Have Your Voice Heard, Take ASCE’s Issue Survey

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May 29, 2014

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Last year, through ASCE’s Annual Issues Survey, Society members ranked several issues of importance to the civil engineering profession and ASCE listened.

On May 22, the U.S. Senate passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), and once signed by President Obama, the $12.3 billion bill, will among other things, strengthen levee safety, reauthorize the National Dam Safety Program, restore the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, and authorize improvements to ports and waterways across the country. ASCE actively supported the bill, reflecting the high standing that clean water, drinking water and wastewater achieved in last year’s issues survey of members.

“Today’s congressional passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act is a defining moment for the nation’s ports, inland waterways, dams, levees and water infrastructure,” said ASCE President Randall “Randy” S. Over, P.E., F.ASCE. “The bill will provide significant funding — $12.3 billion over ten years — to modernize critical infrastructure while also promoting economic growth and job creation.”

Passage by Congress of the WRRDA was one of the two key items addressed at this year’s ASCE Legislative Fly-In, which took place in March, and also one of seven key federal issues Society members encouraged ASCE to pursue in the 2013 survey.

Help ASCE’s Public Policy Committee and the Board of Direction determine ASCE’s legislative Priority Issues Agenda for 2015. Complete the online survey and tell ASCE how you rank public policy issues—on both a federal and state level—that affect the civil engineering profession. The priority list helps ASCE staff and volunteer leaders to prioritize its lobbying and advocacy efforts to better focus resources.

As determined by last year’s Issues Survey, the federal Priority Issues for 2014 are:

  • Clean water, drinking water and wastewater issues
  • Natural hazards mitigation and infrastructure security
  • Qualifications based selection for engineering services
  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education
  • Sustainable development and sustainable energy use
  • Transportation infrastructure
  • Water resources infrastructure

The Priority Issues for 2014 at the states’ level are:

  • Continuing education
  • Licensing
  • Qualifications based selection for engineering services
  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation infrastructure financing

The 2015 Issues Survey will open on June 2 and close on July 11. All ASCE members with an active e-mail address will receive an e-mail invitation to participate in the survey. Please contact ASCE’s Government Relations Department or 202-789-7850 with any questions or concerns.

1 Comment
  • James R. Carr PE FASCE

    Lets come up with a financing method for Transportation that spreads the cost based upon use of the transportation system. How about a user fee, a percentage of the wholesale price of commodities transported, levied an any item that uses the transportation system to deliver the item or materials. Remove the fuel tax completely so that all income is based on this user fee and we won’t have the discussion on gas tax, diesel tax, electricity tax, miles traveled, etc. Lets get our public leaders talking about innovation. Also, this way, anyone or any company that uses items that are transported over the highway, or railway, etc. would be paying for that use even if they are a city, federal, tax free organization, etc. These funds would be dedicated to transportation and no general tax revenues would be used for transportation.

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