• Epoxy to the Rescue

    Select your coatings carefully to reduce corrosion

     
  • Go Digital

    Electronically capture your operations to boost training.

     
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    Negating Nutrients: Smart Selection

    Choose the right technology for your city—with the help of experts.

     
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    Just 'Plane' Worn Out

    Why do flails wear unevenly?

     
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    Inspiration for the Program

    Congressman tells how Safe Routes to School leads to healthier children.

     
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    A Better Way to Go

    The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is a new, dedicated funding portion (Section 1404) of the 2005 federal highway funding bill (SAFETEA-LU) that provides municipalities with 100% federal funds to enhance the infrastructure and educate children and parents.

     
  • Mixing it up

    Roller-compacted concrete (RCC) can be produced in any type of equipment that will provide uniform mixing of the cement, aggregates, and water

     
  • Feeding the workforce

    Composting is a manufacturing process.

     
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    Pipeline Peril: Surge and Water Hammer

    Surge and water hammer can lead to short- and long-term damage to piped systems by causing conditions such as vibration, rupture, leaks, and displacement. As a result, pipelines may collapse, become contaminated, or fail prematurely.

     
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    Give Blind Spots a Brake

    Anyone who has tried to back up a truck using only the side mirrors knows visibility can be an issue. Evolving automotive safety technologies have produced safety features ranging from seatbelts to improved tire traction. Now, a new development uses established technologies prevent accidents while...

     
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    Tough as Rocks

    While riprap offers effective protection against high-flow water events, there are long-term safety issues to consider such as risk of damage and injury to vehicles, passengers, and pedestrians; Turf Reinforcement Mats (TRMs) provide a safer alternative.

     
  • Storing Pumps

    A guide to safe, trouble-free pump operation.

     
  • Gentler Testing

    Several nondestructive tests can be used to evaluate concrete bridges.

     
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    Plant it on the Roof

    Many city officials, planners, and environmentalists around the world view green roofs as an attractive way to reduce the problems associated with stormwater runoff.

     
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    Reduce Private Property I/I

    Private property infiltration and inflow (I/I) problems have increased and will continue to increase until municipalities develop structured programs that identify the problem, define the needed rehabilitation, and oversee the repair.

     
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    Spare the Concrete

    Also referred to as microbiologically induced corrosion, biogenic sulfide corrosion is a big concern to engineers and practitioners because it contributes to the considerable cost of renovation of deteriorated sewer networks.

     
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    Keep Operators Sharp

    A proactive and relatively inexpensive program can help protect your valuable institutional understanding, better prepare your next generation of staff, and continuously fine-tune your system operator training program.

     
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    Ease the Data Crunch

    Gathering data with geoprocessing technologies such as global positioning systems, virtual reference stations, geographic information systems (GIS), and CAD is challenging enough. Integrating the vast amount of spatial information derived from two or more of these technologies to make critical...

     
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    New regulation means new liabilities

    Here's a wrinkle to consider when preparing financial statements next year: Effective Dec. 15, 2007, a new accounting standard requires the disclosure of liabilities associated with contaminated properties. At minimum, this requirement may cause additional work and, at worst, it may burden some...

     
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    Seasoning the Winter Pavement

    As long as there have been roads–and vehicles to travel them–municipalities have been faced with the challenge of implementing snow and ice maintenance programs. The newest "old" technologies–pre-wetting and anti-icing–have been around for some time, but aren't widely used.

     
  • Power to the people

    Creating a healthy, safe, and visually appealing environment is always conducive to a fun place to play, a good learning environment, or a better community to live in. Often overlooked in contributing to a municipality's overall objectives, a grounds management operation is critical in...

     
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    Flail Selection, Plane and Simple

    First introduced nearly 35 years ago, small surface planers (scarifiers) have seen their acceptance and use on municipal maintenance projects grow significantly.

     
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    Patching Potholes with Data

    GIS has proven to be a versatile tool for integrating the information technology and data investments within organizations. Combing these historic data with current information on pavement conditions provides a data foundation for integrating a pavement management system (PMS) application into a...

     
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    Track Down Potholes

    Many municipal public works agencies know the benefits of having an automated vehicle location (AVL) system to monitor employee performance, improve operational efficiency, and increase public communication efforts. But another little-known benefit is being able to map the discrete locations of...

     
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    On a Roll

    Roller-compacted concrete (RCC) is just what it sounds like. This stiff, zero-slump concrete mixture can be placed with asphalt-type paving equipment and then compacted with rollers.

     
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    Recycle the road

    Now that energy prices are rising, with infrastructure budgets not yet adjusted to keep up with the increases, it is time look for ways to amplify our reuse of asphalt pavements where possible.

     
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    Turn waste into ‘black gold’

    Compost's benefits to soils are physical, chemical, and biological. Physical benefits include improved soil structure and improved moisture management (both higher moisture capacity and higher infiltration).

     
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    Bring it all together

    Even when relevant information is within a database, the geographic references often lack the necessary coordinates. Only when both the structured and unstructured information is fused into a single, cohesive view can you get the complete picture needed to make an informed decision.

     
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    Cut the Fat

    By following simple guidelines, public works managers can attain quality and efficiency without hurting the bottom line.

     
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    Lock in the right lift

    A vehicle lift is the express lane to faster fleet repair, but don't take our word for it: Studies show a lift can save a facility more than $100,000 per year in labor costs.

     
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    Primed for pumps

    Storm delays can result in substantial costs. But the variety of pumps available makes them an ideal tool for residential, commercial, and industrial applications— ranging from basement and landfill dewatering to wastewater treatment facilities and even food-processing plants.

     
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    Put bridges to the test

    Concrete bridges are major investments and critical to local transportation systems, but traffic, trauma, and exposure to the elements can cause them to deteriorate. That's why prudent owners schedule periodic evaluations to ensure bridges function safely

     
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    The ties that bind

     
  • Codes & Funding

    New (and improved) alternative-fuel rules; "distressed areas eligible for monies

     
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    Top-notch team effort: Growth Industry

    Since 1996, states have made it increasingly possible for public agencies to manage projects using design-build.

     
  • Green Matters: Resource List

    A shortlist of associations, and organizations to help you make your department more sustainable and planet-friendly

     
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    Floating toward the future

    An award-winning design imagines how Chicago would look if water were as precious as oil.

     
  • Staying Grounded

    Good grounds managers can juggle multiple responsibilities at once while making the most of resources. One way is by using versatile, efficient equipment.

     
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    Rooting out corrosion

    Looking to extend the life span of its pumps, the Monroe County Water Authority (MCWA) looked for ways to get more out of the gear. Among the findings: anti-corrosion, low-friction coatings increase efficiency and slash energy costs.

     
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    Top-notch team effort

    A tiny water district in Colorado opts for design-build on a Class 1 dam, saving a million dollars and a year on construction, and earning kudos from the U.S. Society on Dams.

     
  • Low-impact leader

     
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    The trickle-down effect

     
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    Auditors welcome

    f a green audit of Google's headquarters were conducted, the company would pass with flying colors.

     
  • Team green

     
  • Green Matters

    It's politically correct, the public eats it up, and--best of all--it lowers O & M costs. So why aren't more managers working to make their departments planet-friendly?

     
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    The quest continues...

     
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    Hybrids steal the show

     
  • Show-Me State highlights work-zone safety

    The Missouri DOT(MoDOT) added a splash of color to numerous state landmarks in an effort to remind motorists to use caution in highway work zones.

     
  • Farewell to the highway trust fund?

    Two recently formed commissons are looking at ways to shore up revenue for the perennially underfunded federal program that states, counties, and cities rely on to pay for road construction and improvements.

     
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    For Whom the Bridge Tolls

    As the last segment of a new toll bridge was put in place in late March, California transportation officials looked forward to the end of a major traffic headache.

     
  • Water, water everywhere...

    In Nevada, where water is scarce and growth is at an all-time high, municipal and regional water departments are fighting over who gets access to new water sources and how much they can drain.

     
  • PUBLIC WORKS Briefs

     
  • Down & Dirty

     
  • Device gets troublesome teens to bug off

     
  • Construction boom raises a stink

     
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    Adventures in Estimating