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    Not your average landfill

     
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    Demanding a better way

     
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    No big deal

    When an event brings more people into a small town than the normal population, the public works department has to be ready. Water, wastewater, trash, roads, parks—all are impacted far beyond their originally intended capacity. Here's how two towns reacted.

     
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    Small town, big leadership

    Chad Garland hails from a town that few people can pronounce—and even fewer can find on a map. Zelienople (pronounced “zill-ee-in-opal”), a borough of just more than 4000 people, is in western Pennsylvania, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh.

     
  • Water and wastewater pumps

    The Dri-Prime line of pumps includes four models that offer elevated heads. They can handle solids without sacrificing high-volume pumping. The four units—the 4-inch CD103M, 6-inch CD160M, 8-inch CD225M, and 12-inch CD300M—handle flows from 300 to 6000 gallons per minute, and they are suitable for...

     
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    Getting tough on graffiti

    More than two years after the completion of an important Los Angeles public works project, the contributions of a chemical manufacturer continue to contribute to the city's landscape. The manufacturer developed a solution that helped save the city $17.2 million and create a graffiti-free zone in...

     
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    Barrier provides a clear solution

    In a place known for pristine mountain views and limited sunlight, the Alaska DOT (ADOT) chose an alternative approach for the construction of a highway noise barrier that runs along 4000 feet of heavily traveled highway bordering Anchorage Airport: transparency.

     
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    Vacuums save time, money

    Albuquerque, N.M., evokes images of spectacular western panoramas, desert sunsets, and Native American culture. This natural beauty was put in jeopardy in the late 1980s. Population in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County had been growing steadily for years.

     
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    Building buy-in

    Flood control is a hard sell in a desert, says Scott Vogel. As a civil engineer with the Flood Control District of Arizona's Maricopa County, he knows what he's talking about.

     
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    Connecting with Wood

    Many bridge designers are turning back the clock to produce graceful reminders of the past, when timber bridges were often the main crossings over America's streams. City, county, and state officials are specifying more wood structures because of their aesthetic appeal, competitive cost, and the...

     
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    Considering ConOps?

    In recent years, abrupt, contentious, and widely publicized terminations of contract operations (ConOps) agreements for water systems in Atlanta, New Orleans, and other municipalities have raised many questions regarding this form of facility management. Is ConOps a cost-efficient option to keep a...

     
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    Wet weather tools

    A downpour can elicit many emotions, but only those in public works think of rain in terms of overloaded sewers and surcharged manholes. Sometimes even the forecast of rain can bring about visions of backed-up basements, overflowing inlets, and angry citizens.

     
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    Sturgis, South Dakota: Small town revs up for big biker crowd

     
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    Facing the challenges of equipment replacement

    If you're a fleet manager, correctly funding your equipment replacement needs is a task that presents a number of challenges. For one, you've got to peer into the future and estimate when you'll need new equipment. And if you “rent” equipment to user departments, then you want to charge them...

     
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    Ohio builds membrane bioreactor plant

     
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    Nevada plans improved water supply

     
  • Landfill-gas-to-energy project wins recognition

    A landfill-gas-to-energy project in Florida has been designated Project of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

     
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    Landfill leachate program garners award

    A North Carolina county's biological treatment of landfill leachate has received a National Association of Counties 2005 Achievement Award.

     
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    Miami-Dade taps female PW director

    Miami-Dade County—one of the largest in the country—has appointed longtime employee Esther Calas as its new director of public works. Calas, who joined the department in 1976 as an engineering drafter, replaces Aristides Rivera, who is retiring after 32 years with the county.

     
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    Recycling awareness campaign lands award

    The Solid Waste Association of North America awarded the city of San Diego's Environmental Services Department (ESD) the 2005 Bronze Excellence Award in marketing for the department's "Recycle Or Else" education campaign.

     
  • Data sought for drinking water contaminants

    Twenty-six unregulated contaminants will be monitored by U.S. drinking water suppliers under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This second cycle of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 2) also proposes the use of nine analytical methods to detect the...

     
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    Pipe demand to top 16 billion feet in 2009

     
  • PUBLIC WORKS BRIEFS

     
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    A losing bet

    Life is a risky business. Every moment of every day brings some level of risk. When we design a building or a water treatment plant or a levee, we accept and try to define the risk. We know that there will be situations where the stresses on the system will exceed the design, so we build in safety...