Other stories by Stephanie Johnston

  • Washington, D.C., suburb seeks civil engineer

    Here’s your chance to preserve the past while innovating the future as a Civil Engineer III (sanitary sewers). That’s the motto of Alexandria, Va., a historic community (settled in 1695) that’s now home to 140,000 people.

  • EPA fixes water pollution program after 25 years

    Gasoline and diesel is stored in tanks and conveyed via pipelines buried under the busy forecourts of convenience stores and fuel stations. As any water or sewer manager knows, those assets often leak. When they do, they poison one of the nation’s largest sources of drinking water.

  • Ka-BOOM! This bridge is going DOWN

    But in a very controlled fashion. And, since the structure in question is in California, an environmentally friendly one as well. The 18th Caltrans video on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction explains how the agency will take down the largest concrete pier in 6 seconds.

  • PA city seeks 4 public works employees

    Bounded on the north and west by the Susquehanna River, Lancaster is within driving distance of Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; New York; Philadelphia; Delaware beaches; and the Jersey shore. Also the seat of Lancaster County, the city calls itself “a place where historic preservation and a...

  • Small town offers big professional-growth opportunity

    The City of Sullivan, Ill., is taking applications until July 1 for the newly created position of Public Works Director. Located near Lake Shelbyville, which offers multiple opportunities for outdoor recreation, it’s a safe, progressive community with three major manufacturers, excellent schools...

  • Fountain repair

    It's taking 16 months to repair the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles near Paris.

  • Public works outreach

    Blog on city's website features public works employees' photos and interviews.

  • Public works: the first line of defense

    I have a confession to make: I lifted the “first line” line from Municipal Water & Sewer’s editor. Luke Laggis was reminding readers that they’re health care workers. “’Sanitas’ is the Latin word for health,” he writes, quoting a World Health Organization adviser. “Maintaining the health of the...

  • There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

    For those of you who aren’t county engineers experiencing the consequences daily, oil and gas drilling equipment is extremely hard on rural roads. Now, according to a fascinating New Yorker article, pavement (and other stuff) is being damaged by another energy-industry practice.

  • Imagine restoring this fountain!

    Several years ago, my lovely suburban Chicago village installed a fountain in the central business district. It’s wonderful. Every warm evening, people of all ages are sitting on the surrounding benches, listening to the tinkle of the water, and relaxing.