PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

The 2019 Report Card for California’s Infrastructure was released at the State Capitol grounds on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. You may recall that that the limited release of the transportation infrastructure grades last October reports roads as D: poor, at risk. It is no surprise then that the other components of California’s infrastructure received similarly disappointing grades. In fact, the highest grades are only a C+ for aviation, ports, and wastewater.

California has made real effort in bettering our infrastructure now, and into the future. For example, The Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB1) of 2017 helps close the gap in funding for our roads by generating $52 billion over the next 10 years, reducing the shortfall of needed funds to $80 billion in the same period. When this revenue stream was in peril, Californians took to the ballot box and the majority agreed that funding our roads is important.

Another example is the increased funding for the California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD). In 2015, the agency’s funding was approximately $13 million, almost a 20% increase from the beginning of the decade.

Infrastructure improvement can feel Sisyphean at times, but it is not. It does, however, take time and dedication to develop solutions, take action, and see results. We Civil Engineers can help by engaging with our family, friends, and neighbors on infrastructure issues. I challenge each and every one of you to read the report and remember a factoid or three you can use around the water cooler, your neighbors’ backyard cookout, at the dinner table, or a crowded elevator. The more people that are aware of California’s infrastructure problems, the more hands pushing the boulder. Remember, we are all in this together, and we can quite literally no longer afford to kick this can down the road.

Sincerely,

Michael V. Konieczki, PE, D.WRE
ASCE Sacramento Section President