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    Stay ahead of the curve

    Keep abreast of the latest issues and advances by attending the 2006 American Public Works Association's (APWA) Congress and Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 10-13.

     
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    Transfer station 101

    Transfer stations offer an appealing solution to solid waste managers looking to hold their trash temporarily until it can be carted away, and they offer a range of benefits.

     
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    City park design

    The Studio City Greenway at Studio City, Calif., was designed in March 2002 by NUVIS Landscape Architecture and Planning of Orange County, Calif. It is one of many parks being created along the Los Angeles River Basin as part of the basin's revitalization master plan.

     
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    Let it rain

    Faced with increasing requirements and costs related to stormwater management, a growing number of public works departments are turning to rain gardens to manage runoff. Whether built and maintained by governments or individuals, rain gardens offer a relatively inexpensive and proven means for...

     
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    Proof positive

    A recent study of Seattle's Interstate 90 floating bridge proved the feasibility of adding a light rail transit system atop the structure.

     
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    Finding function in an eyesore

    Before Heuser Park was built, the Schuylkill River area of Upper Merion Township, Pa., was unsightly and unusable. Nonetheless, the township saw potential in the area and partnered with Schoor DePalma to design a park for the community.

     
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    Limited space, unlimited potential

    Renovating and expanding a 75-year-old facility into a modern, state-of-the-art purification facility while maintaining the flavor of the existing architecture isn't as easy as it sounds, but it can be done.

     
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    Tunnel vision

    Homeowners don't like it when their basements repeatedly flood after heavy rains, and they don't want to hear excuses about poor sewer conditions. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) heard these complaints, and by 1998, the agency had made the Northwest Side Relief Sewer (NWSRS)...

     
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    Good communication improves safety

    Thanks to a newly constructed sidewalk in Algonquin Township, Ill., pedestrians along U.S. Route 14 between the villages of Cary and Fox River Grove will have a safer passageway.

     
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    Durham county takes the LEED

    Durham County's Triangle Wastewater Treatment Plant in North Carolina, the nation's only LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) waste-water administration building, has set a new standard in public works.

     
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    Joint Venture

    Many municipalities need help completing projects, whether they're new water treatment plants, building a new bridge, or updating an urban park. According to an exclusive survey of PUBLIC WORKS readers, 92% of municipal public works departments used architectural, engineering, and construction...

     
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    Tips and trends in work truck safety

    Truck safety is a matter of life and death. That's why equipment inspections and safety training should be regular tasks in the routine of every well-run public works fleet.

     
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    Engineering awards presented

    The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) held its annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., on May 2. Awards were presented to firms who demonstrated technical, economic, and social value in their projects.

     
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    Microfiltration market skyrockets

    A study conducted by Wellesley, Mass.-based BCC Research found that the global market for microfiltration membranes used in liquid separations was $792 million in 2005 and is estimated to reach more than $1.2 billion by 2010.

     
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    Get a grip on new equipment

    The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) show will be held Oct. 16-18, 2007, in Louisville, Kentucky, and will include displays of new products, hands-on equipment demonstrations, and seminars.

     
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    Bottleneck-battling bridge opens

    After six years of construction, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge was opened to traffic on June 9.

     
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    Wastewater managers speak out

    According to a survey conducted by the Government Accountability Office, wastewater treatment facilities require more federal funding and direction.

     
  • Recycling rates escalate

    The 2006 "State of Garbage In America Report" found that Americans recycle 110.4 million tons of trash each year.

     
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    ESRI maps out annual conference

    The 26th annual Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) International User Conference will be held Aug. 7-11 in San Diego.

     
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    APWA salutes noteworthy projects

    With its 2006 Project of the Year Awards, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has recognized projects that demonstrate management and administration excellence, and collaboration among managing agencies, contractors, and consultants.

     
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    It's never enough . . .