July 2006 Table of Contents

Stay ahead of the curve Stay ahead of the curve

Keep abreast of the latest issues and advances by attending the 2006 American Public Works Association's (APWA) Congress and Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 10-13. Read more

Transfer station 101 Solid waste collection & disposal Transfer station 101

Transfer stations offer an appealing solution to solid waste managers looking to hold their trash temporarily until it can be carted away, and they offer a range of benefits. Read more

Parks & recreation City park design

Urban park revitalizes Southern California Read more

Let it rain Let it rain

Faced with increasing requirements and costs related to stormwater management, a growing number of public works departments are turning to rain gardens to manage runoff. Whether built and maintained by governments or individuals, rain gardens offer a relatively inexpensive and proven means for treating stormwater and reducing runoff's harmful effects. Read more

Proof positive Bridges & culverts Proof positive

A recent study of Seattle's Interstate 90 floating bridge proved the feasibility of adding a light rail transit system atop the structure. Read more

Finding function in an eyesore Finding function in an eyesore

Before Heuser Park was built, the Schuylkill River area of Upper Merion Township, Pa., was unsightly and unusable. Nonetheless, the township saw potential in the area and partnered with Schoor DePalma to design a park for the community. Read more

Limited space, unlimited potential Limited space, unlimited potential

Renovating and expanding a 75-year-old facility into a modern, state-of-the-art purification facility while maintaining the flavor of the existing architecture isn't as easy as it sounds, but it can be done. Read more

Tunnel vision Tunnel vision

Homeowners don't like it when their basements repeatedly flood after heavy rains, and they don't want to hear excuses about poor sewer conditions. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) heard these complaints, and by 1998, the agency had made the Northwest Side Relief Sewer (NWSRS) project the No. 1 capital improvement project in its 2010 Facilities Plan. Read more

Good communication improves safety Good communication improves safety

Thanks to a newly constructed sidewalk in Algonquin Township, Ill., pedestrians along U.S. Route 14 between the villages of Cary and Fox River Grove will have a safer passageway. Read more

Durham county takes the LEED Durham county takes the LEED

Durham County's Triangle Wastewater Treatment Plant in North Carolina, the nation's only LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) waste-water administration building, has set a new standard in public works. Read more

Joint Venture Special Report Joint Venture

Many municipalities need help completing projects, whether they're new water treatment plants, building a new bridge, or updating an urban park. According to an exclusive survey of PUBLIC WORKS readers, 92% of municipal public works departments used architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms to complete projects of various types last year. Read more

Tips and trends in work truck safety Ideas & Opinions / Fleets Tips and trends in work truck safety

Truck safety is a matter of life and death. That's why equipment inspections and safety training should be regular tasks in the routine of every well-run public works fleet. Read more

Engineering awards presented News & Views: Awards 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. Read more

Microfiltration market skyrockets News & Views: Research Microfiltration market skyrockets

A study conducted by Wellesley, Mass.-based BCC Research found that the global market for microfiltration membranes used in liquid separations was $792 million in 2005 and is estimated to reach more than $1.2 billion by 2010. Read more

Bottleneck-battling bridge opens News & Views: Design & Construction Bottleneck-battling bridge opens

After six years of construction, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge was opened to traffic on June 9. Read more

Wastewater managers speak out News & Views: Research Wastewater managers speak out

According to a survey conducted by the Government Accountability Office, wastewater treatment facilities require more federal funding and direction. Read more

News & Views: Operations Recycling rates escalate

The 2006 "State of Garbage In America Report" found that Americans recycle 110.4 million tons of trash each year. Read more

ESRI maps out annual conference News & Views: Meetings ESRI maps out annual conference

The 26th annual Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) International User Conference will be held Aug. 7-11 in San Diego. Read more

APWA salutes noteworthy projects News & Views: Awards APWA salutes noteworthy projects

With its 2006 Project of the Year Awards, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has recognized projects that demonstrate management and administration excellence, and collaboration among managing agencies, contractors, and consultants. Read more

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