Challenges to building and maintaining infrastructure vary greatly across our regions. The ongoing drought in California poses a markedly different problem compared to record-setting downpours and flooding in other states. But within regions, there is a different imperative: Given the interdependencies among transportation, water, energy and waste systems, it makes a great deal of sense to formulate planning regionally.
Whether across or within regions, however, one thing doesn't vary: Residents expect government leaders to keep their communities' infrastructure systems operating, and this entails spending a lot of money. In the Pacific Coast region alone, the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange estimates the need to be greater than $1 trillion over the next 30 years.