APWA Reporter magazine

The award-winning APWA Reporter is a monthly publication that serves as the prime communication link uniting the community of public works professionals who make up APWA. Members receive the magazine free of charge. The APWA Reporter is edited primarily for public works officials at local, state and federal levels, as well as others involved in the public works field.

APWA Reporter topics

Most editorial content is written by member-experts and covers topics such as:

  • Computers and computer applications
  • Solid waste
  • Water resources
  • Municipal engineering
  • Transportation
  • Equipment services
  • Buildings and grounds
  • Snow removal

Valuable information and features

  • Management techniques
  • Research
  • Training programs
  • New technology
  • Job openings
  • Calendar of events
  • Insightful editorials
  • Seminar schedules
  • Much more
  • Public works stands guard this flu season, Jan,p.4
  • National Homeland Security Consortium reviews key emergency management initiatives, Jan,p.4
  • Emergency Management Committee builds strong relationship with FEMA, Jan,p.6
  • Utilizing retired professionals to help solve today's challenges, Jan,p.8
  • The changing role of the public works director, Jan,p.10
  • La Center learns to manage a wetland, Jan,p.16
  • Engineers Without Borders-USA, Jan,p.22
  • Back to the basic supervision, Jan,p.24
  • Is your jurisdiction eligible to receive HMGP funds following a major disaster declaration?, Jan,p.26
  • Cedar Rapids: Repositioning a city post-disaster, Jan,p.28
  • The changing role of public works in emergencies, disasters and traffic incident management, Jan,p.31
  • The May 2008 Wenchuan earthquake: emergency response and recovery, Jan,p.36
  • Small community NIMS compliance, Jan,p.40
  • FEMA: Mission and History, Jan,p.42
  • National Infrastructure Protection Plan offers framework for public works professionals, Jan,p.44
  • Diversity adds strength, Feb,p.2
  • City of Thousand Oaks celebrates National Public Works Week, Feb,p.16
  • Inclusion + Diversity = Empowerment for All, Feb,p.18
  • Disseminating traveler information through microblogging, Feb,p.20
  • Old stuff about asphalt, Feb,p.26
  • Riding the Storm: 2010 INGENIUM Conference, Feb,p.28
  • Street Sweeping: Which method is best for improving stormwater quality?, Feb,p.30
  • Blazing trails to provide a new potable water source for El Paso, Feb,p.32
  • Water conservation through turf management, Feb,p.36
  • The history and evolution of training for the water and wastewater industries, Feb,p.38
  • A new calm before...during...and after the storm, Feb,p.41
  • Does the Yellow Brick Road lead to water quality?, Feb,p.44
  • First flush stormwater treatment, Feb,p.46
  • A stormwater utility can provide a cost-effective way to address coastal stormwater management issues, Feb,p.48
  • Reclaiming wells with high arsenic levels, Feb,p.51
  • A plan unveiled: the U.S. Bicycle Route System, Mar,p.7
  • The team behind the scenes opens its doors, Mar,p.14
  • L.A. women excel in solid resources, Mar,p.16
  • Rolling Meadows Public Works Citizens Academy, Mar,p.18
  • Haiti Cherie, Mar,p.24
  • Planning for organic waste recycling in the Czech Republic, Mar,p.26
  • Solid waste management trends in 2010, Mar,p.30
  • Greenhouse gas impacts of solid waste management, Mar,p.36
  • Pay-As-You-Throw - Now: Increase recycling and decrease greenhouse gases quickly, fairly and cost-effectively, Mar,p.38
  • Recycling and recovery of waste: a worldwide issue, Mar,p.41
  • APWA on pharmaceuticals: It's time for producer responsibility, Mar,p.42
  • Automated waste collection: how to make sure it makes sense for your community, Mar,p.44
  • Trends in solid waste: Florida considering 75% recycling target, Mar,p.49
  • Disposal solutions for compact fluorescent lamps and batteries, Mar,p.52
  • Rectifying the mistakes of a city's past, Mar,p.56
  • 50th Anniversary of National Public Works Week, Apr,p.24
  • A Taste of Boston, Apr,p.28
  • The concept of diversity: growing up and keeping pace with change, Apr,p.32
  • Water: More precious than gold, Apr,p.46
  • ADA modifications fit building's character, function and pocketbook, Apr,p.50
  • Completing construction quicker and better in Sacramento County, Apr,p.52
  • Bakersfield's downtown canal comes to life, Apr,p.56
  • Accommodating intense parks use, Apr,p.59
  • Transition Plans: It's the law, Apr,p.62
  • The evolution of modern playground equipment, Apr,p.64
  • Bridging the gap between city traffic engineers and the blind community, Apr,p.66
  • City of Bristol, Connecticut: City Hall boiler casualty and use of ARRA energy funding for replacement, Apr,p.70
  • The art and science of building a retaining wall, Apr,p.78
  • Sustainability 2010: Focus on Minneapolis, May,p.12
  • What you can do for National Public Works Week, May,p.14
  • Completion of new water plant is reflective of strong community pride and local commitment, May,p.16
  • Initiating an employee incentive program for a multi-generational culture, May,p.18
  • The January 2010 Haiti earthquake: a public works disaster, May,p.38
  • Making sustainable decisions easy, May,p.40
  • Starting from scratch: how to build sustainability into your programs from the ground up, May,p.44
  • Sustainability in public works: the airplane view, May,p.46
  • Early action the key to the Saanich Municipal Emissions Mitigation Plan, May,p.48
  • Partnership with ICLEI, May,p.52
  • The "green" revolution has reached the parking industry, May,p.54
  • Implementing a Sustainability Plan in your community: turning talk into action, May,p.56
  • New Public Works: Designers address the federal sustainability agenda, May,p.58
  • The golden age of public works in Boston, Jun,p.20
  • Plowing through boundaries, Jun,p.22
  • Four diverse, dynamic women, Jun,p.24
  • Opportunities for APWA with Engineers Without Borders-USA, Jun,p.30
  • Hope for Honduras, Jun,p.32
  • International Federation to meet at Boston Congress, Jun,p.33
  • Seismic Building Performance: How will your structures hold up?, Jun,p.34
  • Characteristics of the successful twenty-first century public works director, Jun,p.36
  • Giving public works administrators a crystal ball, Jun,p.38
  • BIM (Building Information Modeling), Jun,p.40
  • Staying on top of new technology for local streets and roads, Jun,p.42
  • Peoria Public Works Department reduces costs with mobile GIS, Jun,p.44
  • Mobile offices put inspectors on the road, Jun,p.46
  • Below these crowded streets: Charleston's network of underground infrastructure, Jun,p.48
  • Solar water system helps drop energy use, Jun,p.52
  • Municipal broadband helps improve operational efficiencies and quality of services in Rock Hill, SC, Jun,p.54
  • PWHS, Boston and Congress 2010: Circulation in the Living City, Jul,p.26
  • North America celebrates 50th anniversary of National Public Works Week, Jul,p.32
  • National Public Works Week in Grants Pass, Jul,p.34
  • Fifth Annual DPW Day at Plymouth Public Library, Jul,p.36
  • Spring in Zlin, Czech Republic, Jul,p.42
  • Seattle's Complete Streets Program, Jul,p.44
  • The Elkhorn Slough Early Mitigation Partnership: Protecting sensitive habitat with major state highway projects, Jul,p.48
  • Moving towards a sustainability rating system for transportation projects: how wide a net to cast?, Jul,p.50
  • Knoxville's move toward "Complete Streets, Jul,p.53
  • City of Des Moines GPS-based sign inventory on a budget, Jul,p.56
  • Inside the Tucson modern streetcar project, Jul,p.58
  • Lynnwood Olympic View Drive Road Improvement, Phases 1 & 2, Jul,p.60
  • A TRB Annual Meeting experience, Jul,p.64
  • Every Day Counts initiative bringing new sense of urgency, innovation to highway community, Jul,p.66
  • Cook County saves taxpayers money by diamond grinding roadways, Jul,p.68
  • Buddy, can you spare a dime?, Jul,p.72
  • 2009-2010 APWA Diversity Committee's accomplishments, Aug,p.12
  • Young Professionals: The Future of APWA, Aug,p.16
  • Los Angeles honors outstanding public works employees, Aug,p.20
  • Turning environmental eyesores into signature public parks, Aug,p.38
  • Administering FEMA requirements doesn't need to be a disaster, Aug,p.42
  • Green jobs creation for budgets in the red, Aug,p.48
  • Rethinking rain gardens, Aug,p.50
  • Don't waste a good bug-bioreactor landfill, Aug,p.52
  • A new approach to the collection of urban weather data, Aug,p.56
  • Ventura Regional Sanitation District launches innovative Biosolids Drying and Renewable Power Generation Facility, Aug,p.58
  • Innovative approaches for sustainable energy management, Aug,p.62
  • International Affairs Committee 2009 to 2010, Aug,p.66
  • The professional utility coordination process and how it can benefit your projects, Aug,p.68
  • Creating a Right-of-Way Management Program, Aug,p.72
  • Sustainability of our right-of-way, Aug,p.74
  • Sustainable solutions for right-of-way management, Aug,p.78
  • Update your seawall design, Aug,p.80
  • Utility coordination through cooperation, Aug,p.82
  • Creating a transit station that enhances your community, Aug,p.86
  • LiDAR puts impervious surfaces "on the map, Aug,p.90
  • Emerald ash borer threatens your community's ash trees, Aug,p.93
  • Reducing stormwater runoff impacts, Aug,p.96
  • Maintaining good community relations during construction, Aug,p.100
  • Training your staff to comply with ADA requirements: making curbs compliant, Aug,p.102
  • Precast Concrete: The stormwater management solution, Aug,p.104
  • Environmental Management System: A key to effective management and sustainability for water and wastewater utilities, Aug,p.106
  • A Call to Arms, Aug,p.110
  • Comparisons of rubberized asphalt binders, Aug,p.111
  • A better way to rebuild better infrastructure, Aug,p.114
  • Categorizing extreme rainfall events by severity, not rarity, Aug,p.116
  • Reliability Re-Found: Nesting resilient and adaptive solutions into urban infrastructure, Aug,p.120
  • Agencies find the "I" in GIS to create next generation solutions, Aug,p.122
  • 2010 light truck rollout: more bang for the municipal buck, Aug,p.126
  • Salt Brine: An anti-icing solution, Aug,p.130
  • Security's sustainable role, Aug,p.132
  • Reaching beyond my limits, Sep,p.10
  • Mt. Moriah Cemetery: Third Annual Lantern Lighting Ceremony, Sep,p.12
  • Public works management programs for Lavasa, India, Sep,p.20
  • Polk County's innovative response to high fuel costs, Sep,p.24
  • Ames, Iowa, is changing itself from red and black to green, Sep,p.26
  • Toward 100% implementation of bio-fuels and electric vehicles, Sep,p.28
  • Spec'ing your work trucks for optimum fuel economy, Sep,p.30
  • TOT theory for improving technicians' productivity, Sep,p.34
  • Life Cycle Costing, Sep,p.36
  • John Deere isn't the only thing "green" in Moline, Sep,p.38
  • A brief history of the residential garbage collection packer, Sep,p.42
  • Leaning and greening public works fleets, Sep,p.44
  • Catalyzing sustainability in public works: the 2010 Sustainability in Public Works Conference, Oct,p.8
  • International Affairs Committee approves pilot program that enhances APWA member access to global resources and solutions, Oct,p.14
  • Call for Applicants for 2011 Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program, Oct,p.16
  • Diversity in action at the 2010 APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts, Oct,p.26
  • So, what's your problem?, Oct,p.30
  • The 2010 Public Works Historical Society Congress programs, Oct,p.34
  • The Importance of Mentoring: Future Cities, Nov,p.12
  • A field management success story, Nov,p.16
  • APWA President George Crombie attends ICLEI VIII National/International Conference, Nov,p.22
  • The importance of establishing levels of service for winter operations, Nov,p.26
  • Validating environmental impacts of best snow and ice practices, Nov,p.30
  • The International Winter Road congress comes to North America, Nov,p.32
  • A brief history of the APWA Wisconsin Chapter Snow Plow Roadeo, Nov,p.36
  • There is always the window, Nov,p.38
  • Pre-Storm Strategy and Post-Storm Assessment meetings, Nov,p.41
  • Optimized snowplow routing using the A* artificial intelligence algorithm can save 12% on plowing costs, Nov,p.42
  • Economic and environmental sustainability meet on our nations' highways, Nov,p.44
  • The City of Denver: A benchmark for snow and ice management, Nov,p.48
  • The Road to Excellence, Dec,p.10
  • 2010 City of La Quinta Public Works Department Student Outreach Program, Dec,p.21
  • It is safe to be me, Dec,p.23
  • Look what's on our recommended reading list!, Dec,p.24
  • Could a mustache save Christmas? The Woodridge Public Works Department believed it could, Dec,p.25
  • Taking charge/making an impact in your community as public works director, Dec,p.26
  • Who Are We/Public Works: How to positively promote the role and contributions of public works to the community, Dec,p.30
  • What great public works directors do differently, Dec,p.32
  • Do you need a master's degree?, Dec,p.34
  • Exploring the DNA of a successful public works leader, Dec,p.36
  • Management 101: Building sustainable employee trust, Dec,p.40