TOPIC: Infrastructure Advocacy
ASCE Region 9 is changing the discussion in Sacramento on the future of infrastructure in California
ASCE is actively involved with pushing infrastructure related bills through the legislature in Sacramento. However, we have not been doing a good job of keeping our members informed of the actions we have taken. That is why this month we have invited ASCE Region 9's advocate for infrastructure to come to Orange County. Find out about the successes of the 2013 legislative cycle and what the plan is for 2014. Next year is an election year with several infrastructure bills potentially to be either on the ballot or addressed by the elected officials in Sacramento. In addition, the Orange County Branch has been successful with meeting with state legislators at the local level and look forward to expanding this effort next year with the help of our members.
Richard Markuson, ASCE Region 9 Legislative Liaison
Mr. Markuson is with the Pacific Advocacy Group, a government relations firm focused on the unique business needs of licensed professionals engaged in construction and design in California. He also directs all aspects of the Government Relations programs for Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California and Western Electrical Contractors including regulatory advocacy, and legislative proposals.
JUST ADDED: Engineers Without Borders - Project Update
EWB-OC is providing a progress update on their team projects in Kenya and Honduras
The EWB-USA Orange County Chapter would like to thank the ASCE Orange County Branch for inviting us to their luncheon today. We are here to discuss the efforts of two teams in the Orange County Chapter, the Kenya Team and the Honduras Team. The Kenya Team has overseen the installation of a drinking water well and has conducted a rainwater collection system pilot test in the Laikipia District in Kenya. The Honduras Team has managed the construction of a water distribution system in Juticulpa, Honduras. The scope of the installation of the drinking water well in Kenya included the drilling and installation of the well as well as the eventual installation of a hand pump to be installed at the top of the well, along with a water line to feed an animal trough for the community livestock. The rainwater collection pilot test in Kenya consists of two designs, a supported design and a suspended design to collect rainwater from the roofs of two homes in the community. The water distribution system in Honduras consists of an above-ground concrete tank and piping running to homes in the community. The following presentation is a summary of these projects.
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This Branch was created in 1952 to allow civil engineers to network, exchange ideas, build leadership skills, create lifelong professional connections, and improve the quality of life on Orange County.