Other stories by Stephanie Johnston

  • 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...

  • Winter weather forecast

    Bad news for public works departments nationwide: The next five or six months could be almost as bad as last year's polar vortex.

  • Cities receive recycling assistance through new program

    Columbia, S.C.; Florence, Ala.; and Richmond, Va., are the inaugural partners in a program that's expected to generate almost $13 million in economic value via more-effective curbside recycling.

  • No environmental permitting necessary!

    The most recent highway bill directed U.S. DOT to list projects that don’t require full National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. These new categorical exclusions (CEs)  offer excellent partnering opportunities for highway and rail projects.

  • City made $8M 'entrapping' drivers with red-light cameras

    So far this year, Chicago has issued 77,000 tickets for red-light violations caused, say irate drivers, by laughingly brief yellow lights. The mayor says the city will refund the money, but $8 million is a lot of revenue to let go of.

  • 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.