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PUBLIC WORKS BRIEFS

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Asphalt U in session

Your crews can get asphalt paving training online, thanks to an Internet-based program just launched by the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Created in conjunction with Pavia Systems, the 30-to-60-minute courses incorporate video, animation, and intuitive online navigation. Visit www.hotmix.org.

Help for small water systems

To help small drinking water systems provide safe and affordable drinking water, the U.S. EPA has released “Point-of-Use or Point-of-Entry Treatment Options for Small Drinking Water Systems.” The manual introduces treatment devices that can be installed at a consumer's tap or on the water line leading to the consumer's home or building. Visit www.epa.gov/safewater.

Another use for skidsteers

More cities are using skidsteer equipment to remove snow. “Skid Steer Loaders in the Snow and Ice Industry,” a video recently released from the Snow and Ice Management Association, can serve as the basis for training your snow removal crew to use these versatile machines during snowstorms. Visit www.sima.org.

Water, wastewater tips

WEFTEC.06—the Water Environment Federation's conference for water and wastewater professionals—will be held Oct. 21–25 in Dallas. This highly technical show covers trends in water quality developments, research, regulations, solutions, and new technologies. Visit www.weftec.org.

WTS taps new leader

Women's Transportation Seminar, an international organization dedicated to advancing women in transportation, has named Diane James its executive director. James will take the helm of the 29-year-old organization in its new Washington, D.C., office, where she will oversee the organization's education programs, professional development activities, and programs for 4000 members. Visit www.wtsinternational.org.

Get a job!

APWA WorkZone, an online job bank created by the American Public Works Association, is searchable at www.apwa.net/workzone. The comprehensive site features opportunities at public works agencies, consulting firms, and related organizations throughout North America.

Stormwater rule final

The U.S. EPA has announced final revisions to stormwater regulations that will advance the comprehensive energy policy enacted last year. This action modifies water permitting program regulations to clarify that uncontaminated stormwater discharged from oil and gas field activities does not require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.