Aging Infrastructure and Ecosystem Restoration

Doyle, M.W., E.H. Stanley, D.G. Havlick, M.J. Kaiser, G. Steinbach, W.L. Graf, G.E. Galloway and J.A. Riggsbee

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As a result of recent infrastructure failures, particularly the tragic failure of the Interstate-35 bridge in Minnesota, the U.S. Senate passed the National Infrastructure Improvement Act (NIIA), which would create the National Commission on the Infrastructure of the U.S.A. The commission’s broad mandate would be to assess the nation’s infrastructure and its ability to meet current and future demands. Such policy development coincides with ongoing efforts to manage and restore degraded ecosystems. This provocative intersection of aging infrastructure and environmental degradation provides unprecedented and largely unappreciated opportunities for ecosystem restoration.

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