Bridges, Culverts, and Fords: A Ditch in Time — Reprised!

In my November/December 2011 column, we looked at roadway drainage, focusing mostly on how water gets from the road surface and then how it’s conveyed in ditches parallel to the roadway. Since we only brushed the surface on how water gets from one side of the road to the other, a more detailed look at that is in order.

Building Principles: Wisdom Overhead

American poet and diplomat James Russell Lowell is quoted as saying, “Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.” Beyond politics, that’s an exceptional concept and a worthy approach to many facilities topics. Even more to the point this month, it’s also been said that without a weather-tight roof, everything beneath is in jeopardy.

Public Lands Use - Resources for Camps

Use of public lands and waters is essential for many camp programs.  It is estimated that at least 9 percent of all camps use public lands and waters for at least a portion of their program. ACA partners with government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels to achieve our common goal of increasing access to public lands for young people and of helping to inspire an environmental ethic among campers and staff.

How Safe Property Enhances the Camp Experience

In order to have camp, we need our camps to be safe and whole. Maintaining safe camp property is integral to a positive camp experience. Learn more about keeping your facilities safe so that you can keep your campers happy.  In this webinar, we will provide resources and best practices, answer your questions, and discuss the following topics: fire prevention, slip and fall prevention, bed bugs, and architectural design for abuse prevention.


Developing procedures for maintaining vehicles, selecting drivers, handling emergencies and controlling on-site traffic as well as liability issues related to transportation.

Radon Contamination - Regulations Applicable to Camps

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and an important national public health issue.  If your camp has buildings, you should be familiar with the issues related to radon.

New Rules for Lead-based Paint Abatement - Applicability to Camps

NEW RULE IN EFFECT APRIL 22, 2010 - It is important to recognize that this is a new regulation which, like every new rule, is subject to different interpretations by different people.  This information is no substitute for a site-specific evaluation and regional interpretation by professionals like an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified renovator, your engineer, and your attorney.  Under the authority of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the EPA has issued a final ruling that took effect April 22, 2010, regarding lead-based paint hazards created