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Picking up on crime
In Hero Wanted, Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays a gun-toting garbageman. Do you have a favorite movie or TV show that involves public works or infrastructure? Tell us about it on Facebook.
Click here for the ADA corner
with Michelle S. Ohmes
City performance contract performs well
Traffic signal, streetlight, and boiler upgrades exceed estimated savings by 25%.
Covington, Ky.'s line-item savings
Special report: exclusive reader survey / By Stephanie Johnston
Conflict of interest?
Drawing the line between environmental and economic health.
In August 2010, 494 PUBLIC WORKS readers answered 14 questions about their "sustainability" philosophy.
As reported on page 33 of our October issue, one-third of respondents have a formal Sustainability Action Plan or some other document designed to foster environmentally healthy projects, programs, and services.
These are the frameworks they used to develop the plan; the percentages add up to more than 100 because we asked respondents to check all that apply:
Why did your operation develop a sustainability plan (check all that apply)?
Do you have any of the following? If not, is anyone in your operation working on obtaining one of the following?
The American Public Works Association's interactive Framework for Sustainable Communities is a single page of instructions and a single-page form. (The form's also available in a noninteractive version.)
It will help you decide how to begin a discussion within your operation and/or community.
How to go green by 2013
Estimating return on investment for low-impact design vs. traditional stormwater control infrastructure.
Williams Creek Consulting Principal Ted Blahnik told American Public Works Association 2010 Sustainability Conference attendees that EPA's "Proposed National Rulemaking to Strengthen the Stormwater Program" represents a pending sea change in how stormwater operations will be permitted.
Instead of individual storm events of, say, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, or 500 years designed to minimize flooding, permits will emphasize "annual typical year" flows to reduce per-year pollutant levels.
Stormwater operations will have to do an annual rainfall analysis and propose measures designed to manage 80% to 90% of the annual volume.
Center for Watershed Protection Urban Stormwater Retrofit Practices Manual v1.0
Water Environment Research Foundation BMP and LID Whole Life Cost Models v2.0
Center for Neighborhood Technology Green Values Calculator
Battle at the beaches
Impatient with official efforts immediately after the Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion, Gulf Coast managers took cleanup into their own hands.
The New Orleans newspaper, Times-Picayune, published an interactive graphic chronicling the first 100 days of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, presenting the story of what happened day by day. It maps the spread of oil on the surface of the Gulf, fishing restrictions, and the areas of shoreline that have been affected. It also shows BP's various efforts to cap the Macondo well. Incorporated in the graphic are videos of six people deeply affected by the oil spill.
Oil remains just below the beaches two decades after the Exxon Valdez tanker dumped 11 million gallons into Alaska's Prince William Sound. Click here to learn how one town is faring.