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Engineering Report Ranks California’s Flood Control System a Disappointing “F,” Lending Urgency to Fall Bond Measures
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California’s infrastructure received an overall grade of C- in the first California Infrastructure Report Card, released by the American Society of Civil Engineers on September 27, 2006. Of nine subcategories, water and wastewater infrastructure each received a C+ and urban runoff received a D, while flood control received the lowest score with an F. While some in the flood protection industry questioned the grade and found fault in the underlying methodology of calculating the grade, everyone appears to agree that improvements are needed and increased funding is essential. Fall bond measures may appear to be the only short-term hope for veering the state’s infrastructure back on track.
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