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Refurbishing America.

Refurbishing America. More than 100 consulting engineers descended on Washington, D.C., April 9 and 10 to speak with congressmen about America's crumbling infrastructure and what can be done about it. As part of the Washington, D.C.-based American Consulting Engineers Council's (ACEC) Consulting Congress Day, the group's members trooped into the halls of Congress bearing, among other things, a rusty pipe from Arkansas' 100-year-old urban water systems; a chunk from a crumbling timber bridge in Idaho; a portion of worn highway from Virginia; and some contaminated water from a part of the Flint River in Michigan lacking adequate sewage treatment facilities.

Each of these samples, say engineers, represents the nation as a whole, because such problems occur everywhere. "We've been telling elected officials that we need to refurbish America's public facilities, with little impact, so we decided to show them firsthand the pitiful state of our nation's infrastructure," says William D. Lewis, ACEC president.

The response this time? Addressing the engineers, House Public Works and Transportation Committee Chair Robert Roe (D-NJ) pledged to renew committee attention to the problem, referring to infrastructure expenditures as investments in America's future. For information on ACEC's effort, call (202) 347-7474.
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Title Annotation:American Consulting Engineers Council lobby to improve America's infrastructure
Publication:Association Management
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Aug 1, 1991
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