Other stories by Stephanie%20Johnston

  • Lies, damn lies, and statistics

    Wasn’t it Mark Twain who said there are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics? I believe he was referring to the use of numbers (by politicians) to strengthen a weak argument.

  • Lining up resources

    An asset management program can be a potent recruiting tool that can move an operation forward.

  • How valuable are formal programs?

    Most of you think using technology to oversee infrastructure is a good idea, but less than half have an asset-management program.

  • It’s a New Year miracle! Get those projects ready!

    President Obama’s Dec. 16 signature gave the U.S. $1.1 trillion to live on in 2015. While funding for most federal programs that support infrastructure remained about the same, water and sewer managers should start identifying projects for a new funding program.

  • Is asset management a load of crap?

    Before all you software, equipment, and consulting companies that serve the public works market have a fit over that question, please: Let me explain.

  • 600 counties violate proposed EPA ozone levels

    Ozone is another word for the haze that obscures skylines when humidity and temperature conditions are just right. You'll have three chances to comment on EPA's plan to lower the ozone air pollution standard to 65 ppb or 70 ppb by next October.

  • Eight predictions for 2015

    Editor's predictions include the weather, transportation funding, Clean Water Act, and more.

  • Building a cavern-style combined sewer overflow pump station

    A pump station 240 feet below ground helps keep an undersized treatment plant from discharging raw sewage.

  • Want help with elected officials? Ask IBM

    Suffolk County, N.Y., is using the company's Smarter Cities Challenge to solve an $8 billion problem created by Hurricane Sandy: groundwater contamination. Instead of money, though, IBM donates time and expertise in a full-court press on local officials to join in.

  • How FHWA spends its money

    According to the General Accountability Office, most Federal Highway Administration funding goes toward improving roads and bridges (64%). That doesn't leave a lot for the many activities required to plan and build safe roadways, particularly if they're also going to be used by bicyclists and...