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    Public Comment Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    235 W 5th St

    Port Angeles WA 98362

    (360) 417-9452

    THIS IS MY PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE DREDGE REPORT AS PROVIDED ON THE  MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

    EFFECTING PORT ANGELES AND CLALLAM COUNTY WA.

    THE AREA AROUND THE EXISTING PIER AND PROPOSED EXTENSION IS PROPOSED TO HAVE ABOUT 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL DREDGED

    THE AREAS IN PORT ANGELES AND CLALLAM COUNTY WHERE THE DUMPING OF THE DREDGED MATERIAL WILL BE DISPOSED OF  BY THE MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

    THE NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL OF 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGED MATERIAL IS INCLUDED IN THE  MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

     (2) THE PERMITTEE MUST COORDINATE ANY NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL WITH THE CORPS, SEATTLE DISTRICT, REGULATORY BRANCH PROJECT MANAGER; AND

     (3) APPROVAL MUST BE RECEIVED FROM THE DISTRICT ENGINEER PRIOR TO CONDUCTING NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL.

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    186,761 CUBIC YARDS WERE SUITABLE FOR UNCONFINED DISPOSAL AT AN OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL SITE IN PORT ANGELES.

    THE REMAINING 21,270 CUBIC YARDS WERE FOUND TO BE CONTAMINATED MATERIAL, UNSUITABLE FOR OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL. AFTER MECHANICAL REMOVAL,

    The sediment testing data are available at the Corps, Seattle District, Dredged Material Management Office.

    THIS CONTAMINATED  MATERIAL WILL BE LOADED ONTO TRUCKS AND TRANSPORTED TO AN UPLAND DISPOSAL AREA, APPROVED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY AND THE CLALLAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

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    WHO KNEW?

    THE NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL OF 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGED MATERIAL

    AND APPROVED BY THE CLALLAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE  CONTAMINATED  MATERIAL WILL BE LOADED ONTO TRUCKS AND TRANSPORTED TO AN UPLAND DISPOSAL AREAS IN CLALLAM COUNTY WA……

    INDEED, WHO KNEW,  CLALLAM COUNTY WA HAS A  DUMPING AREA FOR DISPOSAL OF CONTAMINATED DREDGING MATERIAL?

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    DREDGED MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (DMMP):

    THE AREA AROUND THE EXISTING PIER AND PROPOSED EXTENSION IS PROPOSED TO HAVE ABOUT 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL DREDGED

     DREDGING PLAN:

    A DREDGING PLAN, SUFFICIENT TO ADEQUATELY SEPARATE CONTAMINATED MATERIAL FROM SEDIMENTS SUITABLE FOR OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL, WILL BE PREPARED BY THE APPLICANT AND SUBMITTED TO THE REGULATORY AGENCIES FOR REVIEW PRIOR TO DREDGING.

     A PRE-DREDGING CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD TO REVIEW QUALITY CONTROL PLANS AND PROCEDURES FOR MATERIAL SEPARATION.

     FOR THIS PROJECT, THE DMMP AGENCIES DETERMINED THAT 186,761 CUBIC YARDS WERE SUITABLE FOR UNCONFINED DISPOSAL AT THE DMMP NONDISPERSIVE (OR DISPERSIVE) OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL SITE IN PORT ANGELES AND/OR PLACEMENT IN NEAH BAY FOR INTERTIDAL AND/OR SUBTIDAL BENEFICIAL USE.

     THE REMAINING 21,270 CUBIC YARDS WERE FOUND UNSUITABLE FOR OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL. AFTER MECHANICAL REMOVAL, THIS MATERIAL WILL BE LOADED ONTO TRUCKS AND TRANSPORTED TO AN UPLAND DISPOSAL AREA, APPROVED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY AND THE CLALLAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

    DREDGED MATERIAL TESTING:

    THE PROPOSED DREDGED MATERIAL has been tested according to the procedures specified by DMMP, a multi-agency program for the evaluation of dredged material proposed for disposal at open-water sites in Washington State.

    The DMMP EVALUATIONS MAY INCLUDE BOTH CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL TESTING OF SEDIMENTS.

    AND TO DETERMINE THE OVERALL PUBLIC INTEREST OF THE ACTIVITY. THE DESCRIBED DISCHARGE WILL BE EVALUATED FOR COMPLIANCE WITH GUIDELINES PROMULGATED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY UNDER AUTHORITY OF SECTION 404(B)(1) OF THE CWA.

    THESE GUIDELINES REQUIRE AN ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS FOR ANY PROPOSED DISCHARGE OF DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL INTO WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES.

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    THE NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL OF 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGED MATERIAL IS INCLUDED IN THE  MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

     (2) THE PERMITTEE MUST COORDINATE ANY NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL WITH THE CORPS, SEATTLE DISTRICT, REGULATORY BRANCH PROJECT MANAGER; AND

     (3) APPROVAL MUST BE RECEIVED FROM THE DISTRICT ENGINEER PRIOR TO CONDUCTING NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL.

    Other APPROPRIATE special conditions may be added as a result of comments received during the public review period for this public notice.

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    To ensure proper consideration of all comments, responders must include the following name and reference number in the text of their comments: Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826

    COMMENT AND REVIEW PERIOD:

    Public Notice Date: October 6, 2017

    Expiration Date: November 7, 2017

    Reference No.: NWS-2016-826

    Name: Makah Indian Tribe

    Conventional mail or e-mail comments on this public notice will be accepted and made part of the record and will be considered in determining whether authorizing the work would not be contrary to the public interest.

     In order to be accepted, e-mail comments must originate from the author’s e-mail account and must include on the subject line of the e-mail message the permit applicant’s name and reference number as shown below.

    Either conventional mail or e-mail comments must include the permit applicant’s name and reference number, as shown below,

    Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826

    and the commenter’s name, address, and phone number.

    All comments whether conventional mail or e-mail must reach this office, no later than the expiration date of this public notice to ensure consideration.

    Expiration Date: November 7, 2017

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    CORPS COMMENTS:

     All e-mail comments should be sent to pamela.sanguinetti@usace.army.mil.

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    ECOLOGY COMMENTS: Any person desiring to present views on the project pertaining to a request for Coastal Zone Management consistency concurrence, may do so by submitting written comments to the following address:

    Department of Ecology, Attn: SEA program – Federal Permit Coordinator, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, Washington,

    98504-7600, or e-mail to ecyrefedpermits@ecy.wa.gov

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    MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE COMMENTS: Any person desiring to present views on the project pertaining to a request for water quality certification under Section 401 of the CWA, may do so by submitting written comments to

    the following address: Makah Indian Tribe, Attn: Aaron Parker, Makah Fisheries Water Quality Specialist,

    P.O. Box 115, Neah Bay, WA 98357

    To ensure proper consideration of all comments, responders must include the following name and reference number in the text of their comments: Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826, or email to aaron.parker@makah.com

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    From: Marquell, Elizabeth E CIV USARMY CENWD (US) <Elizabeth.E.Marquell@usace.army.mil>
    Date: Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 10:44 AM
    Subject: Public Notice for NWS-2016-0826-; Makah Indian Tribe -Request for comments (UNCLASSIFIED)
    To: “Sanguinetti, Pamela A CIV USARMY CENWS (US)” <Pamela.Sanguinetti@usace.army.mil>, CENWS Cultural Resources <Cultural.Resources@usace.army.mil>

    CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

    PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL
    For comments or questions regarding this Public Notice, please contact the project manager listed below.

    CONTACT INFORMATION:
    PROJECT NUMBER:  NWS-2016-0826-, Clallam County, Makah Indian Tribe
    PROJECT MANAGER: Pam Sanguinetti
    TELEPHONE: (206) 764-6904
    E-MAIL: Pamela.Sanguinetti@usace.army.mil

    The attached PDF document is a Public Notice for a proposed project where a permit is being requested from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District.

    To view the attached document, you will need to use the Adobe Acrobat Reader.  For a free copy of the Acrobat Reader please visit: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

    To provide any project specific comments in writing or by e-mail, please visit the link below and follow the instructions outlined in the “How to Submit Comments” section.
    Http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx

    For more Regulatory Program information, please visit http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Regulatory.aspx
    CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

    Joint Public Notice

    Application for a Department of the Army Permit and

    a Makah Indian Tribe Water Quality Certification and

    Washington Department of Ecology Coastal Zone

    Management Consistency Concurrence

    US ARMY CORPS

    OF ENGINEERS

    Seattle District

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    Regulatory Branch

    Post Office Box 3755

    Seattle, WA 98124-3755

    Telephone (206) 764-6904

    Attn: Pamela Sanguinetti, Project

    Manager

    WA Department of Ecology

    SEA Program

    Post Office Box 47600

    Olympia, WA 98504-7600

    Telephone (360) 407-6076

    Attn: SEA Program, Federal Permit

    Coordinator

    Makah Indian Tribe

    P.O. Box 115

    Neah Bay, WA 98357

    Telephone (360) 645-2201

    Attn: Aaron Parker, Makah Fisheries

    Water Quality Specialist

    ______________________________

    Public Notice Date: October 6, 2017

    Expiration Date: November 7, 2017

    Reference No.: NWS-2016-826

    Name: Makah Indian Tribe

    Interested parties are hereby notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) AND THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY (ECOLOGY) HAVE RECEIVED AN APPLICATION TO PERFORM WORK IN WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES AS described below and shown on the enclosed drawings dated March 16, 2017.

    THE CORPS will review the work in accordance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act.

    THE MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE will review the work pursuant to water quality certification under Section 401 of the CWA.

    ECOLOGY will review the work pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act.

    APPLICANT: Makah Indian Tribe

    Post Office Box 115

    Neah Bay, Washington 98357

    ATTN: William S. Parkin, Jr., Director, Port of Neah Bay

    Telephone: (360) 645-3019

     

    AGENT: Berger ABAM

    33301 Ninth Avenue South, Suite 300

    Federal Way, Washington

    ATTN: Ms. Victoria England

    Telephone: (206) 357-5621

    LOCATION: The project is located in the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay, Clallam County, Washington

    WORK: The project consists of an extension to an existing fishing pier to accommodate an emergency response towing vessel and other associated spill response vessels. The pier extension will be about 563 feet in length extending to the northwest. Two finger piers, respectively about 325-foot and 340-ftoot lengths, will extend to the north from the angled pier extension. Two floating piers, each about 180 feet long, will be located on the north side of the pier extension. The new pier extension will be supported by up to 220 steel piles, which includes eighty-five 24-inch diameter steel piles and one hundred thirty-five 18-inch diameter steel piles. The floating piers will be secured to 18-inch diameter steel piles.

    The pier extension will have concrete decking that will be paved with an asphalt overlay. The pier extension is sloped to drain stormwater to a central utility corridor with a grated cover. The bottom of the corridor will be sealed so that stormwater will drain into the trench and be collected. The collected water will be routed to a vault with cartridges to treat the stormwater prior to discharge into Neah Bay.

    THE AREA AROUND THE EXISTING PIER AND PROPOSED EXTENSION IS PROPOSED TO HAVE ABOUT 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL DREDGED to increase the depths to elevations ranging from -15 to -25 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) plus one foot allowable overdepth (-16 to -25 feet MLLW). Material would be dredged using either mechanical (clamshell) or hydraulic dredging equipment. Material suitable for in-water use would be placed using hydraulic pipeline or clamshell dredging equipment on the beneficial use site. Material not suitable for in-water disposal would be placed at an upland facility in accordance with state and federal waste and disposal regulations.

    PURPOSE: The project purpose is to provide secure, reliable support for enhanced oil spill response capability in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean in the vicinity of Neah Bay.

    DREDGED MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (DMMP):

    Dredged Material Testing: The proposed dredged material has been tested according to the procedures specified by DMMP, a multi-agency program for the evaluation of dredged material proposed for disposal at open-water sites in Washington State. The DMMP evaluations may include both chemical and biological testing of sediments. For this project, the DMMP agencies determined that 186,761 cubic yards were suitable for unconfined disposal at the DMMP nondispersive (or dispersive) open-water disposal site in Port Angeles and/or placement in Neah Bay for intertidal and/or subtidal beneficial use.

     The remaining 21,270 cubic yards were found unsuitable for open-water disposal. After mechanical removal, this material will be loaded onto trucks and transported to an upland disposal area, approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Clallam County Department of Health.

    The sediment testing data are available at the Corps, Seattle District, Dredged Material Management Office.

    DREDGING PLAN: A dredging plan, sufficient to adequately separate contaminated material from sediments suitable for open-water disposal, will be prepared by the applicant and submitted to the regulatory agencies for review prior to dredging. A pre-dredging conference will be held to review quality control plans and procedures for material separation.

    DISPOSAL SITE USE CONDITIONS: The following standard site-use conditions will be specified by the Corps and the Washington Department of Natural Resources as part of the Federal/State permitting processes if a permit is issued:

    (1) DISPOSAL OPERATIONS MUST NOT INTERFERE WITH INDIAN TREATY FISHING AT THE DISPOSAL SITE, INCLUDING GILL NETS AND OTHER FISHING GEAR;

    (2) THE PERMITTEE MUST COORDINATE ANY NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL WITH THE CORPS, SEATTLE DISTRICT, REGULATORY BRANCH PROJECT MANAGER; AND

     (3) APPROVAL MUST BE RECEIVED FROM THE DISTRICT ENGINEER PRIOR TO CONDUCTING NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL.

     Other appropriate special conditions may be added as a result of comments received during the public review period for this public notice.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

    THE WORK WOULD BE COMPLETED OVER A 5-YEAR PERIOD.

     The line of Mean High Water/ Mean Higher High Water shown on the project drawings have not yet been verified by the U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (CORPS). If the Corps determines the boundaries of the wetland/waters ARE SUBSTANTIALLY INACCURATE a new public notice may be published.

    MITIGATION: The applicant MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE is evaluating a number of sites within Neah Bay where derelict structures could be removed to mitigate the increased overwater coverage of the replacement structure. The PROPOSED DREDGED MATERIAL PLACEMENT would return a section of shoreline to its historical conditions based on historic photographs of the area.

    ENDANGERED SPECIES:

    The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires federal agencies to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) pursuant to Section 7 of the ESA on all actions that may affect a species listed (or proposed for listing) under the ESA as threatened or endangered or any designated critical habitat.

    After receipt of comments from this public notice, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will evaluate the potential impacts to proposed and/or listed species and their designated critical habitat.

    ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT:

    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act of 1996, requires all Federal agencies to consult with the NMFS on ALL ACTIONS, OR PROPOSED ACTIONS, PERMITTED, FUNDED, OR UNDERTAKEN by the agency, that may adversely affect Essential Fish Habitat (EFH). The proposed action would impact EFH in the project area.

    If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) determines that the proposed action may adversely affect EFH for federally managed fisheries in Washington waters, the Corps will initiate EFH consultation with the NMFS. The Corps’ final determination relative to project impacts and the need for mitigation measures is subject to review by and coordination with the NMFS.

    CULTURAL RESOURCES:

    The Corps has reviewed the latest published version of the National Register of Historic Places, Washington Information System for Architectural and Archaeological Records Data and other sources of information. The Corps invites responses to this public notice from Native American Tribes or tribal governments; Federal, State, and local agencies; historical and archeological societies; AND OTHER PARTIES likely to have knowledge of or concerns regarding historic properties and sites of religious and cultural significance at or

    near the project area. After receipt of comments from this public notice, the Corps will evaluate potential impacts and consult with the State Historic Preservation Officer and Native American Tribes in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as appropriate.

    PUBLIC HEARING: Any person may request, in writing, within the comment period specified in this notice, that a public hearing be held to consider this application. Requests for public hearings shall state, with particularity, the reasons for holding a public hearing.

    EVALUATION – CORPS – The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts, including cumulative impacts, of the proposed activity on THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

     That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal, MUST BE BALANCED AGAINST ITS REASONABLY FORESEEABLE DETRIMENTS.

    ALL FACTORS WHICH MAY BE RELEVANT TO THE PROPOSAL WILL BE CONSIDERED, INCLUDING THE CUMULATIVE EFFECTS THEREOF; AMONG THOSE ARE CONSERVATION, ECONOMICS, AESTHETICS, GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, WETLANDS, HISTORIC PROPERTIES, FISH AND WILDLIFE VALUES, FLOOD HAZARDS, FLOODPLAIN VALUES, LAND USE, NAVIGATION, SHORELINE EROSION AND ACCRETION, RECREATION, WATER SUPPLY AND CONSERVATION, WATER QUALITY, ENERGY NEEDS, SAFETY, FOOD AND FIBER PRODUCTION, MINERAL NEEDS,CONSIDERATIONS OF PROPERTY OWNERSHIP, AND, IN GENERAL, THE NEEDS AND WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE.

     The Corps is soliciting comments from the public; Native American Nations or tribal governments; Federal, State, and local agencies and officials; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate THE IMPACTS OF THIS ACTIVITY. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for the work. To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species,

    historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above.

    Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing AND TO DETERMINE THE OVERALL PUBLIC INTEREST OF THE ACTIVITY. The described discharge will be evaluated for compliance with guidelines promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency under authority of Section 404(b)(1) of the CWA. These guidelines require an alternatives analysis for any proposed discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States.

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    EVALUATION – ECOLOGY:

     ECOLOGY is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, Native American Nations or tribal governments, State, and local agencies and officials; AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this activity. ECOLOGY will be considering all comments to determine whether to concur or object that the project is consistent with Ecology’s Coastal Zone Management program.

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    EVALUATION

    Makah Indian Tribe: The Makah Indian Tribe is soliciting comments from the public; Federal,

    Native American Nations or tribal governments, State, and local agencies and officials; AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES  in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this activity. The Makah Indian Tribe will be considering all comments to determine whether to certify or deny certification for the proposed project.

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    COMMENT AND REVIEW PERIOD:

    Conventional mail or e-mail comments on this public notice will be accepted and made part of the record and will be considered IN DETERMINING WHETHER AUTHORIZING THE WORK WOULD NOT BE CONTRARY TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST. In order to be accepted, e-mail comments must originate from the author’s e-mail account and must include on the subject line of the e-mail message the permit applicant’s name and reference number as shown below. Either conventional mail or e-mail comments must include the permit applicant’s name and reference number, as shown below, and the commenter’s name, address, and phone number.

    All comments whether conventional mail or e-mail must reach this office, no later than the expiration date of this public notice to ensure consideration.

    Copies of this public notice which have been mailed or otherwise physically distributed feature project drawings in black and white. The electronic version features those drawings in color, which we think more accurately communicates the scope of project impacts.

    TO ACCESS THE ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THIS PUBLIC NOTICE, GO TO THE SEATTLE

    DISTRICT’S WEB PAGE AT http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/ AND UNDER THE HEADING OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS SELECT REGULATORY PUBLIC NOTICES. RECENTLY-ISSUED PUBLIC NOTICES ARE LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF THE DATE OF ISSUANCE.

    SELECT AND VIEW THE LISTING FOR THIS PROJECT.

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    CORPS COMMENTS:

     All e-mail comments should be sent to pamela.sanguinetti@usace.army.mil.

    Conventional mail comments should be sent to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Branch,

    Attention: Ms. Pamela Sanguinetti, P.O. Box 3755, Seattle, Washington 98124-3755. All comments received will  become part of the administrative record and are subject to public release under the Freedom of Information Act including any personally identifiable information such as names, phone numbers, and addresses.

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    ECOLOGY COMMENTS: Any person desiring to present views on the project pertaining to a request for Coastal Zone Management consistency concurrence, may do so by submitting written comments to the following address:

    Department of Ecology, Attn: SEA program – Federal Permit Coordinator, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, Washington,

    98504-7600, or e-mail to ecyrefedpermits@ecy.wa.gov

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    MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE COMMENTS: Any person desiring to present views on the project pertaining to a request for water quality certification under Section 401 of the CWA, may do so by submitting written comments to

    the following address: Makah Indian Tribe, Attn: Aaron Parker, Makah Fisheries Water Quality Specialist,

    P.O. Box 115, Neah Bay, WA 98357

    To ensure proper consideration of all comments, responders must include the following name and reference number in the text of their comments: Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826, or email to aaron.parker@makah.com

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    THE NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL OF 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGED MATERIAL IS INCLUDED IN THE  MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

    The bottom line….

    IF NIGHTTIME DUMPING OF CONTAMINATED AND OTHER DREDGED MATERIAL IN PORT ANGELES AND CLALLAM COUNTY WA,  AND THE APPROVAL OF THE  CLALLAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. CONCERNS YOU

    SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS


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    • Hepatitis A . Through contaminated food and water

     Hepatitis A

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    Engaging in unsafe sexual practices (oral-anal contact).

    People at high risk for hepatitis A infection include:

    International travelers. Hepatitis A is the hepatitis strain people are most likely to encounter in the course of international travel to developing countries.

    Day care employees and children. Many cases of hepatitis A occur among day care employees and children who attend day care. Risks can be reduced if hygienic precautions are used, particularly when changing babies and handling diapers.

    People living in a household with someone who has hepatitis A

    Men who have sex with men

    Users of illegal drugs

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    Deadliest outbreak of hepatitis A in decades kills 14 in San Diego | US …

    https://www.theguardian.com › US News › Homelessness

    Aug 28, 2017 – Fault Line Park in San Diego, California. … Fourteen people have died from an outbreak of hepatitis A in San Diego, and experts believe it to be …

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    Death toll from San Diego hepatitis outbreak rises to 17, with no signs …

    www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-san-diego-ouitbreak-20170927-story.html

    3 days ago – The death toll in San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak increased … for the outbreak in San Diego and several other California communities.

    The death toll in San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak increased Tuesday, and the region’s top public health official said she hasn’t seen any signs of a slowdown in the public health emergency that has now killed 17 people.

    Dr. Wilma Wooten said there are 49 suspected hepatitis cases and one death still under investigation. A week ago, there were 44 cases, and the number of investigations has bounced from roughly 30 to 50 at any given time for several months, public health officials said.

    “Until the numbers start dropping, we won’t have a clear indication of whether we have turned the corner or not,” Wooten said after making a presentation to the county Board of Supervisors.

    She said the overall case count jumped to 461 Tuesday, with 315 hospitalizations since November and 17 deaths. That’s an increase of one death, 17 cases and 10 hospitalizations from a week ago.

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    IN AN OUTBREAK THAT BEGAN LAST NOVEMBER 2016,

    Hepatitis outbreak: San Diego power-washing streets as death toll rises

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/to-fight-deadly-hepatitis-outbreak-san-diego-begins…

    Sep 13, 2017 –stations and power-washing streets in the Southern California city. … On Monday, crews cleaned areas around 17th Street and Imperial Avenue in … Hepatitis A, which is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus, …

    In large part, the victims were homeless people who have had to contend with a lack of 24-hour public restrooms, even though hand-washing is one of the best defenses against infection.

    The number of cases has exceeded other large outbreaks, said a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) spokesperson, and is “likely the most deaths in an outbreak in the US in the past 20 years”, the period in which the CDC has operated its electronic reporting system. In 2003, three people died and at least 124 were hospitalized after eating contaminated salsa at a Pennsylvania restaurant. In 2013, 69 people across 10 states were hospitalized after eating contaminated pomegranate seeds.

    Yet in San Diego, 264 people have been hospitalized, roughly 70% of them homeless, in an outbreak that began last November, according to local health officials. Nine of the 14 deaths have occurred since mid-July.

    The virus, which impairs liver function, causing jaundice, fatigue, joint pain and, in the most serious cases, death, is largely spread through food or water contaminated by fecal matter. Hepatitis A has a long incubation period – up to 28 days – which means people can spread the disease before they’re aware they’re infected.

    IN THE UNPRECEDENTED SANCTUARY STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    A COUNTY SPOKESPERSON SAID epidemiologists have yet to determine the cause of the outbreak. Contaminated food is often the source of an outbreak, and DR ROHIT LOOMBA, DIRECTOR OF HEPATOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SAN DIEGO, WONDERED if the source could have been food that groups distribute to homeless residents.

    “MY GUT FEELING IS it was a common source where somebody might have given food to a group of homeless individuals,” he said. From there, the virus spread via personal contact. “They don’t have a clean water supply to wash their hands, and once they have hepatitis A, then they become a source for another person.”

    The bottom line….

    THE HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK IN THE SANCTUARY STATE OF CALIFORNIA STARTED IN NOVEMBER 2016, OVER 10 MONTHS AGO.  

    Now it is “likely the most deaths in an outbreak in the US in the past 20 years”

    And, the local liberal Seattle WA State public TV news media started reporting it Sept 29, 2017?


  • WA State Ecology is Back to WAC Us

    Chapter 173-03 WAC, PUBLIC RECORDS

    Incorporates changes made by Emergency Rule- WAC 173-03-9000E

    Why it matters?

    SIMPLY PUT…..

    Behind My Back | “Ecology Sucks”

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/04/15/ecology-sucks/

    APR 15, 2013 – “Ecology Sucks” And, the rest of the story. The local news … citizenreviewonline.org/ecologys-qa-session-in-sequim-about-… Jan 17, 2013 …

     How much will PUBLIC RECORDS cost us?

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    Behind My Back | WA State DOE Emergency Fee Rule?

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/07/24/wa-state-doe-emergency-fee-rule/

    JUL 24, 2017 – July 20, 2016 Public Records Emergency Rule WAC 173-03-9000E CALCULATION OF ACTUAL COSTS OF PRODUCING COPIES OF PUBLIC RECORDS DECLARED …

    WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY finds that it is in the general welfare and the public interest, and benefits requesters and the agency, to adopt the emergency rule in order to preserve AND UPDATE FEES in accordance with the legislatively adopted schedule.

    WITHOUT FURTHER ACTION, THIS WOULD CREATE A PERIOD OF MONTHS DURING WHICH NO STATEMENT OR RULE WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING PRA (PUBLIC RECORDS ACT) COSTS

    OR THE METHODS OF CALCULATING THEM, CREATING CONFUSION AND UNCERTAINTY REGARDING ECOLOGY’S FEE STRUCTURE AND ITS (WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY’S) ABILITY TO CHARGE FEES.

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    EINSTEIN SAID, “IF YOU CAN’T PUT IT SIMPLY, YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT VERY WELL”

    JAN 17, 2013  “IT’S A MONEY DEAL,” I said, adding, “ECOLOGY SUCKS”,  (which prompted a flurry of applause)

    SIMPLY PUT:  THE WA STATE  DEPT OF ECOLOGY (DOE) CHANGES TO PUBLIC RECORDS IS  A MONEY DEAL.

    JAN 20, 2013 “ECOLOGY SUCKS” WAS MY  PUBLISHED OPINION AND ON SEPT 22, 2017  I’M STICKING WITH IT!

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    This is the 994th posting on behindmyback.org since Jan 29, 2013

    This posting is over 3000 words.

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    Complete unedited text

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Ballard, Laura (ECY)

    To: ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK@LISTSERV.WA.GOV

    Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:52 AM

    Subject: The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-03 WAC, Public Records The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: September 15, 2017

    Chapter 173-03 WAC, Public Records

    For more information:

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/laws-rules/wac17303/1614ov.html

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    Chapter 173-03 WAC Public Records

    Incorporates changes made by Emergency Rule- WAC 173-03-9000E

    Overview

    Introduction

    The Department of Ecology is proposing amendments to Chapter 173-03 WAC Public Records. The purpose of this chapter is to implement the requirements of the Public Records Act including the process the agency uses for disclosing records.

    This update will modernize the rule to reflect current law, technology, and processes. On 7/20/17 we filed an emergency rule amendment to implement changes passed by the legislature during the 2017 legislative session.  This emergency rule will be in place until 11/17/2017.  The content of this emergency rule will be included in the permanent rulemaking we are conducting.

    Why it matters

    The rule has not been updated since 1998 and needs to reflect current law, technology, and processes. The rule also contains outdated information about Ecology programs and staff, which will be made current and will reflect changes made in the 2017 legislative session.

    Scope of rule development

    Ecology is proposing to amend Chapter 173-03 WAC. This update will modernize the rule to reflect current law, technology, and processes.

    Process of development

    Please refer to the Timeline and Public Involvement information to stay informed about the rulemaking.

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    To join or leave ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK click here:

    http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A0=ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK

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    Chapter 173-03 WAC

    PUBLIC RECORDS

    Complete Chapter

    WAC Sections

    173-03-010

    What is the purpose of this chapter?

    173-03-020

    How are specific terms defined in this chapter?

    173-03-030

    How is the department of ecology organized?

    173-03-040

    How do I get access to the public records of the department of ecology?

    173-03-050

    What records are retained and how are they indexed?

    173-03-060

    How do I request a public record?

    173-03-070

    How much will it cost me to view a public record?

    173-03-080

    What happens when the department denies a public records request?

    173-03-090

    What do I do if I object to the department’s denial to review a public record?

    173-03-100

    How does the department protect public records?

     

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003?

    WAC 173-03-010

    What is the purpose of this chapter?

    The purpose of this chapter is to implement the requirements of RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 relating to public records.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-010, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-010, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-010, filed 1/17/78.]

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003

    WAC 173-03-020

    How are specific terms defined in this chapter?

    (1) The terms “person,” “public record,” and “writing” shall have the meanings as stated in RCW 42.17.020.

    (2) “Department” means the department of ecology.

    (3) “Director” means the director of the department.

    (4) “Public records officer” means the employee designated as such by the department.

    (5) “Designee” means the employee of the department designated by the director or the public records officer to serve as the public records coordinator at the headquarters offices or at each of the regional offices in the absence of the officer.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-020, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-020, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-020, filed 1/17/78.]

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003

    WAC 173-03-030

    How is the department of ecology organized?

    (1) Headquarters office.

    (a) The headquarters office is located at 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey, Washington. The mailing address for the headquarters office is:

    Department of Ecology

    P.O. Box 47600

    Olympia, Washington 98504-7600

    The mailing address for the nuclear waste management program’s Hanford project is:

    Nuclear Waste Management

    1315 W. 4th Ave.

    Kennewick, WA 99336

    (b) The offices of the director, deputy director(s), program managers and other agency officials are located in the headquarters office.

    (c) The titles of the executive staff are as follows:

    Chief financial officer for financial services.

    Administrative services manager for administrative services.

    Director for intergovernmental relations.

    Director for employee services.

    Director for communications and education.

    Assistant administrator for spills prevention, preparedness and response.

    (2) The program offices located in the headquarters office are:

    (a) Air quality;

    (b) Water resources;

    (c) Water quality;

    (d) Toxics cleanup;

    (e) Nuclear waste;

    (f) Solid waste and financial assistance;

    (g) Hazardous waste and toxics reductions;

    (h) Environmental investigations and laboratory services; and

    (i) Shorelands and environmental assistance.

    (3) Regional offices and their geographical jurisdictions are as follows:

    (a) Northwest regional office (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, Island, King, and Kitsap counties):

    3190 – 160th Avenue S.E.

    Bellevue, WA 98008-5452

    (b) Southwest regional office (Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Clark, and Skamania counties):

    300 Desmond Drive

    Lacey, WA 98503

    Mailing address:

    P.O. Box 47775

    Olympia, Washington 98504-7775

    (c) Central regional office (Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, and Klickitat counties):

    15 West Yakima, Suite 200

    Yakima, WA 98902-3401

    (d) Eastern regional office (Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Grant, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin counties):

    1. 4601 Monroe, Suite 100

    Spokane, Washington 99205-1295

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-030, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-030, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-030, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-030, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-040

    How do I get access to the public records of the department of ecology?

    (1) All public records of the department are available for public inspection and copying under these rules subject to subsections (2), (3), (4), and (5) of this section.

    (2) Availability of public records is subject to the exemptions and prohibitions against disclosure contained in RCW 42.17.310, 42.17.130, 42.17.255, 42.17.260, and 90.52.020. In addition, individuals may request, and ecology may grant, confidentiality of documents from disclosure under RCW 43.21A.160 and 70.105.170.

    (3) When a public record includes information which, if disclosed, would lead to an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy, and the department becomes aware of this fact, the department shall delete such information before making the record available.

    (4) Public records requested may not be readily available for immediate inspection. If the requested records are not readily available, the department shall notify the requester when and where those records will be available.

    (5) Public records of the department are kept by the department or state archives until scheduled for destruction by the records retention schedule in accordance with chapter 40.14 RCW. Public records subject to a request for disclosure when scheduled for destruction shall be retained by the department and may not be erased or destroyed until the request is resolved.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-040, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-040, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-040, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-050

    What records are retained and how are they indexed?

    The records retention schedule established by the division of state archives of the office of the secretary of state serves as an index for the identification and location of the following records:

    (1) All records issued before July 1, 1990, for which the department has maintained an index;

    (2) Final orders entered after June 30, 1990, that are issued in adjudicative proceedings as defined in RCW 34.05.010(1) and that contain an analysis or decision of substantial importance to the department in carrying out its duties;

    (3) Declaratory orders entered after June 30, 1990, that are issued pursuant to RCW 34.05.240 and that contain an analysis or decision of substantial importance to the department in carrying out its duties; and

    (4) Interpretive statements as defined in RCW 34.05.010(8) that were entered after June 30, 1990.

    The records retention schedule indexes records according to the originating program or section, and then the record series title. Each title is further identified by a statement of function or purpose, and the retention period. The records retention schedule is available to the public for inspection and copying. With the assistance of the public records officer or designee, any person can obtain access to public records of the department using the records retention schedule.

    A separate index of policy statements as defined in RCW 34.05.010(4) entered after June 30, 1990, shall be maintained by the department’s policy manual coordinator or designees.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-050, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-050, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-050, filed 1/17/78.]

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003

    WAC 173-03-060

    How do I request a public record?

    (1) All requests for inspection or copying made in person at a department office shall be made on a form substantially as follows:

    REQUEST FOR PUBLIC RECORDS

    Date of Request . . . .

    Time of Request . . . .

    Name . . . .

    Address . . . .

    . . . .

    Description of Records:

    . . . .

    . . . .

    . . . .

    I understand that if a list of individuals is provided me by the Department of Ecology, it will neither be used to promote the election of an official nor promote nor oppose a ballot proposition as prohibited by RCW 42.17.130 nor for commercial purposes nor give or provide access to material to others for commercial purposes as prohibited by RCW 42.17.260(9).

    I understand that I will be charged the amount necessary to reimburse the department’s cost for copying.

    . . . .

    Signature

    Number of pages to be copied

    . . . .

    Number of copies per page

    . . . .

    Charge per copy

    $

    . . . .

    Special copy work charge

    $

    . . . .

    Staff time charge

    $

    . . . .

    Total charge

    $

    . . . .

    (2) You may request records in person at a department of ecology office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

    (3) If you make your request by mail, your request must contain the following information:

    (a) The name and address of the person making the request and the organization the person represents;

    (b) The time of day and calendar date on which the person wishes to inspect the public records;

    (c) A description of the public records requested;

    (d) A statement whether access to copying equipment is desired;

    (e) A phone number where the person can be reached in case the public records officer or designate needs to contact the person for further description of the material or any other reason.

    (f) A statement that the record will not be used for commercial purposes.

    (4) The department must receive all requests at least five business days before the requested date of inspection to allow the public records officer or designee to make certain the requested records are available and not exempt and, if necessary, to contact the person requesting inspection. The department will process all requests in a timely manner. However, large requests or requests for public records maintained offsite may require more than five business days to prepare. The department will respond to your request within five business days of receiving it, by either:

    (a) Providing the record;

    (b) Acknowledging that the department has received the request and providing a reasonable estimate of the time the department will require to respond to the request; or

    (c) Denying the public record request.

    Additional time required to respond to a request may be based upon the need to clarify the intent of the request, to locate and assemble the information requested, to notify third persons or agencies affected by the request, or to determine whether any of the information requested is exempt and that a denial should be made as to all or part of the request. In acknowledging receipt of a public record request that is unclear, the department may ask the requestor to clarify what information the requestor is seeking. If the requestor fails to clarify the request, the agency need not respond to it.

    (5) The department may in its discretion fill requests made by telephone or facsimile copy (fax).

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-060, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-060, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-060, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-060, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-070

    How much will it cost me to view a public record?

    The department does not charge a fee for the inspection of public records. The department will charge an amount necessary to reimburse its costs for providing copies of records. This amount shall be reviewed from time to time by the department, and shall represent the costs of providing copies of public records and for use of the department’s copy equipment, including staff time spent copying records, preparing records for copying, and restoring files. This charge is the amount necessary to reimburse the department for its actual costs for copying and is payable at the time copies are furnished. The charge for special copy work of nonstandard public records shall reflect the total cost, including the staff time necessary to safeguard the integrity of these records.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-070, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-070, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-070, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-070, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-080

    What happens when the department denies a public records request?

    When the department refuses, in whole or part, a request for inspection of any public record, it must include a statement of the specific exemption authorizing the refusal and a brief explanation of how the exemption applies to the record withheld.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-080, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-080, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-090

    What do I do if I object to the department’s denial to review a public record?

    (1) Any person who objects to the refusal of a request for a public record may petition for prompt review of that decision by submitting a written request for review. The written request shall specifically refer to the written statement by the public records officer or designee which constituted or accompanied the refusal.

    (2) Immediately after receiving a written request for review of a decision denying a public record, the public records officer or other staff member denying the request shall refer it to the director or the director’s delegate. The director or delegate shall immediately consider the matter and either affirm or reverse the refusal. The final decision shall be sent to the objecting person within two business days following receipt of the petition for review.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-090, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-090, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-100

    How does the department protect public records?

    In order to adequately protect the public records of the department, you must comply with the following guidelines while inspecting public records:

    (1) You may not remove any public record from the department’s premises.

    (2) You must have a designated department employee present while you are inspecting a public record.

    (3) You may not mark or deface a public record in any manner during inspection.

    (4) You may not dismantle public records which are maintained in a file or jacket, or in chronological or other filing order, or those records which, if lost or destroyed, would constitute excessive interference with the department’s essential functions.

    (5) Access to file cabinets, shelves, vaults, or other storage areas is restricted to department personnel, unless other arrangements are made with the public records officer or designee.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-100, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-100, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-100, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-100, filed 1/17/78.]

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    The bottom line…..

    THE WA STATE  DEPT OF ECOLOGY (DOE) CHANGES TO PUBLIC RECORDS IS  A MONEY DEAL.

    JAN 20, 2013 “ECOLOGY SUCKS” WAS MY  PUBLISHED OPINION AND ON SEPT 22, 2017  I’M STICKING WITH IT!


  • IRMA Predicting Weather with Spaghetti?

    The Weather Channel, ‘SPAGHETTI MODELS’  for Hurricane Irma showed  many potential paths for the storm.

    SEP 2, 2017 THE EUROPEAN MODEL (ECMWF)  kept  the storm tracking further west, nearing the Bahamas by the end of next week

    Who said, IRMA was not an easy storm to forecast,  as computer SPAGETTI models disagreed with one another on important details right up until landfall?

    JAN 13, 2016 – WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS IN THE WEATHER BIZ SINCE THE 90S, BUT IT… …

    ONE OF THEM IS THAT THE EUROPEAN MODEL (ECMWF)   IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE GFS. (GLOBAL FORECAST SYSTEM) …

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    THE TOO LATE  GFS PREDICTION THAT DETERMINED IRMA’S LAND FALL  AND EVACUATION IN FLORIDA WAS TOO BIG TO IGNORE.

    BECAUSE ON SEP 2, 2017 IT WAS  THE EUROPEAN MODEL (ECMWF)  THAT PREDICTED  THE STORM TRACKING FURTHER WEST…. And, the entire world  knows the rest of that story….

    AFTER THE FACT, The Canadian News media noticed, and asked on The National, “Why didn’t the U.S. use the European model for predicting Hurricane IRMA?”

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    WHY INDEED, THE FAILURE OF (GFS) IS  TOO BIG TO BE IGNORED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP.

    IRMA Predicting Weather with Spaghetti?

    Predicting and evacuating 6 million people in Florida, the largest mass evacuation in U.S. history, based on the inferior (GFS) Spaghetti model decision is too big to be ignored by the Trump Administration and  We the American people. Specifically?  the U.S Department of Energy’s engagement in and with…  and/or dis-connect with the (ECMWF).

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    The History of the WA DC Establishment’s Tactic’s, Process and Progress….

    I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “throw spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks.” It’s a common way to describe the process of testing many different tactics at the same time in order to identify what works (sticks) and what doesn’t work (falls to the floor).

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    In spite of the too late GFS, IRMA land fall predictions for Florida, a higher authority prevailed,

    In God we trust, and with President Trump we the people  shall prevail.

    Under the administration of President Trump, to date,  68 lives were lost to Hurricane Irma.

    And, under the Trump Administration 82 lives were lost to Hurricane Harvey

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    The European model, is run by the European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF), the premiere U.S. Weather model, is the Global Forecast System (GFS).

    THE U.S. ANALOG TO THE EUROPEAN MODEL (ECMWF),  IS THE GLOBAL FORECAST SYSTEM (GFS).

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    TUE SEP 05 2017  500 AM AST The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) said IRMA could have “some impacts” on Florida after passing the Caribbean.

    TUE SEP 05 2017  500 AM AST The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) REMINDED USERS NOT TO FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK, ESPECIALLY AT THE LONGER RANGES, SINCE THE AVERAGE NHC TRACK ERRORS ARE ABOUT 175 AND 225 STATUTE MILES AT DAYS 4 AND 5, RESPECTIVELY.

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    Hurricane Irma path: Why ‘spaghetti models’ show range of options …

    www.businessinsider.com/hurricane-irma-spaghetti-models-landfall-2017-9

    Sep 6, 2017 – Hurricane Irma ‘spaghetti models‘ show many potential paths for the storm — here’s … Company (the group behind The Weather Channel and the Weather … is primarily run in the US, and Euro models that come from Europe.

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    SEP 6, 2017

    Here’s what the world’s most accurate weather model predicts for Irma …

    https://arstechnica.com/…/heres-what-the-worlds-most-accurate-weather-model-predic…

    SEP 6, 2017 – Note: This story was written during the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 6. As of Thursday morning, the forecasts discussed within are still more …A potentially catastrophic hurricane will approach southern Florida this weekend.

    Eric Berger – 9/6/2017, 12:10 PM

    Take a look at this plot of a bunch of different models from Wednesday morning. Note the dark blue line on the left-hand side of the forecast tracks—that’s the official track forecast from the National Hurricane Center that was issued at 5am ET.

    THE US ANALOG TO THE EUROPEAN MODEL (ECMWF),  IS THE GLOBAL FORECAST SYSTEM (GFS). It has a lower resolution, and it typically doesn’t perform quite as well. The European model runs every 12 hours, so when the forecast plot was made, National Hurricane Center forecasters were working off of the 00z run, which typically comes out at about 2:30am ET. The ensemble forecasts (about 50 runs on a lower resolution model with slightly different initial conditions) typically follow about an hour later. Here’s what that ensemble data looked like for forecasters on Wednesday morning.

    CLICK ON THE LINK TO SEE the  forecast model spaghetti plot for Hurricane Irma, with an official forecast track in dark blue.

    Now, you may be wondering, “Why is the official forecast so far to the left, when all of the other models had moved east?” THE ANSWER IS THE EUROPEAN MODEL. This forecast system has superior hardware to run its calculations. But more importantly, it has a method by which it better assimilates real-world data—observations from weather networks around the world, atmospheric soundings, reconnaissance aircraft, and much more—into its calculations.

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    FRI SEP 8, 2017  BASED ON IRMA’S PROJECTED PATH, WHICH INCLUDES Florida’s heavily populated eastern coast, the enormous storm could create one of the largest mass evacuations in US history, CNN senior meteorologist Dave Hennen said. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties combined have about 6 million people.

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    JAN 13, 2016 – WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS IN THE WEATHER BIZ SINCE THE 90S, BUT IT… … ONE OF THEM IS THAT

    THE EUROPEAN MODEL IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE GFS

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    US forecast models have been pretty terrible during Hurricane Irma …

    https://arstechnica.com/…/us-forecast-models-have-been-pretty-terrible-during-hurrica…

    7 days ago – NOAA’s best weather model seems to be getting worse with hurricanes, … AT TIMES DURING HARVEY, THE EUROPEAN MODEL OUTPERFORMED HUMANS.

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    Sep 2, 2017 THE EUROPEAN MODEL kept  the storm tracking further west, nearing the Bahamas by the end of next week.

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    Tue Sep 05 2017  500 AM AST The NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Irma could have “some impacts” on Florida after passing the Caribbean.

    USERS ARE REMINDED TO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK, ESPECIALLY AT THE LONGER RANGES, SINCE THE AVERAGE NHC TRACK ERRORS ARE ABOUT 175 AND 225 STATUTE MILES AT DAYS 4 AND 5, RESPECTIVELY.

    SEP 6, 2017 – Its latest NHC update said: “There is an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys later this week and this weekend.  The European model kept  the storm tracking further west

    SEP 7, 2017THE STORM’S EXACT PATH STILL REMAINS UNCLEAR. But after seeing news reports about water and food shortages in Texas last week as Harvey blew through, Floridians want to be prepared, Florida residents are scrambling for supplies and prepping for ..

    FRI SEP 8, 2017  BASED ON IRMA’S PROJECTED PATH, WHICH INCLUDES Florida’s heavily populated eastern coast, the enormous storm could create one of the largest mass evacuations in US history, CNN senior meteorologist Dave Hennen said. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties combined have about 6 million people.

    FRI SEP 8, 2017  THOUGH NOBODY KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE IRMA WILL MAKE LANDFALL, the governors of Georgia and South Carolina decided not to take any chances. They ordered mandatory evacuations of low-lying coastal areas around Savannah and Charleston.

    Other eastern Florida population centers could also see similar evacuations soon, depending on the path of the hurricane, which is expected to near Miami on Sunday.

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    For more than a week, meteorologists had insisted that the storm would travel west along the Cuban shore before suddenly shifting north toward the Florida peninsula.

    ABC News meteorologists warned Irma could threaten a wide area of the US coast ranging from Mobile, Alabama, to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and said the forecast cone of uncertainty is now very close to including parts of southern Florida and Miami. THE EUROPEAN MODEL kept  the storm tracking further west.

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    Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it 

    WHEN 6 MILLION PEOPLE IN FLORIDA ARE EVACUATED, THE LARGEST MASS EVACUATION IN U.S. HISTORY, WAS PREDICTED  AND CAUSED BY USING   NOAA’S NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER (NHC)  INFERIOR SPAGHETTI MODEL

    THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO BE NOTIFIED AND INFORMED.

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    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 HINDSIGHT IS 20/20 

    Hurricane Irma: How the National Weather Service Prepared – The …

    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/09/…weather…irma/539445/

    4 days ago – A couple looks at flood waters in Jacksonville, Florida on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, … Six million people had been evacuated on the basis of this alleged turn. … For the National Weather Service, Irma’s landfall represented an important … as its forecasters rushed to describe and predict the storm’s finale.

    If it failed to pivot, it would sail harmlessly into the Gulf of Mexico.

     Six million people had been evacuated on the basis of this alleged turn.

    Florida had declared a state of emergency, and the governor called up the national guard.

    Hurricane Irma again demonstrated the inferiority of the top U.S. weather model

    Hurricane Irma is one more in a long line of storms to shine a spotlight on problems with the GFS, particularly at intermediate to longer timescales. The issue gained prominence after Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey in October 2012, which the European model hinted at at least a week in advance. The GFS model, however, didn’t catch on to the storm’s unusual track until about 5 days in advance. 

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    So Why Is the Euro Better?
    Many in the U.S. were embarrassed when the Euro beat the GFS badly for Sandy. It even got Congress whipped into a lather, and they approved tens of millions to upgrade the computers at NOAA — the agency that runs the National Weather Service. NOAA just announced that their Supercomputer is “running at record speed,” and that it “secures the U.S. reputation as a world leader…”“A” world leader, but not “THE” world leader…

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    Why the European Weather Model Remains King Over National …

    www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/…/European-Weather-Model-National-Weather-S…

    Jan 13, 2016 – We’ve been talking about this in the weather biz since the 90s, but it… … One of them is that the European model is always better than the GFS. … Since the GFS is just a part of NOAA’s many computer models, changing the …

    How do I know that? You can call it “chaos,” “The Butterfly Effect,” or simply “poorer initialization.” This gets complicated, but the basic story is: “garbage in, garbage out.” OK, it’s not garbage — it just isn’t as good as the way the Euro does it.

    The reason weather forecasts can never be perfect is that we can never perfectly input the exact current conditions all over the world — at all levels of the atmosphere. We’d need to measure every cubic inch of the earth!

    MIT meteorologist Edward Lorenz is credited with recognizing how chaos theory applies to weather forecasting. His famous paper in 1972 was titled: “Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?” So, something as seemingly small and trivial as a butterfly flap could lead to changes in weather patterns around the world days, weeks, or months later. Small initial errors lead to bigger and bigger errors over time.

    So, the more accurate a computer model can get the current conditions, the more accurate the model is likely to be. Sure, there are dozens of other factors, but it’s like giving the Euro a 10-yard head start in a 100-yard dash. It’s possible to win, but awfully hard.
    Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/stories/European-Weather-Model-National-Weather-Service-365163381.html#ixzz4srcMMnbm
    Follow us: @nbcphiladelphia on Twitter | NBCPhiladelphia on Facebook

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    Predicting Weather with Spaghetti

    IS AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION FOR STUPID VOTERS………..

    HOWEVER, Hurricane Irma is one more in a long line of storms to shine a spotlight on problems with the GFS.

    And, Hurricane Irma again demonstrated the inferiority of the top U.S. weather model.

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    What does PWG / PWE / GFS / ECMWF stand for? – PredictWind Help …

    The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, ECMWF, is an independent intergovernmental organisation supported by most of the nations of Europe and is based at Shinfield Park, Reading, United Kingdom.

    https://support.predictwind.com/…/200214005-What-does-PWG-PWE-GFS-ECMWF…

    PWG stands for the PredictWind weather model that uses the NCEP global initial conditions for the model run and PWE is the PredictWind weather model that uses the ECMWF global initial conditions, both of these sources enable us to run our own worldwide weather models, we are the only company in the world that produces ...

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    Super-parametrization in climate and what do we learn from … – ECMWF

    https://www.ecmwf.int/…/13366-super-parametrization-climate-and-what-do-we-learn…

    Sep 4, 2015 – 305K (Future). W/m2. RCE. • SGS parameterizations can significantly alter climate … All superparameterization does is compute Q1 and Q2 …. Fall 2014: SP is in IFS Single-Column Model CY40R1;. • Currently … Preliminary results using T159 … http://www.cmmap.org/research/pubs-mmf.html. Lots of MMF …


  • The Facts of Katrina, Bush and Fema

    George W. Bush was President when an estimated 1,836 people died during Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters  in U.S. history, that under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FEMA quickly became one of the worst man made disasters in U.S. history.

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    If you click on the link below, and read it, you’ll know most of the facts…

    But not the history and the worst of the facts.

    Katrina: What Happened When – FactCheck.org

    www.factcheck.org/2005/09/katrina-what-happened-when/

    Sep 16, 2005 – Friday, Aug 26 2005 – 3 Days Prior to Katrina’s Louisiana Landfall … of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath,” Associated Press, 3 Sept 2005. … Security and FEMA “to coordinate all disaster relief efforts… … 28 20051 Day Prior ….. “Bush signs $51.8 billion bill for hurricane relief,” Associated Press, 8 Sep …

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    The National Weather Service had warned on August 28, 2005, the day before the storm made landfall on the Gulf Coast, that “most of the [Gulf Coast] area will be uninhabitable for weeks … perhaps longer.

    Prior to the 9/11/01 terrorist attack, FEMA had reported directly to the president. After 9/11/01, President GEORGE W . BUSH … On November 25, 2002, signed DHS into law the Department of Homeland Security  merged into effect on  September 20, 2003.  And FEMA was placed under the hierarchy of the Dept of Homeland Security (DHS)  for preparedness, response, and recovery.

    Facts Katrina Bush and FEMA preparedness, response Aug 23, 2005 – Aug, 31, 2005.

    The National Weather Service reported

    And, the nation watched

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     Thursday, August 25, 2005

    7 p.m.: The eye of Hurricane Katrina came ashore  in Florida, Falling trees killed  two people.

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    Friday, August 26, 2005

    3 a.m.: The storm’s center starts strengthening almost immediately as it touches the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico (See “Katrina’s Growth Echoed 1935’s “Storm of Century”).

    5 a.m.: Katrina reintensifies into a hurricane. Its strongest winds are about 75 miles an hour (120 kilometers an hour),

    11:30 a.m.: The National Hurricane Center reports that the hurricane is “rapidly strengthening” as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico’s very warm

    During the day: Governors Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana and Haley Barbour of Mississippi Declare States of Emergency in their respective states.

    The National Weather Service reported

    And, the nation watched

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    Where was FEMA’s preparedness and response for the week before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast?

     Under DHS, Aug 23, 2005 – Aug 31, 2005.

    FEMA’s division directors for preparedness, response, and recovery had left;

    FEMA had 500 vacancies; and 8 of its 10 regional offices were headed by “acting” directors.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary  was Michael Chertoff  

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA)  Director was Michael Brown.

    Where was Commander in Chief, President GEORGE W . BUSH for the week before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast Aug 23, 2005 – Aug 31, 2005?

    During the month of Aug 2005, President George W. Bush was on vacation at his 1,600-acre Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas. As strange as it may seem at this time of instant communication and the 24-hour news cycle, during the late summer of 2005, President George W. Bush  didn’t pay attention to the biggest news story of the moment because he was on vacation.

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    Sunday, August 28, 2005

    The National Weather Service reported

    The national public news media reported

    And, the nation watched

    2 a.m.: Hurricane Katrina’s winds have increased to 145 miles an hour (235 kilometers an hour), MAKING IT A CATEGORY FOUR STORM. The eye of the storm is about 310 miles (500 kilometers) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

    9:30 a.m.: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issues a mandatory evacuation order. Tens of thousands of New Orleans residents begin streaming out of the city.

    11 a.m.: Hurricane Katrina has mushroomed into one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to form in the Atlantic. The storm’s strongest winds are blowing at about 175 miles an hour (280 kilometers an hour), MAKING IT A CATEGORY FIVE STORM. The center of the storm is about 225 miles (360 kilometers) from the mouth of the Mississippi River.

    Late Sunday night: Thousands of New Orleans residents who are unable to leave town or have chosen not to leave seek shelter in the Louisiana Superdome.

    On Sunday, August 28, 2005, The day before Katrina’s arrival Monday August 29, 2005. About 16,000 people eventually settled in.

    The National Weather Service reported

     The nation watched the TV coverage

     Where was FEMA’s preparedness and response?

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    Monday August 29, 2005

    When Katrina made landfall on Aug 29, 2005,  President George W. Bush had been on holiday at his ranch for 27 days, according to a tabulation kept by CBS News.

    KATRINA AUG 28, 29, 30, 31, 2005 preparedness, response.

    The Public News Media Reported

    With instant communication and the 24-hour news cycle, during the late summer of 2005 the nation watched the TV coverage in horror , the hurricane grew into a catastrophe, and Americans across the country were shocked by the television images they saw in Katrina’s immediate aftermath.  People stood on rooftops waving their arms and pleading for help as the flood waters inundated their communities.

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     As strange as it may seem at this time of instant communication and the 24-hour news cycle, during the late summer of 2005, President George W. Bush  didn’t pay attention to the biggest news story of the moment because he was on vacation.

    President George W. Bush’s aides decided they had to inform the president about it in stark terms.

    One of his aides put together a video showing scenes of hurricane-ravaged communities and showed it to the president.

     AT THIS POINT, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH DECIDED HE SHOULD CUT HIS VACATION SHORT AND RETURN HOME TWO DAYS EARLY

     TO PRESIDE OVER THE FEDERAL RESPONSE FROM WASHINGTON.

     PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH FLEW BACK TO WASHINGTON ON AUGUST 31, AFTER 29 DAYS AT HIS RANCH.

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    Where were the most venerable Katrina Flood Victims?

    AUG 28, 29, 30, 31, 2005

    Trapped in the Superdome: Refuge becomes a hellhole | The Seattle …

    www.seattletimes.com/nation…/trapped-in-the-superdome-refuge-becomes-a-hellhole/

    Sep 1, 2005 – Crack vials littered the restroom. Blood stains the walls next to vending machines smashed by teenagers. The Louisiana Superdome, once a mighty testament to architecture and ingenuity, became the biggest storm shelter in New Orleans the day before Katrina’s arrival Monday. About 16,000 people eventually settled in.

    OR…where up to 20,000 people had taken shelter from Hurricane Katrina. … People were locked in the dome like prisoners,” he said.

    Desperate folks in the Superdome appeared in heartbreaking TV interviews begging for aid in their time of need. Making matters worse was that 67 percent of New Orleans was African American and 30 percent of the residents were poor, creating the impression that the government was insensitive and neglectful of minorities and the less fortunate.

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    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH FLEW BACK TO WASHINGTON ON AUGUST 31, 2005 TO PRESIDE OVER THE FEDERAL RESPONSE FROM WASHINGTON.

    Wednesday August 31, 2005 – 2 Days After

    Morning Bush, still in Crawford, participates in a half-hour video conference on Katrina with Vice President Cheney (who is in Wyoming) and top aides.

    Later, President George W. Bush  boards Air Force One

    and flies over New Orleans on his way back to Washington.

    Mayor: Katrina may have killed thousands,” Associated Press, 31 Aug 2005

    Late Afternoon  – Bush, back at the White House, holds a cabinet meeting on Katrina and speaks for nine minutes in the Rose Garden to outline federal relief efforts. He says FEMA has moved 25 search and rescue teams into the area. As for those stranded at the Superdome, “Buses are on the way to take those people from New Orleans to Houston,” the President says.

    —”President Outlines Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts,” The Rose Garden, 31 Aug 2005.

    Thursday September 1, 2005 – 3 Days After

    EveningIn a special report that is typical of the picture that television is conveying to the world, CNN Correspondent Adaora Udoji reports:

    “Three days after Hurricane Katrina, and the situation is getting more desperate by the minute. Thousands are still stranded in misery.  . . . They are marching in search of food, water and relief. They’re surrounded by a crumbling city and dead bodies. Infants have no formula, the children no food, nothing for adults, no medical help. They’re burning with frustration, and sure they have been forgotten.”

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    ( FEMA)  Director  Michael Brown, in a live interview with CNN

    Brown says FEMA officials were unaware for days that – besides the hurricane victims stranded in the Superdome – thousands more had taken refuge in the New Orleans Convention Center nearby. Speaking from Baton Rouge in a live interview with CNN’s Paula Zahn, he says:

    Brown : And so, this — this catastrophic disaster continues to grow. I will tell you this, though. Every person in that Convention Center, we just learned about that today . And so, I have directed that we have all available resources to get to that Convention Center to make certain that they have the food and water, the medical care that they need…

    Q: Sir, you aren’t telling me…

    Brown : … and that we take care of those bodies that are there.  . . .

    Q: Sir, you aren’t just telling me you just learned that the folks at the Convention Center didn’t have food and water until today, are you? You had no idea they were completely cut off?

    Brown: Paula, the federal government did not even know about the Convention Center people until today.

    Paula Zahn Now, “Desperation in New Orleans; Interview With FEMA Director Mike Brown,”  Transcript, 1 Sept 2005.

    Later, Brown will say he was wrong and that FEMA actually knew about the victims at the Convention Center 24 hours earlier but was unable to reach them until Thursday.

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    Sep 1, 2005 National Guardsmen, accompanied by buses (475 total) and supply trucks, arrived at the Superdome on September 1. The buses were sent to pick up the evacuees from the Superdome and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where more than 20,000 people had been crowded in similarly poor living conditions.

    www.nytimes.com/2005/09/01/…/superdome-haven-quicklybecomes-an-ordeal.html?…Sep 1, 2005 – Slow evacuation of Superdome begins for 20000 or more storm … stench, unbathed, exhausted and hungry; many liken shelter to a prison; … They had flocked to the arena seeking sanctuary from the winds and waters of Hurricane Katrina. … Some people had arrived with nothing more than what they were …

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    Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act – Department of the …

    https://www.doi.gov/…/Post_Katrina_Emergency_Management_Reform_Act_pdf.pdf

    PUBLIC LAW 109–295—OCT. … Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 ….. ment of the PostKatrina Emergency Management Reform Act.

    A post-Katrina law dictates that when an federal emergency is declared —

    THE FEMA DIRECTOR REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE PRESIDENT

     and not through the normal chain of command that puts the secretary of Homeland Security over FEMA.

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    Hurricane Katrina: The Essential Time Line

    news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/0914_050914_katrina_timeline_2.html

    2 a.m.: Hurricane Katrina’s winds have increased to 145 miles an hour (235 … Tens of thousands of New Orleans residents begin streaming out of the city. … for Hurricane Katrina rescue and relief, and President George W. Bush signs the bill.

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    Hurricane Katrina – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.com

    www.history.com/topics/hurricane-katrina

    Find out more about the history of Hurricane Katrina, including videos, interesting … Early in the morning on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf ... Officials, even including President George W. Bush, seemed unaware of just how …

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    Hurricane Katrina Was the Beginning of the End for George W. Bush …

    https://www.usnews.com/…/hurricane-katrina-was-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-geor…

    Aug 28, 2015 – Hurricane Katrina badly damaged the former president’s reputation. And it still hasn’t recovered.

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    Just saying the History of FEMA is really an  interesting read…

    FEMA didn’t start off as FEMA—in fact, it has been reshuffled and reorganized more than perhaps any other key agency in recent US history.

    A REALLY REALLY LONG HISTORY,  BUT SECRET? WELL, NOT SO MUCH

    The Secret History of FEMA | WIRED

    https://www.wired.com/story/the-secret-history-of-fema/

    Sep 3, 2017 – A large FEMA trailer park is seen next to the University of New Orleans campus … agency finally ended up part of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003. … The administration threw its weight behind a congressional effort to ….. By the end of President George H.W. Bush’s administration, FEMA was …

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    This confusions and lack of focus all came home to roost in August 2005 as Hurricane Katrina churned through the Gulf of Mexico toward New Orleans.

    The federal government’s response to the hurricane—combined with mistakes at the local and state government level—was an epic disaster in its own right.

     Hurricane Katrina triggered the strongest indictment of governmental incompetence of the 21st century.

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    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS PLANNING AND PROMPT COORDINATED RESPONSE TO THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS CONTINUED COMPASSIONATE SUPPORT

    PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP FLIES TO DESPERATE PEOPLE IN NEED

    NOT OVER THEM, HE LANDS, HE PUTS HIS BOOTS ON THE GROUND

    HE REACHES OUT TO PEOPLE, HE PERSONALLY ASKS THEM IF THEY HAVE WHAT THEY NEED AND IF THEY ARE GETTING WHAT THEY NEED.

     


  • Trump Acts for the People Not the Party

    FEMA Emergency Funding was ending on Sept 30, 2017

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly on Friday to send a $15.3 billion disaster aid package to President Donald Trump, overcoming conservative objections to linking the emergency legislation to a temporary increase in America’s borrowing authority. The legislation also keeps the government funded into December 8, 2017.

    Sept 8, 2017 House sends $15B emergency funding aid bill, debt hike to Trump to sign

    The 316-90 vote would refill FEMA’s depleted emergency accounts as Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Irma this weekend and Texas picks up the pieces after the devastation of the Harvey storm.

    All 90 “No” votes were cast by Republicans, following establishment party lines.

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    Nov 8, 2017 At President Trumps victory speech,  they played “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

    President Trump stepped across the aisle and  agreed to raise the debt limit and fund the federal government through December 8, 2017.

    You can’t always get what you want

     but if you try sometime you find

    you get what you need.

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    Office of Management and Budget Director Mulvaney, defended the deal and Trump.

     “It was absolutely the right thing to do,” Mulvaney said. “The president is a results-driven person, and right now he wants to see results on Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and tax reform. He saw an opportunity to work with Democrats on this particular issue at this particular time.”

    There are really only three types of people Those who make things happen those who watch things happen and those who say What happened.

    Sept 8, 2017 President Trump signed the bill into law.

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    I only have one vote, but in disasters of epic proportion Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the only way to get  immediate emergency relief and funding for  (FEMA) was to use our national credit card.

    President Trump Acted for the People not the Party, and he gets my vote.

    The WA DC establishment does not rule President Trump

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    Do you remember President Trump’s  oath of office January 20th, 2017?

    Trump’s promise is a Promise here are some snippets to remind you of what President Trump swore to….

    The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to ALL AMERICANS.

    So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words. You will never be ignored again.

     January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

    Jan 20, 2017  We will no longer accept POLITICIANS who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining, but never doing anything about it.

    The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

    What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

    THE ESTABLISHMENT PROTECTED ITSELF, BUT NOT THE CITIZENS OF OUR COUNTRY. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

    THERE SHOULD BE NO FEAR. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement.

     AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE WILL BE PROTECTED BY GOD.

    We are one nation and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams. And their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. THE OATH OF OFFICE I TAKE TODAY IS AN OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO ALL AMERICANS.

    YOUR VOICE, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

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    Sept 9, 2017 In God We Trust

    In President Trump We the People Shall Prevail

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    All 90 “no” votes were cast by Republicans, following party lines, just like the Democrats on Obamacare.

    17 Republican senators were the only ones to vote against a measure to advance a bill that would provide emergency relief funding to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and temporarily raise the debt ceiling and fund the government through mid-December.

    The 17 senators include: Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Steve Daines of Montana, Jeff Flake of Arizona, JAMES LANKFORD of Oklahoma, RAND PAUL of Kentucky, Michael Enzi of Wyoming, LINDSAY GRAHAM of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, James Risch of Idaho, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, JOHN MCCAIN of Arizona and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

    Lawmakers voted 80-17 in favor of sending the bill back to the House for renegotiations Thursday. The Senate’s vote comes off the heels of the measure passed in the House Wednesday, which allocated $7.85 billion for Hurricane Harvey relief funding with near-unanimous support.

    The large emergency funding package, linked to the debt ceiling and government spending, could be the result of a contentious deal struck in the Oval Office Wednesday afternoon. Instead of aligning with members of his own party and administration, Trump agreed to raise the debt limit and fund the federal government through mid-December, allowing members of Congress to deal with the federal budget in the coming months

    Republican leaders, according to the source, pushed for an 18-month debt limit hike, then floated six months…..

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    The U.S. Congress has a documented history  of voting party lines

    And, kicking cans down the road.

    With Donald J. Trump as President of the United States of America.

    “We’ve come to the end of that road.”

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    How Timely, I just couldn’t resist….

    DEMOCRATS DON’T HAVE AN EXCLUSIVE ON STUPID

    There are really only three types of people Those who make things happen those who watch things happen and those who say What happened.

    Hillary (D) is touting her new  book “What Happened” (being released on Sept 12,2017)

    Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa, described a surreal scene with Mnuchin (on the bill).  Costello, said “It’s kind of like ‘Where am I? What’s going on here?’”, “if it wasn’t so serious it kind of would have been funny.”(news release Sept 8, 2017)

    Who’s on First was really  funny,   a relative of Lou Costello?

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    Just saying, any informed  person with common sense  knew

    Behind My Back | 2014 FEMA’s Warped Data?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/22/2014-femas-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 …

    And, on Aug 25, 2017,  something like this  was inevitable …

    Behind My Back | Raising the Debt Ceiling for Hurricane Harvey?

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/08/25/raising-the-debt-ceiling-for-hurricane-harvey/

    Hurricane Harvey: Texas braces for ‘catastrophic flooding’ as storm … … to bear the cost of fixing … please click on the FEMA/NFIP links on behindmyback.org.


  • DACA a Game of Kick the Can?

    Kicking the DACA kids down the road for 16 Years?

    August 1, 2001  to June 8, 2017

    Kicking the can from the 2001 Dream Act to DACA 2017

    In Politics Kicking the Can is defined as: to defer conclusive action, typically on a continuing basis (for 16 years), with a short-term solution.

    June 15, 2012 (FIVE YEARS AGO)  President Obama kicked the can again… with a short-term solution,

    Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity.  This is not a path to citizenship.  It’s not a permanent fix.  This is a temporary stopgap measure…..

    June 15, 2012  President Obama, ” Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act”.

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    Sept 5, 2017 President Trump tweeted ” Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!”

    There’s a new Sheriff in WA DC, President Trump doesn’t Kick Cans, HE KICKS BUTT.

     A GREAT (R) QUOTE 2013

    “WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE’RE GOING TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD.

    Hmmm. 2013-2017,  I THINK THE MOOD IS THAT WE’VE COME TO THE END OF THE ROAD.”

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    August 3, 2017According to CNN Approval of congress is at an all time low, In a new poll, Congress sank to a 10% approval rating. This compares to an 18% approval rating in March.

    THE U.S. CONGRESS HAS A DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF KICKING CANS DOWN THE ROAD.

    SEPT 7, 2017  I THINK THE MOOD IS THAT WE’VE COME TO THE END OF THE ROAD.”

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    TO MAKE A LONG, LONG KICK THE CAN STORY LONGER…..

    DREAM Act – Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DREAM_Act

    The DREAM Act is an American legislative proposal for a multi-phase process for qualifying alien minors in the United States that …. was the first bill given the short title of “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act” or “DREAM …

    Requirements · ‎Background · ‎Legislative history · ‎2009

    The DREAM Act (acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) is an American legislative proposal for a multi-phase process for qualifying alien minors in the United States that would first grant conditional residency and, upon meeting further qualifications, permanent residency.

    The bill was first introduced in the Senate on August 1, 2001, S. 1291 by United States Senators Dick Durbin (DIllinois) and Orrin Hatch (RUtah), and has since been reintroduced several times (see legislative history) but has failed to pass.[1][2]

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    TO MAKE THE DACA DOCUMENTED STORY MORE CONFUSING

    This is the nearly indecipherable government chart data

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    Data Set: Form I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals | USCIS

    https://www.uscis.gov/…/immigration…data/data-set-form-i-821d-deferred-action-chil…

    Data Set: Form I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals … Data as of December 31, 2016 …. Settling in the U.S.Immigration and Citizenship Data …

    Data as of March 31, 2017 Published June 8, 2017

    Data Set: Form I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

    This report contains information on requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. The cumulative number of requests accepted for processing, biometrics appointments scheduled, requests ready for review and requests completed to-date are displayed.

    The report is available in Adobe pdf file format.

    Fiscal Year 2017, 2nd Quarter

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process (Through Fiscal Year 2017, 2nd Qtr) (PDF, 457 KB)

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    BELOW IS A GREAT USER FRIENDLY WEBSITE ON DACA, THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE AND WHY… CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND CHECK OUT THE CHARTS

    Who are the Dreamers and where do they live — Quartz

    https://qz.com/1069844/who-are-the-dreamers-and-where-do-they-live/

    2 days ago – (Sept 5, 2017) Dreamers live in every US state and don’t just come from Mexico … DONALD TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION HAS JUST ANNOUNCED IT WILL REPEAL THE …

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    WHO ARE THE DREAMERS? WHERE DID THEY COME FROM? HOW MANY DACA RECIPIENTS ARE THERE?

    Mexico accounts for the vast majority of these 800,000 recipients. It is the country of origin for more than 618,000—over 20 times more than the next biggest contributor, El Salvador.

    That still leaves close to 200,000 non-Mexicans, and they come from all over the world. The sixth-largest contributing country of origin is South Korea; India and Poland are also among the top countries.

    DACA recipients by top countries of origin (excluding Mexico)

    Approval as of March 2017

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    WHERE ARE THE DACA RECIPIENTS? WHAT STATES DO THEY LIVE IN?

    DACA recipients by state

    Share of the state population

    DACA recipients also live in every state in the country. They are mostly concentrated in California and Texas, which together are home to about 350,000 of the 800,000. And even though those two states have large overall populations, Dreamers there represent the largest percentages of any state populations—0.57% in California and 0.45% in Texas. Vermont has the lowest absolute number of DACA recipients, with just 42.

    CLICK ON THE QUARTZ LINK ABOVE CHECK OUT THE CHARTS

    OR FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, BELOW, I TYPED OUT THE DACA  DATA ON THE STATE CHART.

     IT’S  A GOOD INDICATION OF WHERE THE STATES WITH THE LARGEST POPULATION OF DACA RECIPIENTS WILL STAGE AND HAVE THE BIGGEST PROTESTS IN OPPOSITION TO TRUMP’S DACA REPEAL.

    WHEN IT COMES TO DACA PROTESTS (IN FACT ANY LIBERAL(D) PROTESTS) A STATES BIG CITIES POPULATION, COLOR  AND POLITICS IN (D) BLUE STATES ARE PREDICTABLE.

    AND MORE LIBERAL MELTDOWNS ARE SURE TO COME period

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    SO WHAT’S NEW WITH THE LIBERAL (D) PROTESTORS?

    NOT MUCH…

    PREDICTABLE PROTESTS BROKE OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY on Tuesday after the president’s decision to rescind the Obama-era program that gave around 800,000 young undocumented immigrants temporary protection from deportation.

    PREDICTABLE Protests have already broken out across the country—just hours after the Trump administration’s decision—AND MORE ARE SURE TO COME.

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    AND THE IRONY IS

    AFTER KICKING THE DACA KIDS DOWN THE ROAD FOR 16 YEARS

    THE DEMOCRATS SAY PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CRUEL

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    WHERE WILL LIBERAL (D) DACA PROTESTORS BE  PROTESTING?

    IN EXACTLY THE SAME BLUE (D) BIG CITIES AND STATES WHERE LIBERAL PROTESTORS PREDICTABLY ALWAYS PROTEST

    DACA RECIPIENTS BY PERCENTAGE OF STATE POPULATION SHALL PREDICTABLY PROTEST

    BLUE (D)  CALIFORNIA 0.57%

    RED (R) TEXAS  0.45%

    BLUE (D)  NEVADA 0.44%

    RED (R) ARIZONA 0.44%

    BLUE (D)  ILLNOIS 0.33%

    BLUE (D)  NEW MEXICO 0.33%

    RED (R) UTAH 0.32%

    BLUE (D) COLORADO 0.31%

    RED (R) NORTH CAROLINA 0.27%

    BLUE (D) NEW JERSEY 0.25%

    BLUE (D) WASHINGTON STATE 0.24%

    BLUE (D)  OREGON 0.24%

    RED (R) GEORGIA 0.23%

    RED (R) KANSAS 0.23%

    BLUE (D) NEW YORK 0.21%

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    PLEASE CLICK ON  GREAT QUARTZ WEBSITE ABOVE , THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE AND WHY OF THE DREAMERS …

    https://qz.com/1069844/who-are-the-dreamers-and-where-do-they-live/

    President Obama was a dreamer, He had dreams from his father


  • Update Sept 3, 2017 Harvey Flooding Disaster

    FOX NEWS  SEPT 3, 2017 GENERAL JOSEPH LENGYEL, CHIEF NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU

    THOUSANDS STILL TRAPPED IN FLOODED HOMES, ONE MILLION DISPLACED

    RESCUE EFFORTS STILL UNDERWAY NINE DAYS AFTER HARVEY RIPS THROUGH TEXAS AND LOUISIANA

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    Sunday Sept 3, 2017

    Mandatory evacuation issued for flooded homes … – ABC13 Houston

    abc13.com/power-cut-in-parts-of-west-houston-evacuation-zone/2370185/

    3 hours ago – Sunday Sept 3, 2017 A mandatory evacuation has been issued for homes in west … water in the west Houston evacuation zone will lose power on Sunday morning. Crews began to cut power to flooded homes in a west Houston evacuation zone …

    The threat of ELECTROCUTION also played a role in the decision to cut power.

    “It’s in the best interest of public safety,” Turner said.

    The homes are expected to be inundated for the next two weeks as controlled releases from the reservoirs continue, officials said.

    Residents whose homes had not taken on water are not included in the evacuation order and will not have their power cut.

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    Immediate risks from floods include death by drowning — often people drown in their cars as they try to flee — ELECTROCUTION, and hypothermia.

    Fears of cholera and typhoid add to challenges for Texas

    https://www.ft.com/content/86550468-8e68-11e7-a352-e46f43c5825d

    2 days ago – Authorities warn of dangers of wading in contaminated waters in Harvey’s wake. … Fears of cholera and typhoid added to the challenges facing Texas in the … on Thursday warned residents not to wade in the city’s flood water. … that tested water in the area had E Coli levels 125 times higher than what is …

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    Sewage-laden floodwaters dumped on Texas by Hurricane Harvey bring a higher risk of disease, such as bacterial infections and mosquito-borne illnesses,

     AND THE FALLOUT MAY LINGER FOR YEARS, EXPERTS WARN.

    The long-term picture could be even more dire, as communities grapple with immense amounts of polluted water in the streets, in homes and businesses.

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    Flooded Texas faces higher risk of disease, experts warn – MSN.com

    www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/flooded-texas-faces-higher-risk-of…/ar-AAqQMuL

    6 days ago – When floodwater washes over a heavily populated metro area like Houston, it is sure to be dirty and dangerous, experts say. … drinking water system, raising the risk of contaminated water and with it, cholera. …. Slide 125 of 146: Houston Police SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her.

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    A Sea of Health and Environmental Hazards in Houston’s Floodwaters …

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/us/houston-contaminated-floodwaters.html?…1

    3 days ago – Navigating floodwaters brought by Harvey on Tuesday in Houston. … “Well water is at risk for being contaminated,” Dr. Persse said, “and the …

    Officials in Houston are just beginning to grapple with the health and environmental risks that lurk in the waters dumped by Hurricane Harvey, a stew of toxic chemicals, sewage, debris and waste that still floods much of the city.

    Flooded sewers are stoking fears of cholera, typhoid and other infectious diseases. Runoff from the city’s sprawling petroleum and chemicals complex contains any number of hazardous compounds. Lead, arsenic and other toxic and carcinogenic elements may be leaching from some two dozen Superfund sites in the Houston area.

    Porfirio Villarreal, a spokesman for the Houston Health Department, said the hazards of the water enveloping the city were self-evident.

    “There’s no need to test it,” he said. “It’s contaminated. There’s millions of contaminants.”

    HE SAID HEALTH OFFICIALS WERE URGING PEOPLE TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER IF THEY COULD, although it is already too late for tens of thousands.

    “WE’RE TELLING PEOPLE TO AVOID THE FLOODWATER AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

     DON’T LET YOUR CHILDREN PLAY IN IT. AND IF YOU DO TOUCH IT, WASH IT OFF,”

    1. VILLARREAL SAID. “REMEMBER, THIS IS GOING TO GO ON FOR WEEKS.”

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    Pictures how toxic brown flood water has ravaged Texas | Daily Mail …

    www.dailymail.co.uk/news/…/Satellite-images-taken-months-apart-flooding-Texas.html

    2 days ago – Officials said most of the flooded waters are expected to recede by the end of the … After on August 30: The city had a mandatory evacuation on … without water as the storm continues to dump record-setting amounts of rain.

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    Harvey flooding: Beaumont water system fails, chemical plant has …

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/harveys-wake-drifts-north-as-battered-coast-left-wit…

    1 day ago – Crippled water system, chemical plant blaze, vivid examples of … aircraft through the smoke and monitoring for toxic chemicals. … reservoirs to evacuate as the Army Corps of Engineers continues to release water from them.

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    Sewage, debris, mosquitoes: flood waters increase health risk for …

    https://www.theguardian.com › US News › Houston

    4 days ago – Flood waters were still pouring into homes in Houston – bringing with them a … mosquitoes: flood waters increase health risk for Harvey victims.

    A week after Harvey, cities deluged and 1 million displaced – AOL News

    https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/09/01/a…1-million-displaced/23190398/

    2 days ago – Harvey has displaced over a million people, with 44 feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston and knocked out the drinking water …

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    Less than 20% Harvey victims have flood insurance as FEMA braces …

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/08/…/insurance…flood…/613239001/

    5 days ago – Insurance woes await flood victims in under-covered Houston area. … one-in-five homes in the greater Houston area are covered by flood … 20% of homeowners with flood damage in the region have insurance …. 5 hours ago.

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    FEMA expects more than 450,000 Harvey disaster victims to file for …

    https://www.cnbc.com/…/fema-expects-more-than-450000-harvey-disaster-victims-to-…

    FEMA expects more than 450,000 Harvey disaster victims to file for assistance. Published 7:26 AM ET Mon, 28 Aug 2017 | Updated 10:53 AM ET Mon, 28 Aug … people were expected to seek disaster assistance due to flooding after Harvey …

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    President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 3, 2017, as a

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/…/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-september-3-201…

    2 days ago – President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National …

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    Congress has one month to fix flood insurance. Hurricane Harvey …

    www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article170083372.html

    5 days ago – Congress must renew the National Flood Insurance Program by Sept 30, 2017. … Florida, with more than 1.7 million policies, has 35 percent of the 5 … Could Hurricane Harvey impact South Florida’s homeowner insurance rates?

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    DHS/FEMA/NFIP Funding Ends Sept 30, 2017

    Posted on August 27, 2017 9:42 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

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    FEMA | Homeland Security

    https://www.dhs.gov/keywords/fema

    DHS ACTIVATES SURGE CAPACITY FORCE TO SUPPORT RESPONSE TO TROPICAL STORM HARVEY DEVASTATION. … This voluntary program for federal employees within the Department of Homeland Security allows non-FEMA employees an opportunity to support disaster response efforts.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, initially created by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1979.

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    To be continued…. Release Date: September 3, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    FEMA News Desk
    Phone: 202-646-3272

    The Road to Recovery: The Federal Family’s Coordinated Efforts to Support Survivors in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey


  • The Cross President Trump and the Swastika

    As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know. 

    I don’t remember when I first heard that quote?  In fact, I didn’t even know who said it.

    My  known on Jan 26, 2011, was, my Christian heritage, singing the Old Rugged Cross,  the Lincoln Memorial,  American Revolution, Paul Revere, Arlington Cemetery,  the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  

    And, I knew on Jan 26, 2011 that when American Citizens  fear their what their own government is going to do to them on WA State Shoreline Update (SMP) in Port Angeles, Clallam County WA, U.S.A., it was unacceptable to me.

    And, I thought… Somebody should do something about that.  Then I realized I was somebody and I could do something about that.

    And, of course everybody always said “Contact your elected representatives”

    My shocking, wakeup  call was on Jan 27, 2011, it was the unknown  ” I could care less attitude of elected representation”,  not one of the  three  elected Clallam County representatives  in Olympia WA bothered to respond to my American, voting, taxpaying citizens  phone calls of concern.

    So after being snubbed, pandered to, ignored, scoffed at and insulted by my county and state elected representative on every concern I had.

    I DID SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. Researching and documenting  and disseminating all levels and all things Government from Jan 27, 2011. I submitted over 150 public comments on the Clallam County SMP Update, as  an appointed volunteer  member of the SMP Citizens Committee.

    My website behindmyback.org went on line on Jan 29, 2013,  after I had documented for two years, that most of my business was being done by the government, behind my back, behind closed doors.

    I identified my mission, using the image of Abram Lincoln’s statue in WA DC, and the words of Abram Lincoln. That a Government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.

    I identified myself three days later.

     Behind My Back | My code name “Pearl Revere”

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/02/01/my-code-name-pearl-revere/

    Feb 1, 2013 – My code name is “Pearl Revere” This blog is all about US, “We the People”. I had hoped that setting up a blog would give “We the people” a …

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    I doubled down on Mar 28, 2014

    Behind My Back | Paul and Pearl Revere

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/28/paul-and-pearl-revere/

    Mar 28, 2014 – PAUL REVERE WAS NOT SILENT OR FEARFUL On the night of … read more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15640#sthash.

    So long, as my name is Pearl Rains Hewett (AKA Pearl Revere) I shall continue running through cyber space with red flag warnings, asking questions and disseminating documented facts.

    So, ask yourself, what’s the big deal? They are not taking our lives. They are just destroying our lives.

    They are just controlling our lives, they are just taking our freedom,  they are just taking our liberty, our pursuit of happiness and they are just taking control of our private property and denying us our Constitutional rights.

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    This is Post #984 on behindmyback.org  Jan 29, 2013 to Aug 30, 2017.

    I could write a documented  book on the government , things we know we know, also know, the known unknowns;  even after all of my research and documentation, we know there are some things we do not know. But alas, there are also unknown unknowns—Indeed, the ones we still don’t know we don’t know. 

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    April 30, 2016,  I received a phone call from Senator Benton the WA State Chairman for Trump. He is looking for a TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIR PERSON FOR CLALLAM COUNTY WA. (I said I was too old)

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    Friday, May 13, 2016 I have been designated.. by Senator Benton as the TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIR PERSON FOR CLALLAM COUNTY WA. 

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    Last Year on Aug 30, 2016, I attended the Trump Rally in Everett WA. TO CELEBRATE MY 75TH BIRTHDAY.

    Senator Benton introduced Donald J. Trump

    Full Event: Donald Trump Rally in Everett, Washington (August 30 …

    ▶ 1:21:58

    Aug 30, 2016 – Uploaded by TRUMP TV NETWORK

    Watch Live: Donald Trump Rally in Everett, Washington at Xfinity Arena of Everett (August 30, 2016) Full …

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    By the Grace of God, President Donald J. Trump was ELECTED (AND HILLARY WAS NOT SELECTED) as President of the United States Of America On Nov 8, 2017.

    So today, Aug 30, 2017, is my 76th birthday, And, I am celebrating the election of my President Trump.

    In, Port Angeles,  Clallam County, WA U.S.A. by popular vote Donald J. Trump is the ELECTED President of the United States of America.

    So long, as my name is Pearl Rains Hewett (AKA Pearl Revere) I shall continue running through cyber space with red flag warnings, asking questions and disseminating documented facts.

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    The Cross – President Trump and the Swastika

    THE SWASTIKA

    My Trump sign was sprayed with silver spray paint, Impeach and a Swastika, during the night of Aug 18, 2017. I reported it to the Port Angeles Police Dept Aug 19, 2017. 

    Incident #2017-17112.

    For the time being, I am leaving my Impeach Swastika Trump hate sign, up on my fence.

    In an email to my family and friends I called the PAPD Incident #2017-17112.

    FEELING THE LOVE….

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    My Trump signs have been stolen, and, I have been threatened, they will break out my window, they will burn my house down (reported by my neighbor). And, in person, three thugs of dark complexion, in an older silver vehicle, cruising very slowly by my house, giving me the evil eye while I was standing on my own front porch, with their boom box blaring “Fuck Trump” over and over and over and over again.

    FOR THE RECORD

    Behind My Back | Trump Signs Theft, Vandalism and Threats

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/06/26/trump-signs-theft-vandalism-and-threats/

    Jun 26, 2016 – Theft! Vandalism! written threats (Tacoma WA “I will Kill your Family” a … The rash of vandalized, destroyed and ripped down Trump signs all …

    Posted on June 26, 2016 1:13 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    The GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY

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    December 1770 Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. John Adams

      Behind My Back | 1781 The First American Bible

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/09/18/1781-the-first-american-bible

    1781 THE FIRST AMERICAN BIBLE “The truth is incontrovertible, manic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but here it is.” January 21, 1781 …

    “The only foundation for . . . a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”

    Benjamin Rush United States Congress 1782

     “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable.”
    George Washington


  • Raising the Debt Ceiling for Hurricane Harvey?

    ACROSS THE US AND WORLDWIDE, FLOODING IS THE DEADLIEST AND MOST COSTLY NATURAL DISASTER.

    17 MINS AGO – HURRICANE HARVEY A CATASTROPHIC RAINFALL FLOOD THREAT; STRONGEST TEXAS …ONE OF THE WORST IN U.S HISTORY. STORM’S WORST THREAT ALSO DEADLIEST …

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    JAN 12, 2017 BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT

    THE US NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP) WAS  $20 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. THE LAST TIME I RESEARCHED NFIP  CIRCA 2012, IT WAS $18 BILLION DOLLARS UNDERWATER.

    Behind My Back | FEMA-NFIP $20 Billion Dollar Obama Mess

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/12/fema-nfip-20-billion-dollar-obama-mess/

    Jan 12, 2017 – ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION $20 BILLION DOLLAR FINANCIAL … FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

    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.

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    Aug 25, 2017

    Is FEMA Prepared for Hurricane Harvey? – Heavy.com

    heavy.com/news/2017/08/is-fema-prepared-for-hurricane-harvey/

    2 hours ago – Hurricane Harvey will pose THE FIRST MAJOR TEST FOR FEMA DURING DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY. In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck Florida, …

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    Hurricane Harvey: Texas braces for ‘catastrophic flooding’ as storm …

    abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-harvey-catastrophic-flooding/story?id=49412285

    52 SECS AGO – THE TEXAS COAST IS BRACING FOR IMPACT AS HURRICANE HARVEY BEARS DOWN ON … IS EXPECTED TO BE THE WORST TO HIT THE STATE IN NEARLY TWO DECADES.

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    National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

    www.naic.org/cipr_topics/topic_nfip.htm

    Jun 12, 2017 – National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization protects … NFIP REAUTHORIZATION EXPIRES ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 AND CONGRESS WILL BE …

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    LESSONS LEARNED BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT

    ACROSS THE US AND WORLDWIDE, FLOODING IS THE DEADLIEST AND MOST COSTLY NATURAL DISASTER.

    SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS FEMA  NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM NFIP

    FLOOD INSURANCE CRITICAL PROBLEMS WITH THE PROGRAM, ADMINISTERED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)

    DURING AND  FOLLOWING KATRINA (left out of the summary?):  THE COSTLIEST NATURAL DISASTER AND ONE OF THE FIVE DEADLIEST HURRICANES IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.

    SUPER STORM SANDY AND OTHER DISASTERS, .. PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA?

    UNSUSTAINABILITY ($20 BILLION DOLLARS UNDERWATER)

    LOW PARTICIPATION RATES

    AN INDIFFERENCE TO THE BENEFITS OF FLOOD CONTROL INFRASTRUCTURE LEVEES AND  DAMS (THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS?)

    AGENCY MISMANAGEMENT

    UNSUSTAINABLE DEBT SERVICE COSTS

    AND CONTRACTOR PROFITEERING.

    INACCURATE FLOOD MAPS

    Behind My Back | 2014 FEMA’s Warped Data?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/22/2014-femas-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 …

    please click on the FEMA/NFIP  links on behindmyback.org

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    INDEED……

    Behind My Back | FEMA-NFIP $20 Billion Dollar Obama Mess

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/12/fema-nfip-20-billion-dollar-obama-mess/

    Jan 12, 2017 – ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION $20 BILLION DOLLAR FINANCIAL … FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

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    (SAFE) National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017

    https://www.menendez.senate.gov/…/menendez-leads-bipartisan-flood-insurance-refor…

    Jun 13, 2017 – Legislation extends National Flood Insurance Program for 6 yrs., institutes … Congress must reauthorize the NFIP, which expires on Sept.

    The Sustainable, Affordable, Fair, and Efficient (SAFE) National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017 tackles systemic problems with flood insurance,

    puts it back on solid fiscal ground,

    and reframes our nation’s entire disaster paradigm to one that focuses more on prevention and mitigation to spare the high cost of rebuilding after flood disasters. 

    Congress must reauthorize the NFIP, which expires on Sept. 30, 2017.

    The bill is also cosponsored by Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),

     ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MASS.) Pocahontas?

    and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), all members of the Senate Banking and Appropriations Committees that are ULTIMATELY CHARGED WITH WRITING THE NFIP REAUTHORIZATION LEGISLATION, and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).   

    SAFE NFIP addresses critical problems with the program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), following Superstorm Sandy AND OTHER DISASTERS: unsustainability, low participation rates, inaccurate flood maps, an indifference to the benefits of flood control infrastructure, agency mismanagement, unsustainable debt service costs and contractor profiteering.

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    Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program – RIMS.org

    https://www.rims.org/externalaffairs/…/NFIP%20Reauthorization%20Issue%20Brief.p…

    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), created as a result of the … WE EXPECT THE FUTURE OF THE NFIP TO BE CHALLENGED WHEN IT COMES UP FOR REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017; ... it is eligible for funding through an appropriations bill in congress.

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    S.1571 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): National Flood Insurance …

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1571

    Jul 17, 2017 – S.1571 – National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018) | Get alerts …

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    HURRICANE HARVEY – National Hurricane Center

    www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?cone

    This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and …

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    Hurricane Harvey will bring ‘large-scale’ damage; FEMA chief ‘afraid …

    abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-harvey-bring-large-scale-damage-fema-chief/story?…

    4 hours ago – Hurricane Harvey is still strengthening as it steers toward Texas today, and FEMA administrator Brock Long fears residents may not be heeding …

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    Hurricane Harvey a Catastrophic Rainfall Flood Threat; Strongest …

    https://weather.com/…/hurricane/…/hurricane-harvey-forecast-gulf-coast-texas-louisia…

    17 MINS AGO – HURRICANE HARVEY A CATASTROPHIC RAINFALL FLOOD THREAT; STRONGEST TEXAS …

    ONE OF THE WORST IN U.S HISTORY. STORM’S WORST THREAT ALSO DEADLIEST …