Scott to Highlight Need for Critical Infrastructure Investments
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will kick off the beginning of Infrastructure Week 2017 by touring the Salters Creek watershed at Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park in the southeast community of Newport News to highlight the need for critical infrastructure investments.
“The American Society of Civil Engineers has given our nation’s infrastructure a grade of D+,” stated Rep. Scott. “Our failure to make the necessary investments in our infrastructure costs American families $3,400 each year in disposable income and will jeopardize 2.5 million jobs between now and 2025.”
“Adding to our nation’s infrastructure problems is the fact that many communities in recent years have experienced extreme weather events, including storm surge, severe flooding, and tropical storms,” Scott continued. “Communities in Hampton Roads are especially at risk to these natural disasters, which are only compounded by sea level rise. This makes Hampton Roads’ infrastructure needs especially significant to guard against the impact of future natural catastrophes.”
When he returns to Washington on May 16th, Congressman Scott will introduce the Building Up Infrastructure to Limit Disasters through Resilience Act or BUILD Resilience Act. The tour will highlight the Salters Creek water infrastructure project that would benefit from the BUILD Resilience Act.
Modeled after the successful 2015 National Disaster Resilience Competition, the BUILD Resilience Act would authorize a competitive grant program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist communities recovering from natural disasters and to enhance their infrastructure to reduce risks presented by future natural catastrophes. Improvements to the Salters Creek watershed in Newport News would have benefited from the “THRIVE: Resilience in Virginia” proposal that was not funded due to the limited amount of funding for the 2015 National Disaster Resilience Competition.
“The BUILD Resilience Act would ensure that more federal funds are available to support critical infrastructure projects, such as Salters Creek, and to make sure Hampton Roads and other communities are able to make the necessary improvements to their infrastructure to guard against natural disasters and sea level rise,” Scott said.
The tour will be open to media. Congressman Scott will hold a media availability immediately following the tour. Press interested in attending should RSVP to Gabrielle.Brown@mail.house.gov
Tour of Salters Creek Watershed
Monday, May 15, 2017
Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park
16th Street and Walnut Avenue
Newport News, Virginia 23607
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