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Oroville Dam Emergency Illustrates Challenges for U.S. Dam Infrastructure

This aerial view from a California Department of Water Resources drone shows water flowing from the Lake Oroville flood control spillway at 55,000 cubic feet per second on February 11, 2017. Photo by California Department of Water Resources. By Ellen Faulkner, PE The drought emergency is over for most of California, thanks to winter rains… Read More »

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ADA Requires Park Designs to Keep People with Disabilities in Mind

By Blake Theisen and Travis Schroeder The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, providing comprehensive civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, and state and local government facilities. Title II of the ADA protects qualified individuals from disability-based discrimination in programs,… Read More »

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Painting the Town Red: What Colors Tell Us About Underground Utilities

With spring setting in and the construction season beginning in earnest, you may notice some “graffiti” marking up a sidewalk, intersection, or lawn in your neighborhood. The varied paint colors (often accompanied by bouquets of small flags) may just seem like clutter as you move past. But for those who will be digging there soon,… Read More »

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