much money is America spending to maintain and operate the US Interstate System safely? Are we investing enough to keep up with America’s growing population? Those are just two of the critical questions Congress wants a new committee to answer.

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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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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Presidential Review: Which Candidate is Best for Business?

Monday, September 26th, 2016

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC) By Alan Joch At a time of prolonged economic uncertainty, the stakes in this year’s election couldn’t be higher. Here’s a guide to help engineers weigh the industry impact of each candidate’s economic proposals As we near the 2016 presidential election, many executives remain concerned about the future strength […]

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September 15: Imagine A Day Without Water

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
Imagine A Day Without Water

Imagine: No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops.

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EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
U.S. gasoline and crude oil prices

Global consumption of petroleum and other liquid fuels is estimated to have grown by 1.4 million b/d in 2015. EIA expects global consumption to increase by 1.5 million b/d in 2016 and by 1.4 million b/d in 2017, mostly driven by growth in countries outside of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Non-OECD consumption growth was 0.9 million b/d in 2015, and it is expected to be 1.2 million b/d in 2016 and 1.3 million b/d in 2017.

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Interactive Report: The Real Price of Gas

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Gas price map

With transit bills, electric cars and other non-gas-guzzling transportation options reeling from late-2014’s sudden drop in oil prices, a lot of us are wondering just how cheap our gasoline really is. A new interactive report released by Bloomberg ranks the affordability of gasoline around the world, showing how we stack up against our international peers.

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Why Trains Suck in America

Monday, August 29th, 2016
Why Trains Suck in America

Trains, well, just aren’t that great in America. Here’s why.

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