We need to make much-needed investments in our nation’s outdated infrastructure. This encompasses not only seen infrastructure—our roads, rail, bridges and ports—but also unseen infrastructure, including our drinking water systems. The Flint water crisis urgently demonstrates the tragic consequences of the failure to invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
Many of America’s cities and towns have aging water infrastructure, with extremely limited resources to replace or repair failing systems. This roundtable will examine the current state of our nation’s water infrastructure, as well as the opportunities that exist to update these systems in order to protect public health.
The panelists are all experts in water infrastructure, including Dr. Marc Edwards, one of the whistleblowers in the Flint water crisis.
- Dr. Marc Edwards, Professor, Virginia Tech
- Brian Pallasch, Managing Director of Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers
- Michele Nellenbach, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Bipartisan Policy Center
RSVP: Alison Share, x5-3611, Alison.Share@mail.house.gov
About the initiative: Congressman Kildee’s “The Future of America’s Cities and Towns” initiative includes policy discussions in Washington, D.C. and around the country with local, state and federal elected officials, as well as public policy experts to focus on the unique challenges and opportunities facing many older, industrial communities. The initiative’s goal is aimed at changing the way Congress and policy makers think about and invest in America’s cities and towns.