November 2006 Table of Contents

Crude crud creates a craze Crude crud creates a craze

Kids are fascinated by gross things; they also dig learning how stuff works. Combining the two, San Diego created an ingenious program to teach youngsters all about the gross and groovy world of sewers. Read more

Public Works: Solutions and Products November 2006

The latest products for the Public Works field. Read more

Products from the APWA show floor November 2006

These products were among the many that caught our attention at APWA. Read more

Billing Software Billing Software

The latest in public works billing software. Read more

Leaf Collection Equipment Leaf Collection Equipment

The latest in leaf collection equipment. Read more

Hustle and flow Traffic control Hustle and flow

One example of effective traffic management comes from a high-profile project running through the heart of Boulder, Colo. The $8.9 million Broadway Street and Bridge Reconstruction Project involved total reconstruction of a four-lane arterial that carries 30,000 vehicles per day. Read more

Parks & recreation The greenhouse effect

While many greenery-minded municipalities buy their bedding plants, shrubs, and other vegetation from private nurseries, some parks departments have found that maintaining a city greenhouse saves money, provides flexibility, and improves constituent relations. Read more

Ramping up for compliance ADA compliance Ramping up for compliance

While cities are working to make sidewalks more accessible, many are learning that their curb ramps don't comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This article, the first in a three-part series, explains what the law requires and why. Read more

Special Report 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. Read more

Staying up-to-date costly—but doable Fleets Staying up-to-date costly—but doable

Instead of using manual, mechanical testing methods, today's cars, trucks, and heavy equipment require computerized troubleshooting, which is often expensive. However, Jake Stucky of Missoula, Montana, has found some cost-saving solutions. Read more

Stewardship solutions Ideas & Opinions Stewardship solutions

One important tool in the management of e-waste is product stewardship: a management strategy where whoever designs, produces, sells, or uses a product takes responsibility for minimizing its environmental impact throughout all stages of its life cycle. Read more

Design & Construction News & Views Design & Construction

In September, the Greater Vancouver Regional District began working on the second of twin tunnels for its Seymour Capilano Drinking Water Filtration Project, using Robbins tunnel boring machines. Read more

News & Views: Research Schools study stormwater systems

Two universities have joined forces to study how well stormwater best management practices (BMPs) address pollution, water quality, and sustainability. Read more

Missouri launches safe bridges plan News & Views: Design & Construction Missouri launches safe bridges plan

The Missouri DOT (MoDOT) has launched an ambitious bridge rehabilitation plan to repair and replace hundreds of troubled structures by 2012. Read more

Flooded town washed off the map News & Views: Community Flooded town washed off the map

At the end of September, bulldozers razed the entire town of Elkport, Iowa, erasing 150 years of history. The demolition came two years after the town's 86 former residents endured severe flood damage and dawdling by federal agencies that were slow to open their relief checkbooks. Read more

News & Views News Briefs November 2006

Brief items from Public Works News. Read more

Skewed Views Down & Dirty November 2006

Stories from the sanitation and sewage front. Read more

Skewed Views 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. Read more

Skewed Views Gender-bending fish found in potomac

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey pulled a bunch of male sea bass from the river and found they were producing eggs, something boy fish don't usually do. Read more

Straddling the great divide Editorial Straddling the great divide

There's often a big difference between what people think they're entitled to and what's appropriate, or even possible, for your department to provide. Examples of this disconnect abounded at the American Public Works Association's annual meeting in September. Read more

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