Apr 1, 2014 at 1:33 am
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers faces an "unsustainable situation" in maintaining its national water projects at acceptable levels of performance, says a new report from the National Research Council. The report suggests expanding revenues and strengthening partnerships among the private and public sectors as options to manage the Corps' aging water infrastructure, which includes levees and dams.
State Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids: "It’s a positive thing to have the National Research Council looking at the Corps...that’s a positive thing, in terms of Cedar Rapids being able to obtain federal assistance for flood protection, in terms of getting the Corps of Engineers s more positively involved in watershed management....the focus of the report seems to me to be the infrastructure deficit this country has had for the past 30 years or so…I am a little concerned that they are really focused on maintnenance and operations of existing facilities as opposed to new facilities like we need…if the lesson learned from this is we’ve just got to hunker down, that’s not going to work…"