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    Trail Mix

    Robert Amme's goal is to turn the nation's tire stockpiles into inexpensive paving materials.

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    APWA product round-up

    The latest products from APWA.

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    Screenings become a piece of cake

    The Meriden, Conn., Water Pollution Control Facility has reduced organic content and waste volume with the Screenings Washer Monster, a device that grinds, washes, compacts, and dewaters bar screenings. Since installing the device, the facility has eliminated odor, handling of screenings, and...

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    Future perfect

    raditionally, developers have built and paid for improvements via permits issued by a city. While permitting works well for low- to moderate-growth areas, it has definite deficiencies. PUBLIC WORKS examines some strategies for overcoming the roadblocks.

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    Fast-tracking the future

    When Kansas City's urban core needed a jumpstart, city officials broke through the backlog by launching the Capital Improvements Management Office.

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    Post-party pickup

    Take a page from these cities' playbooks to learn how to craft and execute an effective cleanup plan.

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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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    To lease or not to lease

    PUBLIC WORKS elucidates ample reasons to forego the option of leasing.

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    Blanket protection

    When landslides took out an important Montana road--crucial to the tourist economy--the collective effort of MDOT crews and their consultants and contractors proved to be a success.

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    Should you ditch the dig?

    Although trenchless technology can be more cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and safer than traditional exhume-and-replace construction, it's still not universally embraced. But that is changing.

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    Top Leaders

    PUBLIC WORKS highlights the APWA Top Ten Public Works Leaders.

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    Public-private challenges—and solutions

    Alan Gesford, a former public works director for several Pennsylvania municipalities, shares the experiences that informed his view on the public works production.

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    Built to last

    The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) has announced the winners of its 18th biennial Design Awards Competition. Winners were judged on four criteria: satisfaction of the owner's objectives, effective planning, innovation to meet project goals, and full exploitation of the benefits of...

  • Awarding solid waste superstars

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) will recognize the winners of its 2006 Excellence Awards at WasteCon 2006, Sept. 21, Charlotte, N.C. The awards honor management facilities, operations, and programs.

  • Taking the blame

    Residents of Fire Island, N.Y., experienced a three-day drinking water emergency after a water authority employee took tainted water samples.

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    APWA receives grant for venture with forestry groups

    The American Public Works Association (APWA) received a $130,000 federal cost-share grant from the USDA Forest Service to fund an outreach program that aims to help public works departments improve tree care projects.

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    City's energy plan is a gas

    One Canadian city is harnessing its current resources to create a new source of energy and revenue.

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    Cities reward water conservation

    To combat water shortages, many cities are creating and expanding programs that give residents and businesses rebates or utility-bill credits for conserving water.


    News in brief from the Public Works field.

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    Never say never

    Among the plethora of federal initiatives that affect public works leaders is the National Incident Management System. With all the other rules and regulations competing for your attention, why should you give this priority?