Graffiti Removal

  • Construction boom raises a stink

     
  • Vegetation management excellence applauded

    One awards program recognizes vegetation management projects that go beyond the basics and show excellence in their planning and execution.

     
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    Tall in the saddle

    Equestrian-minded development makes Norco, Calif., more than a one-horse town.

     
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    Pushing overdrive

    Enhanced software gives users the ability to collect, interpret, and share data. Six users tell us how these technologies help them speed data collection.

     
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    Florida park tops grounds awards

     
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    Walking the line

    Many public agencies have created effective procedures to curb new encroachments onto rights of way. But there remains a larger issue: What to do about existing encroachments that may have been in violation for years, or even decades?

     
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    A bird's eye view

    Alone, aerial images won't make your road maintenance team work faster or your sewer mains stop backing up. But when combined with a geographic information system (GIS), accurate data collection, and sound asset-management practices, they can enhance communication internally and with constituents.

     
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    APWA Expo Preview: parks and grounds

    A preview of APWA events related to parks and grounds.

     
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    Flower power

    As the Roadside Environmental Unit demonstrates, vegetation managers need to focus on driver safety, managing budgets, beautification, and being environmental stewards.

     
  • GIS streamlines life-saving data

    Geographical information systems (GIS) can help save lives by getting details about the emergency site to police officers, fire rescue teams, and emergency medical services.

     
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    Setting the groundwork

    Regular care and maintenance of any landscape can have a profound, positive impact on its appearance. What separates effective grounds managers from the rest of the pack is how well they use the resources available to them.

     
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    Pungent pest control

    One Chicago suburb is fortifying its relentless mosquito-abatement efforts with a weapon you'd be more likely to find in an Italian kitchen than inside an insecticide sprayer.

     
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    Biting back

    Winter and early spring are ideal times to evaluate past mosquito control efforts, or to develop or fine-tune a program. Mosquitoes ruin outdoor activities and chase away potential revenue; they also carry life-threatening diseases.

     
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    Dollars well spent: staying on top of technology

    Parcel data, regional and community maps, facility as-builts, building permits, and other collected data are the longstanding capital of public works departments. Systems to manage and better analyze these pieces of information, however, have advanced with technology, and public agencies need to be...

     
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    A quick scan

    Douglas Kuypers is a one-man laser-scanning team. In an ongoing project to develop maintenance plan data for the San Diego International Airport, Kuypers, with the Denver office of Woolpert Inc., used 3-D laser scanning to capture this data in the airport's Terminal 1. Using laser scanning slashed...

     
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    Law strengthens fight against weeds

     
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    Battling graffiti with paint brushes

    The very thought of tackling a graffiti-ridden city strikes terror in the heart of even the most seasoned public works officials. Even after the graffiti tags are cleaned up, the battle continues. It's usually a matter of only days before it comes back—sometimes on a larger scale.

     
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    Mapping stormwater outfalls

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released new regulations in 2004 for controlling the discharge of pollutants into the state's waterways from stormwater drainage systems.

     
 
 
 
 

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