APWA Reporter magazine

The APWA Reporter serves as the prime communication link uniting the community of public works professionals who make up APWA.

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. Most editorial content consists of articles by public works practitioners on such subjects as computers and computer applications, solid waste, water resources, municipal engineering, transportation, equipment services, buildings and grounds, snow removal, and other public works-related topics. The articles contain information on management techniques, research, training programs, and new technology.

The magazine also features job openings, a calendar of important events, insightful editorials, seminar schedules and much more. Members receive this monthly publication free of charge.
  • President's Message, Jan,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Jan,p.4
  • Technical Committee News, Jan,p.6
  • Things to do in Toronto!, Jan,p.8
  • APWA's Donald C. Stone Center awards first Public Works Manager credential, Jan,p.10
  • APWA Certification: do we still do that?, Jan,p.12
  • APWA: Bringing you the next generation of public works professionals, Jan,p.14
  • "Misery Loves Company", Jan,p.17
  • The evolution of federal disaster assistance and emergency management agencies, Jan,p.19
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Jan,p.21
  • Index to 2013 articles, Jan,p.24
  • Executive Soft Skills, Jan,p.31
  • International Idea Exchange, Jan,p.32
  • Research, Jan,p.41
  • Gauging your fuel supply for a natural disaster or emergency, Jan,p.43
  • Alberta Chapter lends assistance to Southern Alberta flood relief, Jan,p.45
  • It's time for TIM: Public Works and Traffic Incident Management, Jan,p.47
  • North Central Texas: Preparing for a regional response to disasters, Jan,p.50
  • Procurement and bartering for debris management and FEMA reimbursement, Jan,p.52
  • Public Works & Emergency Management: A Canadian perspective, Jan,p.54
  • Do you know the critical points in your distribution system?, Jan,p.56
  • Interoperable communications for first responders: SAFECOM, Jan,p.58
  • Ask Ann, Jan,p.60
  • President's Message, Feb,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Feb,p.4
  • Technical Committee News, Feb,p.6
  • Call for nominations to APWA Board issued, Feb,p.8
  • More than 1,500 snowfighters expected at The Show for Snow, Feb,p.10
  • Evergreen Brick Works -- Community Environmental Centre, Feb,p.14
  • Chris Thompson earns APWA Donald C. Stone Center Public Works Manager credential, Feb,p.17
  • No matter what our age, none of us can learn less, Feb,p.19
  • APWA's CSM program: more than just another test, Feb,p.21
  • ISI reaches milestone of 1,300 Envision sustainability professionals credentialed, Feb,p.22
  • Northern California Chapter celebrates 1,000th Public Works Institute attendee; prepares for the future, Feb,p.24
  • Five Heart of America chapters drive the "Mid-Am" tradition, Feb,p.28
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Feb,p.30
  • Erwin Hensch, APWA Past President, dead at age 93, Feb,p.31
  • Imagination to Innovation, Feb,p.33
  • Executive Soft Skills, Feb,p.34
  • International Idea Exchange, Feb,p.36
  • Folsom Pump Station addresses conjunctive use: every drop counts, Feb,p.44
  • In Lenexa, Kansas, trees are at the root of rethinking stormwater, Feb,p.48
  • Fluoride rocks! We must continue community water fluoridation, Feb,p.52
  • Enhancements to the International Stormwater BMP Database, Feb,p.54
  • Rerouting water, Feb,p.56
  • A holistic approach to asset management, compliance, and organizational improvement creates a framework for success, Feb,p.58
  • Meeting with wastewater professionals yields changes in Costco packaging, Feb,p.62
  • The Colorado floods of September 2013, Feb,p.63
  • Workarounds keep Sandy River work zone free of debris, Feb,p.68
  • Ask Ann, Feb,p.70
  • President's Message, Mar,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Mar,p.4
  • Restructuring the House of Delegates, Mar,p.6
  • Technical Committee News, Mar,p.8
  • Hide your goat, Mar,p.10
  • A brief history of public works in the City of Toronto, Mar,p.14
  • Credentialing, Certification and Certificate: What does it all mean?, Mar,p.18
  • Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII), Mar,p.20
  • Remembering the past can be useful in the present, Mar,p.22
  • A model stormwater urban retrofit: Mort Myers Downtown Riverfront Basin, Mar,p.24
  • Here today and gone tomorrow, Mar,p.26
  • Executive Soft Skills, Mar,p.28
  • International Idea Exchange, Mar,p.30
  • Greening your waste collection fleet through natural gas, Mar,p.33
  • Kicking the trash can habit: a community's quest for Zero Waste, Mar,p.37
  • Santa Cruz County, California, blazes a new trail in waste reduction, Mar,p.39
  • Subtitle D landfill closure and post-closure care, Mar,p.44
  • Turning city data into actionable information, Mar,p.47
  • Municipal waste management disaster recovery, Mar,p.49
  • Howard County, Md., Alpha Ridge Landfill Pilot Composting Facility, Mar,p.52
  • Sheraton San Diego to divert 90% of waste, Mar,p.55
  • Ask Ann, Mar,p.56
  • President's Message, Apr,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Apr,p.4
  • George Crombie, APWA Past President, dies, Apr,p.6
  • Technical Committee News, Apr,p.8
  • Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award, Apr,p.10
  • 2014 Toronto APWA Congress -- experience the world!, Apr,p.18
  • How can the public works department play a role in economic development?, Apr,p.20
  • Mentors and mentees: relationships that create future leaders, Apr,p.24
  • APWA's CSM designation: keeping me connected with other professionals, Apr,p.26
  • Accreditation has been instrumental in rebranding public works in Belton, Missouri, Apr,p.28
  • High-altitude customer service, Apr,p.30
  • How old is your oldest facility?, Apr,p.34
  • Horizontal and vertical diversity in the workplace, Apr,p.36
  • That Special Time of Year...Take 2, Apr,p.38
  • Imagination to Innovation, Apr,p.44
  • Executive Soft Skills, Apr,p.45
  • Applied Public Works Research, Apr,p.47
  • Design/build helps Coventry, Connecticut, move into the future, Apr,p.58
  • "Growing Trees Together", Apr,p.61
  • Using contractors versus in-house staff, Apr,p.64
  • Take action to prepare for the invasion of exotic pests and diseases, Apr,p.66
  • Modifying maintenance facilities to accommodate CNG and LNG vehicles, Apr,p.71
  • More than just a pretty park!, Apr,p.74
  • A garden-variety employee garden, Apr,p.78
  • The perks of hiring certified: building a smarter workforce, Apr,p.82
  • Sustainability? Think "negative entropy", Apr,p.86
  • Ask Ann, Apr,p.120
  • President's Message, May,p.0
  • Washington Insight, May,p.2
  • Sneak peek at the Toronto Congress Workshop/Tours, May,p.4
  • Celebrate public works by engaging and enhancing communities, May,p.8
  • Mentors and mentees: relationships that create future leaders, May,p.12
  • APWA's CPFP Certification: Raising the bar for fleet professionals--and public works, May,p.14
  • Accreditation for small agencies, May,p.16
  • APWA Accreditation, a step in Houston's continuous improvement process, May,p.18
  • The importance of diversity, May,p.21
  • Leadership and history: a key for professional development, May,p.23
  • Executive Soft Skills, May,p.26
  • International Idea Exchange, May,p.28
  • Public Works Sustainability Plans for Local Governments, May,p.32
  • An update on the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System, May,p.38
  • Humboldt Stormwater Greenway Project, City of Los Angeles, May,p.40
  • Green organics to compost in Tempe, Arizona, May,p.44
  • Changing the water paradigm, May,p.46
  • Sustainable kitchen scraps collection, May,p.50
  • No idling and no top-off policy as part of a sustainability plan, May,p.53
  • Advocating for sustainable engineering practices in San Diego, May,p.55
  • APWA names 2014 Top Ten Public Works Leaders, May,p.58
  • Ask Ann, May,p.64
  • Neighborhood traffic safety, Jun,p.-2
  • President's Message, Jun,p.0
  • Washington Insight, Jun,p.3
  • Technical Committee News, Jun,p.5
  • Attending 2014 Congress in Toronto from outside Canada, Jun,p.6
  • APWA accreditation guides philosophies of Columbia Public Works, Jun,p.10
  • CPII-certified professionals: individuals that clients and the community can trust, Jun,p.12
  • Roundabouts in a small town, Jun,p.14
  • Managing Expectations: Embracing ADHD assets in the workplace, Jun,p.18
  • Books worth taking down from the shelf, Jun,p.20
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Jun,p.22
  • Texas Chapter launches PWITX, Jun,p.24
  • Imagination to Innovation, Jun,p.25
  • Executive Soft Skills, Jun,p.27
  • International Idea Exchange, Jun,p.30
  • The technical side of active transportation, Jun,p.32
  • The proper installation of steel road plates, Jun,p.38
  • Bad design, Jun,p.40
  • What peer reviews tell us about public works organizations, Jun,p.42
  • From smart and sustainable cities to energy efficiency, Jun,p.47
  • Ask Ann, Jun,p.50
  • President's Message, Jul,p.0
  • Washington Insight, Jul,p.3
  • Candidates for the APWA Board of Directors named, Jul,p.5
  • Technical Committee News, Jul,p.10
  • Snowfighters celebrate after tough winter, Jul,p.12
  • Taste of Toronto, Jul,p.16
  • Compact communities and access by proximity, Jul,p.18
  • What every American could learn from Canadians about leadership, Jul,p.20
  • Planning for places where people flourish, Jul,p.22
  • CPFPs volunteering to share fleet technical expertise, Jul,p.24
  • APWA Accreditation: The future is bright for Edmond's Public Works Department, Jul,p.26
  • Infrastructure and the way we live our lives, Jul,p.28
  • Red Gate Bridge Project: Improving the river corridor for all in Kane County, Illinois, Jul,p.30
  • Celebrate the unique diversity in your chapter, Jul,p.32
  • Recognize Your Leaders: Mark DeVries, Jul,p.34
  • APWA Public Works Director Roundtable, Jul,p.36
  • Executive Soft Skills, Jul,p.38
  • International Idea Exchange, Jul,p.40
  • Applied Public Works Research, Jul,p.42
  • The future of road safety with the emerging technology, Jul,p.44
  • Huson Road GRS-IBS Bridge Replacement Project, Jul,p.47
  • Where the rubber meets the road: how we can prevent the transportation funding cliff, Jul,p.50
  • Transportation Revenue Shortage: Are local governments rolling up their sleeves again?, Jul,p.51
  • Bikeshare: Coming to a city near you?, Jul,p.55
  • Roadway reconstruction rehabilitation challenges and solutions: a seesaw experience, Jul,p.62
  • Introducing the thru-about for low-volume complex intersections, Jul,p.65
  • Roundabouts in Uptown Yucaipa, Jul,p.67
  • Missouri Department of Transportation's Local Public Authority Advisory Committee, Jul,p.70
  • Missouri Department of Transportation's Local Public Authority Consultant On-Call List, Jul,p.72
  • APWA announces the 2014 Public Works Projects of the Year, Jul,p.74
  • Ask Ann, Jul,p.100
  • Products in the News, Jul,p.108
  • President's Message, Aug,p.0
  • Washington Insight, Aug,p.2
  • Technical Committee News, Aug,p.4
  • Tours and more at the 2014 Toronto Congress, Aug,p.6
  • APWA's 2014 National Public Works Week highlighted with celebrations, events, proclamations and increased outreach, Aug,p.10
  • Don't miss these PWHS offerings at Congress, Aug,p.14
  • Accreditation takes the cake!, Aug,p.16
  • APWA Certification, Aug,p.18
  • Illinois Chapter outreach, Aug,p.20
  • Minnesota infrastructure: "Yah sure, we yusta be pretty darn good", Aug,p.22
  • New APWA Board members, Aug,p.26
  • Chapter Membership Achievement Award and Bonus Award winners announced, Aug,p.27
  • Awards 2014, Aug,p.28
  • Four options to attend Congress, Aug,p.41
  • Don't miss these at Congress!, Aug,p.42
  • One-day passes available for Congress, Aug,p.43
  • A cleaner river for pennies on the dollar, Aug,p.44
  • Technology trends in customer service, Aug,p.46
  • Rural and isolated communities: challenges in emergency response, Aug,p.48
  • Toronto's Congestion Management Plan, Aug,p.50
  • Corridors of opportunity, Aug,p.54
  • Performance measures are for people too!, Aug,p.58
  • Apprenticeship Program, Aug,p.60
  • Executive Soft Skills, Aug,p.64
  • International Idea Exchange, Aug,p.66
  • Utilizing "Best ROW Practices" for San Diego's Carlsbad Desalination Project, Aug,p.68
  • Why "C" level executives should be involved in the locating process, Aug,p.71
  • Cross Bore Awareness, Aug,p.74
  • Trenchless Technology: The Green Toolbox, Aug,p.76
  • Right-of-Way: The Right Way, Aug,p.80
  • Critical infrastructure and cybersecurity: implications for public works agencies, Aug,p.82
  • California's new Industrial Stormwater General Permit and public agencies, Aug,p.85
  • The decision to privatize solid waste services: a lessons learned approach, Aug,p.88
  • Tips to increase your utility's power resiliency, Aug,p.92
  • Pavement and shoulder edge drop-offs, Aug,p.94
  • Groundbreaking technology for converting fly ash and liquid coal waste into artificial aggregates for concrete, asphalt and road base, Aug,p.96
  • Solution-oriented conversations with customers of public agencies, through technology, Aug,p.98
  • APWA on Pharmaceuticals: It's time for producer responsibility, Aug,p.100
  • The Three I's: How to define poor employee performance, Aug,p.104
  • Fair is Fair...Right?, Aug,p.106
  • Ask Ann, Aug,p.112
  • President's Message, Sep,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Sep,p.8
  • Technical Committee News, Sep,p.10
  • Newport News Public Works prepares for fourth accreditation process, Sep,p.12
  • CPII as a standard of practice, Sep,p.14
  • An honor, a challenge, Sep,p.16
  • Simply put, diversity is good for business, Sep,p.18
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Sep,p.20
  • Executive Soft Skills, Sep,p.24
  • International Idea Exchange, Sep,p.26
  • Debris plows in Florida: Thinking outside the box, Sep,p.30
  • Fire apparatus collective purchasing: better prices, more peace of mind, Sep,p.32
  • Is fuel hedging right for your fleet?, Sep,p.34
  • Automated fuel systems help public works fleets increase efficiency, accountability, Sep,p.36
  • Sharing fleet services, Sep,p.39
  • Ask Ann, Sep,p.42
  • President's Message, Oct,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Oct,p.6
  • Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector: Certification and Growth, Oct,p.7
  • Help! My boss is making us do the APWA Self Assessment!, Oct,p.9
  • Developing an asset management system, Oct,p.12
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Oct,p.14
  • Executive Soft Skills, Oct,p.16
  • Research, Oct,p.18
  • O Canada! A great show in Toronto, Oct,p.20
  • Breaking Borders: CPWA Monday at Congress, Oct,p.30
  • Building Bridges to the Future, Oct,p.34
  • APWA Diversity Inclusiveness: Toronto 2014 Congress, Oct,p.36
  • President's Message, Nov,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Nov,p.4
  • Technical Committee News, Nov,p.5
  • Accreditation may take you farther than you imagine, Nov,p.6
  • Diversity: the hidden treasure, Nov,p.8
  • APWA Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Awards follow-up, Nov,p.9
  • Chicago Metro starts a new chapter tradition, Nov,p.11
  • Discovering the Council of Chapters, Nov,p.12
  • History of snow and ice fighting in the United States of America, Nov,p.15
  • One man's story, Nov,p.18
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Nov,p.22
  • Executive Soft Skills, Nov,p.24
  • International Idea Exchange, Nov,p.26
  • Research, Nov,p.30
  • Pass the salt please, Nov,p.32
  • Finding the big issues in winter maintenance, Nov,p.35
  • How to develop a successful winter maintenance operation, Nov,p.37
  • The Valdez "Damalanche", Nov,p.41
  • Streets of yesterday becoming multi-modal, Nov,p.45
  • Automated Vehicle Location and Maintenance Decision Support System project, Nov,p.48
  • Outsourcing snow removal operations in Montreal, Nov,p.51
  • Ask Ann, Nov,p.54
  • President's Message, Dec,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Dec,p.4
  • Technical Committee News, Dec,p.5
  • Richmond Department of Public Works receives reaccreditation, Dec,p.6
  • Present and future workforce: recruitment and succession, Dec,p.8
  • Faces of the Future: Deborah Leistner, PWE, Dec,p.10
  • Expo '67: Announcing Montreal to the world, Dec,p.12
  • Bloomfield Township holds open house, Dec,p.14
  • Utah Chapter: 2014 APWA Fall Conference and Stormwater Expo, Dec,p.16
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Dec,p.18
  • Imagination to Innovation, Dec,p.20
  • Executive Soft Skills, Dec,p.22
  • International Idea Exchange, Dec,p.24
  • Core Responsibilities, Dec,p.28
  • Using an asset management system to get funding for infrastructure improvements, Dec,p.30
  • Community Involvement/Transparency, Dec,p.34
  • Preparing for an emergency means fostering relationships, Dec,p.38
  • Professionalism: What is it and how do I improve my professionalism?, Dec,p.40
  • Professional Development: An important tool in leadership and management, Dec,p.42
  • Ethics laws, ethics codes and ethical dilemmas: How do we do the right thing when our resources are limited?, Dec,p.44
  • The Undiscovered Country: Setting a successful path for the future, Dec,p.46
  • Sustainability: A foundation, not a fad, Dec,p.48
  • Developing a strategic business plan for your agency, Dec,p.50
  • Ask Ann, Dec,p.54