Other stories by Pam%20Broviak

  • Social media in public works 101 — LinkedIn

    Pull up your office chair, grab a coffee, and get comfortable. We're going to give you the introductory tour of LinkedIn and then walk you through the initial joining phase.

  • Managing C&D debris

    With landfill space decreasing and environmental concerns and regulations increasing, public works officials are sifting through the waste stream for new ways to manage waste disposal. One portion of the waste stream that they have identified as lacking comprehensive and standardized management...

  • PWPR

    For any public works employee experienced in presenting a controversial project or fielding service-related complaints, this is the question that eventually arises when contemplating the development of a public relations program. But upon further reflection, the answer has to be “yes” because in...

  • Should you ditch the dig?

    Although trenchless technology can be more cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and safer than traditional exhume-and-replace construction, it's still not universally embraced. But that is changing.

  • Is there a chemist in the house?

    When you visit a water plant, what image are you left with? Depending on your experience, you may envision a building pulsating with the noise of pumps and motors; a vast array of tanks filled with water; or a large room of pipes and computer screens with red, green, or yellow lights. When I enter...

  • Tapping into LTAP

    Fortunately, the federal government realizes that local agencies need help to reduce crashes in their jurisdictions. Through the efforts of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), many tools and programs have been developed to provide guidance to local agencies, including the Local Technical...

  • Finding funding for a water project

    In 2000. Mason City, Iowa, began planning an upgrade of its water treatment system in order to meet the regulations established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Final Radionuclide Rule. Until the new standard became effective on Dec. 8, 2003, the city's treatment for drinking water had...

  • Alternative automation for your plant

    Today's automation, computers, and communication systems have advanced to a level that provides for the implementation of user-friendly enhancements and increased choices for management of a water or wastewater plant's operation and data acquisition.

  • Snow fighting in the 21st century

  • The dangers of chlorobenzene