Local Government Guide to the Internet
Chapter 7: Infrastructure
Local Government
Guide to the Internet
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General Infrastructure
Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment

Local and Regional Water Offices, U.S. Geological Survey
Local and regional water offices collect some of their own data, so check out the one nearest you for more information.

State and Local Health Departments, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

State Data Contacts, Office of Highway Policy Information, U.S. Department of Transportation

State Departments of Health, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

State Departments of Health & Human Services, State Search, National Association of State Information Resource Executives

State Departments of Transportation and Federal Transportation Links, U.S. Department of Transportation
www.bts.gov or

State Departments of Transportation Links, National Association of Development Organizations

State Public Utility Commissions

Water and Wastewater Utilities, Universities Water Information Network
Water and wastewater utilities by state. URL provided if the utility has a website.

General Infrastructure
American Public Works Association
Valuable resource center for public works information related to transportation, water resources, utilities, solid waste, rural and urban issues, and much more.

Infrastructure Financing for Small Communities in Washington State, prepared for the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development by the Rural Community Assistance Corporation
A reference book and workbook to help decision-makers in small communities understand, evaluate, and select the best financing options for their infrastructure needs.

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Provides a quarterly journal, weekly updates on federal transportation legislation and regulations, technical assistance, and information on topics such as intelligent transportation systems.

American Travel Survey, 1995, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation
State and metro summaries of state-to-state travel and travel to metro areas by mode of transportation. Also includes maps of travel flows.

Association of American Railroads
Information about North Americaís freight railroads including state facts and figures, discussion groups, and links to Association of American Railroads member railroads.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation
Department of Transportation data of all sorts, and state and local information.

Census Lookup, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Includes journey to work data on commuting patterns and characteristics of commuter travel.

Commodity Flow Survey, Bureau of the Census and Bureau of Transportation Statistics
State-level data on the flow of goods and materials by mode of transport.
www.census.gov/econ/www/cfsmain2.html or

Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
State-level railroad safety data, and federal regulations.

gcr & associates, inc.
Airport information including location, operations, services, runway information, airport inspection, and more.

Government Transportation-Related Internet Sites, Transportation Research Board, The National Academies
Links to transportation information from several federal agencies.

ITS Cooperative Deployment Network, Independent Forum for Intelligent Transportation Systems
Shared Internet resource for transportation professionals and agencies. Includes newsletters, shared calendars, discussion forums, and intelligent transportation systems resources.

Journey to Work and Place of Work, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
County-to-county worker flow files, and historical journey to work data. Descriptions of ìjourney to work dataî and how they can be used, including statutory uses.
www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/jtw_workerflow.html and www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/journey.html

Landing Sites by State, AirNav
Information about airports and landing sites, including location, operations, services, runway information, fuel prices, airport inspection, and more.

National Atlas of the United States, U.S. Geological Survey
Interactive mapping tool with county-level maps of roads, railroads, and airports.

National Highway Institute, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Technical training organization for local, state, and federal surface transportation agencies. Provides instruction and training materials to private transportation providers, firms and universities.

National Scenic Byways Online
Information about the nationís scenic byways and All-American Roads, and about corridor management planning, design issues, preservation, safety, and more.

National Traffic and Road Closure Information, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Click on the state of interest to learn about traffic flow and road conditions.

National Transportation Library, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation
Transportation-related materials from public and private organizations nationwide. Topics include road, rail, public, air, and maritime transportation, pedestrians and bicycles, energy and environment, traffic control, planning, finance, and more.

National Transportation Statistics, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation
National-level statistics on transportation systems, economics, safety, and energy and environmental consequences.

Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation
National-level statistics on local travel by all modes of transportation.

Navigation Data Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Data on waterborne commerce, port facilities, and locks.

Office of Bridge Technology, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Technical assistance and information about bridge inspection standards, funding for bridge replacement and rehabilitation, and the National Bridge Inventory.

Office of Highway Policy Information, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Databases include the Highway Statistics Series, Highway Performance Monitoring System, Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey, and Traffic Volume and Truck Weight.

Office of Motor Carrier and Highway Safety, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Provides technical assistance and training to state and local governments for infrastructure and system safety improvements.

Public Works, Municipal Research and Services Center
Tools and resources related to traffic calming, transit-oriented development, and transportation planning for local governments. Also includes sample ordinances and policies, and issue papers.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Interactive trail search helps you find information about unused rail-lines that have been converted to recreational trails. Provides information on how to start a rails-to-trails project.

Recording and Coding Guide for the Structure Inventory and Appraisal of the Nationís Bridges, Office of Bridge Technology, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
List of variables included in the National Bridge Inventory. Information about individual bridges in your area.
www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/bripub.htm or

Regional Transportation Online Center, National Association of Development Organizations
Information on regional transportation issues affecting small metropolitan and rural communities.

Rural Airports List, 1999, Office of Airline Information, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation
List of rural airports.

State Freight Transportation Profiles, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation
Very detailed state profiles of freight transportation of all types. Includes some maps.

State Legislative Fact Sheets, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
State legislation on issues such as bicycle helmet safely, child passenger safety, or repeat intoxicated drivers.

State-Specific Railroad Data, Association of American Railroads
State profiles of freight railroad operations, including maps.

TLC Net, The Transportation for Livable Communities Network
Resource for creating more livable communities by improving transportation.

Transborder Surface Freight Data, , Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation
State- or national-level data of North American trade flows. Includes commodity type and mode of transportation.

U.S. Department of Transportation

Vehicle Inventory & Use Survey, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Used to be called the Truck Inventory and Use Survey. Conducted every five years and includes state-level data on the physical and operational characteristics of trucks, vans, and truck-tractors. Automobiles and buses may be included in later surveys.

Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
American Water Works Association
Links to many public water utilities in each state, technical resources, and a web-based tool to help water utilities create consumer confidence reports.

Congressional District Ranking Book
Congressional district-level water supply data.

Facilities Database (1996 Clean Water Needs Survey), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Data on publicly-owned, municipal wastewater treatment facilities, including name, location, population served, flows, and types of treatment.

National Rural Water Association
Serves over 19,000 water and wastewater utilities. State associations provide training programs and on-site assistance in operation, maintenance, finance, and governance of rural water utilities.

Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Federal drinking water standards.

Office of Wastewater Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Financial assistance for national, state and local programs: to decrease municipal water pollution, technical resources for improving municipal wastewater treatment technologies, additional resources for small communities and Indian tribes, the Facilities Database, and more.

Public Works, Municipal Research and Services Center
Information for local governments about water rights, water conservation, water code provisions, and more.

Public Works Online
Technical, operational, product, management, and regulatory information for people in the water or wastewater industry.

Rural Utilities Service
Rural infrastructure assistance in electricity, water, and telecommunications, and lending and technical guidance for rural utilities industries.

Safe Drinking Water Advisor, American Water Works Association
Federal laws, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to water supply utilities, and a library of online resources.

Small Utility Network, American Water Works Association
Problem solving and information service for water systems serving less than 10,000 people.

Surf Your Watershed,  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Watershed-level information about aquifers, and a link to USGS Water Use data.

U.S. Geological Survey

Water Online
Technical, operational, product, management, and regulatory information for people in the municipal water supply industry at the local, state, or federal levels.

Water Resources of the United States, U.S. Geological Survey
Water data, technical resources, and local information. See the Water Use in the United States website, water.usgs.gov/watuse, for county- and watershed-level information about water sources and water use.

Affordable Access, Rural Online, International Telecomputing Consortium
Resource for policymakers who want to help rural schools and communities overcome barriers to access. Policy recommendations, examples of how communities and states have gained access for rural areas, and useful links.

Annual Survey of Communications Services, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
National-level statistics on firms primarily engaged in providing point-to-point communication services.
www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/comm-ser.html or

Central Oregon Telecommunications Task Force
Good example of how local leaders can come together to develop strategies for implementing goals related to telecommunications.

ìClosing the Digital Divide in Rural America,î Telecommunications Policy Online
Overview of telecom issues with examples of how small communities have creatively solved their access problems.

Community Technology Centersí Network
Information about community technology centers, links to over 350 networked centers, publications and member services.

Cook Reportís Internet Glossary
Glossary of telecom terms.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Links to resources that the Commission has to offer along with information on current commissioners, initiatives, offices, and updates on the agency.

Glossary of Telecommunications Terms, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Glossary of telecom terms.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
Visit this site to register a new domain name.

Journal of Municipal Telecommunications, Municipal Telecommunications Strategies Program, Center for Civic Networking
Peer-reviewed online journal that focuses on the role of local government in developing telecommunications infrastructure. Provides hard data and case studies needed for solid planning and decision making.

List of Licensees for Broadband Wireless Communications Services, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
List of wireless communications providers. Includes contact information.

Municipal Telecommunications Strategies Program, Center for Civic Networking
Publishes an online journal for local government, operates a listserv, and links to many excellent telecom sites.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Information for cooperative electric utilities and the consumers they serve. Includes legislative and regulatory information, news releases, publications, programs, and more.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Includes information on Closing the Digital Divide, the Wireless Innovations in Communications Initiative, and more. See especially the Technology Opportunities Program, www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/top, and the Public Telecommunications Facilities program, www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/ptfp.

National Telephone Cooperative Association
Represents more than 500 small and rural independent local exchange carriers providing telecommunications services to interexchange carriers and subscribers throughout rural America.

National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC)
National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative products and services, news and legislative activity regarding the cooperative. Additional site links are provided for ìmembers only.î

Publications, Information Infrastructure Task Force, U.S. Department of Commerce
The White House formed the Information Infrastructure Task Force to articulate and implement the Administration's vision for the National Information Infrastructure. Visit this site for publications related to telecom development.

Rural Telecommunications Congress
Catalog of rural telecom applications, organized according to the community and economic development sectors. Provides real-world examples for communities developing rural telecom plans.

"Rural Telecommunications: Why Your Community Isn't Connected and What You Can Do About It" from TVA Rural Studies, University of Kentucky
Describes the obstacles that small towns face and possible approaches to improving access.

Rural Utility Service,Telecommunications Program
Helps finance the construction of rural telecommunications infrastructure and provides technical assistance for rural telecommunications systems.

Siting Cellular Towers: What You Need to Know, What You Need to Do, National League of Cities
Overview of provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that govern the siting of cellular towers in cities and counties.

State and Local Government Issues, Federal Communications Commission
Provides state and local governments with a central source of information on FCC proceedings, especially as related to the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Telecom Information Resources on the Internet
Provides online directory of useful links concerning all facets of telecommunications.

Telecommunications, Municipal Research and Services Center
Telecommunications-related ordinances, sample policies, and issue papers from the state of Washington.

U.S. National Information Infrastructure Virtual Library, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Links to resources and documents on the ìinformation superhighway.î

Vermont Telecommunications Applications Center
Example of how one state is making itself more attractive to existing small businesses and startups in less populated areas by assuring adequate use of telecommunications facilities.

Wireless Siting Issues, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Information on a variety of subjects concerning the siting of facilities for wireless telecommunications providers. Includes fact sheets, moratoria, RF emissions, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, and links to related websites.

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