ASCE Releases Statement on House Passage of PRECIP Act

ASCE congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives on passage of the PRECIP Act, H.R. 1437 which requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to update precipitation frequency estimates every five years, and encourages its swift passage in the Senate.

To build for the future and prioritize the resilience of our nation’s critical infrastructure systems, civil engineers require the most current precipitation data available. Unfortunately, too often the rainfall data that engineers must rely on to design our nation’s infrastructure is out-of-date and does not account for the increasingly heavy rains and less predictable weather patterns of today. The lack of current data poses significant challenges for engineers as they attempt to protect public health, safety and welfare and impacts the security of the nation’s dams, levees, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. Design and protection of all infrastructure systems depend on current, accurate and reliable precipitation data that adequately accounts for ongoing climate changes.  

The PRECIP Act provides needed resources to help NOAA produce more accurate data and serves to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure so that it can withstand the increasingly severe effects of climate change. Passage of this legislation is a critically vital step toward meeting the goals set forth in the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to ensure resilient infrastructure so that every community can thrive.

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