Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

*  On July 23 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) released a legislative discussion draft reflecting Congressional comment on an infrastructure package “designed to meet the challenges of a 21st-century transportation system.”  Shuster said that the “2016 presidential campaign shined a spotlight on America’s crumbling infrastructure.  Since election day, the American people have waited for action by their federal elected representatives, and I am just as frustrated as they are that we have yet to seriously consider a responsible, thoughtful proposal.”  The discussion draft is not a legislative bill.  Shuster said it is meant to “reignite discussions among my colleagues.”  Watch for the upcoming activity.  Here’s a link to the discussion draft.

* On July 24, the U.S. Geological Survey, within the Department of the Interior, repeated a request for comments regarding a Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI) to develop and administer a National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN). This network is required as part of Public Law 111–11, Subtitle F—Secure Water: Section 9507, 42 U.S.C. 10367, ‘‘Water Data Enhancement by United States Geological Survey.’’ The NGWMN will consist of an aggregation of wells from existing Federal, State, Tribal, and local groundwater monitoring networks. The USGS will be providing funding through cooperative agreements to water-resource agencies that collect groundwater data.  Proposals, for funding, should describe the groundwater networks to be included in the NGWMN, the purpose of the networks, and the Principal aquifers that are monitored.  Comments are due 08/23.
*  It’s not whatcha say it’s whatcha do and to develop and build new and modern transit nobody’s leading like Indianapolis.  Check out the info for Indy’s upcoming 2018 Indiana Bike & Walk SummitLeading Locally for Active Transportation, taking place Wednesday and Thursday, August 29 & 30, at the Omni Severin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The Summit is presented by the Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Department of Health, Bicycle Indiana and Health by Design. Check this link for keynote speakers and an overview of the agenda.  Still to come is the Elected and Appointed Officials Panel and additional details on the breakout sessions and mobile workshops.  This isn’t just fringe stuff in Indy; that city is building – has started to build – its new bus rapid transit system.  Bike and walk complement that nicely.

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