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
  • Michael R. Pender, APWA Past President, dies at 88, Jan,p.5
  • Washington Insight, Jan,p.6
  • Technical Committee News, Jan,p.8
  • The Show for Snow heads to the heart of the North American Snowbelt, Jan,p.12
  • Don't labor about what to do on Labor Day weekend -- stay and enjoy Arizona, Jan,p.16
  • Charting a new course: Dale Metzinger, PWM, Jan,p.18
  • Revised eligibility requirements for the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) certification, Jan,p.20
  • Retaining a diverse workforce, Jan,p.22
  • How good is your team?, Jan,p.24
  • Index to 2014 articles, Jan,p.29
  • Imagination to Innovation, Jan,p.36
  • Public Works Institutes, Jan,p.36
  • International Idea Exchange, Jan,p.39
  • Research, Jan,p.42
  • Exercises, Jan,p.44
  • A few lessons for looking at other avenues for disaster recovery funding, Jan,p.46
  • Traffic Incident Management: Why public works is a critical partner, Jan,p.48
  • Flood-proofing the Glen Ellyn Public Library, Jan,p.51
  • Ask Ann, Jan,p.56
  • President's Message, Feb,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Feb,p.6
  • Technical Committee News, Feb,p.8
  • Call for nominations to APWA Board of Directors issued, Feb,p.10
  • Navigating the National Committee Process, Feb,p.13
  • Grand Rapids: Creative, captivating, cool, Feb,p.15
  • Commit to come to Phoenix this year, Feb,p.18
  • The importance of mentoring in the DCS program, Feb,p.20
  • Finding value in certification, Feb,p.22
  • The importance of accreditation to frontline professionals, Feb,p.24
  • Building a sustainable sidewalk program to promote healthy living, Feb,p.25
  • Public Works: The success of diversity and inclusion starts at the top, Feb,p.28
  • Imagination to Innovation, Feb,p.33
  • Public Works Institutes, Feb,p.34
  • International Idea Exchange, Feb,p.36
  • Funding your stormwater program: when is a stormwater utility right for you?, Feb,p.38
  • Realizing the value of natural systems: an asset management approach, Feb,p.40
  • Becoming a climate-resilient community, Feb,p.43
  • Environmental Integrated Planning: One community's approach, Feb,p.45
  • Stormwater Management: Progress through intermunicipal cooperation, Feb,p.48
  • A flexible approach to asset management earns quick wins and long-term benefits, Feb,p.51
  • Public Works and The Lorax, Feb,p.54
  • Achieving sustainability through the customer experience, Feb,p.56
  • Behind the scenes of locating a storage reservoir in a developed neighborhood, Feb,p.60
  • Ask Ann, Feb,p.64
  • President's Message, Mar,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Mar,p.4
  • Technical Committee News, Mar,p.6
  • Council Corner, Mar,p.8
  • How to talk to someone significantly older or more experienced than you are, Mar,p.9
  • How to talk to someone significantly younger or less experienced than you are, Mar,p.11
  • Grand Rapids in pictures, Mar,p.14
  • Trains, Planes and Automobiles: Getting to and around Phoenix for the 2015 Congress, Mar,p.18
  • CPFP certification after retirement...why?, Mar,p.20
  • Rene LaPorte: in pursuit of excellence, Mar,p.22
  • A network approach for transportation workforce development, Mar,p.24
  • On its 40th anniversary, the PWHS needs YOU!, Mar,p.27
  • Enhancing embayment water quality: integrating oyster reef restoration and stormwater controls -- Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Mar,p.28
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Mar,p.32
  • Imagination to Innovation, Mar,p.35
  • Public Works Institutes, Mar,p.36
  • International Idea Exchange, Mar,p.38
  • We let our staff sort garbage -- and so should you: a DIY approach to waste characterization, Mar,p.41
  • Eco Station for all seasons, Mar,p.45
  • Yard Waste: Composting or disposal for landfill gas recovery, Mar,p.47
  • Built to last: Getting the most out of your solid waste fleet, Mar,p.49
  • City of Phoenix, ASU "Turning Trash to Resources", Mar,p.50
  • The potential of biogas in your operation, Mar,p.51
  • New to the City of Toronto's fleet, Mar,p.56
  • Ask Ann, Mar,p.58
  • President's Message, Apr,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Apr,p.4
  • Technical Committee News, Apr,p.6
  • Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award, Apr,p.8
  • City of Tempe: Phoenix neighbor to the east, Apr,p.10
  • Preparation: The key to success, Apr,p.14
  • Gerald Williams: Preparing for public sector service, Apr,p.16
  • Is your history retiring?, Apr,p.18
  • Changing perception through communication, Apr,p.20
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Apr,p.22
  • Santa Cruz Public Works Department launches "Many Faces" employee blog, Apr,p.24
  • Imagination to Innovation, Apr,p.29
  • Public Works Institutes, Apr,p.30
  • Fuel site modernization and automation, Apr,p.32
  • Protecting public tree health with a "low sodium diet", Apr,p.34
  • Building a sustainable maintenance facility, Apr,p.38
  • Historic building maintenance, Apr,p.42
  • A new method for streamlining tree selection for streets and public properties, Apr,p.44
  • Big changes in electrical safety, Apr,p.50
  • Automated asset management systems, Apr,p.52
  • Establishing site expectations and developing maintenance programs for athletic fields, Apr,p.54
  • Things to keep in mind regarding ADA guidelines, Apr,p.59
  • Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition, Apr,p.61
  • Fighting an uphill battle: facility maintenance software eases the public works load, Apr,p.64
  • Ask Ann, Apr,p.92
  • President's Message, May,p.2
  • Center for Sustainability News, May,p.4
  • Council Corner, May,p.6
  • Kitsap County celebrates National Public Works Week!, May,p.8
  • National vision and big thinking necessary for America's twenty-first-century transportation infrastructure, May,p.12
  • How adopting the Envision rating system toolset can result in positive returns, May,p.16
  • First Envision-verified wastewater facility in north America, May,p.18
  • Anne-marie Marshall-Dody: A new degree of confidence, May,p.20
  • CSM: Provides me with tools and skills to excel, May,p.22
  • Elk Grove Village gets the job done through collaboration, May,p.24
  • DIVE IN: Diversity, Inclusion, Value, Educate, Improve, and Now, May,p.26
  • Public Works and Sustainable Coasts, May,p.28
  • Recognize Your Leaders, May,p.29
  • Imagination to Innovation, May,p.31
  • Public Works Institutes, May,p.32
  • Growing trees as part of wastewater treatment, May,p.34
  • Monetizing the triple bottom line, May,p.36
  • Improving subgrade strength using cement slurry paste, May,p.38
  • Hazard Mitigation Planning: A tool for a climate-resilient community, May,p.40
  • Roundabouts: The sustainable intersection choice, May,p.42
  • Shifting the North American infrastructure debate through an eco-assets strategy, May,p.48
  • Sustainable community in action: Tempe, Arizona's Clark Park Community Garden project, May,p.50
  • Smarter Water: Driving sustainability with infrastructure and information, May,p.52
  • Sustainability seminar provides a fresh breath of green practices in San Diego, May,p.55
  • 2015 Top Ten Public Works Leaders named, May,p.58
  • Ask Ann, May,p.64
  • President's Message, Jun,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Jun,p.4
  • Technical Committee News, Jun,p.8
  • Great projects abound in Arizona -- visit one as part of your 2015 Congress experience, Jun,p.10
  • Preserving the River of Grass, Jun,p.14
  • City of San Carlos, Public Works Inspector, Jun,p.18
  • Attracting and retaining young professionals, Jun,p.20
  • Imagination to Innovation, Jun,p.24
  • Public Works Institutes, Jun,p.26
  • International Idea Exchange, Jun,p.28
  • Managing the life of public works assets, Jun,p.30
  • The importance of weather to public works, Jun,p.32
  • What is the work of today's Civil Drafters?, Jun,p.36
  • Can we protect our electronic lifelines?, Jun,p.40
  • Ask Ann, Jun,p.44
  • President's Message, Jul,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Jul,p.6
  • Candidates for the APWA Board of Directors named, Jul,p.8
  • Technical Committee News, Jul,p.12
  • A grand time in Grand Rapids, Jul,p.14
  • Smooth Connection, Jul,p.18
  • National Public Works Week 2015 featured celebrations, increased outreach, and the new "Low & Slow Across America's Infrastructure Tour", Jul,p.21
  • Adding value to projects with Envision, Jul,p.24
  • Creative Stormwater Manager (CSM), Jul,p.28
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Jul,p.30
  • Imagination to Innovation, Jul,p.32
  • Public Works Institutes, Jul,p.33
  • International Idea Exchange, Jul,p.36
  • Increasing driver safety one traffic sign at a time, Jul,p.38
  • Impacts of transportation technology, Jul,p.42
  • Stakeholder Partnering: Transforming transportation at the local level, Jul,p.44
  • Pedestrian Safety: Make it personal to you!, Jul,p.47
  • The Atlanta Streetcar: A ride in the right direction, Jul,p.50
  • Renew Atlanta: Historic bond initiative transforms Atlanta's infrastructure, Jul,p.52
  • Exploring a road charge, Jul,p.54
  • APWA announces the 2015 Public Works Projects of the Year, Jul,p.56
  • Ask Ann, Jul,p.82
  • President's Message, Aug,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Aug,p.6
  • Technical Committee News, Aug,p.8
  • Herbert A. Goetsch, APWA Past President, dies at 96, Aug,p.10
  • Canadian Federal Elections: Parties focus on infrastructure spending as a key issue, Aug,p.12
  • Celebrating the CSM certification, Aug,p.14
  • Young Whippersnapper, Aug,p.16
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Aug,p.18
  • Awards 2015, Aug,p.20
  • Four options to attend Congress, Aug,p.33
  • Don't miss these at Congress!, Aug,p.34
  • Business Rocks: Establishing a successful business assistance program, Aug,p.36
  • Larry W. Frevert, APWA Past President, appointed as Interim Executive Director, Aug,p.38
  • Don't get tripped by hazardous sidewalks: mitigating risk by a systematic inspection and maintenance program, Aug,p.40
  • Stormwater: One community's story, Aug,p.44
  • Sustainable fleet replacement program made easy, Aug,p.46
  • Exploring the universe of solid waste conversion technologies, Aug,p.48
  • Connecting to the future: USDOT advancing connected vehicles, Aug,p.54
  • Creating a culture of innovation, Aug,p.56
  • Imagination to Innovation, Aug,p.62
  • Public Works Institutes, Aug,p.64
  • International Idea Exchange, Aug,p.68
  • An engineering disaster, 30 years in the making, Aug,p.72
  • Trenchless Trends: A growing industry, Aug,p.76
  • The One Call Center: A critical role in damage prevention, Aug,p.80
  • Downside to HDD excavation: Cross Bores, Aug,p.82
  • A compendium of maintenance challenges and solutions, Aug,p.84
  • ROW Management in the Year 2025: The Dream, Aug,p.88
  • Planning for the American Dream, Aug,p.94
  • El Paso shows results in achieving greater government efficiency, Aug,p.96
  • Top 10 list for capital budgeting, Aug,p.98
  • Construction observation can save you time and money, Aug,p.101
  • Fairfax County's next generation of public works engineers, Aug,p.103
  • Campus Consultation, Aug,p.106
  • Road redevelopment paves way for growth, sustainability, Aug,p.110
  • Evaluation of a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon system at Belmont Ridge Road and W&OD Trail mid-block crosswalk, Aug,p.114
  • Public waste recycling benefits private companies, Aug,p.118
  • Meeting today's asbestos challenge: how to ensure regulatory compliance, Aug,p.122
  • Smart Salt: Better outcomes, lower costs, Aug,p.125
  • The "Greater Public Good" and why public works infrastructure is underfunded, Aug,p.128
  • Creating an economic gateway between neighboring communities, Aug,p.130
  • How misguided legislators are impacting the engineering profession and specifications, Aug,p.134
  • Ask Ann, Aug,p.136
  • President's Message, Sep,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Sep,p.4
  • PWX Changing the Game, Sep,p.6
  • Technical Committee News, Sep,p.8
  • APWA's CSM designation: Getting over the mental hurdle to benefit your organization and community, Sep,p.10
  • Lane Changes, Sep,p.12
  • Making a commitment to our communities, Sep,p.16
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Sep,p.18
  • Imagination to Innovation, Sep,p.20
  • Public Works Institutes, Sep,p.22
  • International Idea Exchange, Sep,p.26
  • Succession planning in fleet management: our solution, Sep,p.32
  • City of Rochester Hills Department of Public Services: Shared Services Initiative, Sep,p.34
  • Responsible rates provide the means to having sustainable fleet budgets, Sep,p.40
  • A Tale of Two Systems, Sep,p.42
  • Fleet Outsourcing: An overview of one city's experience, Sep,p.44
  • City of Wilsonville CNG station development, Sep,p.46
  • Determining and budgeting for staff training, Sep,p.48
  • Aftermarket vs. Original Equipment Manufacturer parts and vehicle warranty, Sep,p.50
  • Ask Ann, Sep,p.52
  • President's Message, Oct,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Oct,p.8
  • Technical Committee News, Oct,p.10
  • Become a Certified Stormwater Manager, Oct,p.12
  • Winter maintenance is more than snowplows, Oct,p.14
  • New trench safety workshop for public works personnel a huge success, Oct,p.16
  • Diversity best practices as a process, Oct,p.20
  • Imagination to Innovation, Oct,p.24
  • Public Works Institutes, Oct,p.26
  • International Idea Exchange, Oct,p.30
  • Communication critical to a winter maintenance plan, Oct,p.34
  • Tracking the grand challenges in winter maintenance, Oct,p.38
  • Winter maintenance from a new perspective, Oct,p.40
  • Smart resource management for more effective and efficient winter operations, Oct,p.43
  • Swimming Upstream: The challenges encountered when implementing new ideas, Oct,p.46
  • Using training and technology to decrease salt usage, Oct,p.50
  • Ignorance is not bliss, Oct,p.54
  • Gambling against Mother Nature, Oct,p.58
  • Ask Ann, Oct,p.60
  • President's Message, Nov,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Nov,p.5
  • Council Corner, Nov,p.6
  • Renovating St. Paul's Union Depot, Nov,p.8
  • Oakwood Green: Blazing the trail for small city sustainability, Nov,p.10
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Nov,p.14
  • In the Community: Advocate for people with disabilities, Nov,p.16
  • Imagination to Innovation, Nov,p.19
  • Public Works Institutes, Nov,p.20
  • International Idea Exchange, Nov,p.23
  • The Phoenix Experience, Nov,p.24
  • CPWA at Congress 2015, Nov,p.36
  • Diversity: Alive and well at the 2015 Congress, Nov,p.40
  • Emerging Leaders are a presence at 2015 Congress, Nov,p.44
  • President's Message, Dec,p.2
  • Washington Insight, Dec,p.4
  • Technical Committee News, Dec,p.6
  • Minnesota Chapter welcomes you to the first-ever PWX, Dec,p.8
  • APWA's Chapter Relations Department: Supporting and strengthening chapters, Dec,p.10
  • Making a visible improvement to our communities, Dec,p.12
  • Meet your APWA National Diversity Liaisons, Dec,p.14
  • Great roads become great history, Dec,p.18
  • Recognize Your Leaders, Dec,p.20
  • Imagination to Innovation, Dec,p.25
  • Public Works Institutes, Dec,p.26
  • International Idea Exchange, Dec,p.29
  • Succession Planning: Responsibility, Dec,p.32
  • Succession Planning: Developing your "farm team", Dec,p.34
  • Succession Planning: Case studies, Dec,p.40
  • Succession Planning: Documenting using APWA's accreditation program, Dec,p.42
  • Question 17, Dec,p.44
  • The Airing of Grievances: An unconventional approach to communication, Dec,p.46
  • Ask Ann, Dec,p.50