Minnesota infastructure systems in need of improvement

By KBJR News 1

December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A new report released by the BlueGreen Alliance indicates that repairing basic infrastructure systems in Minnesota would stimulate job creation and would improve environmental impacts.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness joined environmental leaders Wednesday morning to discuss the benefits from improving basic power systems, waterways, and roadways.

Members of the BlueGreen Alliance say current inefficiencies in our systems lead to wasted energy and increased carbon pollution, but when these problems are directly addressed money, energy, and other resources are saved.

"From a direct standpoint we estimate that we would create about 114-thousand jobs in Minnesota just through thinking about that infrastructure. And the American Society of Engineers has rated America's infrastructure, just our roads and bridges, a D+... well that's not okay," said Tarryl Clark of the BlueGreen Alliance.

Clark says that there are many advantages that would come with improving basic systems, such as an overall higher quality of life throughout Minnesota.

Elsa Robins