The Water-Infrastructure Gap
Aging U.S. Water Infrastructure in need of vast repairs and upgrades falls on state and local shoulders.
Across the country, engineers, regulators and urban planners agree that we are approaching a foreboding challenge in the US. A rapidly aging system of water and sewer infrastructure is, and will continue to spur environmental problems and development hurdles, resulting in huge tax burdens for residents in our cities and towns. And, as metro areas continue to grow, we are facing an unprecedented need to expand water supply and wastewater collection systems to help manage resources and waste in a more sustainable fashion. Addressing this issue in the National Capital Region is a symposium on Friday April 5, 2013. This one-day symposium at the University of the District of Columbia will bring together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and non-profits to present and discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and infrastructure in the region, as well as nationally, and internationally.
3RQ GRANT PROGRAM – $160,000 AVAILABLE FOR WATERSHED GROUPS, NONPROFITS ACROSS THE UPPER OHIO REGION
Sovern Run, a tributary to Big Sandy Creek in the Cheat River watershed, flows through the Valley Point community of Preston County, West Virginia. The Sovern Run and lower Cheat River watersheds are severely impaired by acid mine drainage (AMD) pollution from abandoned coal mines. Sovern Run is 4.7 miles in length and joins Big Sandy Creek just upstream of a popular recreation area (Figure 1).