Engineering legends profiled

Engineering Legends: Great American Civil Engineers details the history and progress of 32 American civil engineers from the 1700s to the present. The book explores their personal lives and professional accomplishments, including their differing backgrounds, reasons for becoming engineers, obstacles they faced, and their work in different disciplines of civil engineering. For more information, visit www.pubs.asce.org.

Publication outlines NYC privatization

Privatization in the City: Successes. Failures, Lessons examines the evolution and implementation of former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's privatization program in the face of a city council generally hostile to privatization. The publication identifies, examines, evaluates, and documents all forms of privatization employed and contrasts the city's efforts with those in several other cities across the country, including Indianapolis and Phoenix. For more information, visit www.cqpress.com.

Amex publishes water index

The American Stock Exchange has begun publishing the Palisades Water Index, an index comprising publicly traded companies engaged in the global water industry. The index is a modified equal weighted index including companies whose businesses stand to benefit substantially from the exploding global demand for safe drinking water, environmentally sustainable use, and industrial process improvement. It is rebalanced each quarter. For more information, visit www.amex.com.

Association offers one-click pavement information

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) now offers a wealth of information on pavements at www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement. The topic-based Web site provides detailed information on everything from pavement design and construction to maintenance and rehabilitation. It also features listings for publications, software, upcoming conferences and events, and workshops and training, including National Highway Institute courses. A comprehensive list of contacts include FHWA staff across the country, state highway agencies' key personnel, and contacts at various industry associations.

Call for environmental engineering entries

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers is seeking entries for its 19th Annual Excellence in Environmental Engineering Awards. The competition recognizes projects or programs that demonstrate a holistic environmental perspective; innovation; performance and client satisfaction; and contribution to an improved quality of life and economic efficiency. Awards are given in six categories: research, university research, planning, design, operations/management, and small projects. Entries must be received by Feb. 1, 2006. For more information or to enter the competition, visit www.aaee.net.

Watershed-protection handbook

Community-Based Watershed Management: Lessons from the National Estuary Program is an update to Saving Bays and Estuaries, which was published in 1989. Distributed by the EPA, the new publication seeks to address questions about managing pollution runoff, increasing wildlife habitat, and controlling invasive species in the nation's estuaries. While the publication focuses on estuaries, its principles and examples are relevant to any organization involved in watershed management. For more information or to download the publication, visit www.epa.gov/owow/estuaries.