The Work Truck Show will be held March 1-3, 2006, in Atlanta. Photo: National Truck Equipment Association
The Work Truck Show will be held March 1-3, 2006, in Atlanta. Photo: National Truck Equipment Association
Test predicts WWTP upsets

The chemical oxygen demand (COD) test by Bioscience Inc., Bethlehem, Pa., can predict possible plant upsets before they occur. A more rapid and mercury-free test now is available that measures contaminants that can be readily oxidized. High COD in the influent can signal an abnormal event such as slug loading of biological oxygen demand or industrial discharge. High COD in the effluent may indicate that a toxic chemical is inhibiting or killing the biomass. For more information, visit

Book offers practical information

Practical Steel Tub Girder Design is a free book from the National Steel Bridge Alliance that addresses the design of steel tub girder bridges.

It addresses the entire design process, including layout, design, and detailing, and it also offers guidance on construction loading stages. To download the book, visit

Work truck show announced

The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) is hosting the Work Truck Show 2006 and the Work Truck Show 2007 in conjunction with the NTEA Annual Convention. The 2006 show will be held March 1-3 in Atlanta. The 2007 show will be held March 7-9 in Indianapolis. Each is a business-to-business event to bring together manufacturers, distributors, buyers, and users of work trucks in all industries. For more information, visit

APWA call for presentations

The American Public Works Association is looking for professionals to speak at its 2006 International Public Works Congress & Exposition in New Orleans Sept. 10-13, 2006. The organization is looking for speakers on best practices and innovative approaches; leadership and life skills; operational nuts and bolts; practical applications for technologies and methodologies; process and system enhancements; emergency regulatory and legal trends; and future visions for the profession. For more information, visit

Home Depot acquires Waterworks

Retail giant Home Depot Inc. has purchased water system supplier National Waterworks Holdings Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the report did note that National Waterworks, which had $1.5 billion in 2004 sales, will operate as a unit of Home Depot Supply.

Great Lakes overhaul planned

A wide-ranging group of federal, state, tribal, and local officials, convened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, released a draft plan to clean and improve the Great Lakes with an estimated cost ranging from $18 billion to $20 billion. The draft includes:

  • $13.7 billion from the federal, state, and local governments to fund wastewater treatment improvements
  • About $2 billion to clean up the lakes' most toxic sites by 2020
  • An increase of between $177 million and $289 million annually for the next five years for Great Lakes habitat and species protection
  • Passage of federal legislation that would better protect the lakes from an onslaught of freighter-borne invasive species.
  • Composting conference

    The 14th annual U.S. Composting Council conference and tradeshow will be held Jan. 22–25, 2006, at the Park Plaza Hotel in New Orleans. It is a national forum for those involved in the development and expansion of the composting and organics recycling industry. For more information, visit