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  • Sewer systems inventoried

    The historic city of Alexandria, Va., is abandoning its outdated hard-copy utility maps in favor of up-to-date sanitary, storm, and combined sewer geographic information system (GIS) maps created in the field, in real time.

  • EPA stormwater project goes green

    The Ariel Rios South Courtyard project in Washington, D.C. showcases numerous green infrastructure techniques and low-impact development practices.

  • D.C. Detectives Watching their Waste

    Washington, D.C.'s department of public works now regularly polices its public refuse containers, looking for illegally placed trash.

  • Holiday cheer shows up in sewage

    According to University of Washington researchers, those snickerdoodles you scarfed down during the holidays could have an impact on the water system.

  • 2007 Forecast: supply costs

    Expect the price of construction materials to rise by 6% to 8%, says Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va.

  • Bridge from hell goes boom

    Daniel Ruefly won an essay contest and got to be the person who flipped the switch and detonate a hated Washington, DC bridge.

  • Engineering awards presented

    The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) held its annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., on May 2. Awards were presented to firms who demonstrated technical, economic, and social value in their projects.

  • Finding help from the feds

    Local public works officials and federal bureaucrats often find themselves partners and adversaries at the same time. Bridging those gaps requires a relentless focus on open communications.

  • Getting the lead out

    Elevated levels of lead in Washington, D.C.'s drinking water became national news in 2004, reviving interest in a public health issue that had largely faded from the media spotlight since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in 1991. Although most...

  • Turning a corner with mapping software

    A geographic information system (GIS) now provides detailed information on every intersection in the nation's capital. Washington, D.C.'s, Department of Public Works Solid Waste Management Administration (DPW-SWMA) uses both routing software and new turn-restriction information to increase...