Topic: Public Policy

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Policy Briefing: Equity, environmental justice emerge as key goals of Biden infrastructure plan

The Biden administration wants to use infrastructure to improve racial equity and environmental justice while redressing harms associated with past projects.

Policy Briefing: Bipartisan water and wastewater bill clears Senate easily

In late April, the Senate handily passed legislation that would authorize more than $35 billion for drinking water and wastewater programs over five years.

What’s next for America’s inland waterways

In this episode of ASCE Interchange, Janey Smith Camp, research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University, discusses what’s next for America’s inland waterways.

Testing and treating microplastics in water face challenges

Microplastics have come under increasing scrutiny, enough to be the focus of a California law. But a lot of uncertainty clouds the issue.

Biden’s United for Infrastructure remarks back ASCE’s investment message

United for Infrastructure 2021 week kicked off Monday with major – presidential – momentum.

New paper investigates the effects of roadway travel on spread of COVID-19

Can we extrapolate how roadway travel in the U.S. affected the spread of COVID-19? A new paper in the "Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems" does just that.

What is the cost of our failure to act?

When the nation fails to invest in infrastructure, everyone pays the price.

Policy Briefing: Biden plan focuses on transportation, water, and resilience

The Biden administration’s proposed $2 trillion American Jobs Plan calls for massive increases in federal funding on infrastructure, particularly in the transportation, water, and resilience sectors.

Now is (finally) the time to future-proof our infrastructure

Constantine Samaras and Mikhail Chester write of the unique opportunity afforded by the upcoming infrastructure bill in Congress, presenting it as a chance to finally address the country’s need for climate-resilient infrastructure.

House Democrats propose sweeping climate change bill

A March 2 House bill sets ambitious national targets for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, boosts funding for drinking water infrastructure, and strengthens dam safety requirements.