July 2007 Table of Contents

PUBLIC WORKS Trendsetters PUBLIC WORKS Trendsetters

Our list of Trendsetters includes public works movers and shakers—from public officials to everyday heroes to bad guys. Here you can view current and past Trendsetter articles, access Web exclusive materials and more. Read more


Every year PUBLIC WORKS magazine compiles its listing of the the top architecture, engineering and construction firms around the country. Use our archived collection of articles to read about previous and current firms that we have featured. Read more

Background on the Underground

Arizona historian unearths the unknown stories of our sewers. Read more

PW Solutions July 2007

Featuring Stormwater products and lighting equipment Read more

Paving for the Long Haul

To help manage its 3200 two-lane miles of highways, the Vermont Agency of Transportation uses a pavement management system from Deighton Associates Ltd. of Bowmanville, Ontario. Read more

Information-Based Budgeting

Turning around the condition of a city's streets is difficult at best. After years of neglect, Los Angeles suburb Oxnard, Calif., is beginning the long, slow climb back to smoother rides for its 180,000 residents. Read more

Sales Job From septic to sewers Sales Job

Convincing residents to go into debt to replace a perfectly good septic system was a challenge that both Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City approached aggressively. Read more

From Septic to Sewers From Septic to Sewers

Each city took a different path--sometimes several--to building their new wastewater treatment systems. Read more

Good Neighbors

Los Angeles chief forester George Gonzalez believes sidewalks and trees are just as much a part of a city's infrastructure as a road, a water main, or a sewage pipe--but most cities don't realize the true worth of either. He thinks it's high time they did. Read more

Are You Holding Water Correctly? Are You Holding Water Correctly?

Three locations across the country head off flooding and improve water quality by using detention as a best management practice. Read more

Reservoir Daisies AEC Firms Reservoir Daisies

Rather than buy land for a new reservoir, the city opted to revamp the existing one. Unfortunately, the public works staff didn't have the time or expertise to perform the work themselves. Read more

Ahead of the Curve AEC Firms Ahead of the Curve

When one of the world's largest freight companies wants to expand its presence in your state, you don't say there's not enough time to build the roads that will lead to the new facility. Read more

Life in the Fast Lane AEC Firms Life in the Fast Lane

With the population of Fort Smith, Ark., expected to double to 300,000 over the next 40 years, utilities director Steve Parke had to find a way to provide the growing community with drinking water without affecting current supplies. Read more

AEC Firms Lead by Example

Engineers designed the 0.3 mgd Greater Bayfield Wastewater Treatment Plant (GBWWTP) with one goal in mind: to showcase environmentally friendly technologies as a state demonstration plant. Read more

Bridging Controversy and Consensus AEC Firms Bridging Controversy and Consensus

The Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) was faced with juggling competing demands in the reconstruction of two bridges feeding into Annapolis, the 350-year-old state capital. It sson became clear that garnering community support had to be the top priority. Read more

Partners in Project Excellence AEC Firms Partners in Project Excellence

Our third annual survey of the use of AEC firms by public agencies shows that the importance of the relationship between public works departments, continues to play a key role in the ability of infrastructure managers to meet the needs of their communities. Read more

To Reconstruct an Accident To Reconstruct an Accident

Forensic engineers recreate crash scenes that hold up in court. Read more

Legality of Flow-Control Ordinances Upheld

Flow-control ordinances allow governments to require private waste contractors to deliver the curbside garbage they pick up to a specific disposal facility. Read more

Skewed & Views Australians Brew up Energy Solution

At the University of Queensland's Advanced Wastewater Management Centre, director Jurg Keller and postdoctoral research fellow Korneel Rabaey teamed with their mates at a nearby Foster's brewery to turn beer wastewater into electricity. Read more

Skewed & Views Down & Dirty July 2007
Skewed & Views 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. Read more

News & Views: Water Quality Katrina Kicked Up Contaminants

Scientists believe the hurricanes that plagued the Gulf region in August and September 2005 created floodwaters containing high levels of fecal-indicator bacteria and microbial pathogens, subjecting residents to an array of health risks. Read more

News & Views: Community Teaching Kids to Care for Water

Fourth and fifth graders at the 11th Annual Children's Water Education Festival in Fountain Valley, Calif., may have been having a blast, but they were learning a valuable lesson too. Read more

News & Views: Materials & Supplies Plastic Pipe Prevails: Study

According to independent researchers, corrugated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe may have more staying power than previously believed. Read more

News & Views: Building/Facilities Management Clinton to Give Cities a Green Boost

The Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program a Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) project seeks to help cities around the world improve eco-friendliness by reducing energy use. Read more

Public works pitches in News & Views: Disaster Response Public works pitches in

On May 18, the public works department of Wichita deployed its first "care package" of 66 volunteers, 26 dump trucks, four loaders, two tele-handlers, one excavator, six skidsteers, and numerous power and hand tools, to assist with the removal and disposal of branches, garbage, and other debris. Read more

Name Your Price Editorial Name Your Price

Two trends are converging to enable upwardly mobile infrastructure managers to command higher salaries and more control over the scope of their responsibilities Read more

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