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    Crude crud creates a craze

    Kids are fascinated by gross things; they also dig learning how stuff works. Combining the two, San Diego created an ingenious program to teach youngsters all about the gross and groovy world of sewers.

     
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    Public Works: Solutions and Products

    The latest products for the Public Works field.

     
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    Products from the APWA show floor

    These products were among the many that caught our attention at APWA.

     
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    Billing Software

    The latest in public works billing software.

     
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    Leaf Collection Equipment

    The latest in leaf collection equipment.

     
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    Hustle and flow

    One example of effective traffic management comes from a high-profile project running through the heart of Boulder, Colo. The $8.9 million Broadway Street and Bridge Reconstruction Project involved total reconstruction of a four-lane arterial that carries 30,000 vehicles per day.

     
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    The greenhouse effect

    While many greenery-minded municipalities buy their bedding plants, shrubs, and other vegetation from private nurseries, some parks departments have found that maintaining a city greenhouse saves money, provides flexibility, and improves constituent relations.

     
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    Ramping up for compliance

    While cities are working to make sidewalks more accessible, many are learning that their curb ramps don't comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This article, the first in a three-part series, explains what the law requires and why.

     
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    2006 Trendsetters

    From do-gooders to good-for-nothings, 50 people, places, and events that shaped, shocked, or otherwise rocked our world over the past year.

     
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    Staying up-to-date costly—but doable

    Instead of using manual, mechanical testing methods, today's cars, trucks, and heavy equipment require computerized troubleshooting, which is often expensive. However, Jake Stucky of Missoula, Montana, has found some cost-saving solutions.

     
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    Stewardship solutions

    One important tool in the management of e-waste is product stewardship: a management strategy where whoever designs, produces, sells, or uses a product takes responsibility for minimizing its environmental impact throughout all stages of its life cycle.

     
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    Design & Construction

    In September, the Greater Vancouver Regional District began working on the second of twin tunnels for its Seymour Capilano Drinking Water Filtration Project, using Robbins tunnel boring machines.

     
  • Schools study stormwater systems

    Two universities have joined forces to study how well stormwater best management practices (BMPs) address pollution, water quality, and sustainability.

     
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    Missouri launches safe bridges plan

    The Missouri DOT (MoDOT) has launched an ambitious bridge rehabilitation plan to repair and replace hundreds of troubled structures by 2012.

     
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    Flooded town washed off the map

    At the end of September, bulldozers razed the entire town of Elkport, Iowa, erasing 150 years of history. The demolition came two years after the town's 86 former residents endured severe flood damage and dawdling by federal agencies that were slow to open their relief checkbooks.

     
  • News Briefs

    Brief items from Public Works News.

     
  • Down and Dirty

    Stories from the sanitation and sewage front.

     
  • Bridge from hell goes boom

    Daniel Ruefly won an essay contest and got to be the person who flipped the switch and detonate a hated Washington, DC bridge.

     
  • Gender-bending fish found in potomac

    Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey pulled a bunch of male sea bass from the river and found they were producing eggs, something boy fish don't usually do.

     
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    Straddling the great divide

    There's often a big difference between what people think they're entitled to and what's appropriate, or even possible, for your department to provide. Examples of this disconnect abounded at the American Public Works Association's annual meeting in September.