Other stories by Stephanie Johnston

  • 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.

  • 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.