Other stories by Stephanie Johnston

  • What you missed in New Orleans last week

    As if the city itself weren't enough, products were promoted and achievements acknowledged during North America’s largest wastewater show: the Water Environment Federation’s 87th annual WEFTEC conference. Read on to find out which team of operators and technicians won the coveted Operations...

  • Public works around the world

    Editor in chief Stephanie Johnston's photos of departments at work in France, Italy, and Spain.

  • WRRDA provides for water, sewer, and waterway projects

    The Water Resources Development Act’s recent reauthorization gives local water and sewer authorities two much-needed things: more influence on federal projects that affect their constituents and a new financing option.

  • An Infrastructure Vacation

    Assuming I can ever afford to retire, I have two travel fantasies. Both rely on sound infrastructure.

  • U.S. Supreme Court sides with public whistleblower

    Edward R. Lane was fired for firing a state legislator on his payroll who wasn’t doing any work. The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously vindicated him.

  • There’s more to life than a PE license

    Twenty-four professionals were recently certified as infrastructure inspectors or stormwater managers by the American Public Works Association. You don't have to be a member to take advantage of the association's educational offerings.

  • Saved! At least through May 31, 2015

    The Highway Trust Fund’s not going broke after all, thanks to a grudging, 11th-hour save by Congress. But pensions are being raided to make it happen.

  • Public works professionals as innovators

    This year's APWA Top 10 Leaders debunk the notion that government is not innovative.

  • Cycling kills (but you can stop it)

    I saw a billboard the other day that could only have been inspired by Chicago’s bicycling boom: A law firm offers to win damages from errant motorists for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and disfigurement.

  • 5 projects vie for international engineering award

    Four of the five projects that could be the world's Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement for 2015 are in the U.S.