Will Orange County's Infrastructure Make The Grade?

Civil engineers assess state of county's infrastructure

WHAT:

The release of the 2005 Report Card for Orange County's Infrastructure by the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE) Orange County Branch and the UC Irvine Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates will examine the trends affecting the region's infrastructure: aviation, parks/recreation, school facilities, solid waste, transportation, urban runoff/flood control, drinking water, and wastewater. The report will assess the progress of Orange County's infrastructure since it received an overall grade of "C" by these two groups in 2002.

WHO:

UC Irvine Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates & ASCE Orange County Branch

SPEAKERS:

Stan Oftelie, Former President and CEO, Orange County Business Council

"The Significance of Infrastructure for Our Quality of Life"

Curt Pringle, Mayor, City of Anaheim
"Infrastructure Challenges – A Local Perspective"

Chris Norby, Supervisor, 4th District, Orange County Board of Supervisors
"Funding Infrastructure Improvements: Who Will Pay?"

Blake Anderson, P.E., General Manager, Orange County Sanitation District
"Closing Remarks"

WHEN:

Friday, October 21, 2005, 7:30 – 11:30 am

WHERE:

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies
100 Academy
Irvine, CA 92617

The event is free and open to the public and members of the news media.  Reservations can be made online at www.eng.uci.edu/ocreportcard.  Questions and reservations may also be directed to: Jayne Hess, jrhess@uci.edu (949) 824-4757

WHY:

Both above ground and below, Orange County’s aging infrastructure is struggling to meet population demands, threatening to adversely impact our quality of life.

With new grades for the first time since 2002, the Infrastructure Report Card will assess the progress – or decline – of Orange County’s infrastructure. Are we making significant strides or has our infrastructure deteriorated further? The experts will tell us, and answer the question on everyone’s mind…if improvements are needed, who will pay?

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