This afternoon, the Vermont section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the 2014 Report Card for Vermont’s Infrastructure. It is available at http://www.vtasce.org/report-card/.
I had the wonderful opportunity to work on the Municipal Drinking Water and Wastewater sections of the report. These categories earned a grade of C- and D respectively and reflect a wide gap in our state’s needs and the resources available (or lacking) to meet these needs.
The key note speakers at the event included Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Transportation – Sue Minter, and Commissioner David Mears of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. They made a strong case for the work that is currently underway to improve these grades, even as they prepared us for future trends and urged action from everyone.
I was most impressed that the leaders of these two very important state agencies talked a lot about integrated approaches and how each of their agencies communicated with the other to collaborate on projects that transcended silos and necessitated joint actions.