Other stories by Stephanie Johnston

  • Spending priorities

    Spending is increasing more on amusement parts and sports facilities than on public works. What's wrong with us?!

  • Pinch Me, ‘Cause I Must Be Dreaming

    Last week, after 10 years and $65 billion in U.S. Treasury transfers to the Highway Trust Fund, President Obama signed multiyear surface transportation legislation. While significant, the five-year, $305-billion funding package still doesn’t address the fundamental problem with how we as a nation...

  • Celebrate unsung heroism

    The holidays are a time when public works brings the community together.

  • TODAY: Drinking Water Regulatory Update Webinar

    The American Water Works Association's annual federal regulatory overview addresses topics including fluoride levels, Waters of the U.S.rule, and the Clean Power Plan. The 1.5-hour webinar begins at 1 pm (Eastern).

  • 10 Eye-Catching Public Works Products

    I love checking out products at the American Public Works Association's annual convention. This year's show was in Phoenix, but neither 110-degree heat nor the city's worst storm in 39 years dimmed my enthusiasm.

  • At Last: Environmental Permitting Process is Overhauled

    This won't excite the average American, but it's welcome news for anyone who's struggled to deliver a major public works project. Making good on promises made in MAP-21, a new online tool consolidates environmental review and permitting for 11 agencies, including EPA, U.S. DOT, Department of...

  • Have inspectors gone rogue?

    Are general contractors afraid to say something for fear of retaliation?

  • Public works' obscurity

    No one really understands what public works does, much less the pride employees take in providing an enjoyable and safe environment in which to live and work.

  • Which is the Better Use of Taxpayer Dollars?

    It’s the time of year when we ask public works departments when and why they retain consultants vs. performing work themselves. After all, many men and women who staff our nation’s road, water, and waste agencies have the advanced degrees and technical knowledge required to design, engineer, and...

  • Geodatabase helps city get great PR

    Residents in Australia's second largest city are sending e-mails to their favorite trees.