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CASE Construction Equipment has awarded the $25,000 Dire States Equipment Grant to Surrey, North Dakota for much-needed road drainage revitalization and flood control projects throughout the city. Due to years of sudden urban planning and insufficient funding, several drainage-ways have filled with years of sediment, restricting natural run-off of storm water and yearly snowmelt. There are also several roads that require drainage ditches to be installed to prevent flooding.
The poor drainage has wreaked havoc on roadways throughout Surrey—costing large portions of the city’s yearly budget to maintain. In addition to flooding and infrastructure damage, the drainage issues have caused several areas in town to collect and pool standing water, creating a public health concern.
The 2018 grant will provide the township with $25,000 in free equipment rental for the project through CASE dealer Titan Machinery.
Awarded with the first Dire States grant in 2016, the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Tioga County, New York, used the grant to supplement its Environmentally Sensitive Stream Maintenance Program. The program is in place to mitigate damages from flooding events, which have had considerable impact on the local infrastructure and the community. Tioga County’s local CASE dealer, Monroe Tractor, assisted multiple municipalities in environmentally sound, necessary projects to protect, upgrade or restore ailing infrastructure.
A total of four towns and five projects were completed with the assistance of the Dire States Grant. Each project was an opportunity to assist a municipality with the equipment rentals, as well as an opportunity for hands on training for Tioga County municipal leaders.
One of the completed projects was an undersized culvert in the Town of Berkshire. The culvert was damaged in storm events and was a barrier for aquatic life passage. In addition, an 8-foot drop off continued to erode and created a dangerous safety issue for the community.
Heavy equipment OEM to provide $25,000 in free equipment use to one selected community to repair and/or build local infrastructure
CASE Construction Equipment has issued a call for entries for the 2018 Dire States Equipment Grant. Originally launched in 2016, this is the third year that CASE has offered the grant, which provides one winning community with $25,000 in free equipment use to help offset the costs of building or repairing a critical piece of local infrastructure. Representatives of municipal, county and other local governments are eligible to apply for the grant. Entrants will be asked to describe the project and provide a detailed assessment of how that local piece of infrastructure will benefit the community.
Submissions can be completed at DireStates.com/Grant. The deadline for entry is March 30, 2018, and winners will be announced in April.
The bridge weight limits have been lowered each of the last five years due to its deteriorating condition, risking access to residents, as well as fire departments, ambulances, police and school busses. The neighboring region of South Mountain also hosts a number of camps and facilities – including a Pennsylvania National Guard training center – that relies on access to the region from the bridge.
The 2017 grant, launched at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017, will provide the township with $25,000 in free equipment rental for the project through CASE dealer Groff Tractor.
CASE Construction Equipment and Team Rubicon join forces with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Imperial Irrigation District to mitigate pending public health and ecological disaster at California’s largest lake.
The Salton Sea, a large, shallow saline lake in the desert of Southern California, was formed as it stands today when an irrigation canal carrying water from the Colorado River broke in 1905. By the 1960s the lake had become a vacation paradise filled with resorts and hotels, and at the time was referred to by some developers as “the American Riviera.”
During the 1980s and 1990s the lake was home to one of the greatest sport fisheries in the world. However, because it has served as a drainage sump for over 100 years, the Sea has accumulated excessive nutrients and other chemical compounds, primarily in the form of hydrogen sulfide, ammonia and salt. The increasing nutrient and salinity levels are killing the Sea, as the water is becoming too salty for most life forms.
Southeastern Wisconsin is home to many large manufacturers, several of which have called the area home for decades. In Washington County, Wisconsin, these growing companies are working with local officials to make sure that their growth strategies continue to have a positive impact on the surrounding communities.
The rural town of Hartford, Wisconsin is home to several manufacturers and other large businesses that have grown with the area over the years. Broan-NuTone, an industry-leading manufacturer of residential ventilation products, customized climate, communications and home automation solutions, was founded in Southeast Wisconsin in 1932, and its global headquarters has been an important part of the community ever since.
“Broan has a diverse population of over 800 associates here in Wisconsin. More than 2,000 worldwide, but 800 here at the corporate headquarters in Wisconsin,” says Jeff Mueller, group president, Broan-NuTone. “43 percent of them live in Hartford or the greater area, and the remaining portion are pulled from as much as an hour-and-a-half in any direction.
Tioga County will use $25,000 in free equipment rental from CASE to enact real change by training local public works and highway departments in proper stream and water management to mitigate damages from future flood events on area communities and infrastructure.
CASE Construction Equipment has awarded the $25,000 Dire States Equipment Grant to the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Tioga County, New York. The SWCD will use the equipment as part of its Environmentally Sensitive Stream Maintenance Program that works with municipal officials and highway department staff to ensure scientifically sound maintenance practices in streams and waterways to mitigate damages from future flooding events. Local flooding events have had considerable impact on local infrastructure and communities in recent years.
“Tioga County historically has been impacted by a number of both flash flood and flooding events,” says Wendy Walsh, director, Tioga County SWCD. “These have had a significant impact on our infrastructure including culverts, bridges and roadways. Benefits of this program will include improved coordination and cooperation between municipal staff and the SWCD, as well as expediting the permitting process with regulating agencies as municipal departments show their growing knowledge of stream function and processes.”
In Wisconsin’s great north – where the logging industry, tourists and the public all share the same roads – transportation funding has led to uncertain replacement schedules and a crumbling county highway system.
Spring break-up is a natural phenomenon that has a violent effect on roads in northern Wisconsin. The frost heaves; asphalt and concrete is pushed up and then settled back down out of place. Add in varying soil conditions and heavy truck traffic from the logging industry, and the roads in one of the most scenic parts of the state are quite ugly.
In Douglas County, which maintains 338 miles of county highways, 46 percent of those roads feature a PASER rating of four or less (click here for an explanation of the PASER rating). Another 40 percent feature a rating of eight or less. In all, that’s 86 percent of the county’s roads in need of maintenance, and in some cases, full reconstruction.
Executives participate in Infrastructure Week Advocacy Day; announce new CASE Dire States Equipment Grant.
Executives from CASE Construction Equipment met with congressional leaders in Washington D.C. on May 18 as part of advocacy efforts during Infrastructure Week, an annual nationwide event aimed at spurring action on America’s crumbling infrastructure. CASE representatives also took the opportunity to launch the CASE Dire States Equipment Grant, a new grant designed to help one community offset costs of an important local infrastructure project.
“Our message to Congress, and elected officials throughout the country, is to find a sustainable method of funding for all modes of infrastructure,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “Progress has been made with the passing of the FAST Act and the recent discussions on FAA reauthorization, but we need solutions that address the needs of today’s infrastructure without passing the burden on to future generations. Investing in infrastructure now both spurs the economy and prevents even higher costs of repair and replacement in the future.”