January 2005 Table of Contents

Can microbes clean arsenic-contaminated groundwater? Profile Can microbes clean arsenic-contaminated groundwater?

Microbial processes ultimately determine whether arsenic builds to dangerous levels in groundwater, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Remediation may be as simple as stimulating certain microbes to grow. Read more

World of Concrete's most innovative products

Computer equipment, construction software, construction tools, and more -- the most innovative products of 2007, chosen from the thousands on display at the World of Concrete trade show, held Jan. 2007 in Las Vegas. Read more

Sweeping up after Mardi Gras Sweeping up after Mardi Gras

Lafayette, La., which has a population of 105,000, annually hosts dozens of parades during the festive pre-Lenten season, sponsored by the Mystic Krewes of Mardi Gras. However, none is as important as the cleanup crew. Cleanup efforts by the city's Department of Public Works (DPW) involves several Pelican and Eagle sweepers, manufactured by Elgin Sweeper, Elgin, 111. Read more

Steel reinforcement increases security of buildings Steel reinforcement increases security of buildings

Washington, D.C., is home to a large number of high-profile government offices, landmarks, and other buildings. These vulnerable structures require protection from the potential effects of terrorist attacks, so that the U.S. government and the people working for it can continue their important work safely. Read more

Tough road calls for tough repair

For the Cook County Highway Department, finding a durable, cost-effective solution for heavily traveled bus stops along Chicago's Western Avenue required creative thinking. Like other stops, these are constantly subjected to pushing, shoving, and rutting from the stress created by the starting and stopping of hundreds of buses every day. Sprinkle in tons of roadway salt and deep freezes in the winter, bake in searing heat in the summer, and you end up with asphalt bus stops that are in need of serious repair. Read more

Making choices on the frontline

The final responsibility for all decisions made in any business belongs to the manager. Managers strive to make informed decisions that will improve communication with staff, implement efficient business practices, and provide speedy resolutions to problems. Clear communication with staff allows for better understanding of ideas, and thus a better chance of success in their implementation. Read more

From trash to treasure

David A. Lorenz, executive director at South Suburban Park and Recreation District in the South Denver, Colo., metro area has eyed the closed Arapahoe County- owned landfill in Douglas County as a potential recreation site for years. Developers in Douglas County, the nation's fastest growing county in the 1990s, have snatched up most available land, and what remains is expensive for a park district to acquire. Read more

Paving with roller compacted concrete

This is the finest product for city streets to come along in years,” said Marty Savko of Nickolas Savko & Sons, Columbus, Ohio. Read more

Pervious pavement naturally absorbent Pervious pavement naturally absorbent

Pervious pavement is a design alternative that allows water to percolate through the pavement structure and into underlying soils—an achievement that directly conflicts with even lecture on traditional pavement design delivered in universities across the country. Read more

Fleet software saves time, money Ideas & Opinions Fleet software saves time, money

If you want to avoid having horror stories to tell, said Sam Lamerato, do your homework thoroughly when choosing your fleet management software. It's a must to visit another government agency to see your prospective software in action, said Lamerato, former chairman of the Fleet Services Committee with the American Public Works Association. Read more

Embracing controversy with confidence Ideas & Opinions Embracing controversy with confidence

The most challenging aspect of a municipal water professional's job is not always technology, budgets, and capacity issues. Rather, it is often the increased levels of public attention and conflict over new policies and projects. Managers, engineers, and their customers are finding that they need new public participation strategies to go along with new engineering solutions if they are to meet the water supply needs of growing communities. Read more

Making upgrades Ideas & Opinions Making upgrades

I love my Mac. At least I do when it works. Most people are very loyal to their computers, but I'm on a Mac at work and a PC at home. So really, I can go either way as long as the machine does what I want it to do. But computers often require upgrades. We're about to move into Mac OSX here at the office, and although I've been trained on the new operating system, I'm still a little leery about its capabilities. What if I crash constantly? What if my files are not readable anymore? Or what if I need to be trained on yet more new software? Read more

News & Views: Operations Superfund progress contributes to healthy communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency demonstrated significant progress cleaning up high-priority contaminated sites in the national Superfund program, according to a released summary. Read more

Paving devices increase safety of rural roads News & Views: Operations Paving devices increase safety of rural roads

Approximately 3.1 million miles of rural roads stretch across America. As area populations increase and these roadways become more functional and busier, they also have become more deadly. In 2003, more than 21,000 people were killed on rural roads. Most rural roads have no shoulders, limiting a driver's exit strategy during emergencies. Read more

Beautiful roadways are no accident News & Views: People Beautiful roadways are no accident

Every year the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association (NRVMA) recognizes a city, parish/county, and state for demonstrating best practices and innovative management of roadside vegetation. All 2004 NRVMA award winners included Plateau herbicide (manufactured by BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany) in their vegetation management programs. Read more

National design-build awards honors groundwater project News & Views: Design & Construction National design-build awards honors groundwater project

The Design-Build Institute of America has recognized CDM, Cambridge, Mass., with a National Design-Build Award in the “water under $ 15 million” project category. The award, given for the company's Gilbert and Mosley project in Wichita, Kan., commends the project's unique groundwater contamination solution—delivered on a design-build basis—that provides significant resources for environmental education and promotes economic development in Wichita. Read more

Company to remedy, operate desalination plant News & Views: Operations Company to remedy, operate desalination plant

The Board of Directors of Tampa Bay Water tapped American Water-Pridesa, Voorhees, N.J., to remedy, operate, and manage the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant, the largest of its kind in the United States. Read more

FHWA Study dispels rebar myths News & Views: Design & Contruction FHWA Study dispels rebar myths

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), Schaumburg, I11., has announced the release of a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) study titled Long-Term Performance of Epoxy-Coated Reinforcing Steel in Heavy Self-Contaminated Concrete. The report describes the long-term corrosion test results from slabs left over from a five-year FHWA-funded corrosion study. Read more

Adopt-A-Waterway News & Views: Community Adopt-A-Waterway

Baltimore enters partnership Read more

News & Views: Rules & Regulations EPA clarifies Lead and Copper Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing states guidance to help clarify how the collection and management of lead and copper samples is conducted to comply with regulations on lead in drinking water. Read more

PUBLIC WORKS BRIEFS: January 2005 News & Views PUBLIC WORKS BRIEFS: January 2005

Water filtration system wins award, AWWA conference focuses on membrane technology, and other news. Read more

Invaluable Information Editorial Invaluable Information

Prior to joining Hanley Wood, I ran a small technical association in Boulder, Colo. I had hired a senior engineering student to work part time and she was wonderfully talented and bright, but totally hung up on the computer. She did everything on the computer—even phone messages. Once I asked her to look up some information for me, and the next thing I knew she had developed a database catalog for my old text books. There were only about 30 books and I knew most by heart—I didn't need a database to keep track of them. Read more

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