OC Infrastructure Gets a C+

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Orange County business and civil engineering leaders have created a report card on needed improvements in the county’s schools, water resources and other infrastructure for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.

Some topics, such as transportation, require substantial investment from federal, state and local government, according to the report, an issue that could be a problem because of Republican-led opposition to congressional earmarks.

According to a presentation to go before the board Tuesday, none of the county infrastructure received a grade higher than a B+, which was awarded to solid waste disposal and recycling. Overall, the county’s infrastructure received a C+ from the task force composed of business and civil engineering leaders.

The areas covered included aviation, flood control, ground transportation, parks, recreation and environment, school facilities, solid waste, surface water quality, wastewater, and water supply.

The report was submitted by committee co-chairs Blake Anderson of Blake Anderson Consulting in Santa Ana and Jan Scherfig, professor emeritus at the University of California, Irvine, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and by Dr. Wallace Walrod, vice president of of economic development, Orange County Business Council.



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