Geosynthetic prices increase due to spike in polypropylene resin costs

February 19, 2021

Polypropylene (PP) resin and other plastic resins have experienced a rapid price increase over the past three months, affecting the cost of geosynthetic products, according to Fred C. Chuck, P.E., executive director of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) at Industrial Fabrics Association International. “Market conditions continue to remain highly volatile, with resin availability and pricing …

IECA Region One aligns association structure with strategic plan

February 18, 2021

With the reunification of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One and Region Two, the IECA board of directors is making structural changes to support incoming members and to create a solid backbone for the future. Structural changes include: The board promoted Samantha Roe, IOM, to Chief Executive Officer of the association. Members from …

Twenty-five states introduce transportation funding bills

February 16, 2021

State legislators in half the country introduced 61 transportation funding measures during January, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC). They are seeking to bridge construction and repair revenue shortfalls created by past failures to keep up with investment needs, economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and …

ASTM International geosynthetics committee developing proposed vinyl sheet piling standard

February 12, 2021

ASTM International’s geosynthetics committee (D35) is developing a proposed standard that covers vinyl sheet piling used in marine and geotechnical fields for seawalls, retaining walls, flood walls, erosion control and pollution cutoff. According to ASTM member Steve Hargrave, innovation and engineering director at CMI Limited, the proposed standard (WK75165) will fill the need for a …

Civil engineers give Ohio’s infrastructure a “C-” in 2021 Infrastructure Report Card

Grades across 16 categories span from a B to a D. The Ohio Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) unveiled its 2021 Report Card for Ohio’s Infrastructure on Feb. 11, issuing grades from B to D for 16 categories pertinent to Ohio, including: bridges (C+), dams (C-), drinking water (D+), energy (C), hazardous …

Civil engineers to grade Texas’ infrastructure through virtual news conference, Feb. 10

February 4, 2021

The Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will unveil its 2021 Texas Infrastructure Report Card Feb. 10, 2021, through a virtual news conference. The report analyzes 12 infrastructure categories pertinent to Texas: aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, flood risk mitigation, levees, public parks and recreation, highways and roads, solid waste, transit, …

Brown and Manning call for Biden to prioritize American manufacturers and bolster domestic PPE

January 29, 2021

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Representative Kathy Manning (D-NC) wrote to President Biden calling on the Administration to prioritize purchasing fully made in America Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), according to Textile World in a January 24 article.  The lawmakers outline four steps the Administration can take now to ensure our frontline workers have products needed …

Industry and union coalition outlines PPE recommendations to Biden and Congress

 A broad coalition of industry organizations and labor unions, representing a broad spectrum of manufacturers and workers who stepped up to make essential PPE and other products throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, sent a letter today to President Biden and congressional leaders outlining recommendations on specific policy initiatives that must be adopted to re-establish a permanent …

USACE releases work plan for fiscal 2021

January 28, 2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021) Work Plan for the Army Civil Works program on January 19, 2021. On December 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Public Law 116-260, of which Division D is the Energy and Water …

New study showing broad economic harm due to inadequate infrastructure investments coming Jan. 12

January 7, 2021

Report will detail higher costs to consumers, job losses and vulnerable industries The nation’s infrastructure is the backbone of the U.S. economy, and it is critical for economic growth, essential industries to function, and consumers’ wallets and wellbeing. Americans every day feel the effects of the underinvestment in infrastructure when a water main breaks, when …