By Engineering, and Planning Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Water Science and Technology Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council
Over the last century, the U.S. military Corps of Engineers has equipped an enormous community of water administration infrastructure that comes with nearly seven-hundred dams, 14,000 miles of levees, 12,000 miles of river navigation channels and regulate buildings, harbors and ports, and different amenities. traditionally, the development of latest infrastructure ruled the Corps' water assets price range and actions. this day, nationwide water wishes and priorities more and more are moving to operations, upkeep, and rehabilitation of present infrastructure, a lot of which has handed its layout lifestyles. even if, because the mid-1980s federal investment for brand spanking new undertaking development and significant rehabilitation has declined gradually. accordingly, a lot of the Corps' water assets infrastructure is deteriorating and donning out speedier than it really is being changed. Corps of Engineers Water assets Infrastrucutre: Deterioration, funding, or Divestment? explores the prestige of operations, upkeep, and rehabilitation of Corps water assets infrastructure, and identifies strategies for the Corps and the country in environment upkeep and rehabilitation priorities.
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Corps of Engineers Water Resources Infrastructure: Deterioration, Investment, or Divestment? by Engineering, and Planning Committee on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Water Science and Technology Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council