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Why the Trump Administration’s “Waters of the US” repeal won’t be as fast as supporters want (or as its opponents fear)

Posted on June 5, 2017
The controversial WOTUS ruling As recent events show, the Trump Administration is moving ahead with repealing and replacing the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rules that the Obama EPA issued in 2015. Among the most recent news: On April 19, EPA officials met with associations representing local and regional governments and water resource agencies...

Federal infrastructure: Thoughts on successful public-private partnerships

Posted on May 23, 2017
The New York Times recently featured an article on the Dulles Greenway partnership road, "New Toll Road Offers Glimpse at Future" Last week, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee held a subcommittee hearing titled Water Resources: The Role of the Public and Private Sectors. This hearing featured Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, and others speaking about infrastructure improvements...

Will We Build The Wall or The Metaphor?

Posted on May 8, 2017
The U.S.-Mexican border between Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. President Trump’s promise to build a border wall was major part of his campaign and it remains a priority with his core supporters. It is fair to say that the constituency that chanted “Build that Wall” at Trump rallies had a shared vision of a physical barrier being constructed along the US/Mexico border, a completion of the 600+ miles of existing wall initiated in 2006...

A Tribute to Maj. Gen. (ret) Jimmy Bates

Posted on April 5, 2017
Jimmy Bates On March 30, 2017, our friend and colleague Jimmy Bates passed away. Even with his health challenges during the last few years, I had grown accustomed to knowing that Jimmy was always around to provide steady counsel and leadership to us at Dawson & Associates...

“A thousand moral paintings I can show”

Posted on April 3, 2017
flowers With the coming of spring, we’ll take time out from policy analysis to pass along these photos of watercolors recently painted by our colleague Art Williams. Art joined us in 2003 after more than 30 years in the Army Corps of Engineers including 4 years (1992 to 1996) as Commanding General...


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