California’s Aging Water Infrastructure

2015 ACEC Infrastructure Discussion paperMillions of gallons of water are wasted every year through water line breaks in local cities and counties throughout California. The water agencies who own and maintain these various water delivery systems cannot keep up with the deferred maintenance of these aging systems, some of which are over 100 years old. Potentially the easiest solution for water agencies would be to raise their rates to consumers in order to fund much needed maintenance. But too often utilities and elected officials struggle to find the political will to raise water rates to proactively repair and replace aging pipes. Continue reading

Three Ways to Save Water Now

By Nancy Vogel

indoor water use reduction[1]Nobody knows how much rain and snow will reach California next autumn. A fourth consecutive year of drought is just as likely as a return to regular winter storms.

The people who manage California’s water systems must assume that next year will be dry, too, or they invite unmitigated disaster.

California survives on the water it saves. In a state that must store the runoff of wet years in order to get through the dry years, there is never enough water to waste.

If everybody in California did three things to save water, we’d collectively stretch supplies.

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California’s Aging Water Distribution System

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 9.53.13 AMDid you know that ACEC California is part of a growing coalition in support of fixing California’s aging water distribution system?

Californians for Water Security is a robust coalition of residents, business leaders, labor, family farmers, local governments, water experts, environmentalists and others that have come together to mount a comprehensive, multi-year campaign in support of the plan to fix California’s aging water distribution system, through implementation of the California Water Fix.

To watch the coalition’s most recent video click here.

Accelerating the Road User Charge Pilot Program

In the summer of 2014, ACEC California published a white paper on the issue of transportation funding. In the winter of 2014, ACEC California published a magazine continuing the conversation.

Also in 2014, ACEC California was instrumental in pushing the Legislature to pass and the governor to sign Senate Bill 1077 (SB 1077) directing California to conduct a pilot program to study the feasibility of a road charge as a replacement for the gas tax to pay for road maintenance and repairs. Is California ready for such a charge?

We think so (and have been saying that for a while now).

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Finding the Balance Between Infrastructure and Habitat Protection

Jane Rozga Project Manager CH2M HILL

Jane Rozga
Project Manager

ACEC members are trained to seek creative solutions to problems. We are proud to help clients achieve their vision and thrive when we have the opportunity to bring a vague concept into focus. Some of the toughest challenges we tackle today require balancing human needs for infrastructure with a heart-felt desire to preserve natural habitat.

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Time for California to take the road less traveled?

Like the roads and bridges we drive on, our state’s transportation financing policy is in a state of collapse.
In Washington, D.C., legislators went down to the wire to temporarily rescue the Highway Trust Fund, the primary source for financing this country’s highway and mass transit improvements. The rescue is only a stop-gap measure; the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money again by next June.  The Highway Trust Fund supports fifty percent of California’s Highway Capital Program. 

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