The Seattle Section Legislative Committee's purpose is to advance the legislative interests of the Section and of the civil engineering profession in Washington State. Consistent with this purpose, the Legislative Committee coordinates with the Architects and Engineers Legislative Council (AELC) while the Washington State Legislature is in session. In this manner, we influence the legislative process by advising the Olympia lobbyist the Section helps to fund; organize and participate in "grassroots" campaigns to pass or oppose legislation that impacts our profession; and conduct "Day on the Hill" events where our members meet face-to-face with the legislators.

If you are interested in joining us at our meetings or have questions about what we do, please contact the section chair Larry Costich.

The Seattle Section of ASCE is forming a Speakers Bureau and we need your help. The objectives of the Speakers Bureau are to:

  • Educate and assist the public in better understanding technical and engineering principals that influence society
  • Inform public policymakers on the engineering impacts of legislative and regulatory proposals
  • Promote engineering excellence through public, business and community forums
We expect, and hope, that the topics will be broad ranging, covering every subject area in which civil engineers practice. A sample of possible topics includes: regional transportation needs; earthquake protection and seismic retrofitting; environmental and natural resource protection; or port improvements and future developments. Speakers will present to community groups, public advocacy organizations, professional and business societies, and local and state legislators. The Seattle Section will help coordinate these engagements and provide support to the Speakers.

How can you help? If you have a topic or area of expertise that you wish to share with the public and public policymakers or if you have any interest in participating in the Speakers Bureau in any capacity, please let us know. Contact Larry Costich .

StateTrack by CQ Roll Call will provide you with the latest information on bills and regulatory items that ASCE’s State Government Relations Staff is tracking in your state. You can access this platform at any time by visiting: http://cqrcengage.com/asce/ states.

Once here you can click on your state, or a neighboring one, see what we’re following. You will also find key facts about the state legislature, a list of Key Alerts that require your attention, as well as a news feed. We also encourage you to link to your state's page http://cqrcengage.com/asce/ state/washington from your Section and/or Branch website.

Washington State 2013 Infrastructure Report Card

About the Report Card

The 2013 Report Card for Washington State was developed by a technical committee comprised of volunteer civil engineers representing public agencies, private firms, and non-profit groups. ASCE Seattle Section and its volunteers are dedicated to using their professional expertise to help the community better understand what needs to be done to keep Washington State moving safely, reliably and efficiently. The technical committee used a quantitative and qualitative approach to evaluate and grade each infrastructure category. The Washington State report card is modeled after the national 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which gave America’s infrastructure a grade of D+. Updated once every four years, this year’s Report Card found that America’s cumulative GPA for infrastructure rose slightly to a D+ from a D in 2009. The rising grades were due to a number of factors, and show that when investments are made, the grades can go up.

Summary

The purpose of the 2013 Report Card for Washington's Infrastructure is to offer the public and policymakers an easy to understand assessment of how our infrastructure is doing and what needs attention. This report finds that Washington’s infrastructure earned a cumulative GPA of C. The analysis was conducted over the past year by a team of infrastructure experts from the Seattle Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. This is the first statewide Report Card on Washington State’s infrastructure. The 2013 Report Card for Washington's Infrastructure concludes that while Washington has many types of infrastructure and many great facilities across the state, a lack of planned and guaranteed funding and inadequate maintenance are reported across all nine categories - Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Drinking Water, Rail, Roads, Schools, Solid and Hazardous Waste, and Transit.

Highlights

“We cannot hope to have an A+ economy, with a C-level infrastructure,” said James Chae, P.E., M.ASCE, president of the Seattle Section. “Washingtonians need to realize that our ailing infrastructure hurts our wallets and our livelihoods. In fact, travel delays cost Washington State drivers and businesses more than 32 million hours a year, valued at over $1.1 billion annually.”
“It is critical that we reinvest in the infrastructure that connects business and communities across our state,” said Representative Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island) Chair of the House Transportation Committee. “The Washington State Department of Transportation reported an estimated $68 million maintenance backlog in 2011. This report should serve as a wake-up call to not only our public leaders, but to voters and families as well, that we must invest in our state’s economic future.”

American's Infrastructure Report Card

Every family and business needs infrastructure to thrive– from your road to work, to your internet, to the pipes bringing clean water to your house. In a new app format, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure puts the most comprehensive and clear reference available on America’s infrastructure in your pocket. Complete with videos, state profiles, and interactive content, this app shows how your state’s infrastructure is doing and what needs attention. Share how America raise the grades and along with any part of the app with friends, coworkers, LinkedIn groups, or even your elected officials.



Events

Seattle Section Cenntenial Posters
May 1 - 31

History and Heritage Meeting
April 29, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

YMF - Community Service Event
April 29, 8:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Rebuilding Together
April 29, 8:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Seattle Section Meeting Register Online
May 10, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

YMF - Gold Tournament
August 18, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

ASCE Legislative Committee - Volunteers Needed

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