May Newsline: FCC Submits Broadband Changes, Aurora Plans Sewer Improvements, Sustainability New Goal For Public Works

May 2010 Vol. 65 No. 5

According to guidelines for controlling I&I, it should not exceed 200 gdp (gallons per day) per inch-diameter mile. For Minnesota, the requirement is 100 gpd per inch diameter mile.

Clearly, the city of Pipestone is in need of more pipe repair due to a severe I&I problem. The average I&I between 1995 and 2000 was 972 gpd per inch-diameter mile; for the period between 2000 and 2008, the average was 856 gpd per inch-diameter mile, with further reductions recorded for 2009.

Alaska construction jobs on rise, other states bleak
Construction employment in 49 states and the District of Columbia declined between February 2009 and February 2010 according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. As construction job losses extend into their third year, the new data highlights the need to expand the Build America Bond program, trade group officials noted.

The bonds, which were first made available as part of the stimulus, have already been used to provide over $70 billion to finance 834 different infrastructure projects.
“In terms of boosting employment, supporting the economy and repairing our aging infrastructure, infrastructure bonds are about as low hanging fruit as you get,” said Stephen Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Expanding these programs won’t fix all our problems, but it will give workers new opportunities and our businesses a competitive edge.”

The report shows that Alaska was the only state to see an increase in construction employment (0.6 percent, 100 jobs) between February 2009 and February 2010. Nevada (27.8 percent, 26,400 jobs); D.C. (25 percent, 3,200 jobs); Missouri (21.8 percent, 27,600 jobs); Colorado (20.9 percent, 30,300 jobs); and Arizona (20.9 percent, 30,600 jobs) experienced the largest percentage declines in construction employment for the year. California (119,900 jobs, 17.7 percent) experienced the largest decline in the number of construction employment.