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Applied Sciences | Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Applied Sciences is a civil and environmental engineering firm specializing in water management and sustainable solutions.  Founded in Tampa, Florida, the firm serves public agencies seeking practical, innovative solutions to a broad array of water management and water quality challenges.  Applied Sciences has earned a reputation for excellence among its local government clients who rely on this experience and in-depth regulatory knowledge to address their stormwater, environmental and infrastructure needs – while deploying fiscal prudence and creative solutions.  Count on Applied Sciences to do it right, with integrity. › More

Over environmental concerns, Florida house passes water bill
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Water policy legislation favored by business interests and opposed by environmental advocates cleared the Florida House Thursday with bipartisan support. But a parallel effort in the Senate looks much different and it is unclear if the two chambers can reach an agreement.

The water bill is a top priority for House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, an agribusiness owner who has repeatedly talked about his desire to leave a legacy of tackling water quality and supply issues. “You have to have some place to start,” Crisafulli said after the debate. “This is a good place for us to start.”  Many House Democrats echoed those statements and most voted for the legislation, which passed 106-9.

Rep. Darryl Rouson, the St. Petersburg Democrat whose district includes parts of Sarasota and Manatee counties, said he supports the bill because it has “positive aspects for our water quality and our environment.”  › More

ASCE endorses $1 trillion infrastructure bill

January 27, 2015 – ASCE senior managing director Casey Dinges participated in a press conference hosted by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supporting legislation that would invest $1 trillion by 2020 for investment in a wide variety of infrastructure sectors.  “Senator Sanders’ initiative to invest $1 trillion over five years through his Rebuild America Act will have a far-reaching impact on restoring and modernizing our nation’s aging infrastructure,” said Dinges.  The legislation would provide, among other investments, an additional $75 billion federal annual investment for the Highway Trust Fund; $15 billion a year to improve intercity passenger, high-speed and freight rail; $12 billion a year to upgrade dams and levees; and $3 billion a year to improve inland waterways.  A link to the full summary of the bill can be found here.  The legislation does not identify a mechanism to pay for the legislation, as Senator Sanders said at the press conference, “We’ll have a debate on how to fund it in the weeks and months to come.”