Levees, Dams, Waterways
There are 26,000 miles of commercially navigable waterways and over 79,000 dams located throughout the U.S. Over 4,095 dams are "unsafe" and have deficiencies that leave them more susceptible to failure, especially during large flood events or earthquakes (American Society of Civil Engineers, 2009).
On an average day, some 43 million tons of goods valued at $29 billion move on the nation’s interconnected network of ports, roads, rails and inland waterways (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2008). These are critical infrastructure systems that, if not repaired and maintained, will cause catastrophic damages by flooding towns, cities, and farmland in virtually every region of the U.S.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita showed the world what happens when our levees are not built to handle the appropriate levels of water. Had we invested more just a few years before, we may have prevented the billions in costs following that disaster and saved hundreds of lives.
- Press Release Former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell Calls for Port, Waterway Strategy in Speech to American Association of Port Authorities Read More
- Press Release BAF Educational Fund Releases Infrastructure Report: Falling Apart and Falling Behind Read More
- Published Report An Economic Analysis of Infrastructure Investment Read More
America's poorest households spend more than 40% of take-home pay on transportation.