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October 20, 2009 - ASCE Letter - endorsing H.R.3820, Natural Hazards Risk Reduction Act of 2009

October 20, 2009

The Honorable Bart Gordon                         The Honorable Ralph Hall
Chairman, Committee on Science                Ranking Member, Committee on
and Technology                                               Science and Technology
U.S. House of Representatives                     U.S. House of Representatives
2320 Rayburn Building                                 H2-389 Ford Building
Washington, DC 20515                                Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Gordon and Ranking Member Hall:

On behalf of the more than 144,000 members of the American Society of Civil
Engineers (ASCE), I am writing to formally endorse H.R. 3820, the Natural Hazards
Risk Reduction Act of 2009. As the representative of the profession most responsible
for design of the nation’s public works infrastructure, we are pleased to see the Science
and Technology Committee moving forward on this important matter. 

ASCE was founded in 1852 and is the country’s oldest national civil engineering
organization. It represents civil engineers in private practice, government, industry and
academia who are dedicated to the advancement of the science and profession of civil
engineering.

For the past 30 years, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP)
has provided the resources and leadership that have led to significant advances in
understanding the precise risk earthquakes pose and the best ways to counter those
risks. While we are concerned that authorization levels have been lowered, ASCE still
feels it is in the nation’s best interest to move forward. We are also pleased to see the
reauthorization of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program as part of the bill.

Once again, thank you for your leadership in this important effort.

Sincerely,

D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
ASCE President