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Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The population of the city of San Antonio has quietly grown to make this pleasant south Texas city the second largest city in the state and seventh largest in the U.S. With a population of more than 1.3 million, San Antonio ranks just behind Houston and ahead of Dallas in population.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

The economic stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on Feb. 17 will unleash a national flood of wastewater and drinking water construction funds with the $4 billion and $2 billion emergency appropriations for the federal Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs).

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

Industry execs with good luck in Vegas might want to put some money down on President Obama eventually eliminating the “acting” adjective he put in front of the title of new FERC “Chairman” Jon Wellinghoff.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

The stimulus posturing, debating and finagling is now over, a done deal. The dye is cast as to how the money is being allocated; now states/agencies begin the mad dash to grab their fair share of the money. About the only thing undecided at the Federal level is who is going to pay for all this . . .

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Over the past several years, foreign-born workers have played an increasingly important role on most types of construction projects, including utility construction.

As California’s drought worsens, Escondido city officials are considering exploring a new technology that transforms sewer water into clean drinking water.

Traci Read, Senior Editor

When it comes to the promotion of rehabilitation technology, the tireless efforts of Joseph G. Majdalani have earned him the honor of Most Valuable Professional for 2009 from the Gulf Coast Trenchless Association and Underground Construction magazine.

Traci Read, Senior Editor

The year 2008 proved to be another strong year of growth and expansion past the nation’s borders for the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), reports Piero Salvo, who completed his two-year term as NASTT chairperson at the end of January.

Rita Tubb, Managing Editor

Underground Construction’s latest survey figures indicate gas utility spending to serve new customers and rehabilitate, repair and replace the nation’s mains and services, meters, valves, regulator, cathodic protection, SCADA networks and peak shaving facility will total about $12.1 billion in 2009, compared to $11.9 billion in 2008.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

A last-minute rule from the Bush administration limits the ability of federal wildlife officials and environmentalists to throw a monkey wrench into an application for construction of new gas transmission lines and LNG facilities.

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