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United States Society on Dams joins Infrastructure Week 2017

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For Immediate Release

April 20, 2017

Media Contact: Gene Guilford, gene@ussdams.org / 860-989-0756

 

United States Society on Dams Joins Infrastructure Week 2017

Infrastructure Week – May 15-19, 2017 – is a week-long series of events
raising awareness about why it is #TimeToBuild better infrastructure for our country

[Denver, CO., April 20, 2017] – Today, the United States Society on Dams [USSD] announced its participation in the national advocacy and educational event, Infrastructure Week, which will take place from May 15-19, 2017. Across the country, businesses, labor organizations, elected officials and more will come together spread the message about why it is #TimeToBuild, with USSD focusing on the need for greater national investment in the dams that provide clean renewable hydroelectric power, clean drinking water, flood protection, water for irrigating agricultural lands and recreational benefits. In addition, USSD will bring to public attention the need for greater national investment in the 100,000 miles of levees that do the critical work of protecting trillions of dollars of property from flooding.

Farmers, factory workers, commuters, school children – all Americans – need efficient, affordable, and reliable infrastructure. Roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, water and sewer pipes, the energy grid, broadband… infrastructure is vital. It is the foundation of our jobs, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and even national security and public safety. Yet the nation’s transportation, water, energy, and communications infrastructure is under-funded, poorly maintained, and inadequately designed to meet 21st century needs. Freight and passenger networks are congested, water systems and energy grids were designed generations ago, and roads and bridges are falling apart.  There is a massive gap between the need to invest in our infrastructure and current funding. Now is the time to build something better.

America enjoys clean renewable energy from thousands of hydroelectric dams, nearly 50% of all of America's renewable energy. The critical infrastructure of dams, hydroelectric dams and those used for every purpose from clean electricity to clean drinking water, must be upgraded and maintained for America's future generations,” said USSD Executive Director Gene Guilford.

“We are thrilled that the United States Society on Dams is joining Infrastructure Week. The dire state of America’s infrastructure is one of the most pressing issues facing us as a nation, and the benefits of a stronger, better infrastructure system will be far-reaching and long-lasting,” said Zach Schafer, director of Infrastructure Week. “During Infrastructure Week, we bring together the public and private sector to encourage lawmakers to think long-term and invest in infrastructure at the federal, state and local level.”

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More information about the United States Society on Dams can be found here: www.ussdams.org

More information about Infrastructure Week can be found here: http://infrastructureweek.org/