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American Society of Civil Engineers 2021 Infrastructure Grade Reveal
March 3, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CST
Join the American Society of Civil Engineers as they release their 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. The quadrennial assessment will grade the condition and performance of 17 categories of infrastructure – including drinking water, roads, levees, dams, and much more. After the grades are unveiled, ASCE will convene a program of elected officials, decisionmakers, and thought leaders to discussion solutions to raising our infrastructure GPA.
2021 Report Card For America’s Infrastructure
Virtual Summit: March 3, 2021 11:00 am – 5:00 pm eastern time.
To register and view the entire agenda, please visit https://2021ircsummit.rsvpify.com/
Of particular interest to inland river transportation:
Revisiting Risk For Aging Dams and Levees
1:35 – 2:15 PM EST
There are more than 90,000 dams and over 35,000 miles of levees in the U.S., most of which are older than 50 years and many that are in need of significant repair. As limited funding becomes available for repair and rehabilitation, protecting public safety must be top of mind. Since 2007, federal legislation has provided a strong framework for managing risk; however, needs far outweigh available funding. Meanwhile, our understanding of threats to dams and levees – such as flooding, earthquakes, and environmental changes – continues to evolve, and populations below dams and behind levees are growing. Please join us as we convene a panel of experts to discuss planning for and communicating the risks of our dam and levee systems, and to discuss solutions to make our communities more resilient.
Inland Waterways & Ports Poised to Help Us Green Our Future
3:50 – 4:30 pm EST
As President Biden prioritizes emission reductions, inland waterways and ports are primed to help his Administration realize those goals. Goods transported on inland waterways generate low levels of carbon dioxide and can alleviate strain on other modes. Ports, meanwhile, have achieved meaningful reductions in pollutants over the last decade through innovation and cross-jurisdictional partnerships. However, our waterways and ports are playing catchup on needed investments after a generation of insufficient funding. Join us to hear from an expert panel of witnesses on how our waterways and ports are poised to deliver a greener future through eco-restoration, utilization of emissions-friendly transport, and investment, and what federal, state, and local partners can do to help us get there.