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  • How many People In Calif. have flood ins.?

    I watch the news, there is a woman being rescued from the 2016-2017 flooding, she’s sitting in a rowboat crying “I LOST EVERYTHING”

    MAJOR STORMS 2016-2017 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAS CAUSED THE WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE.

    How much does it cost a homeowner to replace everything?

    FEMA REPORTS THAT AS LITTLE AS 2 INCHES OF FLOODWATER IN A 1,000 SQUARE FOOT HOME CAN CAUSE AS MUCH AS $10,000 IN DAMAGE.

    I research online, document and post on this website

    How many people have flood Insurance in California and Nevada?

    California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program …

    https://californiawaterblog.com/…/californiaflood-risk-and-the-national-floodinsura

    DEC 14, 2016 – The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework … Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of … annual policies since 1994, and records of properties with multiple payouts … Statewide, roughly 7 million people and $580 billion in buildings, public …

    The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) IS NOW $20 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. The last time I researched NFIP  circa 2012, it was $18 BILLION DOLLARS UNDERWATER.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017

    ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR DISASTER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

    AND WITH A CHALLENGING CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION DISCUSSION LOOMING IN 2017 – WE RECOMMEND A CAREFUL LOOK AT CALIFORNIA’S PLACE IN THE NFIP.  IN PARTICULAR, CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, and this debate promises to be lively.  The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at UC Davis has been analyzing NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA. (the sanctuary state?)

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    CALIFORNIA FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER

    Water Conditions: Declaration – California Department of Water …

    www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/declaration.cfm

    California’s ongoing response to its five-year drought has been guided by a series of … PROCLAMATION OF A CONTINUED STATE OF EMERGENCY, April 25, 2014:

    Executive Order B-36-15, November 13, 2015:
    This executive order called for additional actions to build on the State’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery efforts FROM 2015’S DEVASTATING WILDFIRES.

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    Emergency crews rush to rescue people stranded in Nev., Calif. flooding

    www.cbsnews.com/…/floodingcalifornia-nevada-emergency-crews-rush-to-rescue-pe…

    3 days ago – … NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAS CAUSED THE WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE. … to stay home Monday after he declared a state of emergency.

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    States of Emergency Declared for Several Areas in Northern Nevad …

    www.ktvn.com/story/…/local-leaders-discuss-preparations-for-potential-flooding4

    6 days ago – Governor Sandoval has declared a state of emergency due to the severe … Please check http://www.nevadafloods.org for more flood safety …

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    HOW MANY PEOPLE IN NEVADA HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE?

    NEVADA IS THE DRIEST STATE IN THE NATION.

    2012 Nevada Flood Insurance Facts as Reported by FEMA

    • There are currently about 14,300 flood insurance policies in effect in this state.
    • Less than 2% of Nevada residents have flood insurance.
    • NV residents filed only nine flood insurance claims in 2012.
    • These claims resulted in $51,651 in compensation paid to policyholders.
    • That equates to an average of about $5,739 per claim.

     Find Flood Insurance Savings in Nevada | Trusted Choice

    https://www.trustedchoice.com/l/nevada/floodinsurance/

    LESS THAN 2% OF NEVADA RESIDENTS HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE. … BECAUSE NEVADA IS A VERY DRY STATE, many people assume it has no risk of floods. However, floods …

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    El Dorado County declares state of emergency due to weather

    www.abc10.com/news/local/el-dorado-county…state-of-emergency…/384925053

    2 days ago – A local state of emergency has been declared by El Dorado County(California) Tuesday evening due to … Kyburz Drive – Closed road with debris blocking the culvert and creating flooding

    Major storm hits California and Nevada, significant flooding expected

    https://watchers.news/2017/01/09/storm-floodcalifornia-nevada-january2017/

    MAJOR STORM HITS CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA, significant flooding expected. Posted by TW on JANUARY 09, 2017 in categories Featured articles, Floods, Landslide, Severe …. 72 hours of rainfall accumulation ending 12:00 UTC on JANUARY 9, 2017.

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    History matters.

    UPDATED: JANUARY 7, 2017

    With one of the biggest storms in years set to hit Northern California this weekend, we headed to The Chronicle’s archive to find photos and stories from the infamous New Year’s storm of 1997 that walloped the region 20 years ago.

    The flooding’s toll came to eight dead, $1.8 billion in economic losses, 23,000 homes destroyed, and 2,000 businesses damaged or decimated. FORTY-EIGHT COUNTIES WERE DECLARED DISASTER AREAS, INCLUDING ALL 46 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

    Stunning photos from Northern California’s great flood of 1997 – San …

    www.sfchronicle.com/…/Stunning-photos-from-Northern-California-s-10840843.php

    Stunning photos from NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S GREAT FLOOD OF 1997. By Bill Van Niekerken. January 7, 2017 UPDATED: JANUARY 7, 2017 7:00am. Home owners on their …

    More than 100,000 Central Valley residents fled towns and farms, bracing for a wall of runoff flowing down from the Sierra. The National Weather Service ranks this as one of the five most disastrous weather events to hit California in the 1900s.

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    I research online and document

    History matters.

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    DEC 14, 2016

    CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION

    “THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF LEVEES … “THOSE THAT HAVE FAILED AND THOSE THAT WILL FAIL”

    Which begs the question….

    HOW MANY DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED IN CALIFORNIA?

    NATIONWIDE, MORE THAN 1,300 DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AS OF 2015.

    MOST OF THOSE DAMS (NEARLY 850) WERE REMOVED IN THE PAST 20 YEARS

     JUST SAYING AND ASKING?

    WHERE IS THE EXTENSIVE LIST OF THE DEVASTATION FOR FLOODING AND DROUGHT TO PUBLIC, PERSONAL AND PROPERTY AND LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE CAUSED BY THE REMOVAL OF THOSE DAMS?

    THIS APPROACH HAS MAJOR CHALLENGES, WITH IMPLICATIONS BOTH FOR CALIFORNIA AND NATIONWIDE THAT SHOULD BE EXPLORED.

    A full list of dams removed from 1999 to 2015 can be found here.

    AMERICAN RIVERS IS THE ONLY ORGANIZATION MAINTAINING A RECORD OF DAM REMOVALS IN THE UNITED STATES.

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    Klamath River Dam Removal: A Glimpse into the Future – OARS

    https://www.oars.com/blog/klamathriverdamremoval/

    The Klamath River dam removal project is poised to be the largest in history. Here’s what that means for the future of the river

    THE FUTURE OF PEOPLE AMERICAN CITIZENS BE  DAMNED…

    JUST RIP DOWN FOUR MORE DAMS ON THE KALMATH RIVER

    This Will Be the Biggest Dam-Removal Project in History

    news.nationalgeographic.com/…/160411-klamath-glen-canyon-damremoval-video-a…

    APR 11, 2016 – Federal officials, the states of Oregon and California, and the utility PacifiCorp

    NATIONWIDE, MORE THAN 1,300 DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AS OF 2015. … “Many people have benefited from the development and changes at the …

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    AND MANY PEOPLE HAVE NOT. period

    The removal of  two dams on the Elwha River in WA State  2011-2014 “WAS”  previously the biggest dam removal in History.

    Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

    Posted on January 11, 2017 4:26 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed

    A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE

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    THE FUTURE OF TAXPAYING HOME OWNING AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    THE FUTURE OF PEOPLE AMERICAN CITIZENS BE  DAMNED…

    JUST RIP DOWN FOUR MORE DAMS ON THE KALMATH RIVER

    California’s Flood Future – California Department of Water Resources

    www.water.ca.gov › Flood Topics › FloodSAFE California › Newsletters

    As part of the public comment period for California’s Flood Future, DWR and USACE … In addition to tragic loss of life, flooding in California can have a serious …

    Key findings from California’s Flood Future include:

    • CALIFORNIA IS AT CATASTROPHIC RISK FOR DEVASTATING FLOODS.California’s diverse geography contributes to the state’s significant flood risk. In many regions, peak flows — the largest volume of water flowing per second through a water system — occur in a very short time frame, which spells disaster.
    • Flooding is a statewide problem. Every California county has experienced a federally declared flood disaster in the past 20 years. Counties with relatively low risk for a major flood event would be impacted by the results of a catastrophic flood elsewhere in the state, when employment centers, transportation facilities, utilities and the economy are affected.
    • THE IMPACTS OF A MAJOR FLOOD WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO CALIFORNIA AND TO THE NATION.In addition to tragic loss of life, flooding in California can have a serious impact on its economy and environmental resources. A major flood in California, which has one of the world’s largest economies, will have an unprecedented impact on the national economy as well. With many more people and structures per square mile in California’s urban areas, the state would likely see much higher recovery costs from a major flood than the $110 billion that has been spent on recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita or the $60 billion that has been appropriated for recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

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    California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program …

    https://californiawaterblog.com/…/californiaflood-risk-and-the-national-floodinsura

    DEC 14, 2016 – The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework … Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of … annual policies since 1994, and records of properties with multiple payouts … Statewide, roughly 7 million people and $580 billion in buildings, public …

    by Nicholas Pinter, Rui Hui, and Kathy Schaefer

    ACROSS THE US AND WORLDWIDE, FLOODING IS THE DEADLIEST AND MOST COSTLY NATURAL DISASTER.  The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework for reducing flood losses, but currently the best we’ve got.  NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, and this debate promises to be lively.  The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at UC Davis has been analyzing NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA.

    Over the history of NFIP, California is one of a few states that has – through dry years and wet – received only a small fraction of payments from NFIP compared to the premiums it has paid in.  Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of premiums collected (compared to 560% for the biggest recipient state, Mississippi).  For California, this imbalance exceeds $3 billion (2015 dollars) over 21 years, funds that could have been invested in risk-reduction, floodplain management, and reduced premiums.

    California has unparalleled expertise and a culture of progressive solutions for managing its flood risk; the state also has unique needs and intense pressures looking forward.  WITH THE US NFIP FACING AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE – >$20 BILLION IN DEBT, AND WITH A CHALLENGING CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION DISCUSSION LOOMING IN 2017 – we recommend a careful look at California’s place in the NFIP.  In particular, CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION.  Properly implemented, a state-based insurance program and proactive flood mitigation strategies could synergistically benefit the environment, agriculture, recreation, and water resources.  THIS APPROACH HAS MAJOR CHALLENGES, WITH IMPLICATIONS BOTH FOR CALIFORNIA AND NATIONWIDE THAT SHOULD BE EXPLORED.

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    THE GREAT FLOOD IN CALIFORNIA.; Great Destruction of Property Damage $10,000,000.

    The destruction of property was terrible. The water came so rapidly that most people had not more than an hour’s warning of the danger.

    Men, women, and children had stayed in houses thinking there was no danger; and when the flood rose they could not get away. Some of these houses were carried off, and boats were sent after them to rescue the human freight.

    And now, on the morning of the 9th of November,

    HERE CAME “THE AMERICAN RIVER” WITH A FLOOD THAT COVERED THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

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    HMMM… WHAT’S IN A NAME?

    “AMERICAN RIVERS” IS THE ONLY ORGANIZATION MAINTAINING A RECORD OF DAM REMOVALS IN THE UNITED STATES.

    Map of U.S. Dams Removed Since 1916 | American Rivers

    https://www.americanrivers.org/threats-solutions/…damaged-rivers/damremoval-map/

    We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we can find, and this map is a graphic representation of our long-standing research.

    A full list of dams removed from 1999 to 2015 can be found here.

    “AMERICAN RIVERS” WANT THIS MAP TO BE A GREAT TOOL, SO IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION TO UPDATE ANY PROJECT (OR TO ADD A MISSING PROJECT), let us know.

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    History matters… HISTORY REPEATS ITS SELF

    THE GREAT FLOOD IN CALIFORNIA.; Great Destruction of Property Damage $10,000,000.

    www.nytimes.com/…/the-great-flood-in-california-great-destruction-of-property-dam…

     Published: January 21, 1862

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    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S GREAT FLOOD OF 1997

    More than 100,000 Central Valley residents fled towns and farms, bracing for a wall of runoff flowing down from the Sierra. The National Weather Service ranks this as one of the five most disastrous weather events to hit California in the 1900s.

    The flooding’s toll came to eight dead, $1.8 billion in economic losses, 23,000 homes destroyed, and 2,000 businesses damaged or decimated. FORTY-EIGHT COUNTIES WERE DECLARED DISASTER AREAS, INCLUDING ALL 46 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

    UPDATED: JANUARY 7, 2017

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    HISTORY REPEATS ITS SELF 1862 – 1997

     MAJOR STORMS 2016-2017 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAS CAUSED THE WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE.

    Powerhouse storm to blast California, catastrophic floods possible

    www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/01/06/california-rain…floods…/96251880/

    6 days ago – Record flooding is possible this weekend across drought-plagued California due to a powerhouse storm that’s forecast to slam into the state. … Much more than usual rain will pelt the state: The amount of rain that’s predicted …

     


  • Jan 9, 2017 Weather 6 Degrees of Separation?

    NOAA’S SITE SAYS THAT ALMOST 60% OF THE U.S. IS SNOW-COVERED NOW

    SNOW IS ON THE GROUND IN 49 OF 50 STATES.

    ACCORDING TO A NATIONAL SNOW COVER MAP PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA).

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    Weather Six Degrees of Separation?

    1. Global Warming?
    2. Climate Change?
    3. Conflict of Whether?
    4. Melting
    5. Flooding – Drought
    6. Predicting

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    Snow is on the ground in 49 of 50 states – USA Today

    Doyle Rice , USA TODAY Published 8:28 a.m. ET JAN. 9, 2017 | Updated 15 minutes ago

    www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/01/09/snow-cover-map/96337102/

    1 hour ago – Only Florida is snow free, according to a national snow cover map … Floridians, start your gloating: SNOW IS ON THE GROUND IN 49 OF 50 STATES. Only Florida is snow free, ACCORDING TO A NATIONAL SNOW COVER MAP PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA).

    The weekend winter storm dumped snow and ice in a stripe from the Deep South to the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast. Some of the highest snow totals included 19.5 inches in East Bridgewater, Mass., and a foot in Mount Airy, N.C.

    And yes, there is snow on the peaks of the volcanoes in Hawaii, as seen in the photo below of Mauna Kea, taken Sunday afternoon.

    Overall, NOAA’S SITE SAYS THAT ALMOST 60% OF THE U.S. IS SNOW-COVERED NOW. (Though some of the white on the map in the South is most likely ice, or sleet. BUT IT’S COLD, FROZEN AND WHITE, NONETHELESS.)

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    California winter storm live updates – LA Times

    www.latimes.com/…/california/la-me-live-winter-weather-california20170106-htmlst…

    4 hours ago – A string of winter storms is expected to bring up to 20 feet of fresh snow to Mammoth Mountain. The winter weather is also bringing some more much-needed rain to other parts of California. … Ten homes in the Carmel Valley were partly flooded late Sunday after a nearby river swelled …

    Jan. 9, 2017, 3:16 a.m.

    A string of winter storms is expected to bring up to 20 feet of fresh snow to Mammoth Mountain.

    The winter weather is also bringing some more much-needed rain to other parts of California.

    Officials say that if these wet conditions extend into the spring, 2017 could prove a turning point for the epic, years-long drought in the state.

    See photos>>

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    INTERESTING… conflict of interest

    CONSIDERING THE FIFTEEN YEAR DROUGHT IN CALIF, WHILE FARMERS PRAYED “GOD HELP US”

    JAN 4, 2017 MOTHER NATURE STARTED HELPING AND YOU CAN ALREADY SEE.

    26 TO 48 INCHES OF SNOW THAT MOTHER NATURE HAS BROUGHT US!

    A MAMMOTH MEGA-STORM IS  EXPECT TO DROP UP TO 20 FEET SNOW IN THE SIERRA MOUNTAINS.

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    HMMM… SNOW COULD AFFECT NORMAL SKI RESORT OPERATION?

    Mammoth mega-storm expected to drop up to 20 feet; ‘God help us’

    It’s snowing in the Sierra. It started snowing Jan. 4, and you can already see what Mother Nature has wrought.

    Chris ErskineContact Reporter

    Another blizzard swept Mammoth Mountain on Wednesday, the precursor to a string of storms expected to bring up to 20 feet of fresh snow in the next 10 days, the resort says.

    Since Tuesday, 26 to 48 inches of fresh snow had fallen, with the deepest totals at the summit. Plows were working furiously to keep lots and streets clear.

    Normal resort operations could be affected as personnel struggle to deal with the snow.

    The cause of the snow? One of those “atmospheric rivers” that forecasters refer to in particularly generous storms like this. In the next week and a half, the Sierra resort is expecting three of those wet cycles.

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    JAN. 9, 2017  NOAA’S SITE SAYS THAT ALMOST 60% OF THE U.S. IS SNOW-COVERED NOW SNOW IS ON THE GROUND IN 49 OF 50 STATES. (IT’S COLD, FROZEN AND WHITE)

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    WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

    DEC 14, 2016

    NOAA Issues ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Assessment on ‘Unprecedented’ Arctic …

    Common Dreams (press release)-DEC 14, 2016

    NOAA Issues ‘JAW-DROPPING’ ASSESSMENT ON ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ ARCTIC WARMING … Card from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) may well provide the ignition. … RECORD LOW SNOW COVER: Spring snow cover set a record low in the … (map) Temperatures across the Arctic from October …

    NOAA reveals the top of the world is heating up TWICE as fast as the …
    In-Depth-Daily Mail-Dec 13, 2016

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    JAN. 9, 2017

    Life-threatening flooding problems to mount as storm train aims for …

    CALIFORNIA…..

    www.accuweather.com/…/floodingproblems-to-mount-as-stormtrainaims-for-califo

    1 hour ago – LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING will continue to wallop northern and central California into the middle of the week. Several moisture-laden storms will …

    Life-threatening flooding problems to mount as storm train aims for California

    By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist

    January 09, 2017, 10:00:39 AM EST

    Excessive rain to trigger flooding, mudslides

    Cumulative rainfall into midweek could surpass a foot across the northern California coast ranges and west-facing slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Two to 8 inches of rain are expected across the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.

     “THE SIEGE OF STORMS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO WIPE OUT OR GREATLY ERASE THE LONG-TERM DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN THE REGION,” ACCUWEATHER SENIOR METEOROLOGIST ALEX SOSNOWSKI SAID.

    The rain will have a hard time absorbing into the soil with each passing storm. AS A RESULT, INCIDENTS OF URBAN FLOODING, RIVER FLOODING, MUDSLIDES AND ROCK SLIDES WILL ONLY INCREASE INTO MIDWEEK.

    Significant flooding, mudslides and rock slides were reported shortly after the first wave of rain moved ashore on Sunday.

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    JUN 28, 2013

    Behind My Back | Flooding is a Dam Shame

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/06/28/flooding-is-a-damshame/

    JUN 28, 2013DROUGHT IS A DAM  SHAME CHINA WAS SO DAM SMART THAT THEY BUILT THE BIGGEST DAM IN THE WORLD. HE WHO CONTROLS …

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    Klamath River, CA (96050) Forecast | Weather Underground

    https://www.wunderground.com/us/ca/klamathriver

    Klamath River, CA. 7:15 AM PST on January 08, 2017 (GMT …. Jan. 08, 2017, Rise, Set … Landslides and debris flows are possible during this flood event. People… … produce very steep seas of 9 to 13 feet at around 10 seconds this afternoon …

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    APRIL 14, 2016 EMAIL FROM SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL

     She’s Just saying… DROUGHT IS A  SHAME

    An unprecedented drought last year and 15 YEARS OF DROUGHT ACROSS THE AMERICAN WEST have demonstrated the need to rethink U.S. water management for the 21st Century. Since 1980, droughts have cost the United States more than $200 billion. The drought last year caused widespread and serious impacts for communities, agriculture, industry and the environment. As drought is predicted to continue in the coming years and as communities throughout the United States face significant water-security challenges, it is a crucial time to evaluate and develop new strategies at the national level.

    Just saying…Senator Cantwell does not mention the removal of Dams or Flooding, period

    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE.

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    JANUARY 9, 2017

    Hundreds Evacuated As Worst Flooding In a Decade Hits California …

    https://weather.com/news/weather/news/atmospheric-river-california-impacts

    2 hours ago – Hundreds have been evacuated as flooding hits California, Nevada. … Ian Schwartz (@SchwartzTV) JANUARY 9, 2017 … Sunday on flooded roads as heavy rains from the massive winter storm moved into Northern California.

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    Behind My Back | A DAM shame drought and flooding

    www.behindmyback.org/category/a-damshamedrought-and-flooding/

    Apr 17, 2016 – Drought and Flooding in U.S.A are a DAM shame. APRIL 14, 2016 … www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotus-water-runs-down-hill/. Sep 4 …

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    MAY 25, 2015

    Behind My Back | Past and Present Drought in WA State

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/05/25/history-current-drought-in-wa-state/

    MAY 25, 2015 – My website, behindmyback.org, is dedicated to investigating, researching, … This entry was posted in A DAM shame drought and flooding, …

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    JUN 19, 2015

    The UN Is Planning to Migrate Americans From California, Followed …

    www.thecommonsenseshow.com/…/the-un-is-planning-to-migrate-americans-from-ca…

    by L Wilson – ‎Related articles

    JUN 19, 2015Petersen, Rear Adm Sigmund. “NOAA Moves Toward The 21st Century.” The Military Engineer 20, no. 571 (June-July 1995). AF2025 v3c15-7 …

    The United States Drought Monitor map is showing that 78% of the state(CALIFORNIA) is currently experiencing an “exceptional drought” stage. This represents a 22% increase from just a year ago.

    Droughts can prove devastating to a community as widespread crop and pasture losses and shortages of water in reservoirs, streams and wells accompany drought conditions.

    Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show – Freeing America – One …

    snippet

    Amazingly, Lynne Wilson serves on THE CLIMATE CHANGE DELEGATION IN THE UNITED NATIONS. This fact makes Wilson’s statement that

    CIVILIZATIONS IN THE PAST HAVE HAD TO MIGRATE OUT OF AREAS OF DROUGHT. WE MAY HAVE TO MIGRATE PEOPLE OUT OF CALIFORNIA”,

    to be very suspect with regard to moving Americans out of California

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    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE.

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    Map of U.S. Dams Removed Since 1916 | American Rivers

    https://www.americanrivers.org/threats-solutions/…damaged-rivers/damremoval-map/

    A full list of dams removed from 1999 to 2015 can be found here.

    AMERICAN RIVERS IS THE ONLY ORGANIZATION MAINTAINING A RECORD OF DAM REMOVALS IN THE UNITED STATES

    AMERICAN RIVERS CONTRIBUTED FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT IN MANY OF THE REMOVALS. Working in a variety of functions with partner organizations throughout the country.

    Communities in 18 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, there were 51 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2013, American Rivers announced today.


  • FEMA’S $24 Billion Dollar Debt

    FEMA’S  $24 BILLION DOLLAR DEBT

    BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED  HISTORY OF FEMA

    APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016

    FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program.

    OTHER PROGRAMS Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) PREVIOUSLY ADMINISTERED HAVE SINCE BEEN INTERNALIZED OR SHIFTED UNDER DIRECT DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CONTROL.

    AFTER FEMA’S CREATION THROUGH REORGANIZATION AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS, CONGRESS CONTINUED TO EXPAND FEMA’S AUTHORITY BY ASSIGNING RESPONSIBILITIES TO IT.

    CONGRESS FUNDED the Federal Emergency Management Agency THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

    TODAY FEMA EXISTS AS A MAJOR AGENCY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE Secretary of Homeland Security.

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    bottom line…

    BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF FEMA

    APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016

    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE….. EXECUTIVE ORDERS?

    SO, CONGRESS EXPANDED AND FUNDED FEMA

    CONGRESSIONAL FUNDED THE  $24 BILLION DOLLAR FEMA FINANCIAL DISASTER THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

     AND LEFT FEMA WITH A $24 BILLION DEBT, to trickle down to property owners, using the National Flood Insurance Program.

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    FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency as an independent agency (1979–2003)

    FEMA WAS ESTABLISHED UNDER THE 1978 REORGANIZATION PLAN NO. 3, AND ACTIVATED APRIL 1, 1979, BY PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER IN HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER 12127.

    In July, Carter signed Executive Order 12148 shifting disaster relief efforts to the new federal-level agency. Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA absorbed the Federal Insurance Administration, the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration, the National Weather Service Community Preparedness Program, the Federal Preparedness Agency of the General Services Administration and the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration activities from HUD.

    FEMA WAS ALSO GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERSEEING THE NATION’S CIVIL DEFENSE, A FUNCTION WHICH HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN PERFORMED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE’S DEFENSE CIVIL PREPAREDNESS AGENCY.

    In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed James Lee Witt as FEMA Director.

    In 1996, the agency was elevated to cabinet rank. This was not continued by President George W. Bush. Witt initiated reforms that would help to streamline the disaster recovery and mitigation process.

    The end of the Cold War also allowed the agency’s resources to be turned away from civil defense to natural disaster preparedness.

    After Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA’s creation through reorganization and executive orders, Congress continued to expand Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA’s authority by assigning responsibilities to it.

    THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE DAM SAFETY UNDER THE NATIONAL DAM SAFETY PROGRAM ACT …….

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    JAN 13, 2016 UPDATE

    Dam Safety in the United States: A Progress Report on the …

    https://www.fema.gov/…/16240

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    JAN 13, 2016 – This report on the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) for Fiscal Year … The Dam Safety Act of 2006 states that the Administrator of FEMA will …

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    disaster assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; earthquake hazards reduction under the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 and further expanded by Executive Order 12699, regarding safety requirements for federal buildings and Executive Order 12941, concerning the need for cost estimates to seismically retrofit federal buildings;

    EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER UNDER THE STEWART B. MCKINNEY HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT OF 1987;

    hazardous materials, under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986;

    IN ADDITION, FEMA RECEIVED AUTHORITY FOR COUNTER TERRORISM THROUGH THE NUNN-LUGAR-DOMENICI AMENDMENT

     UNDER THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ACT OF 1996,

    WHICH WAS A RESPONSE TO THE RECOGNIZED VULNERABILITIES OF THE U.S. AFTER THE SARIN GAS ATTACK ON THE TOKYO SUBWAY IN 1995.

    CONGRESS FUNDED FEMA THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

    FEMA under Department of Homeland Security (2003–present)

    President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004

    Following the September 11, 2001, attacks,

    Congress passed the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to better coordinate among the different federal agencies that deal with law enforcement, disaster preparedness and recovery,

    BORDER PROTECTION

     and civil defense.

     Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA was absorbed into DHS effective March 1, 2003. As a result, FEMA became part of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate of Department of Homeland Security,

    Additionally, upon incorporation into Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA was legally dissolved and a new Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate was established in DHS to replace it.

    Following enactment of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006

    FEMA WAS REESTABLISHED AS AN ENTITY WITHIN DHS, ON MARCH 31, 2007.

    EMPLOYING MORE THAN 2,600 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES.

    IT BECAME THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AGAIN ON MARCH 31, 2007, but remained in DHS.

    President Bush appointed Michael D. Brown as FEMA’s director in January 2003.

    BROWN WARNED IN SEPTEMBER 2003

     THAT FEMA’S ABSORPTION INTO DHS WOULD MAKE A MOCKERY OF FEMA’S NEW MOTTO, “A NATION PREPARED”, AND WOULD “FUNDAMENTALLY SEVER FEMA FROM ITS CORE FUNCTIONS”, “SHATTER AGENCY MORALE” AND “BREAK LONGSTANDING, EFFECTIVE AND TESTED RELATIONSHIPS WITH STATES AND FIRST RESPONDER STAKEHOLDERS”.

    THE INEVITABLE RESULT OF THE REORGANIZATION OF 2003, WARNED BROWN, WOULD BE “AN INEFFECTIVE AND UNCOORDINATED RESPONSE” TO A TERRORIST ATTACK OR A NATURAL DISASTER.

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    APR 4, 2016

     THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FEMA HAS A  $24 BILLION DOLLAR DEBT

    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE….. CONGRESS FUNDED AND EXPANDED  FEMA THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

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    Hurricane Katrina in 2005 demonstrated that the vision of further unification of functions and another reorganization could not address the problems FEMA had previously faced. The “Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina”, released February 15, 2006, by the U.S. Government Printing Office, revealed that federal funding to states for “all hazards” disaster preparedness needs was not awarded unless the local agencies made the purposes for the funding a “just terrorism” function.

    Emergency management professionals testified that funds for preparedness for natural hazards was given less priority than preparations for counter terrorism measures. Testimony also expressed the opinion that the mission to mitigate vulnerability and prepare for natural hazard disasters before they occurred had been separated from disaster preparedness functions, making the nation more vulnerable to known hazards, like hurricanes.

    Organization

    During the debate of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, some called for FEMA to remain as an independent agency. Later, following the failed response to Hurricane Katrina, CRITICS CALLED FOR FEMA TO BE REMOVED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.

    TODAY FEMA EXISTS AS A MAJOR AGENCY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE Secretary of Homeland Security.

    IN MARCH 2003, FEMA JOINED 22 OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, PROGRAMS AND OFFICES IN BECOMING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. The new department, headed by Secretary Tom Ridge, brought a coordinated approach to national security from emergencies and disasters – both natural and man-made.

    FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program. Other programs FEMA previously administered have since been internalized or shifted under direct DHS control.

    FEMA is also home to the National Continuity Programs Directorate (formerly the Office of National Security Coordination). ONSC was responsible for developing, exercising, and validating agency wide continuity of operations and continuity of government plans as well as overseeing and maintaining continuity readiness including the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center. ONSC also coordinated the continuity efforts of other Federal Executive Agencies.

    FEMA began administering the Center for Domestic Preparedness in 2007.

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    BASED ON THE DOCUMENTED  HISTORY OF FEMA

    APRIL 1, 1979 – APRIL 18, 2016

    BROWN WARNED IN SEPTEMBER 2003

     THAT FEMA’S ABSORPTION INTO DHS WOULD MAKE A MOCKERY OF FEMA’S NEW MOTTO, “A NATION PREPARED”, AND WOULD “FUNDAMENTALLY SEVER FEMA FROM ITS CORE FUNCTIONS”, “SHATTER AGENCY MORALE” AND “BREAK LONGSTANDING, EFFECTIVE AND TESTED RELATIONSHIPS WITH STATES AND FIRST RESPONDER STAKEHOLDERS”.

    THE INEVITABLE RESULT OF THE REORGANIZATION OF 2003, WARNED BROWN, WOULD BE “AN INEFFECTIVE AND UNCOORDINATED RESPONSE” TO A TERRORIST ATTACK OR A NATURAL DISASTER.

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    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE….. CONGRESS EXPANDED AND FUNDED FEMA

    CONGRESS FUNDED THE  $24 BILLION FINANCIAL DISASTER THROUGH A COMBINATION OF REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS AND EMERGENCY FUNDING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS

     AND LEFT FEMA WITH A $24 BILLION DEBT

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    CFACTS  BELOW, DON’T COVER DFACTS OF FEMA HISTORY

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    CFACT – FEMA is experiencing a disaster of its own making …

    https://www.facebook.com/cfact/posts/10154015097060281

    … a disaster of its own making — a balance sheet that is $24 billion under water. Now it … April 4, 2016 by Larry Bell, 0 Comments Tweet Tweet The Federal …

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    FEMA MANAGES THE National Flood Insurance Program.

    Letters & Testimony

    TCS Testimony on National Flood Insurance Reform

    January 12, 2016

    Today, TCS Vice President Steve Ellis testified at a House Financial Services hearing on “How to Create a More Robust and Private Flood Insurance Marketplace.”…

     

    The Clock is Ticking on Flood Insurance Reform

    April 08, 2016 | The Hill – Congress Blog

    With national flood insurance on the verge of a financial crisis, consensus is growing for reforms that will ensure the program can continue to pay claims and protect people in harm’s way….

    Groups Join to Push Flood Insurance Reform

    April 12, 2016 | Property Casualty 360

    Legislators and stakeholders would like to get a bill extending and reforming the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) put together this…

     

    April 17, 2016

    16 Million in Plains States Threatened by Severe Storms …

    www.nbcnews.com/…/16million-plains-states-threatened-…

    NBCNews.com

    14 hours ago – More than 16 million people were threatened by severe weather Sunday … NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) April 17, 2016 … Meanwhile, another 12 million people in the Plains were under flash flood warnings and watches or …

    12 Million Under Flood Warnings in South as Reported …

    www.nbcnews.com/…/12-millionunderfloodwarnings-s…

    NBCNews.com

    MAR 16, 2016 – More than 12 million people were still under flood warnings across the South as the region struggled to recover … Mar 16 2016, 6:07 am ET …

    16 Million in Plains States Threatened by Severe Storms Bringing Wet Snow, Heavy Rain

    NBCNews.com‎ – 14 hours ago

    More than 16 million people were threatened by severe … Meanwhile, another 12 million people in the Plains were under flash flood warnings and watches or severe weather …

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    More than 18 million in 13 states under flood warning – WJXT

    www.news4jax.com/…/floodwarning-for-13-states-including-geo…

    WJXT

    DEC 30, 2015 – More than 18 million people in 13 states-including Georgia are under a flood warning, Wednesday morning. Over the past few days, flooding …


  • How Dam Dumb is the US Government?

    How Dam Dumb is The US Government?

    Drought and Flooding in U.S.A are a DAM  shame.

    APRIL 14, 2016 EMAIL FROM SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL

     She’s Just saying… DROUGHT IS A  SHAME

    An unprecedented drought last year and 15 YEARS OF DROUGHT ACROSS THE AMERICAN WEST have demonstrated the need to rethink U.S. water management for the 21st Century. Since 1980, droughts have cost the United States more than $200 billion. The drought last year caused widespread and serious impacts for communities, agriculture, industry and the environment. As drought is predicted to continue in the coming years and as communities throughout the United States face significant water-security challenges, it is a crucial time to evaluate and develop new strategies at the national level.

    Just saying…Senator Cantwell does not mention the removal of Dams or Flooding, period

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    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE.

    Just asking? April 16, 2016

    WHY DOES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT (MEMBERS OF CONGRESS)

    REFUSE TO CONNECT THE COST OF THE REMOVAL OF DAMS?

    WITH LOSS OF HYDROELECTRIC WATER POWER?

    WITH  THE COST OF DROUGHT?

    THE COST OF FLOODING?

    THE COST OF FEMA?

    AND THE COST OF MANDATORY NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE?

    How Dam Dumb do they think American Voting Taxpaying citizens are?

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    Just saying… June 28, 2013,  nearly three years ago

    Flooding is a Dam Shame

    Posted on June 28, 2013 7:31 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    DROUGHT IS A DAM SHAME

    CHINA WAS SO DAM SMART THAT THEY BUILT THE BIGGEST DAM IN THE WORLD.

    The U.S. Government (CONGRESS) IS SO DAM  DUMB THEY HAVE allowed the removal  800/1100 DAMS IN THE USA

    A DAM shame drought and flooding … A Congressional Disaster

    THE USA DAM REMOVAL POLICY CREATES LOSS OF DAM LIFE, DAM MISERY AND DAM SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF DAM AMERICANS EVERY DAM YEAR.

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    HE WHO CONTROLS THE WATER CONTROLS THE WORLD?

    Behind My Back | WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotus-water-runs-down-hill/

    Sep 4, 2015 – … fields that are fallow, sitting idle this year, because of the drought,” he said. … A Congressional Disaster · A DAM SHAME DROUGHT AND FLOODING …

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    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the primary underwriter of flood insurance policies in the United States. The program was established in 1968 through the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act.

    SO?  Congress mandated federally regulated or insured lenders to require flood insurance on properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding.

    FEMA Flood Map Service Center | Welcome!

    https://msc.fema.gov/

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance …

    ADDING INSULT TO MANDATORY FLOOD INSURANCE…

    Behind My Back | 2014 FEMA’s Warped Data?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/22/2014-femaswarpeddata/

    Mar 22, 2014 – From Maine to Oregon 2014 FEMA FLOOD MAPS have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the …

    THE USA DAM REMOVAL POLICY CREATES LOSS OF DAM LIFE, DAM MISERY AND DAM SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF DAM AMERICANS EVERY DAM YEAR.

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    Just saying… June 28, 2013,  nearly three years ago

    Flooding is a Dam Shame

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    Just saying… April 16, 2016

    A NON- GOVERNMENT AGENCY CLAIMS THEY ARE THE NATIONAL LEADERS OF/IN  THE U.S. CONGRESS FOR REMOVING DAMS.

    HAS THE CONGRESS OF UNITED STATES GOT A GREEN RING IN IT’S NOSE?

    JULY 6TH, 2009

    WA DC AMERICAN RIVERS CALLED ON CONGRESS TO FULLY FUND THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND (LWCF) THIS YEAR.  UNDER REPRESENTATIVE NORM DICKS’S (D-WA) LEADERSHIP, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PROVIDED AN INVESTMENT OF ALMOST $400 MILLION FOR THE LWCF. 

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    ACCORDING TO AMERICAN RIVERS THEY ARE THE NATIONAL LEADER IN REMOVING OUTDATED AND UNSAFE DAMS, and improving the operations of hydropower dams. Learn More »

    Jun 12, 2013 – According to American Rivers, 65 US dams were removed in 2012, joining the nearly 1,100 dams that have been removed across the US since 1912. Nearly 800 of those dams were removed in the past 20 years. … World Map …

    ACCORDING TO AMERICAN RIVERS WE ARE HELPING COMMUNITIES IMPROVE THEIR FLOOD PROTECTION

    ACCORDING TO AMERICAN RIVERS THEY FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR NATION’S LAST, BEST FREE-FLOWING RIVERS WITH WILD AND SCENIC RIVER DESIGNATIONS.

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    JULY 6TH, 2009

    WA DC AMERICAN RIVERS CALLED ON CONGRESS TO FULLY FUND THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND (LWCF) THIS YEAR.  UNDER REPRESENTATIVE NORM DICKS’S (D-WA) LEADERSHIP, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PROVIDED AN INVESTMENT OF ALMOST $400 MILLION FOR THE LWCF. 

    EASY-TO-SEARCH FEDERAL FUNDING DATABASE FOR SUCH PROJECTS

    This database provides information on

    STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR RECREATION AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS. IT INCLUDING MORE THAN 80 FEDERAL AND 30 STATE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS FOR PROJECTS RANGING FROM NEW RIVER ACCESS POINTS TO HABITAT RESTORATION AND LAND PROTECTION.

    THESE FUNDS WILL BE USED ACROSS THE COUNTRY to protect critical watersheds and, in conjunction with previously preserved waterways, WILL FORM THE BASE OF THE NATIONAL BLUE TRAILS SYSTEM. – October 1st, 2014  American Rivers Launches New Blue Trails Guide

    SINCE 2008, THE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE HAS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED AMERICAN RIVERS’ WORK to protect 150 miles of the most pristine Wild & Scenic Rivers in the North Cascades.

    THE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE IS A GROUP OF MORE THAN 185 OUTDOOR INDUSTRY COMPANIES THAT DISBURSES COLLECTIVE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES TO GRASSROOTS ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS, SUCH AS AMERICAN RIVERS.

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    behindmyback.org

      CATEGORY ARCHIVES LWCF $450 MILLION IN 2016

      Obama Plus the LWFC Land Grabs

    Posted on February 22, 2016 1:19 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    OBAMA’S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND GRABS PLUS THE LWFC?

    Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program

    AS OF OCTOBER 2015, DESCRIBING IT (LWCF) AS A “SLUSH FUND”, ROB BISHOP (R) OF UTAH, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, HAD BLOCKED A VOTE ON REAUTHORIZATION.

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     JULY 6TH, 2009

    (Washington, DC) —  A new wide-ranging report released today by the private, bipartisan Outdoor Resources Review Group recommends creating a new nationwide system –

    AMERICAN RIVERS CALLED ON CONGRESS TO FULLY FUND THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND (LWCF) THIS YEAR.  UNDER REPRESENTATIVE NORM DICKS’S (D-WA) LEADERSHIP, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PROVIDED AN INVESTMENT OF ALMOST $400 MILLION FOR THE LWCF. 

    October 1st, 2014

    – See more at: http://www.americanrivers.org/blog/american-rivers-launches-blue-trails-guide/#sthash.wUNCgH58.dpuf and boost river health. Learn More »

    Blue Trails Climate Change Dams & Dam Removal Discover Rivers Floods & Floodplains Fracking Grants Hydropower Most Endangered Rivers National River Cleanup River Restoration Stormwater & Sewage Take Action Urban Rivers Water Pollution Water Supply Wild and Scenic Rivers

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    Flooding is a Dam Shame

    Posted on June 28, 2013 7:31 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    DROUGHT IS A DAM SHAME

    CHINA WAS SO DAM SMART THAT THEY BUILT THE BIGGEST DAM IN THE WORLD.

    HE WHO CONTROLS THE WATER CONTROLS THE WORLD?

    IN THE USA THE GOVERNMENT WAS AND IS SO DAM STUPID THEY DECIDED THAT HYDRO ELECTRIC POWER WAS NOT DAM CLEAN, DAM CHEAP, DAM RENEWABLE DAM ENERGY, NOT DAM FLOOD CONTROL AND NOT DAM DROUGHT AND DAM PROPERTY LOSS PREVENTION.

    THE DAM CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS SO DAM SMART THEY WORK IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE DAM PEOPLE.

    THE CHINESE DAM PREVENTS THE DAM LOSS OF LIFE, BILLIONS OF DAM DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE, PROVIDES DAM CHEAP, DAM CLEAN, DAM RENEWABLE, DAM ENERGY AND HELPS KEEP THEIR DAM ECONOMY STRONG.

    THE CHINESE DAM CONTROLS THE DAM WATER RELEASES THE DAM WATER TO ELIMINATE THE DAM DROUGHTS

    WHAT PART OF THIS DAM CHINESE POLICY DOES THE DAM US GOVERNMENT NOT UNDERSTAND?

    THE US GOVERNMENT IS SO DAM DUMB

     THEY WORK FOR THE DAM NON-GOVERNMENT LOBBYIST

    AND THE DAM NON-GOVERNMENT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS.

     SAVE THE DAM SALMON AT WHAT COST?

    AS DICTATED BY THE DAM US GOVERNMENT

    THE BEST DAM INTEREST OF THE DAM PEOPLE IN THE USA BE DAMMED

    THE DAM PEOPLE IN THE DAM USA ARE FLOODED AND CLEANING UP THE DAM WATER DAMAGE FOR SIX DAM MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

    THE DAM PEOPLE IN THE USA SUFFER THE DAM DROUGHT FOR THE OTHER SIX DAM MONTHS OF THE YEAR

    THE CHINESE DAM CONCEPT IS TO BUILD AND KEEP DAMS TO PROVIDE CLEAN RENEWABLE ELECTRIC POWER, CONTROL THE DAM WATER AND PREVENT THE DAM FLOODING AND RELEASE THE DAM WATER TO PREVENT DROUGHT

    THE USA DAM REMOVAL POLICY CREATES LOSS OF DAM LIFE, DAM MISERY AND DAM SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF DAM AMERICANS EVERY DAM YEAR.

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    Flooding is a Dam Shame

    Posted on June 28, 2013 7:31 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Just saying… June 28, 2013

    Just asking?  April 16, 2016

    How Dam Dumb is The US Government?

    Drought and Flooding in U.S.A are a DAM  shame.

     FLOODING IS A DAM SHAME

    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE.

    HE WHO CONTROLS THE WATER CONTROLS THE WORLD?

    Behind My Back | WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotus-water-runs-down-hill/

    SEPT 4, 2015 – … fields that are fallow, sitting idle this year, because of the drought,” he said. … A Congressional Disaster · A DAM SHAME DROUGHT AND FLOODING …

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    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE. … Agency and the US Congress to determine how the National Flood Insurance Program … and the inertia around the status quo could endure until loss events occur that force reactionary funding from the public sector

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    ‘Catastrophic damage’: Midwest flood death toll rises to 24 …

    www.theguardian.com › US News › Missouri The Guardian Jan 3, 2016

    Spate of storms and flooding results in $3.5bn loss to U.S. …

    aon.mediaroom.com/2016-04-06-Spate-of-storms-and-flooding-results-i… Apr 6, 2016 – The report reveals that seven severe U.S. convective storm events

    Nat Cat | GCCapitalIdeas.com

    www.gccapitalideas.com/tag/nat-cat/

    March 22nd, 2016

    Risk Financing for Flood: Emerging Opportunities

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    Flood is the largest contributor to catastrophic loss worldwide. Recent initiatives from Guy Carpenter and Marsh & McLennan Companies, both involving the peril of flood, demonstrate the diversity of approaches that can be brought to bear. In the United Kingdom, we are involved in a project where the insurance industry is working in concert with the government to adjust the industry’s approach to the peril of flood and maintain the private sector’s role as the source of insurance protection without a resultant increase in the public sector’s liability.

    IN THE UNITED STATES, A PROJECT IS BEING SPONSORED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND THE US CONGRESS TO DETERMINE HOW THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM MIGHT BE PRIVATIZED AND HOW IT MIGHT UTILIZE REINSURANCE TO SUPPORT ITS RISK MANAGEMENT EFFORTS, AND THEREBY MOVE POTENTIAL LOSS EXPOSURE OFF THE PUBLIC BALANCE SHEET.

    Continue reading…

    March 24th, 2016

    US Flood – The Road Ahead

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the primary underwriter of flood insurance policies in the United States. The program was established in 1968 through the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act.

    Continue reading…

    March 29th, 2016

    Risk Analytic Tools, Part I

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    Public sector-related data can be expansive, containing census data, property risk characteristics, historical loss information, risk rating matrices and natural hazard event scientific tracking. In order to facilitate packaging the sometimes unwieldy data in a way that is useful for risk decision making, utilizing outside resources to improve data transparency can be valuable. Public sector resources devoted to building tools that measure risks that are perceived as “uninsurable” can unlock private sector funding.

    Continue reading…

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    Risk Analytic Tools, Part II

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    In addition to internal risk management, models are typically used in risk transfer negotiations. Both traditional and alternative risk markets require extensive analysis of portfolios when considering risk transfer. Sharing a portfolio’s standardized model output is critical to imparting the loss potential of a particular portfolio from which risk-capital can be unlocked to support the risk financing needs of a reinsurance buyer. Using technology is critical when partnering governments with the private sector. Whether partnering with developed or emerging economies, these tools bring together the risk knowledge and historical data of the public sector with risk management techniques of the insurance industry. The result is an enhanced understanding of risk that provides stability and attracts partners.

    Continue reading…

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    March 28th, 2016

    Closing the Protection Gap

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    We have identified seven preconditions essential in the movement towards resiliency and de-risking public sector exposure.

    Continue reading…

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    April 7th, 2016

    US Residual Markets, Part I

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    The US residual property insurance market segment is comprised of Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plans, Beach and Windstorm Plans and two state run insurance companies – Florida Citizens Property Insurance Company (Florida Citizens) and Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Louisiana Citizens). These insurance facilities grew out of the civil strife in the 1960s to ensure continued access to insurance in urban areas. Over time they have evolved and their mandate has grown beyond their urban focus. Today these facilities are significant providers of some of the most wind- and earthquake-exposed property insurance in the country.

    Continue reading…

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    April 11th, 2016

    US Residual Markets, Part II

    Posted at 1:00 AM ET

    The recent 2015 reinsurance renewals in this area demonstrated further expansion in the manner and means by which these insurance providers utilize private-sector capital to support their businesses. Traditional reinsurance remains a core component of most residual market risk financing programs. Typically these risk financing plans will also rely on retained profit, assessments and debt facilities in concert with the various forms of reinsurance to manage their exposures. The utilization of alternative risk financing capital through catastrophe bonds and/or collateralized reinsurance continues to grow with eight of 12 facilities that utilize traditional reinsurance also accessing risk transfer capacity through catastrophe bonds and/or collateralized reinsurance to help manage their loss exposures. The chart below details the increasingly diverse set of risk financing approaches employed by 11 coastal markets.

    Continue reading…

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    MAR 24, 2016 – FLOOD IS THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR TO CATASTROPHIC LOSS WORLDWIDE. Agency and the US Congress to determine how the National Flood Insurance Program … and the inertia around the status quo could endure until loss events occur that force reactionary funding from the public sector (1). … February 25th, 2016 …

    In the United States, a project is being sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the US Congress to determine how the National Flood Insurance Program might be privatized and how it might utilize reinsurance to support its risk management efforts, and thereby move potential loss exposure off the public balance sheet.

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    WHAT HAS THE WORLD BANK AND THE WORLD COMMISSION ON DAMS REPORT GOT TO DO WITH  DAMS IN THE U.S.A.?

    WHAT HAS THE UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE, TRUTH COMMISSION: COMMISSION FOR HISTORICAL CLARIFICATION (COMISIÓN PARA EL … UNITY (URNG),

    AND THE U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL ON FEBRUARY 25, 1999.

    GOT TO DO WITH  DAMS IN THE U.S.A.?

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    the world bank & the world commission on dams report q&a

    siteresources.worldbank.org/INTWRD/…/WB&WCDQ&A.p…

    World Bank

    The World Bank believes that the World Commission on Dams Report has made a great contribution in framing many of the major issues in this contentious and …

    The World Bank Versus the World Commission on Dams

    www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/allabs/99-a3-2-22/file

    by R Goodland – ‎2010 – ‎Cited by 9 – ‎Related articles

    KEYWORDS: World Bank, hydropower, big dams, oustees, displacement, …..

    Truth Commission: Guatemala | United States Institute of …

    www.usip.org/…/truth-commissionguate

    United States Institute of Peace

    Truth Commission: Commission for Historical Clarification (Comisión para el … Unity (URNG), and the U.N. Secretary General on February 25, 1999. The report …

     


  • Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    National Register of Historic Places listings in Clallam County, Washington

    This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted February 12, 2016.

    HISTORIC PLACES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

    15 Elwha River Hydroelectric Power Plant
    Elwha River Hydroelectric Power Plant
    December 15, 1988
    (#88002741)
    N end of Lake Aldwell
    48°05′42″N 123°33′18″W
    Port Angeles
    18 Glines Canyon Hydroelectric Power Plant
    Glines Canyon Hydroelectric Power Plant
    December 15, 1988
    (#88002742)
    N end of Lake Mills at Elwha River
    48°00′11″N 123°35′54″W
    Port Angeles

    Things happen that should always be remembered.

    ARE YOU AS SHOCKED AS I AM? Who knew that our Elwha River and Glines Canyon Hydroelectric power plants were placed on on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Clallam County, Washington on Dec 15, 1988?

    UNBELIEVABLE… Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    Built in 1910 and 1926 respectively, the Elwha dam (108 feet high) and Glines Canyon dam (210 feet high) provided the only power to a lumber mill town called Port Angeles, situated on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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    Just, a town called Port Angeles? Port Angeles WA has been our Rains family town for 96 years.

    Find Your park tell your story. Olympic National Park is my park, this is a continuation of my inside story, I have known the Olympic National Park from the inside out for over 70 years. I was an INHOLDER in at Sol Duc Hot Springs inside the  Olympic National Park in 1944 and I still am an ONP INHOLDER inside the park, on the Elwha River,  Sat Feb 13, 2016.

    Forget Me Not

    Things happen that should always be remembered.

    Who remembers? Who Cares?

    History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill..

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    SO WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARKS LAKES AND HISTORIC ELWHA RIVER HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS?

    Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    So, the tribes, along with environmental groups, began petitioning for restoration of the Elwha and its salmon runs. In 1992, their petitions were heard and President George H.W. Bush signed legislation to allow the federal government to buy the dams and begin conducting studies regarding the feasibility of their removal.

    Bush signed legislation… a document of historical interest, it’s only 8 pages long.

    January 3, 1992 H.R.4844 An Act To restore Olympic National Park and the Elwha River ecosystem and fisheries in the State of Washington.

    For local tribes and environmental advocates, it was time to go to work.

    Hundreds of environmental studies later, the decision to remove the dams was finalized.

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    The Supplemental EIS lists the proposed flood mitigation contained in the 1996 Final Environmental Impact Statement and the proposed changes to that list.

    You can find the Supplemental EIS  a document of historical interest, it’s only 366 pages long at:

    http://www.nps.gov/olym/learn/nature/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=136240

    THEN WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARKS LAKES AND HISTORIC POWER PLANTS?

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    World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After …

    news.nationalgeographic.com/…/140826-el…
    National Geographic Society

    Aug 27, 2014 – “Thirty years ago, when I was in law school in the Pacific Northwest, removing the dams from the Elwha River was seen as a crazy, wild-eyed …

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    Find Your park tell your story. Olympic National Park is my park.

    Who knew the Olympic National Park Altair and Elwha River’s Campgrounds Community Kitchens  were placed on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Clallam County, Washington on July 13, 2007?

    Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    The Campground Community kitchens were built by the CCC Elwha Camp #935, project 60 in 1933.

     

    2 Altair Campground Community Kitchen
    Altair Campground Community Kitchen
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000732)
    Approx. 4 mi. S of US 101
    48°00′42″N 123°35′30″W
    Port Angeles

    It’s a Place its a thing

    12 Elwha Campground Community Kitchen
    Elwha Campground Community Kitchen
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000735)
    3 miles south of U.S. Route 101 in Washington
    48°01′39″N 123°35′13″W
    Port Angeles

    Olympic National Park is my park

    13 Elwha Ranger Station
    Elwha Ranger Station
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000716)
    Approximately 3 miles southeast of WA 101 on the Olympic Hot Springs Rd.
    48°01′00″N 123°35′27″W
    Port Angeles

    The Olympic Hot Springs Road is my road.

    THIS ROAD WAS THE HISTORIC “GATEWAY TO THE OLYMPICS”

    Who remembers? Who Cares? History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill..

    The National Park Service,  HISTORICALLY rewrites, renames, redirects, obscures, excludes, deletes and destroys,  much of the HISTORY of the Olympic National Park

    Things happen that should always be remembered. in 1909 The Olympic Hot Spring Resort  was a flourishing tourist destination.

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    Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    Repairs and widening of 22 miles of the Olympic Hot Spring Road was done by  the CCC Elwha Camp #935, project 60 in 1933-1934.

    Access to the Olympic National Park interconnected ROAD AND TRAIL SYSTEM belongs to all of us.

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    The Sol Duc River Shelter?

    The renamed as Canyon Creek Shelter, renumbered as #07000712, coordinates missing? image missing? Approximate distance from wherever? is and was  the Sol Duc Shelter.

    The Sol Duc River Shelter was my Shelter inside the Olympic National park in 1944.

    Who remembers? Who Cares? History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill..

    The National Park Service,  HISTORICALLY rewrites, renames, redirects, obscures, excludes, deletes and destroys,  much of the HISTORY of the Olympic National Park

    30 North Fork Sol Duc Shelter Upload image
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000725)
    Approx. 9.5 mi. from North Fork Sol Duc Trailhead
    47°59′56″N 123°45′42″W
    Port Angeles
    5 Canyon Creek Shelter
    Canyon Creek Shelter
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000712)
    Approximately .9 miles north of the Upper Sol Duc River Trailhead
    Coordinates missing
    Port Angeles

    Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    It’s a Place… it’s in the Olympic National Park, tell your story, things happen that should never be forgotten.

    to be continued…

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    There are 49 properties and districts listed on the National Register in Clallam County.

    This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Latitude and longitude coordinates are provided for many National Register properties and districts; these locations may be seen together in a map.[1]


  • ONP All Access Denied

    Dear Rep. Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray

    ONP ACCESS   DENIED TO ALL CITIZENS – PUBLIC LAND –  U.S. POPULATION 320 million, PLUS FOREIGN TOURISTS INCLUDING  INHOLDERS,  ON THE ELWHA RIVER  – November 19, 2015-Dec 12, 2015

    Road Closed – Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha)  (storm damage)

    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK PAYING PUBLIC -TOURIST AND MANY PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS, ALONG THE ELWHA RIVER IN WA STATE NEED YOUR COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT TO PROVIDE LEGAL CERTAINTY OF ROAD REPAIRS AND CONTINUED PUBLIC ACCESS ON THE OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD, IN FOR AND TO ALL PUBLIC FACILITIES AND PRIVATE PROPERTY AREAS LOCATED WITHIN THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

    Nov. 21, 2015  There are photos  available of the washout on the Olympic Hot Springs Road, just north of the Elwha Campground. And, also of heavy damage to the Elwha Campground, and to the Altair Campground further upstream.

    Olympic National Park Road

    Update Dec 4, 2015

    Current Road Conditions – Olympic National Park (U.S. …

    November 19, 2015-Dec 4, 2015

    ONP PUBLIC -TOURIST ACCESS DENIED

    Viewpoint on the dam’s former spillway.

    Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha) Road Closed (storm damage)

    And, Access to the full use and enjoyment of our private property is denied

    Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha) Road Closed (storm damage)

    The road is closed due to storm damage, including an extensive washout on the Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    ONP PUBLIC -TOURIST ACCESS DENIED

    Olympic Hot Springs

    Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha) Road Closed (storm damage)

    ONP PUBLIC -TOURIST ACCESS DENIED

    Elwha Campground

    Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha) Road Closed (storm damage)

    ONP PUBLIC -TOURIST ACCESS DENIED

    Altair Campground

    Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha) Road Closed (storm damage)

    ONP PUBLIC -TOURIST ACCESS DENIED

    Whiskey Bend Road Closed due to storm damage on Olympic Hot Springs Road,

    including an extensive washout.

    A question was sent to ONP November 21, 2015. what is the plan for ONP PUBLIC -TOURIST and citizens to regain vehicular public access to their private and public land on the road. It’s currently in the hands of the ONP Chief Ranger and Chief of Maintenance.

    Today is Dec. 12, 2015 and we have had no response from ONP on when the storm damage on Olympic Hot Springs Road will be repaired and the road reopened for PUBLIC -TOURIST and private property owners access.

    Senator Murray’s website asks citizens “Have You Got My Back?”

    This ACCESS DENIED citizen is asking

    Senator Murray,  “Have You Got OUR  Backs?”

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    Behind My Back | WOW Let Nature Take Its Course

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/07/14/wowletnaturetakeitscourse/

    Jul 14, 2015 – WOW, HOW WILD, ONP Let Nature Take Its Course Uncle Sam is gone … the full text of this 1430 word comment is on behindmyback.org.

    2011 ONP ACCESS DENIED

    Olympic National Park mea culpa: ‘Inholder’ blocked from …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/…/30628999…
    Peninsula Daily News

    Jun 28, 2011 – PORT ANGELES — A family with 91-year-old roots in Clallam County was denied vehicle access Saturday onto trust land they own within Olympic National Park. … Hewett was allowed to drive past the gate Monday after she contacted the Peninsula Daily News and the newspaper inquired …

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    The question to Senator Murray is,  “HAVE YOU GOT OUR BACKS?”


  • WA Drought Tribes Fish and Water

    INFLUENCE ON WA STATE ECOLOGYS (DOE) DROUGHT RESPONSE?

    The chain of circumstantial evidence…..

    1. ALL 24 Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA’s)  IN WA STATE THAT HAVE BEEN “DECLARED AS DROUGHT EMERGENCY” Have a SALMON RECOVERY PLAN.

    2. 1998 MOU ECOLOGY WILL SERVE AS THE …. COORDINATION BETWEEN WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND SALMON RECOVERY:

    3.  DROUGHT LAWS and Rules. Chapter 43.83B RCW – Water Supply Facilities. Law which gives THE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY AUTHORITY TO RESPOND TO A DROUGHT …

    4.RCW 43.83B.410  DROUGHT CONDITIONS — Withdrawals and diversions — Orders, authority granted.

    5. Upon the issuance of an order under RCW 43.83B.405, THE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY IS EMPOWERED …..

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    RCW 43.83B.410  DROUGHT CONDITIONS

    The department of ECOLOGY may issue such withdrawal authorization WHEN, AFTER INVESTIGATION AND AFTER PROVIDING APPROPRIATE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL BODIES AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT

    Just asking?

    IS CLALLAM COUNTY GOVERNMENT AN “APPROPRIATE” LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL BODY?

    WAS CLALLAM COUNTY GOVERNMENT  GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT?
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    RCW 43.83B.405

    Drought conditions — Withdrawals and diversions — Orders, procedure.

    (1) Whenever it appears to the department of ecology that a drought condition either exists or is forecast to occur within the state or portions thereof, the department of ecology is authorized to issue orders, pursuant to rules previously adopted, to implement the powers as set forth in RCW 43.83B.410 through 43.83B.420.

    THE DEPARTMENT SHALL, IMMEDIATELY UPON THE ISSUANCE OF AN ORDER UNDER THIS SECTION, CAUSE SAID ORDER TO BE PUBLISHED IN NEWSPAPERS OF GENERAL CIRCULATION IN THE AREAS OF THE STATE TO WHICH THE ORDER RELATES.

    PRIOR TO THE ISSUANCE OF AN ORDER, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL (A) CONSULT WITH AND OBTAIN THE VIEWS OF THE FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT ENTITIES IDENTIFIED IN THE DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN periodically revised by the department pursuant to RCW 43.83B.410(4), and (b) obtain the written approval of the governor. Orders issued under this section shall be deemed orders for the purposes of chapter 34.05 RCW.

    (2) Any order issued under subsection (1) of this section shall contain a termination date for the order. The termination date shall be not later than one calendar year from the date the order is issued. Although the department may, with the written approval of the governor, change the termination date by amending the order, no such amendment or series of amendments may have the effect of extending its termination to a date which is later than two calendar years after the issuance of the order.

    (3) The provisions of subsection (2) of this section do not preclude the issuance of more than one order under subsection (1) of this section for different areas of the state or sequentially for the same area as the need arises for such an order or orders.

    [1989 c 171 § 2.] Notes:     Severability — 1989 c 171: See note following RCW 43.83B.400

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    RCW 43.83B.410  DROUGHT CONDITIONS — Withdrawals and diversions — Orders, authority granted.

    Upon the issuance of an order under RCW 43.83B.405, THE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY IS EMPOWERED TO:

    (1)(a) Authorize emergency withdrawal of public surface and ground waters, including dead storage within reservoirs, on a temporary basis AND AUTHORIZE ASSOCIATED PHYSICAL WORKS WHICH MAY BE EITHER TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT. The termination date for the authority to make such an emergency withdrawal may not be later than the termination date of the order issued under RCW 43.83B.405 under which the power to authorize the withdrawal is established.

    The department of ECOLOGY may issue such withdrawal authorization when, after investigation and after providing appropriate FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL BODIES AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT, the following are found:

    (i) The waters proposed for withdrawal are to be used for a beneficial use involving a previously established activity or purpose;

    (ii) The previously established activity or purpose was furnished water through rights applicable to the use of a public body of water that cannot be exercised due to the lack of water arising from natural drought conditions; and

    (iii) THE PROPOSED WITHDRAWAL WILL NOT REDUCE FLOWS OR LEVELS BELOW ESSENTIAL MINIMUMS NECESSARY (A) TO ASSURE THE MAINTENANCE OF FISHERIES REQUIREMENTS, AND (B) TO PROTECT FEDERAL AND STATE INTERESTS INCLUDING, AMONG OTHERS, POWER GENERATION, NAVIGATION, AND EXISTING WATER RIGHTS;

    (b) All withdrawal authorizations issued under this section SHALL CONTAIN PROVISIONS THAT ALLOW FOR TERMINATION OF WITHDRAWALS, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, WHENEVER WITHDRAWALS WILL CONFLICT WITH FLOWS AND LEVELS as provided in (a)(iii) of this subsection. Domestic and irrigation uses of public surface and ground waters shall be given priority in determining “beneficial uses.” As to water withdrawal and associated works authorized under this subsection, the requirements of chapter 43.21C RCW and public bidding requirements as otherwise provided by law are waived and inapplicable. All state and local agencies with authority to issue permits or other authorizations for such works shall, to the extent possible, expedite the processing of the permits or authorizations in keeping with the emergency nature of the requests and shall provide a decision to the applicant within fifteen calendar days of the date of application. All state departments or other agencies having jurisdiction over state or other public lands, if such lands are necessary to effectuate the withdrawal authorizations issued under this subsection, shall provide short-term easements or other appropriate property interest upon the payment of the fair market value. This mandate shall not apply to any lands of the state that are reserved for a special purpose or use that cannot properly be carried out if the property interest were conveyed;

    (2) Approve a temporary change in purpose, place of use, or point of diversion, consistent with existing state policy allowing transfer or lease of waters between willing parties, as provided for in RCW 90.03.380, 90.03.390, and 90.44.100.

    HOWEVER, COMPLIANCE WITH ANY REQUIREMENTS OF (A) NOTICE OF NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION OF THESE SECTIONS OR (B) THE STATE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT, CHAPTER 43.21C RCW, IS NOT REQUIRED WHEN SUCH CHANGES ARE NECESSARY TO RESPOND TO DROUGHT CONDITIONS AS DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY.

    An approval of a temporary change of a water right as authorized under this subsection is not admissible as evidence in either supporting or contesting the validity of water claims in State of Washington, Department of Ecology v. Acquavella, Yakima county superior court number 77-2-01484-5 or any similar proceeding where the existence of a water right is at issue.

    (3) Employ additional persons for specified terms of time, consistent with the term of a drought condition, as are necessary to ensure the successful performance of the activities associated with implementing the emergency drought program of this chapter.

    (4) Revise the drought contingency plan previously developed by the department; and

    (5) Acquire needed emergency drought-related equipment.

    [1989 c 171 § 3.]

    Notes: Severability — 1989 c 171: See note following RCW 43.83B.400

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    When Jeff  Marti, Drought Coordinator for DOE (360-407-6627). was asked, how much influence do TRIBES have in the drought decision-making process.

    He said, “Absolutely none”!

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    The chain of circumstantial evidence…..

    That’s like asking  how much influence did the TRIBES have on the Boldt decision?

    And, how much influence did the TRIBES have on the removal of the Elwha River Dams?

    And, how much influence did the TRIBES have on the 1998: SALMON RECOVERY PLAN?

    And, how much influence did the TRIBES have on the instreamflow?

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    Washington State’s Salmon Recovery Network (online report)

    15 YEARS AGO, THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND THE 29 TREATY TRIBES, CO-MANAGERS OF THE SALMON RESOURCE, SUPPORTED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW REGIONAL SALMON RECOVERY ORGANIZATIONS TO GUIDE LOCALLY-DRIVEN SALMON RECOVERY.

    Most certainly, the tribes and the fish have much to do with ECOLOGY’S WA States Drought Response.

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    1998: WA STATE SALMON RECOVERY PLANNING

    Memorandum of Understanding – ESHB 2514 and ESHB 2496

    www.ecy.wa.gov/Watershed/misc/MOU.html

    Memorandum of Understanding for the Coordinated Implementation of Chapter 247, … Laws of 1998: Salmon Recovery Planning (Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2496) By … For watershed management planning, ECOLOGY WILL SERVE AS THE …. COORDINATION BETWEEN WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND SALMON RECOVERY:.

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    Washington State’s Salmon Recovery Network (cont.)

    Our success is a result of salmon recovery being implemented by local jurisdictions, conservation districts, TRIBAL NATIONS, REGIONAL FISHERIES ENHANCEMENT GROUPS, STATE AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS, AND DOZENS OF LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS relying on the volunteer hours of thousands of Washington citizens across the state.

    The benefits to all of Washington’s citizens are clear: cleaner water, less flooding, more productive farmland, improved bridges and roads, healthier forests and rivers and shorelines, more productive wildlife habitat, and improved opportunities for sustainable fishing and outdoor recreation.

    THIS WORK ENABLES US TO HONOR OUR COMMITMENT TO TRIBAL TREATY FISHING RIGHTS.

    Together, our efforts form a network for salmon recovery across our state, rebuilding and strengthening our fish, water, and land resources today to maintain what we love about the Pacific Northwest into the future.

    TOGETHER, WE ARE BUILDING THE FUTURE WE WANT FOR OUR CHILDREN.

    Read more for details about the Network

    http://www.stateofsalmon.wa.gov/

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    WHO’S BUILDING THE WATER FUTURE THAT CITIZENS WANT FOR THEIR CHILDREN?

    THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT, social context, socialtural context, or milieu, refers to THE IMMEDIATE PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL SETTING IN WHICH PEOPLE LIVE OR IN WHICH SOMETHING HAPPENS OR DEVELOPS. It includes the culture that the individual was educated or lives in, and the people and institutions with whom they interact.

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    THE NUTS AND THE BOLDT’S OF IT?

    NO MORE FISH BEFORE PEOPLE.

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    UPON THE ISSUANCE OF AN ORDER UNDER RCW 43.83B.405, THE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY IS EMPOWERED


  • 2014 FEMA’s Warped Data?

    From Maine to Oregon 2014 FEMA FLOOD MAPS have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing FEMA’s mistakes.

    FEMA caught using old data for NEW FLOOD MAPS that cost homeowners untold sums in extra insurance premiums

    snippets (full text below)

    But the flood studies, said Eddie Aydell III, the chief engineer with Alvin Fairburn  in Denham Springs, La., who examined the maps, were “a conglomeration of many different ancient engineering studies” dating from the 1980s to 2001. The mapmakers did not match up the new elevation data with the older data correctly, he said, making structures in the parish seem lower than they really are.

     2014 have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing FEMA’s mistakes.

    Joseph Young, Maine’s floodplain mapping coordinator, said his office gets calls “almost on a daily basis” from homeowners who say they’ve been mapped in high-risk flood areas in error. More often than not, he said, their complaints have merit. “There’s a lot of people who have a new map that’s unreliable,” he said.

    “it’s sort of a necessary evil to reissue maps with older data on them,” said Sally McConkey, an engineer with the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which has a contract with FEMA to produce flood maps in the state.

    When old maps are digitized, mapmakers try to match up road intersections visible on them with the ones seen in modern satellite imagery (similar to what you can see using Google Earth). But the old maps and the new imagery don’t always line up correctly, leading to what Alan R. Lulloff, the science services program director with the Association of State Floodplain Managers, called a “WARPING” effect.

    “It can show areas that are actually on high ground as being in the flood hazard area when they’re not,” he said. “That’s the biggest problem.”

    “Her house is on a hill,” said Herb Darling, the director of environmental services for Burnet County, where Edgar lives. “There’s no way it’s going to flood.”

    Yet the maps, released last year, placed the Edgars in what FEMA calls a “special flood hazard area.”

    FEMA eventually admitted the maps were wrong. But it took Edgar half a dozen engineers (many of whom volunteered their time), almost $1,000 of her own money and what she called an “ungodly number of hours” of research and phone calls over the course of a year to prove it.

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     http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/18/fema-caught-using-old-data-for-new-flood-maps-that-cost-homeowners-untold-sums-in-extra-insurance-premiums/

    By Theodoric Meyer, Pro Publica
    Thursday, July 18, 2013 14:11 EDT

    When Donna Edgar found out that new flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency would place her house in a high-risk flood zone, she couldn’t believe it.

    Her home, on the ranch she and her husband own in Texas hill country about 60 miles north of Austin, sits well back from the nearby Lampasas River.

    “Her house is on a hill,” said Herb Darling, the director of environmental services for Burnet County, where Edgar lives. “There’s no way it’s going to flood.”

    Yet the maps, released last year, placed the Edgars in what FEMA calls a “special flood hazard area.” Homeowners in such areas are often required, and always encouraged, to buy federal flood insurance, which the Edgars did.

    FEMA eventually admitted the maps were wrong. But it took Edgar half a dozen engineers (many of whom volunteered their time), almost $1,000 of her own money and what she called an “ungodly number of hours” of research and phone calls over the course of a year to prove it.

    Edgars is far from alone.

    From Maine to Oregon, local floodplain managers say FEMA’s recent flood maps 2014 which dictate the premiums that 5.5 million Americans pay for flood insurance

     2014 have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing FEMA’s mistakes.

    “It’s been a mess,” Darling said. “It’s been a headache for a lot of people.”

    Joseph Young, Maine’s floodplain mapping coordinator, said his office gets calls “almost on a daily basis” from homeowners who say they’ve been mapped in high-risk flood areas in error. More often than not, he said, their complaints have merit. “There’s a lot of people who have a new map that’s unreliable,” he said.

    Maps built with out-of-date data can also result in homeowners at risk of flooding not knowing the threat they face.

    FEMA is currently finalizing new maps for Fargo, N.D., yet the maps don’t include any recent flood data, said April Walker, the city engineer, including from when the Red River overran its banks in 1997, 2009 and 2011. Those floods were the worst in Fargo’s history Fargo has more recent data, Walker said, but FEMA hasn’t incorporated it.

    It’s unclear exactly how many new maps FEMA has issued in recent years are at least partly based on older data. While FEMA’s website allows anybody to look-up flood maps for their areas, the agency’s maps don’t show the age of the underlying data.

    FEMA’s director of risk analysis, Doug Bellomo, said it was “very rare” for the agency to digitize the old paper flood maps without updating some of the data. “We really don’t go down the road” of simply digitizing old maps, he said.

    FEMA did not respond to questions about the maps for Fargo or other specific areas.

    State and local floodplain officials pointed to examples where FEMA had issued new maps based at least in part on outdated data. The reason, they said, wasn’t complicated.

    “Not enough funding, pure and simple,” Young said.

    Using new technology, FEMA today is able to gather far more accurate elevation data than it could in the 1970s and 1980s, when most of the old flood maps were made. Lidar, in which airplanes map terrain by firing laser pulses at the ground, can provide data that’s 10 times more accurate than the old methods.

    Lidar is also expensive. Yet as we’ve reported, Congress, with the support of the White House, has actually cut map funding by more than half since 2010, from $221 million down to $100 million this year.

    With limited funding, FEMA has concentrated on updating maps for the populated areas along the coasts. In rural areas, “it’s sort of a necessary evil to reissue maps with older data on them,” said Sally McConkey, an engineer with the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which has a contract with FEMA to produce flood maps in the state.

    When old maps are digitized, mapmakers try to match up road intersections visible on them with the ones seen in modern satellite imagery (similar to what you can see using Google Earth). But the old maps and the new imagery don’t always line up correctly, leading to what Alan R. Lulloff, the science services program director with the Association of State Floodplain Managers, called a “warping” effect.

    “It can show areas that are actually on high ground as being in the flood hazard area when they’re not,” he said. “That’s the biggest problem.”

    When FEMA issued new maps last year for Livingston Parish in Louisiana, near Baton Rouge, they included new elevation data. But the flood studies, said Eddie Aydell III, the chief engineer with Alvin Fairburn  in Denham Springs, La., who examined the maps, were “a conglomeration of many different ancient engineering studies” dating from the 1980s to 2001. The mapmakers did not match up the new elevation data with the older data correctly, he said, making structures in the parish seem lower than they really are.

    “It’s going to be a nightmare for the residents of our parish,” he said.

    Bonnie Marston’s parents, Jim and Glynda Childs, moved to Andover, Maine, where Marston lives with her husband, in 2010 with the intention of building a house. But when they applied for a loan the bank told them that FEMA’s new flood maps for the county, issued the year before, had placed the land on which they planned to build in a special flood hazard area. The cost: a $3,200 annual flood insurance bill, which the Childs had to pay upfront.

    Marston spent about $1,400 to hire a surveyor, who concluded her parents did not belong in a special flood hazard area. FEMA eventually removed the requirement for them to buy flood insurance 2014 though it didn’t actually update the map. The bank refunded the flood insurance premium, but Marston said FEMA wouldn’t refund the cost of the survey.

    “In my mind it’s a huge rip-off,” Marston said.

    Edgar, 68, a retired IBM software developer, said she couldn’t understand why FEMA thought her house was suddenly at risk of flooding. When she called FEMA and asked, she said the agency couldn’t tell her.

    “They just said, ‘You need to buy flood insurance,’” she said, and told her she could apply for what’s known as a letter of map amendment if she thought she’d been mapped into a special flood hazard area in error. She worried that being in a high-risk flood area would diminish the value of her home.

    Her husband, Thomas, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, knew David R. Maidment, a civil engineering professor there who is an expert on flood insurance mapping. While she hired a surveyor and wrangled with FEMA, Maidment and several of his Ph.D. students drove up to the ranch to study it as a class project.

    The experience, Maidment said, showed him “in a very small microcosm” the importance of using up-to-date elevation data in new maps. The Texas state government paid to map Burnet County, where the Edgars’ ranch is located, in 2011 using lidar. But FEMA’s new maps for the county don’t include the lidar data.

    FEMA removed the Edgars from the special flood hazard area in March, but again it hasn’t actually changed the maps. Letters of map amendment acknowledge that FEMA’s maps were incorrect without actually changing them. While the Edgars don’t have to buy flood insurance, the new, inaccurate maps remain.

    Darling, the county’s director of environmental services, said he had gotten calls from dozens of homeowners with similar complaints about the new flood maps.

    “We’ve still got 2018em coming in,” he said.

    The contractor that created the new maps appeared to have taken shortcuts in drawing them, Darling said. Without new lidar data, he added, issuing a new map is “just a waste of money.”

    The experience, Edgar said, had left her feeling deeply frustrated, as a both homeowner and a taxpayer. FEMA hasn’t reimbursed her for the surveying costs or for the flood insurance premium she and her husband paid. “It falls to the homeowner to hire a professional engineer and pay” hundreds, even thousands, “to disprove what I would call their shoddy work,” she said. “I don’t think that’s fair.”