As part of its “Sustainable Boulevards” program, Milwaukee Forestry Department employees are installing and maintaining automatic irrigation systems at 300 sites throughout the city. Photo: City of Milwaukee

Weigh in on biological treatment

Take half an hour to share your experiences in a study that'll be used to identify baseline water treatment technology use, increase technology acceptance, and prioritize research and regulatory initiatives. Go to

APWA issues first set of certifications

The American Public Works Association has certified 19 professionals as “Public Infrastructure Inspector,” the association's newest continuing education program.

NYC's Buildings Department considers new rules

In addition to getting a building permit, contractors would have to register for a safety control number so the department can track contractors from jobsite to jobsite. Since March, 15 people have been killed in crane-related accidents in the city.

Water leader begins term

Mike Leonard, water operations manager for Roswell, Ga., succeeds Nilaksh Kothari, general manager of public utilities for Manitowoc, Wis., as president of the American Water Works Association. President-elect of the world's largest water organization is Craig Woolard, treatment division director for Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility in Alaska.

Free training for water managers

Beginning in October, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security are conducting seminars on the interdependency of the water, energy, information technology, and transportation sectors. WEF will pay hotel accommodations for up to two nights and some travel reimbursement. Visit

Minnesota DOT closes third bridge

Inspectors found corrosion on several steel gusset plates on a 67-year-old bridge in Winona. Undersized gusset plates contributed to the collapse of a bridge over teh Mississippi River in Minnesota last summer.

Man, that tastes good!

Attendees at last month's American Water Works Association convention deemed the product of Louisville (Ky.) Water Co., the Mal Paso Filtration Plant in Puerto Rico, and the water utility of Blythe, Ga., the best-tasting water nationwide.