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  • Service dogs need access too!

    For the past 12 years I have traveled from one end of this country to the other with my service dog. The most difficult task for us was finding places for Maddie to relieve herself.

     
  • Esri launches small-government department platform

    The Engineering Department of Tazewell, Va., is the first to take advantage of a GIS licensing program for communities with populations of 100,000 or less.

     
  • Manhole maker expands materials selection

    Infrastructure access solutions provider EJ acquires custom molder of thermoset composite materials.

     
  • Environmental excellence awards announced

    The American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists' grand prize goes to a wetland park that uses urban stormwater runoff to sustain surface water systems in a Mediterranean / high desert environment.

     
  • Running a service-oriented public works department

    The former head of an 11,000-employee government agency explains how he refocused efforts on what mattered most to both customers AND employees—and improved operations in the process. Many public works departments already use some of these tactics, but this refresher is well-written and insightful.

     
  • Rooftops turn rain into drinking water

    Hungarian firm IVANKA has developed a new technology that will allow houses to turn rain into drinking water by filtering it through a bioconcrete system.

     
  • 3 great National Public Works Week ideas

    The 54th annual celebration of the public works profession began on Sunday.

     
  • High & dry: water supply in an era of drought

    Organized by the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association, the Whole Water Conference is open to anyone interested in resource planning, integrating recycled water, storm water, desalination, and groundwater management. Speakers include Marsi Steirer of San Diego Public...

     
  • Sewer agency issued $1.6 billion consent decree

    It's virtually impossible to stay on top of pipeline repair/replacements when a local government gives infrastructure funds to other departments. Environmental activists wish the agreement required city engineers to incorporate sea-level rise into federally mandated repairs.

     
  • Federal oversight costs $1.8 trillion a year

    Federal regulations of things like air and water pollution total 23% of the average $65,596 household income. Is our government out of control?

     
  • Energy boom brings more than construction

    Imagine having to plan water and sewer systems that meet the needs of a population that will increase by a factor of 10 (yes, you've read that correctly) in seven years. That's what public works managers in Waterford City, N.D., and other towns that lie above shale oil fields are facing.

     
  • Deadly mudslide: city failed to act on warnings

    The death toll from the tiny hamlet of Oso, Wash., a "census-designated place," continues to rise. This article, about a similar tragedy in Utah, shows the difficulty the public has in distinguishing between public and private responsibility in fatal infrastructure failures.

     
  • Alaska debates another 'Bridge to Nowhere'

    The state's looking for funding sources other than earmarks to build a $900 million bridge in Anchorage. The owner has already implemented ground-breaking research on a whale species that would be impacted by the Knik Arm Bridge, a project you can read about here.

     
  • 7 concrete road-rehab techniques: pros, cons

    A Colorado county embarks on one of the largest concrete pavement preservation projects ever undertaken by a U.S. county.

     
  • Highway program faces $4 billion shortfall

    Congress has been asked to approve a four-year, $302 billion surface transportation bill before MAP-21, the current program, expires on Sept. 30. Even that's not enough to cover existing obligations, says the Congressional Budget Office.

     
  • Boring machine to be offline for a year (video)

    Bertha, the huge machine drilling a highway tunnel below downtown Seattle, struck an obstruction earlier this year and was shut down. Even so, the project will meet the Washington State DOT's completion deadline.

     
  • DOT uses pervious concrete for parking lot expansion

    Supporting mobility and minimizing environmental impacts, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is installing pervious pavement systems at two park and ride lots in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.

     
  • Fortune 500 CEOs say water affects where they locate facilities

    A recent survey reveals that 60% of business leaders believe water-related issues will negatively impact their businesses in the next five years, but most don’t have contingency plans.

     
  • Meet this year's Top 10 Public Works Leaders

    California leads the American Public Works Association's annual list of exceptional managers with four winners. Two are from Florida; the rest from Illinois, Iowa, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Anyone you know?

     
  • Rent a hybrid refuse truck

    Parker Hannifin Corporation has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Big Truck Rental to offer a Parker RunWise Advanced Series Hybrid Drive System on refuse trucks available for rent prior to purchasing a truck.

     
 
 
 
 

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