June 2007 Table of Contents

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Poll Says Voters Would Support Lasting Solution To Transportation Funding Crisis

Pennsylvania's policymakers should not allow the fear of voter backlash to deter them from crafting a lasting solution to the state's transportation funding crisis, according to the results of a recent poll. Read more

Time to lawyer up? Time to lawyer up?

Bogged down in disciplinary actions? Trying to write a "non-discriminatory" job description? City hall too busy to help out? Read more

Tops at the Taps

During the highly anticipated National Pipe Tapping Contest, drinking water crews get a chance to put their equipment and skills to the test against the clock—and each other. Read more

Bullets to Spare Solid waste collection & disposal Bullets to Spare

Larimer County jumps the gun on its landfill shooting range by cleaning up before expanding. Read more

Gaining Control Asset management Gaining Control

In 2001, overflows cost the Pima County Wastewater Management Department in Arizona more than $600,000. That same year, the department launched a multiyear program to install a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) flow-monitoring system powered in part by the sun and linked by remote radio stations. Read more

Working the Bugs Out Asset management Working the Bugs Out

Two years ago, one-fifth of the 50,000 trees that line the streets Ann Arbor were threatened by the emerald ash borer. Rather than sit idle, Ann Arbor decided to repel the invasion by removing its 10,000 ash trees using the city's geographic information system (GIS), to manage the massive tree removal project. Read more

Budgets & financing Prudent Purchasing: ‘But my vendor said . . . ‘

There's no reason to reinvent the wheel if someone else has already taken the time and effort to specify a product you need. But before you sign anything, make sure you read the contract. Read more

Prudent purchasing Prudent purchasing

As group-purchasing models evolve, the ramifications of buying off a contract negotiated by another party become complex. Cooperative purchasing substitutes a government agency's bid process with that of either another government agency or a third party. To prevent potential liability, the alternate process must meet the same standards as the original process. Read more

Leaving the levees behind Future cities Leaving the levees behind

A 1½-mile bypass channel will prevent flood waters from washing away Fort Worth's unification plans. Read more

Future cities Smart scanning

An unmanned survey system helps Las Vegas keep up with growth without growing its staff. Read more

Future cities History Springs Eternal

Las Vegas is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, but it's located in a desert. Here's what the city is doing to make sure there is enough water to go around. Read more

Smart Water

Las Vegas is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, but it's in the middle of the desert. Here's what the city is doing to make sure there's enough water to go around. Read more

Infrastructure to the Rescue Infrastructure to the Rescue

The city of Phoenix has increased in size from its incorporation in 1881 (2500 residents) to today (1.3 million), turning it in a little more than a century and a quarter from a humble desert town to the fifth largest municipality in the country. Read more

Oily Decisions Oily Decisions

For the first time in memory, two grades of oil for diesel engines are on the market. Should you purchase the older CI-4 Plus, the newer CJ-4 for engines with 2007 emissions controls, or stock both? Read more

Change of Direction

Capitol Hill takes contradictory stand on highway partnerships. Read more

Watersense Pushes to Drop the Drips Ideas & Opinions Watersense Pushes to Drop the Drips

The U.S. EPA and product suppliers help reduce infrastructure costs while promoting efficient products. Read more

Skewed Views Down & Dirty June 2007
Sir, you can't park your alligator here!

San Antonio's Loop 410 freeway is no stranger to traffic troubles. The 8-foot alligator sprawled across the pavement one Sunday morning didn't help. Read more

News & Views: Operations GIS gets a Smart Push

A new book helps infrastructure managers make the case for GIS implementation Read more

News & Views: Roads Stabilization succeeds by a landslide

Innovative application of geotechnical technology has stemmed the tide of dirt, putting an end to the threat of destructive and disruptive landslides. Read more

News & Views: Community Duck!

In early May, Denver's Waste-water Operations group helped the city's schools in a fundraiser that went just ducky. Read more

News & Views: Construction Water Treatment goes Green

Gone are the days when “green building” meant modest structures made with recycled products. The term now applies to modern marvels of construction in all areas of public infrastructure. Read more

News & Views: Solid Waste The mercury's rising

Thanks to heightened concerns over global warming, everyone's gonzo for going green. As part of the push to be environmentally friendly, tree-huggers, power utilities, and even big-box retailers are pushing the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which last longer and use less electricity than conventional bulbs. Read more

The sky is falling! The sky is... Editorial The sky is falling! The sky is...

Whether or not global warming is a manifestation of the planet's natural cycle of heating and cooling over thousands of centuries, or a manmade phenomenon brought on by our relatively recent addiction to fossil fuel, it's difficult to deny that Read more

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