Other stories by Victoria K. Sicaras

  • A Dollar of Prevention = $1000 of Cure

    It's never easy to explain to constituents why a tree that appears to be healthy must be removed. Even if that tree is dying.

  • Clean Sweep

    Session: Clean Roads to Clean Air Program.Toronto's transportation coordinator explained how the city replaced its traditional mechanical sweepers with "dustless" regenerative-air sweepers, which remove fine road dust and smog-causing particulate matter.

  • APWA Calls for Increased Transportation Funding and Safety

    The APWA SAFETEA-LU Reauthorization Task Force approved a position statement Monday encouraging U.S. legislatures to preserve and enhance federal investment in surface transportation programs.

  • A conduit to cleanliness

    Chicago's Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is one of a handful of U.S. treatment districts that doesn't disinfect its wastewater before discharging into local fresh water sources--and environmental groups aren't happy about it.

  • Partners in Project Excellence

    Our third annual survey of the use of AEC firms by public agencies shows that the importance of the relationship between public works departments, continues to play a key role in the ability of infrastructure managers to meet the needs of their communities.

  • The trickle-down effect

  • Every drop counts

    A new audit methodology determines loss by volume and cost, not loss-rate percentages, making “unaccounted-for” water the nation's largest untapped source of water.

  • Curb appeal

    Discover the beauty and benefits of decorative pavement. By taking a decorative approach, cities do more than dress themselves up. They increase the visibility and awareness of crosswalks and bike paths, calm traffic without creating an eyesore, and revitalize neighborhoods and business districts...

  • Forecast 2007: public grounds

    As it did last year, “green space” is becoming increasingly important as we lose more of it to development. Today's policy makers are more aware of how urban forests cool cities, lower energy consumption, and reduce greenhouse gases.

  • 2006 Trendsetters

    From do-gooders to good-for-nothings, 50 people, places, and events that shaped, shocked, or otherwise rocked our world over the past year.