Other stories by Jenni Spinner

  • Crude crud creates a craze

    Kids are fascinated by gross things; they also dig learning how stuff works. Combining the two, San Diego created an ingenious program to teach youngsters all about the gross and groovy world of sewers.

  • The greenhouse effect

    While many greenery-minded municipalities buy their bedding plants, shrubs, and other vegetation from private nurseries, some parks departments have found that maintaining a city greenhouse saves money, provides flexibility, and improves constituent relations.

  • 2006 Trendsetters

    From do-gooders to good-for-nothings, 50 people, places, and events that shaped, shocked, or otherwise rocked our world over the past year.

  • Flooded town washed off the map

    At the end of September, bulldozers razed the entire town of Elkport, Iowa, erasing 150 years of history. The demolition came two years after the town's 86 former residents endured severe flood damage and dawdling by federal agencies that were slow to open their relief checkbooks.

  • News Briefs November 2006

    Brief items from Public Works News.

  • Trash-talking man

    Dennis Hein is a third-generation trash man, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

  • Blanket protection

    When landslides took out an important Montana road--crucial to the tourist economy--the collective effort of MDOT crews and their consultants and contractors proved to be a success.

  • Top Leaders

    PUBLIC WORKS highlights the APWA Top Ten Public Works Leaders.

  • City's energy plan is a gas

    One Canadian city is harnessing its current resources to create a new source of energy and revenue.

  • Sun, sand, and sewage

    Beaches attract swimmers, surfers, and sunbathers, but they also attract less desirable visitors, like bacteria and other pollutants from sewer and stormwater system malfunctions. Little wonder, then, that monitoring and maintaining water quality is a big concern for the public works agencies.