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  • DCD Directing EBOLA Training?

    DCD Directing EBOLA Training?

    THE DCD PROGRAM FOR TRAINING  EBOLA  HEALTHCARE WORKERS should include the use of this 2011 technology.

    Glo Germ Powder a product designed to simulate the spread of germs.

    Special UV rays revealed more than a dozen hot spots of potential contamination.

     The glow in the dark simulated germs were everywhere and on everything.

    STOP TRYING TO GUESS HOW OR WHY?

    DETERMINE  EVERY POTENTIAL CONTAMINATION FOR WHAT IS HAPPENING AND ELIMINATE THEM.

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    If the DCD is to SCIENTIFICALLY  identify the spread of EBOLA?

    Use the Glo Germ Powder on a test dummy, use the apartment, use the ambulance, use the airplane, use the ER room, use the ER caregivers, go through all of the motions, the clean-up team for the apartment, the disposal of the contaminated objects, test everything and everyone after the decontamination process.

    Special UV rays SHALL reveal the hot spots of potential contamination.

    Stop guessing how EBOLA may? is? being spread, the technology is available.

    USE IT!

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    Facts are troublesome things.

    If you then touch your eyes, mouth or nose before washing your hands,you may become infected.

    Washing contaminated items can splash the germs up to three feet

     The germs can live for up to 24 hours on a contaminated surface

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    DCD PROTOCOL ON  Nov. 11, 2009  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    GERMS SPREAD BY CONTACT “Good Morning America” WARNING.

    I remember watching the program, IT WAS UNFORGETTABLE. Cohen was unaware?

    Glo Germ Powder a product designed to simulate the spread of germs

    Special UV rays revealed more than a dozen hot spots of potential contamination. The germs were everywhere and on everything.

    Washing contaminated items can splash the germs up to three feet.

    The germs can live for up to 24 hours on a contaminated surface

    If you then touch your eyes, mouth or nose before washing your hands, you may become infected ——————————————————————————————————————

    GERMS SPREAD BY CONTACT

    Sharon Cohen’s kitchen looked spotless. The toaster sparkled, the utensils shined and the dishes in the sink looked clean.

    But when the lights went off, Cohen’s kitchen lit up. Cohen was unaware “Good Morning America” had treated the chicken she had just cooked with Glo Germ Powder, a product designed to simulate the spread of germs

    Special UV rays revealed more than a dozen hot spots of potential contamination in her kitchen that appeared when she prepared the two packages of chicken, despite diligent washing.

    If the Glo Germ Powder had been the real stuff, the kinds of bacteria found on raw chicken, it could be dangerous. Chicken can carry salmonella, which is the No. 1 cause of food-borne illness in the United States.

    Of the 1.4 million people who contract salmonellosis every year, 15,000 are hospitalized and more than 400 die, ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION.

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    Facts are troublesome things.

    Infectious diseases Causes – Mayo Clinic

    www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/…/con-20033534

    Mayo Clinic (no date on this article?)

    Three ways infectious diseases can be spread through direct contact are: … These germs can also spread through the exchange of body fluids from sexual contactE. coli, for example, is a bacterium present in or on certain foods

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    Infectious diseases can be caused by:

    Direct contact

    An easy way to catch most infectious diseases is by coming in contact with a person or animal who has the infection. Three ways infectious diseases can be spread through direct contact are:

    • Person to person. A common way for infectious diseases to spread is through the direct transfer of bacteria, viruses or other germs from one person to another. This can occur when an individual with the bacterium or virus touches, coughs on or kisses someone who isn’t infected.

    These germs can also spread through the exchange of body fluids from sexual contact or a blood transfusion.

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     Indirect contact

    Disease-causing organisms also can be passed by indirect contact. Many germs can linger on an inanimate object, such as a tabletop, doorknob or faucet handle.

    When you touch a doorknob handled by someone ill with the flu or a cold, for example, you can pick up the germs he or she left behind. If you then touch your eyes, mouth or nose before washing your hands, you may become infected.

    Animal to person. Being bitten or scratched by an infected animal — even a pet — can make you sick and, in extreme circumstances, can be fatal

    Food contamination

    Another way disease-causing germs can infect you is through contaminated food and water. This mechanism of transmission allows germs to be spread to many people through a single source. E. coli, for example, is a bacterium present in or on certain foods

    Viruses. Even smaller than bacteria, viruses cause a multitude of diseases — ranging from the common cold to AIDS.

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    REMEMBER  THIS?

    Brianne Kiner – The 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli Outbreak

    www.billmarler.com/key_case/jack-in-the-box-e-coli-outbreak/

    E. coli attorney Bill Marler represented over 100 victims of the Jack in the Box E. coli … Bill Marler is a food poisoning attorney who champions the cause of children … (602 of them from Washington State) and led to 171 hospitalizations and 4 deaths.

    Most often, E. coli spreads when someone eats food that contains the bacteria.

    Infections due to Escherichia coli bacteria can cause severe, bloody diarrhea.

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    GERMS SPREAD BY CONTACT DCD PROTOCOL? ON  Nov. 11, 2009

    Oct. 15, 2014 ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE FROM EBOLA?

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    Source

    Is Your Chicken Safe From Salmonella?

    Nov. 11, 2009

    By MORGAN ZALKIN and RICHARD BESSER

    Richard Besser More from Richard »

    Chief Health and Medical Editor

    via

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/HealthyLiving/chicken-safe-salmonella/story?id=9049797

    GERMS SPREAD BY CONTACT DCD PROTOCOL? ON   Oct. 15, 2014?


  • The “Magic” Immigration Act

    The Magic Immigration Disappearing ACT?

    NOW YOU SEE THEM? NOW YOU DON’T?

    57,000 ILLEGAL’S?

    Feds Announce SURPRISE PLAN To End Use Of Military Facilities For Immigrant Children

    The NEW Magic Immigration Disappearing ACT?

    About 57,000 minors, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, crossed into the U.S. since October. MORE THAN 30,000 HAVE BEEN RELEASED TO SPONSORS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING 211 IN WASHINGTON STATE.

    Indeed, THIS IS NOT  ” A MAGIC DISAPPEARING ACT “

    IT IS “THE NEW IMMIGRATION CATCH AND RELEASE ILLEGAL ALIENS ACTION PROGRAM”

    MAGIC by definition: conjuring tricks and illusions that make apparently impossible things seem to happen, a supposed supernatural power that makes impossible things happen

    ACT by definition; behavior that is intended to impress or deceive other people,  somebody’s actions or behavior considered as entertainment or used as an assessment of that person’s worth

    The disappearance of 57,000 ILLEGALS is definitely an ACT!

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    NOW YOU SEE THEM, 57,000 ILLEGAL’S? NOW YOU DON’T?

    MORE THAN 30,000 illegal’s  released …. And? What happened to the other 27,000?

    They have definitely “NOT”  fallen off the American gravy train.

     IF THEY ARE IN THE U.S.A., THEY ARE ALL ON THE AMERICAN GRAVY TRAIN,  by definition: a position in which a person or group receives excessive and unjustified money or advantages …

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    Have the 57,000 illegal’s, illegally  crossed US borders  and fallen into the arms of?

    The Immigration Dream Act?

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    Illegal immigrants released to illegal immigrants?

    AS 57,000 illegal’s, are moving forward in the continuation, of the “GENERATIONAL” illegal immigration pattern,  on the path to citizenship created and promoted by?

    The Immigration Dream Act?

    “How’s come it’s gone from 1,200, now it’s down to 190 children at Fort Sill? Well the answer is, the children are being released. And they are being released to sponsors who are in the country themselves illegally,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) told Fox News. “It’s very difficult to understand who we are releasing these children to and certainly it’s impossible to do criminal background checks on people who are in this country illegally.”

    Who are these Illegal immigrants being released to? illegal immigrants?

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    The Immigration Dream Act?

    DREAM by definition: something that somebody hopes, longs, or is ambitious for, usually something difficult to attain or far removed from present circumstances.

    ACT by definition; behavior that is intended to impress or deceive other people,  somebody’s actions or behavior considered as entertainment or used as an assessment of that person’s worth

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    The CREST Immigration Act?

    CREST by definition, McCain’s office just said that “it’s an acronym.” So just a catchy word. many acronyms attempt to relate to the subject of the bill, but some (like CREST) are just completely random.

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    How about? The new immigrants CATCH AND RELEASE ACT? (NICRA)

    Don’t you just love the words to describe the 57,000 illegal immigrants?

    Children? (when it has been reported that 91% are TEENAGERS)

    Children Jul 22, 2014 – According to a new Pew Research report, in fiscal year 2013, 91% OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT “CHILDREN” APPREHENDED AT THE BORDER WERE TEENAGERS.

    Good Grief!  What is 91% of 57,000 that are illegal Teenage immigrants?

    51,870 TEENAGERS? How many documented their AGE? How many are males? From how many different countries? How many are GANG affiliated?

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    The new Immigration CATCH AND RELEASE Disappearing ACT?

    The Immigration Dream Act?

    The CREST Immigration Act?

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    Host? Shelter? House? caring for?  detain?

    Indeed, it is not “A MAGIC DISAPPEARING  ACT”

    it is “THE NEW IMMIGRATION CATCH AND RELEASE ILLEGAL ALIENS ACTION PROGRAM”

    Feds Announce Surprise Plan To End Use Of Military Facilities For Immigrant Children … end it use of three military bases to HOUSE illegal immigrant children … “As a result, we expect the Ft. Sill facility to no longer be CARING FOR …

    Lewis-McChord will not HOST unaccompanied minors

    Mass. military bases no longer asked to SHELTER immigrant CHILDREN

    Our military bases are no place to house DETAINED CHILDREN,” said Rep. Martha Roby, an Alabama Republican who led the charge against HHS …

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    the bottom line

    Indeed, it is not “A MAGIC DISAPPEARING ACT”

    It is “THE NEW IMMIGRATION CATCH AND RELEASE ILLEGAL ALIENS ACTION PROGRAM”

    As 57,000 illegal’s, are moving forward in the continuation, of the “GENERATIONAL” illegal immigration pattern,  following the path to American citizenship, created and promoted by,

    The Immigration Dream Act?

    This is an American Nightmare.

     


  • The Congressional “Can Kickers”?

    The CONGRESSIONAL “CAN KICKERS”?

    WHY? AND HOW DOES CONGRESS DO IT?

    WHY? If you kick the can down the road, you delay a decision in hopes that the problem or issue will go away or somebody else will make the decision later.

    HOW? INDEED.

    BY USING AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS?

    BY TAXING? BY ROBBING PETER? PAUL? AND MARY?

    BY INCREASING? BY DIVERTING? BY OVERSPENDING?

    BY PULLING FUNDS FROM? BY PUSHING FUNDS TO? BY INCLUDING MEASURES?

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    HOW MANY CANS HAS CONGRESS KICKED?

    So far, Congress has made 21 short-term extensions to the highway fund.

    KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE HIGHWAY.

    The bill is funded by pulling $10.8 billion from other areas of the budget, including pension taxes and customs fees. The Senate has a similar bill, but it includes measures to increase taxes to pay for the fund.

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    SOUNDS MIGHTY FAMILIAR?

    HOW MUCH WOOD WOULD A WOOD CHUCK? if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    We’ve all heard the answer to that age-old question:

    He’d chuck the wood that a woodchuck COULD chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

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    HOW MANY  CANS WOULD A CONGRESS KICK, IF A CONGRESS COULD KICK CANS?

    We’ve all heard the answer to that age-old question

    A CONGRESS WOULD  KICK THE CANS THAT A CONGRESS COULD KICK , IF A CONGRESS COULD KICK CANS.

    So far, Congress has made 21 short-term extensions to the highway fund.

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    SO WHAT NEW?

    THE 2014 “IMMIGRANT DISASTER”

    A NEW CONGRESSIONAL $3.7  BILLION DOLLAR “CAN KICKING”

    If you kick the can down the road, you delay a decision in hopes that the problem or issue will go away or somebody else will make the decision later.

    THIS PROBLEM IS NOT GOING AWAY!

    So, let’s JUST SWEEP? KICK? 60,000- 65,000 illegal alien immigrants UNDER THE RUG and transport them all over the United States, without INFORMING or obtaining the CONSENT of the citizens that live in these American cities, towns and states.

     

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    FEDERAL CONGRESSIONAL “CAN KICKERS”?

    To Senator’ s Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray

    and Representative Derek Kilmer 7/16/2014

    Indeed, THE 2014 “IMMIGRANT DISASTER”  is COMPLICATED.

    COMPLICATED by definition,  difficult to understand, DEAL WITH, or EXPLAIN

    1. A reasonable person would be incapable of  understanding the difficulty of it?

    2. That the issues of the problems are too difficult to deal with?

    3. That the issues of the problems are too difficult to explain?

    So, let’s JUST SWEEP 60,000- 65,000 illegal alien immigrants UNDER THE RUG and transport them all over the United States, without INFORMING or obtaining the CONSENT of the citizens that live in these American cities, towns and states.

    Please have someone in your office research and update you, so that you can provide an immediate response to the ON GOING July 15, 2014 immigration Crisis.

    DO NOT LEGISLATE  $3.7  BILLION TAXPAYERS DOLLARS TO PAY FOR THIS.

    WITHOUT CLOSING OR SECURING THE BORDERS.

    OR,  AGAIN,  AS USUAL, CONGRESS SHALL JUST  BE KICKING  ANOTHER CAN DOWN THE ROAD.

    Just like on July 15,2014, passing a temporary transportation bill. a temporary patch for the Highway Trust …

    Still, just a concerned American Grandmother

    Pearl Rains Hewett

     

     


  • Drowning in Stormwater Runoff Tax?

    SO? WHO IS Drowning in WA STATE Stormwater Runoff Taxes?

    THE Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

    Participants  in The Phase I and II permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis  (KING COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE, MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE.)

    The updated rules are contained in the state’s new Municipal Stormwater permits which are administered by the Washington Department of Ecology.

    ECOLOGY IS DESIGNATED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO UPHOLD THE FEDERAL CLEAN WATER ACT

    Phase I Washington Municipal Stormwater Permit

    Phase I Cities and Counties

    Seattle
    Tacoma
    Snohomish County

    King County
    Pierce County
    Clark County

    Participants  in THE PHASE I permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis. (KING COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE, MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE. in The Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

    SO?  WHO IS Drowning in WA STATE Stormwater Runoff Tax?

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    Phase II Western Washington Municipal Stormwater Permit

    The Phase II permit for western Washington covers at least 80 cities and portions of five counties with an effective date of September 1, 2012. The updated 2013-2018 permit became effective on August 1, 2013.

    The new PHASE II MUNICIPAL STORMWATER PERMIT, which covers the next most populated areas and affects nearly 100 cities around the state.

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    My comment

    PORT ANGELES WASHINGTON IS THE ONLY PART OF  CLALLAM COUNTY DESIGNATED IN THE  PHASE II MUNICIPAL STORMWATER PERMIT and The Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

    Participants  in THE PHASE II permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis.

    IF FOR EXAMPLE, KING COUNTY MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE.

    HOW MUCH IS THE CITY OF PORT ANGELES TAXING ITS CITIZENS TO PAY TO PARTICIPATE AND FUND THE Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

    AND, WHY HAS CLALLAM COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION  BOTHERED TO PREPARED A 81 PAGE DRAFT ON STORMWATER RUNOFF?

    When, PORT ANGELES WASHINGTON IS THE ONLY PART OF  CLALLAM COUNTY DESIGNATED IN THE  PHASE II MUNICIPAL STORMWATER PERMIT and The Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP)

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    CITIES AND COUNTIES  INCLUDED IN ECOLOGY’S STORMWATER PERMIT

    Western Washington

    Phase II Cities

    Phase II Counties
    Phase II county permits apply to urban areas

    around permitted cities.

    Cowlitz County
    Kitsap County
    Skagit County
    Thurston County
    Whatcom County

    Aberdeen
    Algona
    Anacortes
    Arlington
    Auburn
    Bainbridge Island
    Battleground
    Bellevue
    Bellingham
    Black Diamond
    Bonney Lake
    Bothell
    Bremerton
    Brier
    Buckley
    Burien
    Burlington
    Camas
    Centralia
    Clyde Hill
    Covington

    Des Moines
    DuPont
    Duvall
    Edgewood
    Edmonds
    Enumclaw
    Everett
    Federal Way
    Ferndale
    Fife
    Fircrest
    Gig Harbor
    Granite Falls
    Issaquah
    Kelso
    Kenmore
    Kent
    Kirkland
    Lacey
    Lake Forest Park
    Lake Stevens

    Lakewood
    Longview
    Lynden
    Lynnwood
    Maple Valley
    Marysville
    Medina
    Mercer Island
    Mill Creek
    Milton
    Monroe
    Mountlake Terrace
    Mount Vernon
    Mukilteo
    Newcastle
    Normandy Park
    Oak Harbor
    Olympia
    Orting
    Pacific

    Port Angeles
    Port Orchard
    Poulsbo
    Puyallup
    Redmond
    Renton
    Sammamish
    SeaTac
    Sedro-Woolley
    Shoreline
    Snohomish
    Snoqualmie
    Steilacoom
    Sumner
    Tukwila
    Tumwater
    University Place
    Vancouver
    Washougal
    Woodinville

    These cities are legally obligated to try to control water that runs off pavements, roofs and streets in built areas every time it rains.  The rules governing how cities and other jurisdictions manage stormwater runoff and are contained in municipal permits, which were recently updated in Washington State

    There are actually two Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permits: one for Western Washington and one for Eastern Washington . That’s because each side of the state has very different climate conditions, soils, and geology, which are important considerations when thinking about how water moves around.

    THE WESTERN WASHINGTON PHASE II MUNICIPAL STORMWATER PERMIT, which goes into effect on August 1, 2013, covers 80 medium and small cities and the urban portion of four counties.

     The Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit, which takes effect one year later, covers 18 cities and urban areas in six counties. Both will remain in effect for five years.

    There are significant differences between two region’s Phase II permits.

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    Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit

     

    The new WESTERN WASHINGTON permit contains important new requirements in three areas:

    New watershed-scale stormwater planning requirements

    New monitoring and assessment requirements

    New low-impact development (LID) requirements

    The first major change is based on the concept that many pollution and flooding problems are best addressed at the watershed level. That wider focus also helps identify the most cost-effective pollution control strategies to meet clean water goals. The watershed planning process, outlined in an earlier post, requires Phase II permittees to work with counties and other municipalities in the watershed. After pulling together water quality data, flow records, biological baselines, and zoning maps, they must collectively develop strategies to change land use plans and development codes in ways that can manage polluted runoff more effectively.

    The second major change involves the new Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program (RSMP) that will collect information on water quality, habitat, and biota in the Puget Sound basin; conduct regional studies of stormwater practices; and develop a public information repository. PERMITTEES CAN EITHER PAY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REGIONAL PROGRAM OR comply with individual monitoring requirements on their own. The benefit of the RSMP is that it will provide a comprehensive approach to monitoring in the Puget Sound basin

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    FOR EXAMPLE Participants  in THE PHASE I permit will help fund the monitoring and data analysis. (KING COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE, MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE.)

     

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    Phase I Cities and Counties

    Seattle
    Tacoma
    Snohomish County

    King County
    Pierce County
    Clark County

     

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    Phase II PERMITTEES HAVE TO INCORPORATE LID STANDARDS INTO THEIR DEVELOPMENT CODES BY DECEMBER 31, 2016 (except for newly added permittees, who have an extra year to comply). Once those are in place, builders and landowners will be required to consider and use low-impact development best management practices (BMPs) when they’re developing or redeveloping land. The process is detailed in Appendix 1 to the Western Washington phase to the phase II  permit  Depending on the size of the project, where it’s located, and where runoff winds up, builders must work from one of two lists of recommended low-impact development practices. The developer must consider each BMP on the list, in the order listed, and use the first one that is feasible.

    Or, some developers have a second choice. Rather than using the specific LID techniques on the list, some projects can instead elect to meet a LID Performance Standard that compares pre-development stormwater flow rates to post-development flow rates and sets standards that the project must meet.

     

    the Phase I permits, which go into effect on August 1, 2013 and will remain in force for five years. The permits cover discharges from large and medium municipal separate storm sewer systems, commonly known as “MS4s,” found in the most populated areas of the state.

    The Phase I permit applies to Clark, King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties; the cities of Seattle and Tacoma; the ports of Seattle and Tacoma; WSDOT;  and other large permittees such as the University of Washington, Seattle School District, Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma, Washington State Military Department, Tacoma Community College, and some flood control and diking districts.

    By law, those entities are required to limit polluted runoff that can flood neighborhoods, degrade fish habitat, and dump chemicals and nutrients into rivers and oceans. Here are the three biggest changes they’ll need to incorporate under the new municipal stormwater permits:

     

    New monitoring and assessment requirements

    New low-impact development (LID) requirements

     

    By October 31 2013—a mere 6 months away—each county must pick one watershed as its initial test case. The first step is to assess current water quality, pollution levels, flow patterns, and biological health in the watershed. The second is to build a rainfall and runoff model that predicts how different land use changes and building scenarios that replace natural areas with pavement would affect all those variables. Finally, each county must submit a “watershed-scale stormwater plan” to the Department of Ecology by October 1, 2016.

    Monitoring and Assessment

    Phase I permittees must also provide an annual report to the Department of Ecology that describes all the stormwater studies that they or their contractors have undertaken. In addition, the cities, ports, and counties must begin monitoring in one of two ways: paying into a regional stormwater monitoring program or going it alone.

    Most permittees can choose to participate in the new  “Regional Stormwater Monitoring Program” (also known as RSMP) created by a coalition of federal, tribal, state, and local governments and business, environmental, agriculture, and research interests. The research program will collect information on water quality, habitat, and living creatures that are affected by stormwater in the Puget Sound basin. It will also conduct regional studies of stormwater practices and develop a publicly accessible information repository. Participants will help fund the monitoring and data analysis. (KING COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE, MUST PAY $15,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR AND $74,540 FOR SUBSEQUENT YEARS TO PARTICIPATE.)

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    https://www.google.com/#q=wa+state+stormwater+2014New watershed-scale stormwater planning requirements

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/municipal/MuniStrmWtrPermList.html

     

    As reported online in

    http://daily.sightline.org/2013/05/09/the-skinny-on-was-new-stormwater-permits-1/

    http://daily.sightline.org/2013/05/16/the-skinny-on-was-new-stormwater-permits-2/


  • To Kilmer on FEMA Flood Ins.

    Derek,

    Halting and/or delaying the increased cost of FEMA flood Insurance is NOT a solution, it is just another example of KICKING A $27 BILLION DOLLAR CAN DOWN THE ROAD.

    JUST, another example of a delay, to give congress time to create another arbitrary solution and create legislation to make all American taxpayer’s financially responsible for someone else’s personal problem.

    What difference does it make?

    The American taxpayer is damned if congress does and the American taxpayer is  damned if congress does not

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    www.fema.gov/flood-insurance-reform-act-2…

    In July 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the BIGGERTWATERS FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM ACT OF 2012 (BW-12) which calls on the Federal Emergency Management 

     We were financially damned when they passed the Reform  ACT in 2012 when FEMA was ONLY $18 Billion dollars underwater.

    We were financially damned with the additional $7 billion dollar cost of  Hurricane Sandy to FEMA

    We are financially damned  here and now Feb 26,  2014

    They said FEMA IS $24 BILLION Dollars under water?

    He said FEMA IS $27 BILLION Dollars under water?

    whether  congress delays the  July 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the BIGGERTWATERS FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM ACT OF 2012 (BW-12) , spreads it out, it  or not

    And indeed we are damned by the FEMA flood insurance REMAPS

    Using broad purple marking pens? running purple lines around every piece of land that’s near or  touching water?  rather than using available scientific resources.

    The private property owner is arbitrarily judged GUILTY by FEMA, until they can prove at their own expense, that their property IS NOT IN A FLOOD PLAIN

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    Rep. Kilmer has suggested that FEMA? reimburse homeowners who successfully appeal flood maps, and create a consumer advocate to help homeowners who have flood insurance and mapping concerns.

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    Sen. Landrieu blasts White House for opposition to bill delaying flood insurance premium increases http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/sen_landrieu_blasts_white_hous.html

     

    Updated January 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    “Delaying implementation of these reforms would further erode the financial position of the National Flood Insurance Program, which is already $24 BILLION IN DEBT,” the Office of Management and Budget said on behalf of the White House

    “The flood insurance program is $27 BILLION IN DEBT,” Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Monday. “I recognize that some flood insurance rate increases under Biggert-Waters could be painful to certain homeowners.

    WASHINGTON — Sen Mary Landrieu . , D-La., Tuesday sharply criticized what she called theObama administration’s “short-sighted, misguided and irresponsible” opposition to legislation delaying flood insurance premium increases for four years.

    Though the statement of administration policy didn’t include a veto threat, Landrieu said the White House’s position, “threatens the very foundation of the National Flood Insurance Program and will only saddle taxpayers with higher costs when disasters strike.”

    Just before the White House policy statement was released the Senate voted 86-13 to begin debate on legislation that would delay most increases resulting from the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act so, sponsors say, FEMA can complete an affordability study and Congress can work to insure that policyholders don’t face unaffordable flood insurance premiums. The bill’s sponsors said people will be priced out of the flood insurance program if premium increases contemplated by FEMA under Biggert-Waters are implemented — putting taxpayers on the line to help out homeowners devastated by future hurricanes and storms.

    “How this Administration thinks it can ‘ensure that economically distressed policyholders are not unduly burdened’ before it completes the affordability study or certifies that its maps are accurate and reliable is completely mind-boggling,” Landrieu said. “That is exactly the kind of backward and upside-down thinking that got us into this mess in the first place.”

    In its statement Monday night, The White House expressed concern about the fiscal impact of the delays on the National Flood Insurance Program.

    “Delaying implementation of these reforms would further erode the financial position of the National Flood Insurance Program, which is already $24 billion in debt,” the Office of Management and Budget said on behalf of the White House. “This delay would also reduce FEMA’s ability to pay future claims made by all policyholders.”

    Former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston, D-La., who knows a little bit about presidential maneuvering, said he doesn’t see the White House statement blocking the legislation.

    “It’s not a setback. If it costs money, they (Office of Management and Budget aides) have to be against it,” Johnston said. But they know how to issue a veto threat, and there is none here. They wouldn’t dare do that to Mary in an election year.”

    Johnston also suggests the bill will also pass the House, despite opposition from some influential Republicans, possibly with a modification such as a three-year delay in rate hikes instead of the four-year delay in the current Senate bill. “They don’t want to kill their own Senate candidate,” Johnston said of Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, the GOP’s top challenger to Landrieu.

    The Biggert-Waters law was passed by large margins, and won the votes of every Louisiana congressional member. But news of large rate increases facing their constituents has led to efforts to at least delay the increases so Congress can come up with a permanent fix. Landrieu, who is up for re-election in 2014, said she voted for Biggert-Waters because it was incorporated into a large omnibus bill that included legislation to funnel Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 BP oil spill to the Gulf CoStill, she spoke out against the bill during Senate debate, warning Congress would have to reconsider the issue soon to fix the obvious problems with the law — mainly, in her view, its failure to consider affordability a key factor in whether people will sign up for flood insurance.

    “I know the President is coming to the Capitol tonight to talk about expanding opportunities for the middle class,” Landrieu said. “He can start by joining our strong, deep and broad coalition’s efforts to support the millions of families and businesses that are on the edge of losing everything they have worked for through no fault of their own.”

    “They wouldn’t dare do that to Mary in an election year,” former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston on why Obama won’t veto flood insurance bill.

    The Obama administration statement said that “FEMA is working diligently with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on insurance affordability for economically distressed policyholders.”

    “The Administration recognizes that many policyholders may be challenged financially by the new rates and remains committed to working with the Congress to develop approaches that ensure economically distressed policyholders are not unduly burdened while maintaining the financial stability of the NFIP,” the statement said.

    The statement didn’t express outright opposition to the legislation, as some previous statements on other bills have.

    Cassidy, Landrieu’s leading opponent in the 2014 Senate race,  also criticized the White House statement.

    “It is disappointing that the President does not understand that how FEMA is interpreting Biggert-Waters is contributing to the unaffordability of flood insurance,” Cassidy said. “Millions of homeowners, including many Louisianans, are suffering due to FEMA’s implementation of the Biggert-Waters Act.”

    Congress recently passed a bill sponsored by Cassidy that delays some of the increase through Sept. 30, 2014. But he says a more comprehensive bill is needed, particularly to help people who are faced with immediate increases if they sell their homes. It has made some homes unsellable, according to realtors.

    Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. and a leader of the nationwide Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance, also criticized the White House opposition.

    “On the eve of the State of the Union, an address that will reportedly focus on ‘the middle class, the economy and economic fairness,’ it is inexplicable that the Administration and FEMA have come out with a statement opposing common-sense delays to out-of-control flood insurance premiums,” Hecht said.

    The Senate could vote on the bill delaying premium increases for four years, and several amendments, including one by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., by Wednesday night or Thursday morning. His amendment would eliminate the four-year delay in rate hikes, and instead phase in rate increases at 25 percent of existing rates each year for four years. Under Biggert-Waters, the annual increases are either 20 or 25 percent of the difference between the current rate and the anticipated new rate resulting from the Biggert-Waters changes.

    “The flood insurance program is $27 billion in debt,” Toomey said Monday. “I recognize that some flood insurance rate increases under Biggert-Waters could be painful to certain homeowners. That’s why I suggest a slower phase-in for rate increases triggered by a home sale and for properties most dramatically affected by remapping.”

    The 86 votes to begin debate on the delaying legislation showed how the flood insurance rate increases resulting from Biggert-Waters had drawn concern across the United States. Still, there’s some strong opposition. Thirteen senators, all Republicans, voted against allowing debate to begin: Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wy.; Tom Coburn, R-Ok.; Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Mike Enzi, R-Wy.; Dean Heller, R-Nev.; James Inhofe, R-Ok.; Mike Lee, R-Ut.; Jerry Moran, R-Ks.; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; and Richard Shelby, R-Ala. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., did not vote.

    Landrieu used her remarks on the Senate floor, to say that Pennsylvania is having more flood insurance remaps, 1,425, than any other state — meaning his constituents will be among the most impacted by Biggert-Waters.

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    And, then there is this

    Is FEMA shortchanging Hurricane Sandy victims?

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

     http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9429405

      Eyewitness News

    NEW YORK (WABC) — The agency whose mission is to help speed recovery after disastrous storms may in fact be preventing families left homeless by Sandy from rebuilding.

    Our investigation has found that on Long Island FEMA appears to be undercutting on insurance claims leaving families no better off than they were days after the 2012 storm.

    Nearly a year-and-half after Sandy, Kathy Gullo still lives in a trailer. What was left of her home, she had torn down after 4 different engineering inspectors came to the same conclusion: it should be demolished and rebuilt.

    Hoffer: Engineer after engineer, said it is less costly and safer if you rebuild? Gullo: Than try to fix it. Hoffer: Everyone except for the insurance company? Gullo: Except for the insurance company.

    Although she had coverage for $300-thousand dollars in flood damage, she only received $138-thousand dollars from FEMA’s Flood Insurance Program which pays the vast majority of Sandy flood claims.

    “We’ve been trying to get them to understand that they didn’t do the right thing and we’re waiting for more money before we can even start,” Gullo said.

    Hoffer: I can put my hand in this crack. I can see outside. Peter Mastrandrea: Yeah.

    Two engineer reports blame the “flood surge” for cracking Peter Mastrandrea’s foundation making his home in Massapequa ”unsafe for habitation,” but FEMA’s engineer found the cracks were not caused by pre-existing conditions. FEMA agreed to pay Peter $46-thousand.

    Mastrandrea: It’s criminal. Hoffer: You thought you were covered? Mastrandrea: Evidently I wasn’t. Neither were thousands of other people.

    Christa Higbee of Wantaugh had to use her entire 401k retirement money to fund repairs to her home after FEMA insurance gave her $70-thousand dollars for what was nearly $300-thousand in damages.

    Hoffer: You whole floor is ruined? Higbee: Demolished everything. We won’t be retiring forever. I’m sure of it because of this.

    These stories and those of many other families we’ve spoken to suggests FEMA is underpaying on claims on a massive scale. David Charles worked as an adjuster for 36 years. He’s now an advocate for homeowners and he says the underpayment on Sandy claims by FEMA is the worst he’s ever seen.

    “These people have had their rug pulled out from under them by all kinds of tricky techniques to not pay claims. It’s just wrong,” Charles said.

    HE’S CONVINCED FAMILIES DISPLACED BY SANDY ARE PAYING FOR THE SINS OF KATRINA IN WHICH LAX OVERSIGHT LED TO HUGE WASTE THAT HAS LEFT FEMA’S FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM $24 BILLION DOLLARS IN THE RED.

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    Inserted documentation on Hurricane Katrina

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina

    THE HURRICANE SURGE PROTECTION FAILURES IN NEW ORLEANS ARE CONSIDERED THE WORST CIVIL ENGINEERING DISASTER IN U.S. HISTORYand prompted a lawsuit against the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), the designers and builders of the levee system as mandated by the Flood Control Act of 1965  RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FAILURES AND FLOODING WAS LAID SQUARELY ON THE ARMY CORPS IN JANUARY 2008 BY JUDGE Stanwood Duval  , U.S. DISTRICT COURT, BUT THE FEDERAL AGENCY COULD NOT BE HELD FINANCIALLY LIABLE BECAUSE OF Sovereign Immunity   IN THE Flood Contro lAct  act of 1928  There was also an investigation of the responses from federal, state and local governments, resulting in the resignation ofFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  director Micheal D. Brown and of New Oeleans Police dept. (NOPD) Superintendent Eddie Compass

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    Release date:  October 22, 2012 Release Number: DR-1603/07 – 986

     To date, FEMA has obligated approximately $6.4 billion in public assistance funding for Katrina and Rita related recovery work throughout the city of New Orleans.

    The actual cost of Hurricane Katrina’s damage http://useconomy.about.com/od/grossdomesticproduct/f/katrina_damage.htm

    The Louisiana death toll was 1,836 people. Old age was a contributing factor, since 71% of those who died were 60 years or older, while nearly half of those were more than seventy-five. Sadly, at least 68 were found in nursing homes, possibly abandoned by their caretakers. After the disaster, nearly 200 bodies were left unclaimed. Over 700 people were unaccounted for. The storm killed or made homeless 600,000 pets. (Source: HurricaneKatrinaRelief.com, Fox Facts )

    The actual cost of Hurricane Katrina’s damage was between $96-$125 billion, with $40-$66 billion in insured losses. Half of these losses were a result of flooding in New Orleans. An estimated 300,000 homes were destroyed or otherwise made uninhabitable.

    If FEMA only paid out $6.4 Billion?  Who else covered the balance of the  $40-$66 billion in insured losses?

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      Eyewitness News NEW YORK (WABC) –continued

    “Real injustice. The financial ruin for many families that just don’t deserve it and believed that they had good coverage,” he said.

    Our investigation has found that the average claim payment by FEMA to New Yorkers for Sandy damages is $64-thousand dollars. That’s around the same amount as this couple received from FEMA even though the cost to repair all the damage to their home is estimated at $240-thousand dollars.

    “We had a false sense of security that we had homeowners and flood insurance and in the events of something like this they would make good and help us rebuild and instead 15 months later we are homeless,” Richard Santeramo of Wantaugh said.

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