April 13, 2016
As devastating as the Associated Press investigation into this nation’s drinking water seems to be, this is only the tip of the iceberg regarding this nation’s entire infrastructure system. Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers issues their Report Card For America’s Infrastructure, and in their most recent report, released in 2013, America received an overall grade of D+. The engineers estimated that $3.6 trillion dollars would need to be spent by 2020 to raise all scores to a B (good) level.
The breakdown of the individual grades are: aviation D, bridges C+, dams D, drinking water D, energy D+, hazardous waste D, levees D-, parks & recreation C-, ports C, rail C+, roads D, schools D, solid waste B-, transit D and wastewater D.
Over the past decade, I have written on more than one occasion to my Congressmen and the president that the way to put America back to work with decent paying jobs is to overhaul our entire infrastructure system. Our infrastructure has been neglected for decades; all the while, we seemingly go to war every other month. America prides itself on being the greatest country of all-time, yet we are falling apart at the seams in our pursuit of world dominance.
The good news is that there has been some recent improvement in our scores; however, as a nation, we are a major catastrophe just waiting to happen.
Steven H. Spring