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Michael Grass

Executive Editor Michael Grass, who joined the Government Executive Media Group in June 2014, is the founding co-editor of DCist.com and worked as a copy editor at Roll Call, local and online editor at The Washington Post's Express newspaper, deputy managing editor at The New York Observer's Politicker.com, deputy managing editor at Washington City Paper and the D.C., Maryland and Virginia local editor for The Huffington Post. He also managed a non-profit network of state-based policy news sites in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and New Mexico.
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A Bird’s-Eye View of a Bad Wildfire Season in the West

July 30, 2017 Flying from Los Angeles to Seattle on Friday afternoon, it was abundantly clear that the 2017 wildfire season in Western states is fully underway: It was easy to spot blazes on the trip north, including a fire in the vicinity of the California-Nevada border north of Reno. Although the Long...

New Mapping Tool Helps Chattanoogans Explore Their City’s Data

July 19, 2017 In civic tech circles, Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been known as a pioneering city when it comes to building the Western Hemisphere’s first 10-gigabit-per-second fiber network accessible to every home and business in the city. But Tennessee’s fourth most-populous city has also been known for being an early municipal leader in...

The Tech That Helps San Francisco Process Its Wastewater

July 18, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO — In a long concrete tunnel somewhere underneath the Southeast Treatment Plant campus, there’s a collection of labeled parallel pipes: One of the larger gray pipes is for “Primary Scum” with a directional arrow pointing left. Two other smaller gray pipes, also with left-pointing arrows, are for “Sludge,...

Oregon’s DOT Cleans Up Slimy Mess From a Korean Delicacy

July 13, 2017 The Oregon Department of Transportation and local authorities in Depoe Bay responded to an unusual roadway spill Thursday on U.S. 101: a truck full of eel-like creatures—or more precisely hagfish, sometimes called slime eels—overturned its cargo. The hagfish, a delicacy in Korea, covered Oregon’s scenic coastal highway near milepost 131...

Keeping the Nation’s Busiest Locks Running Strong for Another Hundred Years

July 11, 2017 SEATTLE — Under mostly sunny skies, two military jets flew over the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks on July Fourth to mark the centennial celebration of the nation’s busiest set of locks, which connect the saltwater of Puget Sound with the freshwater Lake Washington and its ship canal. The Ballard Locks,...

A Long-Haul Rail Journey on a Train Trump Wants to Eliminate

June 30, 2017 ABOARD THE CAPITOL LIMITED — Things weren’t going according to plan on this long-distance overnight Amtrak train route connecting Washington, D.C., and Chicago last week Thursday. Amtrak Train 29 left Washington Union Station about 10 minutes late and the café car ran out of Heineken by the time it arrived...

In Madison, a Low-Tech Idea to Use Buses as a Traffic Enforcement Tool

June 19, 2017 The idea of deploying public vehicle fleets with technology like cameras and license-plate scanners is not a new one. From public works vehicles in Washington, D.C., deployed with automatic license plate readers to school buses in Mercer Island, Washington, equipped with stop-arm enforcement cameras, local governments are extending the reach...

When 100,000 People Suddenly Swarm a Rural City of 6,500 Residents

June 14, 2017 “The Geography of Disaster Risk and Resiliency in America” is an ongoing series of Route Fifty dispatches that's part of a larger forthcoming ebook providing snapshots of the very real dangers and disruptions that emergency planners, first responders, public officials and other stakeholders face, plus the strategies and technologies helping...

Route Fifty Navigator Award Nominations Deadline Extended

June 13, 2017 Our team here at Route Fifty is excited to review submissions for the second annual Navigator Awards program, where we will feature 50 individual and team finalists who have demonstrated their abilities to implement a great idea that improves public sector services and the state and local communities they serve....

Cuomo Dispatches Portable Dams to Fend Off Lake Ontario Flooding in Upstate New York

June 13, 2017 The International Joint Commission, the board jointly run by the U.S. and Canada to control water levels in the Great Lakes, announced on Wednesday it would immediately increase the amount of water flowing out from Lake Ontario through the St. Lawrence River. In the Great Lakes, a wet spring has...