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    Trash-talking man

    Dennis Hein is a third-generation trash man, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

     
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    Web-based snow job

    A look at how Hamilton Township overhauled their snow response system.

     
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    A perfect circle

    Vance and her team at the Butler County Department of Environmental Services (BCDES) were set on starting up an environmental management system (EMS) in 2001, and nothing was going to stop them.

     
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    GIS Adds Curb Appeal

    The city of Austin developed a Pedestrian Master Plan to address compliance issues, using a custom GIS toolset called the Pedestrian Infrastructure Management System that scores sidewalks on ADA compliance, giving the city an efficient way to rank construction or maintenance needs.

     
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    Restoration transformation

    PUBLIC WORKS takes a close look at Iowa City's concrete pavement restoration (CPR) efforts, a finds them to be lasting and effective.

     
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    Trial run

    As part of its continuing effort to improve construction methods, CDOT is comparing the pros and cons of hot-mix asphalt (HMA) and portland cement concrete pavement (PCCP).

     
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    Ahead of the game

    Santa Barbara County is one such agency now reaping the rewards (and awards) from a pavement preservation program it launched six years ago.

     
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    PUBLIC WORKS Products

    The latest in sewer inspection, repair, and cleaning products

     
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    Sensing a solution

    The Water Distribution and Collection Division of the city's Department of Public Utilities has developed a flow monitoring program that provides snapshots of current conditions, letting them identify, isolate, and rehabilitate sections that aggravate the I/I problem.

     
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    Swamped in the Everglades

    Now that the Everglades's natural water flow has been altered to civilize Florida, civilization is attempting to alter the wetlands again, this time to save the Everglades.

     
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    Mission: possible

    Few public utilities look at the long-term “big picture.” Strategic plans look beyond those capital improvements and focus on other critical issues that a municipal utility must plan for. A strategic plan defines the mission of the utility and the issues that are critical to its success, and...

     
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    Scrutinizing your sewer

    Sewer utilities can improve performance and reverse the aging process by implementing buried infrastructure management (BIM), a systematic planning process that allows them to leverage resources to maximize the immediate and long-term benefits of every action.

     
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    Tight squeeze

    Membrane filtration isn't just for big cities. Two small water districts are using the decade-old technology to combat discharge requirements and prepare for growth.

     
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    The price of pollution

    Keeping up with federal water-pollution standards wasn't too onerous in the 1970s, when events like Earth Day made it politically expedient to turn on the federal spigot. But standards keep getting tougher.

     
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    Awards salute post-tensioning triumphs

    The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) has recognized a number of roads, bridges, and other construction projects with its 2006 PTI Awards.

     
  • Corps adopts drainage standards

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has adopted new guidelines requiring that all precast concrete used in drainage structures come from plants certified by the National Precast Concrete Association.

     
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    Dam good flood prevention

    A new dam in Wise County, Va., makes use of roller-compacted concrete (RCC) as a flood-fighting structure.

     
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    Hurting for dirt?

    At Xtradirt.com, city managers can post ads calling for someone to take surplus fill dirt, sand, gravel, recycled concrete, and asphalt off their hands, or post a call for needed material.

     
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    PUBLIC WORKS BRIEFS

    News and events from the Public Works field.

     
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    Water well done

    The 2006 Competitiveness Awards, bestowed by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA, applauds water systems that get their job done brilliantly.

     
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    How well can you juggle?

    Managing rapid expansion requires a unique skill set. But so does meeting the needs of communities that don't lie in the path of growth. When budgets decline, your customers expect the same level of service.