The Camp Fire and Hurricane Harvey are just two recent examples of the historic damage caused when our historically obsolete infrastructure fails. The American Society of Civil Engineers grade is an example of mismanagement of the people's tax revenue by state and federal governments.
Airports and air traffic control systems are in serious need to be updated to handle traffic.
56,000 bridges are structurally deficient, with over 200,000 that are over 50 years old.
Over 15,500 high hazard dams.
Areas have pipes that are reaching there 100th birthday causing 2 trillion in wasted treated water due to bursted pipes.
Power interruptions and fires due to aging transformer malfunctions, since most have passed their 50 year life span.
Over half the population lives 3 miles or less from a hazardous waste site but we are not storing this in the most effective way.
Delays in the transportion of goods, critical passages that are supported by other decaying infrastructure like damns and locks.
Not designed for the more common superstorms like Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey.
Parks & Recreation
Protected land is being privatized at an alarming rate, the little that remains has fallen into disrepair endangering wildlife and native communities.
US ports are far from the most innovative in the world as they once were with this inefficiency causing delays and high lossage rates.
Can We Afford Not To?
Miles of poor conditioned tracks, the lack of high speed trains, and limited service to compete with flying or driving limits this great resource.
Crumbling roads, 32% of urban roads and 14% of rural roads are in poor condition. This costs Americans over $150 billion in wasted fuel and car damage.
24% of remaining schools are classified as fair or poor condition after the massive selloff of public school buildings.
Solid waste maintenance is average but our inability to recycle our own waste displays why we must find a more sustainable solution.
Limited accessibility, lack of affordability and reliability, and fossil fuel reliance limits public transportation from being a sustainable resource.
Facilities to treat the wastewater are in need of construction and updating to ensure we are not wasting an extremely limited resource.