Other stories by Stephanie Johnston

  • 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.

  • New law provides relief from deadly water scourge

    In 1987, three Canadians died after eating mussels that weren’t very healthy themselves. The tasty bivalves had been feasting on one of many algae species that have turned the Gulf of Mexico and other coastal waters into “dead zones.”

  • Curing pervious concrete: what's your take?

    A contractor and equipment owner argue over how important superabsorbant polymer (SAP) is to the future performance of pervious concrete. Who's right?

  • Climate change and the urban forest

    Urban foresters in various regions of the country explain how to protect trees from the effects of climate change.

  • Proactive Pruning is Paramount

    Early maintenance practices for young trees are paramount to long-term tree health and survivability.

  • Why the Highway Trust Fund is doomed to go broke

    A proposal to raise $164 billion over 10 years won’t pass in time to keep the Highway Trust Fund from going broke by the end of August. And the White House doesn’t support it.

  • Adapt your planting plan

    Selecting tree species with internal genetic traits that promote resilience to external threats reduces the vulnerability of the future urban forest.

  • Plant a diverse tree palette

    The goal of every public works program should be to plant as diverse an array of trees as possible.

  • How to keep elected officials happy

    King County (Wash.) has implemented a system designed to keep both staff and elected officials out of the hot seat.