In general, 39% of public works managers think 2014 will be harder on their team than this year. More than half say it’ll be about the same.

How’s that square with how things are shaping up for your department?

If you’re one of the 150 or so people who responded to our survey since Friday, thank you. Thanks, too, to those who want to be considered for a special department profile (you’ll hear from me again in a separate e-mail).

If you haven’t responded, we’d greatly appreciate your taking a couple minutes right now to respond. Click here.

When we share the results of this annual reader survey in January we want to highlight a department from each U.S. EPA region. We’ve got candidates from all except Regions 1 and 2. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Region 1 = Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Region 2 = New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

That's a lot of territory we're still missing! So please don't be shy. Let us share how your team plans to meet your department's unique challenges in  2014.

As always, feel free to e-mail me at