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December Upfront News & Views

December Upfront News & Views

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    Improvements to the wastewater treatment plant in Lodi, Calif., were recognized as the Project of the Year by the Sacramento Chapter of the American Public Works Association in the environmental category. Photo: City of Lodi, Calif.

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    Encompassing almost 11 acres, Riverwalk Landing is the newest portion of the Yorktown Waterfront seaport. Shown here are retail shops on the east side of Water Street with perennial gardens, annual flower beds, container gardens, and flower baskets on light poles. Photo: County of York

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    EPA Assistant Administrator Benjamin Grumbles (right) presents the Promotional Partner of the Year award to Allan Dietemann, acting manager of Seattle Public Utilities Resource Conservation Section. Photo: U.S. EPA

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    Design & constructionScheduled to be completed in mid-2010, the nation's first single rib-tied arch bridge is being built in Columbus, Ohio. DLZ Ohio Inc. is project manager, Ohio DOT is managing construction, HNTB Corp. is lead designer, and Kokosing Construction Co. is the general contractor. The arch tilts 10 degrees from the three-lane roadway. Photo: Kokosing Construction Co.

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    From left: APWA President Noel Thompson and APWA Oregon Chapter President Rick Olson present Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio with a 2008 Citation for Exemplary Service to Public Works. Photo: American Public Works Association

Readers respond

www.pwmag.com quick-poll question:

Are furloughs a reasonable way for elected officials to balance the budget?

We posed this question the day Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced that city employees will get the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve off without pay — for two years — to help offset a $470 million budget shortfall. Claiming the furlough will save 225 jobs, the mayor assured Chicagoans that workers will be called back in “if there's a big snowstorm or other emergency.”

President-elect taps former EPA head

Barack Obama has asked former President Clinton appointee Carol Browner to oversee the agency until his administration takes charge Jan. 20. A University of Florida College of Law graduate who once served as secretary of the state's Department of Environmental Regulation, Browner led the EPA from 1993 through 2000. She is currently chair of the National Audubon Society.

Group may protest ruling

Earthjustice plans to challenge the EPA's decision to not regulate percholate in drinking water.

California treatment plant wins awardWastewater treatment

Sixteen components at the wastewater treatment plant in Lodi, Calif., were affected by an award-winning project that cost $40 million to build and was undertaken to meet tougher discharge requirements and increase capacity. Major upgrades include tertiary filtration, ultraviolet disinfection facilities, expansion of the treatment capacity from 6.5 mgd to 8.5 mgd, and the addition of process improvements to provide full ammonia conversion and partial denitrification.

$25 million riverfront renewal earns top honorsBuildings & facilities

Riverwalk Landing at Yorktown Waterfront in Yorktown, Va., is one of eight recipients of the Professional Grounds Management Society's highest honor in its annual Green Star Awards competition.

The revitalization, which opened in 2005, is the result of two decades of effort to transform a dilapidated commercial district and eroding shoreline. In 1988 the village board, trustees, and residents developed a master plan to address the issues and, after stalls in funding, improvements began in the 1990s.

Developed by York County and funded through low-interest bonds, tax credits, and grants, Riverwalk Landing is the master plan's $10 million centerpiece. The entire plan encompasses streetscape improvements, the renovation of the county's historic government building York Hall, shoreline stabilization, and a river walk.