Author Archives: Lam Pham

Member Spotlight: Florissant Water and Sanitation District

Cynthia Russel of Florissant Water and Sanitation District recently partnered with environmental engineer Adam Sommers to give us insight into this district’s unique challenges and achievements. FWSD’s candor and willingness to share their inspirational story of overcoming past ordeals to detailing the financial challenges they face as a small district is inspirational.

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Member Spotlight: Grand River Mosquito Control District

We had the privilege of interviewing district manager Tim Moore about some of Grand River’s procedures, concerns, and preemptive measures. We believe other members can learn from their efforts as we have.

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Plugging Into the Future

As the state continues to move away from fossil fuel dependency, we can only imagine that electric vehicles and charging stations will gain even more traction with businesses and homeowners. The Denver area alone has over 150 charging stations and that number is expected to continue to grow rapidly over the next several years as electric cars go from niche to common.

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It Came From Your Email

This data breach isn’t the only major cyber crime to severely impact millions of lives this year. In late June, multiple companies across the world were under siege by a virus that effectively shut down computers and extorted money.

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Stay Cool by Avoiding Heat-Related Illness

We have compiled a list of guidelines for those who work outdoors on how to identify and respond to different heat-related illnesses. These guidelines are based on OSHA safety recommendations, and more detailed information can be found on their website.

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War Games

Many large-scale cyber threats demonstrate the deceptively simple techniques hackers often employ to infiltrate our computers and steal our information: requests from a stranger on your social media, the stray USB drive on the floor, and the email you failed to scrutinize before opening.

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Your Brains, Mechanical Brawn

For the past several years, numerous companies have been developing and manufacturing exoskeletons, which are wearable robotics designed to enhance human strength and endurance with hydraulics or motors.

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Start Your Engines

Self-driving cars have had a storied history in film and television, stretching as far back as the early 1980s. From Knight Rider and Timecop to Minority Report and I, Robot, the autonomous vehicle has long established itself as a common trope in the science fiction genre, and continues to capture our imagination today. However, in the past decade, this particular fantasy is rapidly becoming a tangible reality.

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Handle Your Scandal

Negative publicity can irreversibly damage a person or organization’s reputation depending on the severity of the situation, rendering the process of regaining the community’s trust nearly impossible. Given the omnipresence of social media and Internet access, bad press is guaranteed to travel far and fast.

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Someone Got Their Hands in Your Cookie Jars?

Embezzlement remains a big problem for districts of all sizes. So, what can your district do to safeguard against embezzlement?

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