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Oklahoma Property Owners Bogged Down by FEMA’s Flood Plain Maps

Kaye Beach

June 8, 2012

Last summer I did some looking into the new FEMA flood maps that were causing a lot of trouble and expense for  property owners across the state and nation.

Okla. Water Resources Board/FEMA Flood Map Follies Aug. 24, 2011

Oklahomans Getting Soaked! Tag Teamed by FEMA and OWRB Aug. 30, 2011

Of course this is still going on.  The following article is an editorial about the nonsense going on with FEMA and its new flood maps in Shawnee, OK.  Below that is a very good article about the origins and purpose of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Planning that is the basis for the floodplain expansion.

This what “sustainability” looks like.

Bureaucrats behaving badly: FEMA flood plain mess in Shawnee

The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: June 4, 2012

IN government, small changes can have big consequences. Take the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s redrawing of flood plain maps. That simple change now threatens to derail economic development efforts and punish many homeowners with increased compliance costs.

Nowhere is that more apparent than in Shawnee. Thanks to the new maps, portions of the hospital and airport are now considered part of a flood plain, and a long-running effort to attract a national chain restaurant may be thwarted. The Shawnee Mission Plaza has been in constant development for 20 years with no problem. But now FEMA demands that officials conduct a new hydrology study for the 152-acre development before an eatery can be added.

That understandably frustrates local officials, who already paid for a hydrology study in 2006. The new study, they note, will provide no new detail, but will cost an extra $50,000 and delay the restaurant project for months, if not derail it.

The Global Safety Cult and the Abolition of Private Property

by William Roberts

Summary:

Chapter Seven of Agenda 21 calls for the establishment of a “culture of safety.” All of Agenda 21, Chapter 7 is the expansion of UN Resolution 44/236 and the foundational material for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA’s) “Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Planning” programme that fails to provide safety and destroys liberty.

Read the entire article here

DHS Hires General Dyanamics to Track Criticism and Dissent Online

Kaye Beach

Jan. 19, 2012

From an EPIC (the Electronic Privacy Information Center) Alert issued on Jan. 18, 2012;

EPIC: FOIA Docs Reveal DHS Monitoring of Online Political Dissent

As the result of EPIC v. DHS, a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, EPIC has obtained nearly 300 pages of documents detailing a Department of Homeland Security social media surveillance program. The documents include contracts and statements of work with General Dynamics for 24/7/365 media and social network monitoring and periodic reports to DHS. As part of this contract, General Dynamics was tasked with monitoring media and social networking sites and providing immediate, daily, and weekly summaries to Homeland Security.

The FOIA documents reveal that Homeland Security is tracking criticism and dissent, stating that the contractor should monitor and summarize media stories that “reflect adversely” on DHS or the US government.  (Emphasis mine) DHS also says that the agency is attempting to “capture public reaction to major government proposals.”

No one is surprised. The information gathered here will be combined with all of the other data points on us that the government has access to in order to flesh out the threat assessment being performed, on some level, of all of us.

If you are saying nasty or unflattering things about government agencies or their policies, DHS wants to know so that they will be able to offer effective pressure or counter-propaganda to ideas that they find at odds with their aims.

EPIC continues;

The agency instructs the contractor to generate “reports on DHS, Components, and other Federal Agencies:  positive and negative reports on FEMA, CIA, CBP, ICE, etc. as well as organizations outside the DHS.”

One tracking report held up by the DHS as a example of what a report should include – “Residents Voice Opposition Over Possible Plan to Bring Guantanamo Detainees to Local Prison-Standish, MI” – summarizes dissent on blogs and social networking cites, quoting commenters on popular social networking sites and news media comment boards.

Jan 13, 2012, the New York Times Reports;

Ginger McCall, director of the group’s [EPIC] Open Government Program, said it was appropriate for the department to use the Internet to search for emerging threats to public safety. But, she said, monitoring what people are saying about government policies went too far and could chill free speech.

“The Department of Homeland Security’s monitoring of political dissent has no legal basis and is contrary to core First Amendment principles,” she said.

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From a Reuters exclusive ‘Homeland Security watches Twitter, social media’ Jan 11, 2012;

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s command center routinely monitors dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks and news and gossip sites including the Huffington Post and Drudge Report, according to a government document.

. . .News and gossip sites on the monitoring list include popular destinations such as the Drudge Report, Huffington Post and “NY Times Lede Blog”, as well as more focused techie fare such as the Wired blogs “Threat Level” and “Danger Room.” Numerous blogs related to terrorism and security are also on the list.

Some of the sites on the list are potentially controversial. WikiLeaks is listed for monitoring, even though officials in some other government agencies were warned against using their official computers to access WikiLeaks material because much of it is still legally classified under U.S. government rules.

Another blog on the list, Cryptome, also periodically posts leaked documents and was one of the first websites to post information related to the Homeland Security monitoring program.

Also on the list are JihadWatch and Informed Comment, blogs that cover issues related to Islam through sharp political prisms, which have sometimes led critics to accuse the sites of political bias

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Sources from EPIC;

EPIC:  Freedom of Information Act Request to DHS (April 12, 2011)

http://epic.org/redirect/011812-epicvdhs-social-foia.html

EPIC:  FOIA Documents Received from DHS (Jan. 12, 2012)

http://epic.org/redirect/011812-epicvdhs-social-foia-docs.html

NY Times:  ‘Federal Security Program Monitored Public Opinion’

(Jan. 13, 2012)

ComputerWorld: ‘DHS Media Monitoring Could Chill Public Dissent, EPIC 

Warns’ (Jan. 16, 2012)

EPIC: EPIC v. DHS (Media Monitoring)

http://epic.org/foia/epic-v-dhs-media-monitoring/

The Department Of Homeland Security Continues the Quest for Total Information Awareness

Kaye Beach

Nov 30, 2011

Yesterday Forbes reports;

The Department Of Homeland Security Wants All The Information It Has On You Accessible From One Place

Well of course they do.  The government knows that information is power, we should remember that power is control.

“National employment databases, national medical databases, national criminal databases, and others have already been created.

The dream is to blend all these separate resources into a single centralized one…the only real impediments to creating the database that now remain are political and cultural: the stubborn assumption of so many Americans that they have rights.”

The State’s Quest for Total Information Awareness by David M. Brown

Forbes reports that the Dept. of Homeland security, not content with its creation of a national network of state Fusion Centers, it now wants its own internal fusion center so that it can take all of the information collected by its many agencies and bring it together and make it all searchable from one central location.  The Dept. of Homeland Security absorbed some 22 agencies when it was created including FEMA, the Secret Service,  TSA, Immigration and Naturalization, and much more.

The DHS wants to be able to do searches using specific personal information rather than general searches through all of this data for the purpose of identifying patterns to prevent terrorism attacks.  The data  includes work history collected from the e Verify program, travel records from the TSA, and personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, email address and other personal information acquired by DHS from a wide variety of sources including commercial databases making this prospect undeniably similar to the Total Information Awareness project that so outraged Congress and Americans that it was defunded in 2003.

Although a committee of policy and privacy experts were asked to provide feedback on this proposal, DHS signed at least one contract with Raytheon for services related to this proposal before the committee could even complete its draft of recommendations signalling that DHS intends to push this operation forward regardless of any of the legitimate concerns about constitutional, legal or privacy violations.

This system will enable DHS to create a comprehensive profile on American citizens at the push of a button,  an ability  that the government has edged closer and closer to in recent years and an ability that rightfully generates grave concerns in the minds of most Americans.

Dr. Tom Connor, Assoc Prof of Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Director, Institute for Global Security Studies writes;

“The National Strategy for Homeland Security called for connecting computer databases used in federal law enforcement, immigration, intelligence, public health surveillance, and emergency management . . .and further, DARPA’s ill-fated plan for Total Information Awareness(TIA) was to merge some of these interconnections into a data mining system of systems involving the private sector, the finance/credit system, the Internet, and other databases.

With plans such as these, the goal was to obtain the capability to track every human being on the planet at any given time.” (Emphasis mine)

The government’s goal of Total Information Awareness hasn’t changed even though path to get there has taken a few detours.

The Oklahoma MIPT turns Cops into “First Collectors” for Homeland Security

Kaye Beach

Nov. 8, 2011

The Oklahoma Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism just received a 2.2 million dollar grant from the Federal Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of training beat cops all over the country to become “first collectors” (of information) rather than first responders to the need of the taxpayers who pay their salaries.  We expect our police for to serve and protect our communities but Homeland Security has needs too-it needs information on everyone because this tips the balance of power away from the people to favor the government.  The federal government wants our police to serve and protect THEM from US.

Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism is happy to oblige.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 7 (UPI) — The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism has received a grant from the U.S. government to continue training police officers nationwide.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for MIPT’s Information Collection on Patrol training is for $2.2 million.

“This grant from the Department of Homeland Security through FEMA will bring the InCOP training program to tens of thousands of police officers nationally,” said MIPT Director David Cid. “Our training gives line officers skills that enhance our security and safety.

The  Information Collection on Patrol program is commonly referred to as InCOP.  InCOP is a a central component of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice have made InCOP a central component of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, or SAR [MIPT is an official training provider for SAR]. Agencies large and small, urban and rural, traditional and tribal, are successfully implementing InCOP concepts within their training.

From the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency (FEMA);

AWR-220: InCOP Build a Shield

InCOP 4 – Build a Shield is a two hour course that provides instruction on law enforcement’s role in the identification of behaviors that may be precursors to terrorism or other criminal activity. The course examines the deconstruction model for identifying indicators and warnings and explains how to populate a threat assessment in the context of the patrol environment. Understanding the way the intelligence community conducts threat assessments on emerging threats will enhance the ability to gather more useful information as related to indicators and warnings.

Date of Article: 07/06/2011

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InCOP teachers officers to better “first collectors”  for the Department of Homeland Security via  Suspicious Activity Reporting (SARS)

Description

InCOP Police Training
MIPT’s Information Collection on Patrol (InCOP®) police training focuses on the basic and critical skill of information collection by the front line police officer. MIPT’s primary delivery model involves “institutionalizing” the training in departments via in-service cycle. Trainers come to MIPT for an immersive experience. While MIPT trains a few- those trainers go back to their departments and train thousands.The overall goal of enhancing line officer collection leads to better intelligence, tactical awareness, and crime and terrorism prevention. As a Department of Homeland Security training partner, MIPT offers police training courses funded by the Homeland Security National Training Program.

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What is a SAR?

Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) is the process of documenting the observation of behavior that may be indicative of intelligence gathering or pre-operational planning related to terrorism, criminal, or other illicit intentions.

Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI)

Integrates state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies’ SAR processes into a nationwide standardized and institutionalized effort

Read more about SARS and national information collecting here-

“If You See Something, Say Something” Re-Branding the Brown Shirts

What constitutes “suspicious activity”?

Successful surveillance detection efforts require immediate reporting of incidents similar to the following:

  • Multiple sightings of the same suspicious person, vehicle, or activity, separated by time, distance, or direction
  • Individuals who stay at bus or train stops for extended periods while buses and trains come and go
  • Individuals who carry on long conversations on pay or cellular telephones
  • Individuals who order food at a restaurant and leave before the food arrives or who order without eating
  • Joggers who stand and stretch for an inordinate amount of time
  • Individuals sitting in a parked car for an extended period of time
  • Individuals who don’t fit into the surrounding environment because they are wearing improper attire for the location or season
  • Individuals drawing pictures or taking notes in an area not normally of interest to a tourist or showing unusual interest in or photographing security cameras, guard locations, or watching security reaction drills and procedures
  • Individuals who exhibit suspicious behavior, such as staring or quickly looking away from individuals or vehicles as they enter or leave facilities or parking areas

Source: Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

LAPD online; http://www.lapdonline.org/home/content_basic_view/27436

That list was from the LAPD’s website (cited as the model for state collection of SARs –suspicious activity reports)

The MIPT is a Homeland Security training partner.
The MIPT’s Mission

The MIPT’s “mission is to enhance the public safety through training, professional development and education under the MIPT’s Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement.”

The MIPT “is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security training partner serving the nation’s 850,000 uniformed officers and law enforcement leadership.”  Who We Are

Some of the underlying assumptions of MIPT training are listed as follow:

  • The local intelligence base is the bedrock of the national intelligence architecture.
  • The uniformed officer is the first collector.
  • Training that improves information collection broadly “lifts all boats,” with enhanced outcomes across all crime problems.
  • Training the entire cadre of uniformed officers creates a culture of information collection and sharing.

Here is a sample of what is being taught to police officers nationwide by the MIPT;

Which of these two people are most likely to pose a threat?

An Arab-American male in his mid-twenties is photographing the Golden Gate Bridge. While doing so, he takes time to stop and recite Islamic prayers after kneeling and bowing to the east.

Or

A Caucasian woman in her late fifties is photographing the Golden Gate Bridge.

Don’t jump to conclusions-fifty year old ladies might very well be the more suspicious of the two….it all, that depends on the context….

Read more (page 30)

Department of Homeland Security federalizing police?

Here is what one “un-named insider” has to say regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s meddling in law enforcement training;

During the past several years, I have witnessed a dramatic shift in the focus of law enforcement training.  Law enforcement courses have moved away from a local community focus to a federally dominated model of complete social control.  Most training I have attended over the past two years have been sponsored by Department of Homeland Security (DHS), namely the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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InCOP puts heavy emphasis on the use of human informants and infiltrators which is a most intrusive and destructive form of surveillance to unleash upon the average citizens in a free society This type of policing breeds distrust between the people and their public servants.  This type of policing is for protecting the government and not the people.

Technocracy and the Global Smart Grid AxXiom For Liberty Live Friday Sept. 2 6-8 PM CST

Tonight on AxXiom For Liberty Live with Kaye Beach and Howard Houchen we welcome two special guests:Patrick M. Wood and William Roberts.

Topics covered will be Technocracy and the global Smart Grid and FEMA-the Bigger Picture

Show Audio A4L_2011-09-02_64k_partial.mp3

Listen live online  here

First up is Patrick M. Wood, bestselling author, former SEC financial advisor and editor of The August Fore­cast and The August Review.

Patrick M. Wood founded The August Corporation in 1975 and began publishing activities in 1978. Wood was the publisher of “The Trilateral Observer,” which he co-edited with Professor Antony Sutton, formerly a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution for War, Peace and Revolution at Stanford University. Patrick Wood and Professor Sutton co-authored two books, “Trilaterals Over Washington, Volume I,” and “Trilaterals Over Washington, Volume II.” Both books became instant bestsellers and were frequently used as textbooks in political science classes in colleges and universities nationwide

Mr. Wood joins us tonight to explain what Technocracy is and how the global Smart Grid is fulfilling the aims of this obscure political movement.

“The dark horse of the New World Order is not Communism, Socialism or Fascism: It is Technocracy.”

http://www.augustforecast.com/2011/06/15/technocracys-endgame-global-smart-grid/

What is Technocracy?

Tech­noc­racy is a move­ment started in the 1930′s by engi­neers, sci­en­tists and tech­ni­cians that pro­posed the replace­ment of cap­i­talism with an energy-based economy. Orig­i­nally envi­sioned for North America only, it is now being applied on a global basis. Authors Aldous Huxley and George Orwell believed that Tech­noc­racy would result in a Sci­en­tific Dic­ta­tor­ship, as reflected in their books, “Brave New World” and “1984“.

What is Smart Grid?

Smart Grid is the national and global imple­men­ta­tion of dig­ital and Wi-fi enabled power meters that enable com­mu­ni­ca­tion between the appli­ances in your home or busi­ness, with the power provider. This pro­vides con­trol over your appli­ances and your usage of elec­tricity, gas and water.

Read more about Technocracy at The August Review

FEMA –The bigger picture.

Next we welcome William Roberts, radio show host of “Become Vocal Local” on Oracle Broadcasting.

Last week William Roberts, radio show host of “Become Vocal Local” on Oracle Broadcasting, called in during our discussion on FEMA and their new flood mapping efforts that are causing a ruckus with property owners nationwide.  We asked William back because he has a great deal of knowledge about the agency and has covered FEMA extensively on his daily radio program.  William says that FEMA’s All-Hazard Mitigation Plan process has spread all across our counties in the wake of the establishment of the Enhanced 911 program, the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the Fusion Centers and that key is determining whether or not a county has a pending or approved Hazard Mitigation Plan.

FEMA defines “mitigation”

Mitigation is defined as any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from a hazard event. Mitigation, also known as prevention, encourages long-term reduction of hazard vulnerability.The goal of mitigation is to save lives and reduce property damage. Mitigation can accomplish this, and should be cost-effective and environmentally sound. This, in turn, can reduce the enormous cost of disasters to property owners and all levels of government. In addition, mitigation can protect critical community facilities, reduce exposure to liability, and minimize community disruption. Examples include land use planning, adoption of building codes, and elevation of homes, or acquisition and relocation of homes away from floodplains.

There certainly is a bigger picture here and with a little help from Will, perhaps we can begin to discern what that bigger picture looks like.

Join us tonight from 6-8 PM CST on AxXiom For Liberty!

Oklahomans Getting Soaked! Tag Teamed by FEMA and OWRB

Kaye Beach

August 30, 2011

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God; and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.” —John Adams, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson. July 16, 1814

Last week I wrote about the stories of two Oklahoma residents, David McLain and Margaret Snow, and their  respective experiences with FEMA and the map modernization program (Map Mod) Margaret had no idea her property had been re-designated at all and David caught the FEMA/Oklahoma Water Resources Board in the act and challenged them.  His property remains safely listed as high and dry.    Margaret’s property (located no where near water and previously was classified as “up land”) remains in the newly designated flood zone and has subsequently lost about half of its value.

Map Mod have transitioned into what FEMA calls Risk Map.  The Risk Map program provides tools and incentives for communities to focus more on reducing risk which you can bet translates into more areas being required to pay for flood insurance and more areas where development is off limits or severely restricted.  You can check and see if your area has been remapped (DFIRM Digital Flood Insurance Map) by zip code at FEMA’s website

Why is this happening?   In a nutshell-the National Flood Insurance Program NFIP (administered by FEMA) is in debt to the tune of about 20 billion dollars due to Hurricane Katrina, Rita and other storms and FEMA is including property in flood zones that have no reason being there in order to gain funds  in order to pay this debt.  Property owners in certain flood zones are practically required to buy flood insurance.  If you have or want a loan backed by the federal government and your property is in a flood zone- you must buy flood insurance from FEMA.  Otherwise, many are being pressured to buy it.

FEMA was in  trouble before Katrina and Rita though.

After Katrina and Rita struck in 2005, the NFIP was more or less insolvent, without the capacity to pay the huge volume of claims those hurricanes created. Congress reacted by increasing the NFIP’s borrowing ability from the U.S. Treasury more than 13-fold, to a level of nearly $21 billion. link

FEMA Map Modernization Status OKLAHOMA

Here is a story published today about the National Flood Insurance Program’s insolvency;

Irene sends floundering flood insurance program further under water

Congress authorized FEMA to update the nation’s flood maps making them digital and other improvements however in 2006 FEMA issued a “mid course adjustment” which means FEMA basically said ‘Hey.  We are going to do this Map Modernization thing a little differently’  What they have done differently is causing lots of problems for property owners.

“In August and September 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused unprecedented destruction to property along the Gulf Coast, resulting in billions of dollars of damage claims to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).” GAO 2006

About 2006 FEMA begins issuing flood zone maps with a whole lot of people and their property in it that are not historically or practically at risk for flooding.

The FEMA flood maps determine who must buy insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.  The money collected from the NFIP goes to paying off the FEMA administered NFIP’s debt.  You do the math.

It’s no secret anyways, FEMA freely admits that part of this new approach is prompted by the burden of debt carried from other disasters.

“The escalating cost of emergency relief aid has prompted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to focus its priorities toward mitigation. This is a dramatic shift from FEMA’s traditional charter of responding to disasters and being prepared to respond.” The Oklahoma Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan

We are essentially being taxed to pay for other people’s losses.  The reason that this is considered necessary now is because “climate change” is a certainty and the federal government expects the unprecedented disasters of recent years to continue.  Redistribution of wealth  is the accepted manner in which to deal with these certainties reminiscent of the thinking behind nationalized health care.  This is also known as “legalized plunder“.

In Oklahoma, the Water Resources Board administers the NFIP for FEMA.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) administers the NFIP in cooperation with FEMA and acts as the State Floodplain Board. The Oklahoma Floodplain Management Act requires the OWRB to establish regulations to assist floodplain boards in mapping floodplains and 100-year flood elevations in Oklahoma. link

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board is in charge of all Flood Plain Management as authorized by the Oklahoma Floodplain Management Act.(Title 82, O. S. 2001, §1601-1618)

All NFIP participating communities must have a floodplain management plan which follows the dictates of FEMA.

“The Oklahoma Floodplain Management Act, effective May 13, 1980, and revised and updated in 2001, 2002, and 2004, enables Oklahoma communities to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).” link

This means that if your community is participating in the NFIP, then your communities development must conform to FEMA’s regulations and land use policies

The federal government has no authority to control local land use policy but with the lure of federal funds and the threat of withholding federal funds in the event of a true disaster, FEMA wahoo’s your local government to do their bidding.

“Since the Federal Government does not have land use authority, the NFIP is based on the Federal government’s power to spend under the Constitution rather than any Federal authority to regulate land use.”

“Under the NFIP regulations, participating NFIP communities are required to regulate all development in SFHAs. [Special Flood Hazard Areas]”

National Flood Insurance Program

Similarly, the state passes the buck to it’s agencies to implement unpopular growth limitations on local development plans.  Water management agencies are empowered by the state to regulate population growth and development.

“The State of Oklahoma does not have adopted ordinances regulating areas of population growth or future development per se. Oklahoma agencies representing the state under authority granted to them by the legislation adopt rules/regulations regarding Storm Water Management or Stream Water Management”

The first thing you ought to know is that floodplain management is more about protecting the environment from you, than protecting you from the environment. (More about Sustainable Development here)  As we know, Oklahoma’s high percentage of private property ownership is considered to be contrary to sustainable development.  (Private Property Ownership in Oklahoma Barrier to Sustainable Development)

It has been this way for some time. As far back as 1996, floodplain management has incorporated conservation into its management duties.

OKLAHOMA’S COMPREHENSIVE WETLANDS CONSERVATION PLAN

“To integrate wetlands conservation with Oklahoma’s flood plain management program and create more wetland greenbelt/riparian areas.”

Oklahoma has a  “net gain” policy for state owned wetlands and a “no net loss” policy for “wetlands”on state funded projects.

“To establish a net gain wetlands policy for state-owned lands and a no net loss policy on state funded projects to encourage the restoration, enhancement, and creation of wetlands.”

Incorporating wetlands construction or enhancement in urban/suburban areas as part of greenbelts, riparian zones, parks, and stormwater management systems is encouraged.

http://www.okcc.state.ok.us/Publications/OK_Comprehensive_Wetlands_Conservation_Plan.pdf

Certified Floodplain Managers

Members of Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association have the acronym CFM by their names.  That means Certified Floodplain Manager.

So  when you see CFM by your floodplain managers’ name…

Members of Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association:

Bill Smith, PE, CFM, Team Leader; Amy Brandley, CFM, Volunteers Coordinator. Team Captains: Phillip Beauchamp, CFM, Gavin Brady, CFM, Dan Carey, CFM, Jessica Yeager, CFM, Leslie Lewis,
CFM, Barend Meiling, PE, CFM, Omeed Mollaian, PE, CFM, Ken Morris, CFM, Bill Robison, PE, CFM, Carolyn Schultz, CFM, Ellen Stevens, PhD, PE, CFM, Ana Stagg, CFM, Laura Story, Anna Waggoner, CFM, Ruth Walters, CFM, Clark Williams, CFM link

. . .understand that CFM (Certified Floodplain Manager) means ASFPM certified floodplain manager.   And if your floodplain manager is ASFPM certified, you need to be checking your city ordinances for “No Adverse Impact” floodplain management techniques.

**Here is a list of all state Floodplain Managers.  Look for your county and see if they have a “CFM” by their name.**


If you want to know more about the role and duties of an Oklahoma Floodplain Manager-click the pic.

“The ASFPM CFM Program recognizes individuals who become certified, who pass the ASFPM exam, or an exam prepared ASFPM chapters that certify floodplain managers.” link

The National Association of Flood Plain Managers or ASFPM is a non-governmental organization (meaning unelected and not officially a part of government).   As with many non-government agencies, ASFPM seeks to be extremely influential in policy making.  It seems that they have met their goal.

ASFPM is part of a 6 NGO partnership that includes

•The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

•The Coastal States Organization (CSO), The National Association of Counties (NACo),

•the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) and

•The American Planning Association (APA).)

link

As I mentioned in my previous post—–The ASFPM has some very interesting new management techniques that really got my attention while researching water management issues a few months ago.  This new water management technique is called No Adverse Impact or NAI.

ASFPM says that NO ADVERSE IMPACT is “A New Direction in Floodplain Management Consistent with the Concept of Sustainable Development”

A new direction?

It is only as new as the 1987 Brundtland Report which is the basis for No Adverse Impact. (More about Sustainable Development here)

We all understand that we cannot do anything on or with our property (or our rights) that will harm the rights of another.

The No Adverse Impact approach begins with a solid and lawful premise, that our right to swing our fists stops where the nose of our neighbor begins, but then twists that premise by the manner in which what constitutes an adverse impact in determined.

“The No Adverse impact philosophy can shape the default management criteria: a community develops and adopts a comprehensive plan to manage development that identifies acceptable levels of impact, specifies appropriate measures to mitigate those adverse impacts, and establishes a plan for implementation.” link

So the community defines what constitutes an adverse impact and as we have seen time and again, the “community” is a group of people who are usually manipulated into “consensus” by community organizers to meet sustainable development goals.  But don’t be distracted from the truth.  No one, no group can define and thus take away your God given rights.  This is a dangerous road to travel and one that the Founders of this country explicitly avoided.  We are NOT a democracy.

It is often said that we are a nation of laws, not men.  This is what protects us from an arbitrary and capricious government.  Laws restrain men but in ASFPM’s view men should have the ability to restrain law.

This is the problem; what constitutes an “adverse impact” under ASFPM’s plan, is defined by the community not the law.

FEMA, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and Oklahoma Floodplain Managers have adopted the ASFPM’s No Adverse Impact management technique and it is being implemented in this state to the detriment of Oklahoma land owners.

ASFPMA and FEMA-working ten regions

FEMA REGIONS

ASFPM’s Regions

The term favored by FEMA is “wise use” but you will also see “no adverse imapct” used as well.  Both share the same problem-who defines what “wise use” or “no adverse impact” means?

Now  “Hazard Mitigation”  for FEMA has broadened considerably and it dovetails nicely with conservation efforts.  Now it is all about prevention of future disasters.  One great way to prevent property losses is to makes sure there is no property to lose in the first place.

The Oklahoma Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan 2011

“Property Acquisition -This is the State’s most favored, and usually most cost effective, voluntary option because the people and property are totally and permanently removed from the path of flooding and danger.” (page 39)

Oklahoma’s declares in the state’s  2011 Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan, that FEMA’s mission is our mission.

The FEMA mission is: “Reduce the loss of life and property and protect our institution from all hazards by leading and supporting the nation in a comprehensive, risk-based emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.”

The Oklahoma State Hazard Mitigation Plan was written following this same precept. FEMA programs were reviewed and were integrated with the state mitigation planning process. The State of Oklahoma Hazard Mitigation Planning process aligns exactly with FEMA programs (page 33)

This is because in order for Oklahoma to qualify for these federal program, the state must conform.

“This Plan [The Oklahoma Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan]is designed to fulfill the requirementsof the following programs available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)”
♦ Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM);
♦ Post-disaster assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP);
♦ Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA),
♦ Community Rating System Floodplain Management Planning (CRS);
♦ Severe Repetitive Loss Program (SRL);
♦ Repetitive Flood Claims Program (RFC).

I wish I had good news for you new floodplain dwellers but I don’t .  Although the plan is technically voluntary, there is a catch or two.

“The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Participation in NFIP by municipalities, counties, and tribal organizations is voluntary” (2011 Oklahoma Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan)

If a community does not participate residents cannot get flood insurance and in the event a presidential disaster declaration is made, non participating communities will not be eligible for federal assistance. Source:About the National Flood Insurance Program: Community Participation

What makes it worse is that when a community agrees to participate in the NFIP they have to accept all of the regulations on development that FEMA imposes.  Those regulations are detrimental to property values.  Often property owners just give up in disgust and leave.  It is apparent that FEMA and those at the local level charged with implementing FEMA’s directives have  rolled sustainable development principles into hazard mitigation policy.

Planning for a Sustainable Future: The Link Between Hazard Mitigation and Livability” (FEMA 364) illustrates how communities, whether planning for hazard mitigation before a disaster or initiating recovery planning after a disaster, can integrate the concepts and principles of sustainable development into each phase of mitigation planning.  FEMA 364 also shows how disaster resistance can be a catalyst to help communities incorporate sustainable development practices into their day-to-day planning and development functions.

FEMA and the NFIP creating “Economic Dead Zones

“The National Flood Insurance Program is, in both its design and execution, the worst federal program that I have encountered in my time in the United States House of Representatives.
Once vibrant neighborhoods…in which flood insurance is mandated are effectively economic dead zones, because this program provides perverse disincentives to home ownership and to home improvement, which, over decades have effectively turned whole swaths of formerly vibrant urban neighborhoods into virtual ghost towns. …communities across America pay this mandatory flood tax and see no benefit…  —U.S. Representative Brian Higgins (D) New York, April 20, 2009 at a congressional hearing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood map modernization program

If you want to know more, I recommend scanning over  The Oklahoma Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan 

It is a daunting read but I found the first several pages manages to encapsulate enough information to give a good idea of what is going on.  You can also search the document for key words like “FEMA”, “sustainable”, “all-hazards”, “land-use”, “relocation” or any other keyword that strikes your fancy.

For an excellent overview and more information on FEMA’s re-mapping efforts, see OK-SAFE’s recent newsletter

Has Your Non-flooding Property Been Re-Mapped as Flood Zone?

OK-SAFE advises;

If you have had your non-flooding property (in Oklahoma) designated as flood zone/flood plain by either the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and/or FEMA (or FIMA), the Attorney General of Oklahoma may be interested in your situation.

Two people have agreed to be the contact persons for this effort.  Please have your paperwork together and organized, including any notes you may have taken about your conversations with OWRB, FEMA, or city officials.  Get names, titles, and contact information from everyone you have spoken with regarding this flood zone designation.  Include any before and after property assessments you may have.

  1. Northeast Oklahoma contact: Margaret Snow, email: msnow14@netzero.net  - this area includes Washington County, Rogers, etc.
  2. Rest of Oklahoma: Keith Shankle, email: kshankle@gmail.com

This past Sunday I had the honor of visiting with Amanda Teegarden and Don Wyatt on their weekly internet radio program “America in the Balance” about this issue.

My advice; Ask questions, demand answers and know your rights!

Okla. Water Resources Board/FEMA Flood Map Follies

Kaye Beach

August 24, 2011

Updated Sept. 1.  Correction. David McLain was incorrectly identified as being the Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church.   Apologies for the mistake.

America in the Balance, an internet radio program hosted by Amanda Teegarden (Exec. Director, OK-SAFE, Inc.) & Don Wyatt (Tulsa 912)  did a very interesting show on the FEMA Flood mapping taking place in our state last Sunday.

Their two guests David McClain and Margaret Snow shared their experiences with FEMA and the new floodplain maps that are being drawn up in Oklahoma.

The two are looking for other Oklahomans who have had a similar experience with FEMA and their new maps. OK. Attorney General Scott Pruitt has agreed to take a look at documented instances of questionable FEMA flood re-designations.  (Contact information can be found at the end of this article.)

These flood maps produced by FEMA will indicate which property owners must purchase flood insurance.  Development is discouraged in the designated zones and building or development in the floodplains is often highly regulated

If you have had your property’s flood designation changed or had an encounter with FEMA or the Oklahoma Water Resources Board regarding floodplain designation, you will be interested in these two stories.

(Listen to the archived show here or read the summary I have written from the radio show interviews.)

Skiatook Township, David McLain

David McLain who is in the construction industry and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Skiatook tells Amanda and Don that a few weeks ago he noticed some officials taking measurements on his property.  David approached the two gentlemen to find out what they were doing.  The two identified themselves as being with FEMA and informed Mr. McClain that they were working on adjusting floodplain designations.  One of the agents, Gavin Brady, although he introduced himself as being with FEMA, the  business card he handed to David showed him as being with the Oklahoma Water Resource Board.  The other agent is reported to be Matthew Rollins.

Curious as to why the man is representing both FEMA and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, I did a little searching and found that the OWRB is under a cooperative agreement with FEMA and is the coordinating state agency for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for the state of Oklahoma. link

Map Modernization

The OWRB website explains that this is a “Map Modernization” effort;

“Many of the nation’s flood hazard maps are outdated and no longer realistically depict the true flood risk. As a result, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is conducting a multi-year effort, the Map Modernization Program, to update these maps and present them in a more reliable digital format that is easily accessible to local and state floodplain officials” link

(For more about the FEMA/ Oklahoma Map Modernization program, click here.)

Here is a little more information about Mr. Gavin Brady.

Gavin Brady, CFM (Certified Floodplain Manager) has been with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board since 1982. In addition, he is the Oklahoma State Coordinator for NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program).  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association. link and is a chapter member of ASFPM- the Association of Flood Plain Managers

According to the ASFPM website, “Chapter members represent local, state and federal government agencies, citizen groups, private consulting firms, academia, the insurance industry, and lenders”

The ASFPM has some very interesting new management techniques that really got my attention while researching water management issues a few months ago.  This new water management technique is called No Adverse Impact or NAI.

ASFPM’s  “No Adverse Impact” represents a whole new method of land management that raised a whole lot of red flags in my mind but in the interest of brevity, I will have to cover this another day  but let me just leave you with this information just to give you an idea of what concerned me; ASFPM says that No Adverse Impact is “A New Direction in Floodplain Management Consistent with the Concept of Sustainable Development”

Back to David McLain.

On that first day he encountered the men on his property, McClain asked to see the map they were using (dated 1999), his property was not within the flood area on their map and the officials indicated that his property was not in the floodplain.

Over the next 3 days the story changes dramatically.

Sorry Wrong Map

The very next day McClain was contacted and informed that his property actually was within the floodplain/  He was told that the first map “was the wrong map”   Furthermore, the agent informed McClain that in addition to his property adjacent to the church that about half of his church parking lot was included in the new floodplain designation.

Good News?

The agent proceeds to informed Mr. McClain that they did have some good news to report.  The new designation of the property entitled him to buy flood insurance from the federal government.  Oh joy!  On top of the certain devaluing of his property due to the flood zone designation, David might also be obliged to pay the government for insurance that he may not want or need.

Unsurprisingly, David was not impressed and rather than thanking the gentleman he began to inquire further.   By what authority they can just declare the property to be within a flood zone?  He was  informed by Gavin Brady, the FEMA/Oklahoma Water Resource Board representative, that FEMA has partnered with the township. In the course of David’s discussions with these two, he was given the very distinct impression that they believed that the Constitution did not apply to them.

Following up on the Skiatook Township’s partnership as asserted by the FEMA representatives, David McLain took the problem to Skiatook’s managers.  He wanted to know where the township got its authority to enter into this “partnership” that was threatening his rights and as a citizen and property owner not to mention putting the Church at risk.

Behold!  A New Map

Shortly after these inquiries, David receives a call back from the Township Manager who informs him that a new map had been found. Seems that neither Davids property nor the Church is actually in the new flood zone after all!  Bright and early the following morning, one of the FEMA agents visits David’s house and drops off the new map showing that his property is safely outside of the new flood zone.  All of this took place within a space of three days.

You have to wonder If David had simply accepted the new FEMA designation, as many citizens would be likely to do, what would have become of his property.  What if he had not happened to see the government officials taking measurements on his property to begin with?  Would he have been notified in time to protest?

Washington County, Margaret Snow

Margaret Snow’s story gives an idea of how the alternate scenario might play out.

Margaret lives in Washington County, an unincorporated area near the Oklahoma/Kansas border.  She has 40 acres of land that has been owned by her family since 1946.  This property is designated as upland agricultural, at least it had been for as long as Margaret can remember.

Double Trouble

Back in November of 2008, Margaret went to her local bank to see about getting her home refinanced. Right before closing on the bargain, Margaret received notice from her bank that there was a problem.  A rather large problem really-due to the fact that her property had very recently (Sept. 26, 2008) been designated by FEMA as a Zone A flood prone area.  This was news to Margaret!

(Zone A:  defined as areas in the 100-year floodplain.  There are many different sub designation possible under Zone A  link)

What this meant for Margaret is that her monthly loan payments would actually be about double what the bank had originally negotiated with her.  Margaret could not take the loan.

Margaret says that the property has never flooded since her family has owned it and there are no bodies of water near the property nor has there been any development that may have changed the lay of the land in such a way as to impact drainage.  It appears that the only thing that has changed is the imaginary line drawn by FEMA.  How much did this line change her property value?  Margaret is not sure but here is what she does know;  The value of her property appraised before FEMA’s Zone A (high risk) designation, and the appraisal value after the new FEMA designation, sunk by half.  Margaret also notes that the value of a nearby property, also considered upland agricultural land,  that was not included in FEMA’s new flood prone designation,  stayed the same.

A ZONE A designation requires many property owners to purchase FEMA’s flood insurance.

Property owners in a FEMA ZONE A ( high risk ) flood zone with mortgages from federally regulated or insured lenders are required to have flood insurance-all property owners are strongly encouraged to buy insurance.

“At the heart of FEMA’s flood map, and indeed at the heart of its strategy, is a definition of “flood” that seems to have been written with no thought to what a flood actually is, contributing to the notion that it was drawn primarily to ensnare millions of property owners in an insurance scheme.” –David Tunno, The FEMA Scheme

A FEMA Zone A designation (within the 100 year floodplain) requires property owners to purchase flood insurance if they live in communities that participate in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program or NFIP.   The NFIP is also the only provider of flood insurance. ( Here is the list of Oklahoma communities that are registered as participants in the NFIP as of 2010.)  Banks will also require you to agree to get flood insurance if you want a home loan.

The Tulsa World reports on March 7 2010;

Property mistaken as flood plain

“That we were in a flood plain and we required flood insurance was a total surprise,” Kristy Boyd said.

And totally wrong. Read more

How to Change a FEMA Flood Map

David McLain and Margaret noted that both were told that there was a process for changing these regulatory boundaries set by FEMA which would exempt the property owner from the flood insurance requirement.

I found a website that addressed this very issue. Suite 101 under Engineering explains; How to Change a FEMA Flood Map

“FEMA flood maps can be changed. Some changes are simple and require only a surveyor. Other changes require detailed engineering. Property owners can benefit.”

In short there are several types of of map changes a property owner can attempt that would result in their property being re designated to a non-flood zone. The simplest amendment is by showing that FEMA made an error on the map the most involved would require actual changes to be made to the topography of the land itself such as filling it in.  All of them will cost you something and obviously the more involved amendments would only be an option for the very wealthy.

It may take a lot of time and money, but apparently it is possible for a property owner to turn a FEMA floodplain into high land but it only takes the mark of FEMA’s pen to turn high land into a floodplain.

Arbitrary, Inaccurate, Short Notice

The obvious concern here is that the whole process appears  ripe for abuse.  On the surface, there is the appearance of arbitrariness. What about property owner notification and an opportunity for appeal?

The FEMA Scheme

David Tunno, at the request of residents in Calaveres County,CA,  investigated FEMA’s flood mapping process.  His report, The FEMA Scheme,  is eye opening and I recommend anyone with questions about this process.

“We know the result of the sub-prime home loan meltdown, but I question how different is the behavior of FEMA? Has it falsified information on the flood status of properties in an attempt to force owners to buy flood insurance? Has it placed properties in flood zones without sufficient evidence? Has it pressured, scared or fooled owners into buying flood insurance who either did not need it, or before there was sufficient evidence of the need? Has it ignored historic rainfall and flood data in drawing its maps? Has it concocted a definition of flood solely for the purpose of expanding its own pool of insurance policy holders?

The evidence shows that “all of the above” would be the accurate answer; or at the very least that FEMA has been so wanton in its behavior as to produce the same result. Finally, isn’t FEMA’s take-it-or-else position with the County akin to putting a gun to the head of the County at the expense of thousands of property owners (and how many nationwide)?

FEMA is an insurance monopoly with tremendous power. It is being allowed to do five things that any unscrupulous monopoly power would love to be able to do and, if they did, might well face prosecution for doing so; 1) It is being allowed to invent the need for its product (insurance), 2) It is being allowed to mandate the purchase of its product, a product only it sells, 3) It controls the price of its product, 4) It is being allowed to employ, coerce, or bribe (pick your favorite verb) other government entities (counties) to assist it, and 5) It is being allowed to deny the purchase of its product to anyone who lives in a county that won’t play ball, thereby forcing the county to hand over thousands of new policy holders to FEMA or cause those who actually need the insurance to lose that coverage.”

The FEMA Scheme by David Tunno

It isn’t only angry land owners who have these concerns.

2007 Oklahoma Floodplain Managers issue complaints to FEMA

In 2007, the Oklahoma Floodplain Managers wrote to the FEMA Flood Map Modernization Team expressing concerns about FEMA’s Flood Map Modernization efforts.

“There have been several deficiencies in quality and process with the production of the new DFIRM [Digital Flood Insurance Maps] data for Oklahoma.”

The Oklahoma Floodplain Managers cited;

  • Countywide kickoff meetings with short notifications for local officials,
  • Inaccurate and arbitrary A-Zone additions to maps,
  • Inaccurate enhanced A-Zone mapping, leaving off previously finalized Letter of Map
  • Changes on detailed studies,
  • Delayed DFIRM mapping schedules,
  • Non-compliant appeal period notifications,
  • Incomplete or missing technical data, etc.

Noting that these “are a few of the problems encountered on countywide floodplain mapping studies within Oklahoma”

Oklahoma Floodplain Managers told FEMA that they believed thatLocal engineers could perform work of the same or better quality and would likely have better working knowledge of local floodplains and studies. Accountability and responsiveness to local communities would be better served from engineers practicing in the same state.”

Read more

Has this Happened to You?

If you have experienced a similar situation with FEMA or floodplain designation  Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has said that he is willing to meet with people who live in Oklahoma and who have a similar  documented circumstance of a new FEMA floodplain designation that they believe may be unfair.

Margaret Snow and Keith Shankle have agreed to act as point persons for those who have a similar complaint or more information they would like to share with the  Attorney General.
You may contact Margaret Snow at msnow14@netzero.net
or  Keith Shankle at  kshankle@gmail.com
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Edmond Oklahoma Info for Citizens Planning to Survive Sustainability

Kaye Beach

Dec. 30, 201o

This is a collection of links and info that I have gathered pertaining to Oklahoma, (The City of Edmond in particular) and Sustainable Development since the Dec 6, 2010 Edmond Forum on Sustainability.

There is a list of resources and information about “sustainable development” at the bottom of this page.

For those researching this issue, I hope this info proves helpful to you.

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EDMOND City Government Defines Sustainability-

Defining Sustainability

Sustainable development can be defined as meeting the needs of the present without jeopardizing the needs of future generations.  For the City of Edmond this concept applies to municipal operations, land use decisions, transportation choices, and natural resources.

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The City of Edmond’s Environmentally-Friendly, Conservation, and Energy Efficiency Programs

December 17, 2010

City defines ICLEI ties

James Coburn The Edmond Sun

Shannon Entz, community development manager, said the City of Edmond is a member of the International Council of Local Environmental Governments, which became a source of contention with some residents at a public forum Dec. 6.

. . .Entz told The Edmond Sun that the City of Edmond became a member of ICLEI USA in November 2009 and renewed this November. The dues are $1,200 per year, she said. (paid by public-tax payer monies)

The city has not decided on a date or format for the next Sustainability Forum, she said.

“This will take some thoughtful consideration given the outcome of the first forum,” Entz said.

I guess people actually showing up with all of those questions and opinions screwed up the consensus process. They need to gain your agreement (your silence will suffice) to give everything the appearance of legitimacy.  You try to gripe later and they will say –

“Sorry, you should have said something when you had the chance”

Are questions from the taxpayers of Edmond about the use of their money and plans that might affect their lives and property inappropriate?  Who is Shannon Entz answerable to?  Obviously NOT the citizens of Edmond.

The Edmond Sun explains;

That Dec. 6 forum ended abruptly after about 200 residents broke into arguments with city staff members about the definition of sustainability and concerns about individual property rights. Some attendees also contended that ICLEI is part of a United Nations program they referred to as Agenda 21.

Read More City defines ICLEI ties


Listen to and learn from the Experts.


ICLEI-USA says;

Understanding Sustainability Planning

Municipal codes are the legal mechanisms by which local governments implement goals for sustainability.

With few exceptions, state statutes require localities to regulate community development through code provision.

Ideally, zoning code directives originate from consensus-driven policy planning for land use, transportation, housing, natural resources, economic development, social equity, culture, and so on. For many communities, coordinating these efforts is best done through one overarching policy plan. Master plans (i.e., comprehensive plans, general plans) are a framework to achieve community goals.

Sustainability plans take a similarly holistic approach—though in a different style. Divided into three areas, these plans typically address the “three pillars” of sustainability: environment, economy, and society.

Goals for transportation, land use, housing, culture, and so on, are incorporated across the pillars.

Sustainability plans also address contemporary issues such as climate change, carbon emissions regulation, globalization, and energy in greater detail.

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The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is the international environmental agency for local governments. It was established in 1990 at the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future. The congress was held at the United Nations in New York in response to the needs of local authorities;cities, towns and counties;that are taking on increasing responsibility as managers of both the local and global environment.

ICLEI and its membership are currently acting in response to several of the objectives established for the world community at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. (Emphasis mine)

UN Conference on Environment and Development

At UNCED, ICLEI, along with local authorities and other local authority associations, played an active role in raising the profile of local governments as managers of the local and global environment. Chapter 28 of Agenda 21, which resulted from these efforts, calls upon local authorities around the world to undertake a consultative process with their communities to establish their own local Agenda 21s by 1996. This Local Agenda 21 mandate, introduced and championed by ICLEI in the Earth Summit’s preparatory process, has been taken up by more than 1200 local authorities around the world.(Emphasis mine)

In the early stages of the project, ICLEI developed and presented a general approach to local sustainable development planning called Strategic Services Planning (SSP). The SSP approach was then presented to prospective participants through a series of regional workshops. During the workshops, participants reviewed and revised the planning elements in order to adapt the SSP to their own unique needs. They exchanged planning ideas and experiences and began to prepare work plans for their Local Agenda 21 efforts

The United States campaign was introduced in November 1994 at the annual conference of the National League of Cities. Eight months later, the local councils of 15 cities had agreed to the campaign commitments.

Results

ICLEI and its members of local authorities from large and small communities around the globe are rising to the challenges identified in Rio and achieving concrete results. (Emphasis mine)

In doing so, we should expect that, in combination, the independent actions of local governments and their communities that are responding to the objectives identified at UNCED will produce a ripple effect of responsible social and environmental behaviour that will ultimately encompass the globe.

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From ICLEIUSA.org

Milestone Award Winners in the South Central Region

by Samantha Hughes, South Central Regional Intern, Apr 04, 2010

Congratulations to the 17 local governments across Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona that have received an ICLEI Milestone Award to recognize their achievements through our Five Milestones for Climate Mitigation process or our Five Milestones for Sustainability process.

In addition to our congratulations, we’d also like to say thanks to staff from these local governments, who conducted check-in calls with us in the first quarter. We appreciate your willingness to communicate what’s going on in your community — it gives us that much more of an opportunity to highlight your success. Click below to view the local government winners and see what Milestones they have achieved…

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What Is ICLEI’s Five Milestone Process?

A little refresher:

Five Milestones for Climate Mitigation

  • Milestone One: Conduct a baseline emissions inventory and forecast
  • Milestone Two: Adopt an emissions reduction target for the forecast year
  • Milestone Three: Develop a local climate action plan
  • Milestone Four: Implement policies and measures
  • Milestone Five: Monitor and verify results

Five Milestones for Sustainability

  • Milestone One: Conduct a sustainability assessment
  • Milestone Two: Establish sustainability goals
  • Milestone Three: Develop a local sustainability plan
  • Milestone Four: Implement policies and measures
  • Milestone Five: Evaluate progress and report results

http://www.icleiusa.org/blog/archive/2010/04/04/milestone-award-winners-in-the-south-central-region

ARRA, EECBG, DOE funds and more. ICLEI shows local governments how to really go “green”!

ICLEI USA is committed to helping its members access this funding and use it wisely.

Bookmark and check this page often for the latest economic recovery funding updates and application instructions.


ICLEI Explains:

The Basics – International Climate Negotiations and the UNFCCC Explained

What is the UNFCCC?

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty with the objective of addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the inevitable challenges that will arise from a warming planet. Nearly every country on Earth is a party to the UNFCCC, and each year they meet at a Conference of the Parties (COP).  For example, COP16 was the 16th meeting of the Parties, held in Cancun.

-Our Agents of Change program brings delegations of U.S.-based youth to conferences and summits related to international policy, primarily at the United Nations. Our delegates work with government delegates, fellow civil society members, and other youth to promote youth-friendly and future-focused policies related to sustainable development and climate change. Follow the links below to learn more about our involvement:

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)
UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD)

What role does Oklahoma have at a conference like this?

Eric Pollard-

Oklahoma could play a huge role in the domestic advancement of action on climate change through renewable energy policy and infrastructure development in the US … http://pollardtopoland.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-12-11T02%3A33%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=7

One of the technological tools used to implement sustainable development is GIS


ESRI’s commitment to developing interoperable technology sets the stage for cooperation between organizations so that they can make well-informed decisions. GIS software allows users across the globe to share ideas on how to meet their resource needs, plan efficient land use, and protect the environment to guarantee the survival of future generations.

Read More about GIS, Sustainable Development and its use in Edmond.

Okies get Mapped! GIS For Sustainable Development


When and Where are Meetings and events held in Edmond?

Calendar of Events

http://edmondok.com/service/calendar

Meeting notices (be sure to refresh)

http://edmondok.com/government/cityclerk/meetings

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Edmond Email Updates

Stay informed by signing-up for City of Edmond email updates.

http://edmondok.com/service/email

Edmond City Data

Stay in touch with city government

From the City of Edmond home page-We operate under a Council-Manager form of government established by the 1925 Charter. The Mayor and Council are the policy-making and legislative body, and appoint the City Manager as well as the City Attorney and Municipal Judges. The City Manager provides centralized direction and leadership for the day-to-day administration of city services. Link

Directory

Research City Laws

The City Clerk is the legal custodian of Edmond’s official records, including the Code of Ordinances enacted by Edmond City Councils since 1925, when our city was chartered.

As a convenience for our citizens who may like more information about specific laws or regulations, an online database is available for research.

The link below will take you to a non-city web site.

Edmond Code of Ordinances

Who’s Who?

These are some of the people that appear to have a significant role in Edmond’s Sustainability effort.

Edmond’s Sustainability Planner is Phil Jones

Former GIS Analyst II at City of Edmond link

The Oklahoman2010-03-20

EDMOND — Edmond is earning a reputation for its “green infrastructure” development in changes to its transportation, drainage, energy, water and waste management systems. Thanks to a grant from the state Department of Agriculture, Forestry Services, the city is widening its vision and plans to share the details during the Green Infrastructure Initiative’s Annual Stakeholder meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Downtown Community Center. Edmond Sustainability Planner Phil Jones said the event will “educate people and give them the direction we’re heading.”

Mr Wantland (I did not make this up!) is a member of Sustainable Edmond

Russell serves on the Central Edmond Urban Development Board, is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Urban Land Institute, Oklahoma Venture Forum, Sustainable Edmond, and recently served as a steering committee member for development of the City of Edmond’s 50-year water supply plan.

Wantland was named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers – Rising Stars in 2009.

Broken links   Contact Russell Wantland > http://www.palmerwantland.com/PW_RWantland.html

Linked in http://www.linkedin.com/in/russellwantland

  • Citizens Participation Committee (CDBG)

    There are six members on this  committee.
    The HUD Citizens Participation Committee reviews all items to be funded with City of Edmond CDBG dollars.

    The CPC Committee makes recommendations to the City Council concerning our Community Development Block Grant programs for the next fiscal year.

    Link

What is a Planning Commission and What do Planning Commissioners do?

Oklahoma Planning Commissioners
Handbook The Origin Of The Planning Commission

The idea of the planning commission originated in the Standard Planning and Zoning Enabling Acts developed under Herbert Hoover in the 1920’s.

•These model ordinances were drafted in order to standardize land use planning procedures across the US.

• These acts defined and established the essential duties of planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals or adjustment, and legislative bodies as they address planning and development issues.
Oklahoma was one of the states that adopted the “Standard Enabling Act,” which is the basis for our zoning and planning legislation and practice. (Emphasis mine)

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Follow the money

Nov. 18 2010

The City has been awarded nearly a million dollars in Recovery Act funds from the US Department of Energy and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Staff developed a strategy for allocating those funds, which included the development of the Edmond Sustainability Plan. The remainder of the funds is being spent on energy saving technologies for city facilities and water wells, CNG conversion kits, energy building code training and equipment for inspectors.  http://s3.amazonaws.com/content.newsok.com/documents/20101118-092402.docx

CDBG’s- Community Development Block Grants.

Background

The Constitution provided the federal government with a modest array of enumerated powers and left most government responsibilities to the states.

During most of the nation’s history, local units of government were not financially tied to the federal government. The New Deal of the 1930s started to change that with major federal encroachment into formerly state and local policy areas. The federal government’s micromanagement of local affairs accelerated in the 1960s with President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” and the creation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1965.

The idealistic plans of the 1960s for federal aid to solve local problems have not panned out. Federal meddling has been high in taxpayer cost and low on accomplishment. Indeed, federal subsidies and regulations have often contributed to the very urban decay that federal involvement was supposed to fix. The following six HUD programs should be high on the list of programs for federal policymakers to put on the chopping block.

While CDBG funds are initially handed out to state and local governments, the ultimate beneficiaries are usually private businesses and organizations working on particular projects, such shopping malls, parking lots, museums, colleges, theaters, swimming pools, and auditoriums.

All these activities are purely local in nature, and there is no national interest in funding them. CDBG funding runs completely counter to the federalist model of American government.

Federal policymakers are supposed to make decisions on national issues such as defense and security; it makes no sense for them to be city planners, but that’s what the CDBG program effectively lets them do.

Read more about CDBG’s

The City of Edmond- CDBG Community Development Block Grants

The City of Edmond is one step closer to addressing these needs, thanks to citizen participation and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The CDBG program was authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.

Each year, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development provides eligible metropolitan cities with CDBG funds to revitalize neighborhoods, develop affordable housing, expand economic opportunities and provide public services, principally to benefit low and moderate income persons or households.

All projects and programs must meet ONE of three national objectives:

  1. A benefit to low and moderate (L/M) income persons or households;
  2. Aiding in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or,
  3. Urgent Need (Meeting other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community, such as natural disasters).

Link

Oklahoma City, OK: The City of Oklahoma City is currently working on a sustainability plan using EECBG funds, lighting upgrades to City facilities, and Energy Management System Upgrades to City Facilities. In addition, the City is preparing to advertise for bids for our compressed natural gas fast fill fueling station and bike share program.

http://www.icleiusa.org/blog/sustainability-progress-across-the-southwest-and-south-central-u.s/?searchterm=oklahoma

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program-EECBG

Award(s): 56 totaling $36.5 million, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program (EECBG)

LINK

Location: Statewide

Fifty‐six communities in Oklahoma received a total of $36.5 million for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants Program (EECBG) to develop, promote, implement and manage local energy efficiency programs.

Oklahoma is using this funding to support various energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The State is competitively awarding 60 percent of the funding to local cities and counties, prioritizing projects based on measures like energy and cost savings, job creation, renewable energy generation and carbon emissions reductions. EECBG funds also allow Oklahoma to upgrade the electrical distribution system in Waynoka, where the installation of new transformers will result in a 25 percent reduction in power consumption. The remaining funds are being used to install solar and wind technologies in jurisdictions across Oklahoma and enhance local recycling programs

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Planning and Zoning

Review Criteria

In determining whether to approve, approve with conditions or deny a site plan application, the Planning Commission will consider the following factors:

Consistency with the applicable provisions Chapter 4, Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 of Title 22;
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ORDINANCE NO. _ 3068______

AN ORDINANCE REPEALING THE EXISTING TITLE 22 ZONING ORDINANCE ORIGINALLY ADOPTED IN 1972 AND AMENDING TITLE 22 TO READ AS HEREIN SET OUT.

Purpose

This Ordinance classifies and regulates the use of land, buildings and structures within the city limits of the City of Edmond, Oklahoma. The regulations in this Ordinance are necessary to:

(A) Promote the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants;

(B) Implement the policies found in the current version of the Edmond Plan;

(C) Encourage the most appropriate uses of land by dividing the City into zones and regulating therein the use of the land;

(D) Maintain and stabilize the value of property;

(E) Reduce fire hazards and improve public safety and safeguard the public health;

(F) Facilitate the flow of traffic and decrease hazards;

(G) Prevent undue concentration of population; and

(H) Create a comprehensive and stable pattern of land uses upon which to plan for transportation, water supply, sewage, schools, parks, public utilities and other facilities.

LINK

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FEMA National Flood Insurance Program

“Since the Federal Government does not have land use authority, the NFIP is based on the Federal government’s power to spend under the Constitution rather than any Federal authority to regulate land use.” Link

“When a community chooses to join the NFIP, it must adopt and enforce minimum floodplain management standards for participation.

“‘Floodplain management’ refers to an overall community program of corrective and preventive measures for reducing future flood damage. These measures generally include zoning, subdivision, or building requirements, and special-purpose floodplain ordinances.” Link

Recommendations by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for local landowners to purchase flood insurance are nothing more than a scam, a levee district official told a crowd of concerned residents Saturday.

Some communities are very unhappy with how FEMA is re-drawing their flood maps.


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ARRA Stimulus funds

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Stimulus Applications

City of Edmond EECBG Application June 2009 EECBG-Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant

Other reports or articles that may be of interest:

Monthly Progress Report – August 2009

2009 Edmond Oklahoma EECBG Fund Proposal Presentation

Edmond Oklahoma Budget and Financial Plan FY 2010 – 2011

Edmond Public Works Authority Meeting June 2010

Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign

What Is Health Equity?
Health equity is a new idea for most people. It’s not hard to grasp, but it does require us to reframe the way in which health differences are usually presented and perceived.

Tackling health inequities requires widening our lens to bring into view the ways in which jobs, working conditions, education, housing, social inclusion, and even political power influence individual and community health. When societal resources are distributed unequally by class and by race, population health will be distributed unequally along those lines as well.

What is Health Equity?

Partner Contact List

CITY OF EDMOND

Shannon Entz

405-359-4789

shannon.entz@edmondok.com

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City Charter

The Edmond City Charter was first adopted by the voters in 1925 and approved by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1926. The Charter provides the basis for Edmond government as its organic law and structure as a home-rule city under the laws of the State of Oklahoma

There is a Charter Review Committee:

The Charter Review Committee is composed of citizens appointed by the City Council by action taken on April 9, 2007. The members of the Committee are shown on the attached exhibit 1.
The Committee includes broad experience in Edmond municipal affairs. The Committee membership includes one former mayor; five former city council members; two former Edmond City Attorneys; one former city manager, one University Professor expert in municipal affairs; and all have experience in affairs of the City of Edmond over a period of many years.

Here are some of the recommendations of the Charter Review Committee from 2008:

  • The Committee recommends that Section 9 of the Charter omit the requirement that a candidate be a freeholder in the city of Edmond.
  • office of Treasurer would in the future be appointed by the City Manager
  • the Charter that would allow the Edmond City Council to have the ability by ordinance to consider such additional campaign finance rules and regulations as it may desire in the future.


Read the 2008 Charter Review Committee’s recommendations for changes to the Charter

HOME RULE background


“It’s a shame that we have to ask the Legislature for permission to change our form of government.” Sen Leftwich 2006

County home rule amendment fails in Oklahoma on parliamentary move

Journal Record, The (Oklahoma City), Mar 7, 2006 by Marie Price

An attempted rehearing of a bill to which state Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, added a county home rule proposal last week was quickly tabled Monday on a vote of 27-10.

Some 300 officials from mainly rural counties were at the state Capitol Monday to lobby senators against the home rule idea.

Leftwich’s amendment to Senate Bill 1763, by state Sen. Todd Lamb, R-Edmond, would allow Oklahoma and Tulsa counties to adopt a home-rule type of government. The language was attached to Lamb’s bill last week, but the bill itself was defeated, with Lamb serving notice to reconsider.

Former state Sen. Dave Herbert, now with the County Government Legislative Council, charged that the home-rule proposal was a move by local chamber officials to get their hands on county money.

You don’t know what it’s going to do once they pass it, he said What they’re saying is, give us permission to change government, but we’re not going to tell you how it’s going to be changed, and that’s just a bad idea.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4182/is_20060307/ai_n16168841/

Kay County Officials Pleased With Defeat of Home Rule Bill

By MARK GALVIN

News Staff Writer

NEWKIRK — Kay County officers here say it’s just fine with them that the Oklahoma House has rejected two “county home rule” bills that would allow restructuring of county government.

Kay County Treasurer Pat Schieber, who was outspoken lately against the two House bills voted upon Monday, said officers had not just simply been opposed to the bill because they have a vested interest.

“We have a vested interest (but) our citizens have elected us, so we feel it’s our duty to watch over something that could ultimately be very bad. The way I interpret it, it would take the vote away from them on who their officials are at the courthouse.

“It’s the first step to the people losing their local control,” she said.

“The ultimate goal (of such bills),” Schieber said, “is to consolidate offices, then to consolidate courthouses, and eventually move everything to the control of the state.”

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Home Rule in Midwest City Oklahoma causes some consternation….

Owner determined to fight ban in OK

Wed Jul 15, 2009

“Really, probably the key thing about this case is that it’s not about dogs,” said Katherine Bolles, city attorney for Midwest City. She said the city is most interested in having the courts define the powers of a home-rule charter city, which Midwest City is. (Emphasis mine)

A home-rule charter city is one which has adopted a charter that allows them to rule over local issues. As far as state concerns, state laws and statutes still trump home rule municipalities. Bolles said, however, that the safety of citizens against dogs is a municipal concern.

“If a home rule charter can’t regulate animals in a city, what can it regulate?” she asked. This is the question she wants to take to the court.

More

So MWC admits that this case was ultimately  about control, not safety.  Interesting

CHARTER OF THE CITY OF EDMOND, OKLAHOMA

As Last Amended
April 7, 2009

We, the people of the City of Edmond, Oklahoma, in order to form a more modern government, facilitate civic improvement and promote the general welfare, do ordain and establish this Charter for The City of Edmond, State of Oklahoma.
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Reports

Edmond Sustainability Key Documents

Green Infrastructure Initiative Report to Stakeholders
City of Edmond and Edmond Land Conservancy Facilitated Meetings Summary
March 27th – 28th, 2009
March 26th, 2010

Definition of Green Infrastructure
Green Infrastructure is defined as a “strategically planned and managed network of natural lands, working landscapes, and other open spaces that conserves ecosystem values and functions and provides associated benefits to human populations.” The network consists of Hubs, Links, and Sites.

The Green Infrastructure Initiative Vision
Create a plan and process that commits Edmond to preserving, protecting, and restoring its interconnected natural resources for the future development of the community.
The long term vision in creating a plan will accomplish the following:
1.It will create a GIS layer for the city that can be used by staff, planning commission, and the city council to make decisions and guide policy.
2.It will allow the ELC to better focus their efforts in acquiring conservation easements.
3.It will create changes in city code to provide approaches to construction that are environmentally sensitive, economically viable, and that comply with federal requirements.
4.It will make specific recommendations that lead to more sustainable practices and a more livable community for the long-term.

You can download the entire report here

According to the Edmond  report the ” Top Priorities for the Green Infrastructure Initiative” are:

  • Conserve forest lands in Edmond through a combination of regulations and incentives.
  • Educate landowners and promote use of conservation easements through educational materials and ongoing public awareness efforts.
  • Preserve floodplain and watershed lands through acquisition of conservation easements or, when necessary, whole properties.

Important information about Conservation Easements HERE

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Edmond Plan IV (also Edmond Plan III)

The Edmond Plan IV is the City’s comprehensive plan, which acts as a general guide for how the City should grow and develop over the long-term.

Edmond Plan IV builds upon previous plans, incorporating elements that remain relevant and revising others that require updating to reflect current conditions.

What has Changed?

  • A General Plan has been added to depict the desired general vision for physical development and growth in Edmond. The General Plan is supported by the various goals and policies found throughout Edmond Plan IV, and considers constraints (such as protection of natural areas or anticipated availability of infrastructure), trends, desired growth patterns and preferred community character.
  • The site-specific land use map, previously known as Edmond Plan III, has been updated and the name has been changed to the “Ordinance Plan”. Updates to the Ordinance Plan reflect the vision and desired character of the “General Plan”, particularly in regards to east Edmond where the majority of change will occur.
  • A Preface has been added to provide a quick overview of the plan and how it is intended to be used by stakeholders.
  • A Community Profile section has been added (Chapter 2), which provides a current “snapshot” of Edmond examining demographic and development trends, key community features, and current development-related issues. The Community Profile provides the context for the long and short range goals and policies throughout the rest of the document.
  • The Transportation chapter (Chapter 5) has been revised to reflect the Edmond Transportation Plan.
  • The Utilities chapter (Chapter 7) provides an analysis of the City’s sewer and water infrastructure and its capacity to handle projected growth.
  • An Implementation chapter (Chapter 9) has been added to the plan to cover all remaining bases needed to move from plan to reality. Administrative goals and policies, as well as other tools to implement the plan are discussed.
  • Policies have been revised to provide stronger direction for decision-making.
  • The community vision, developed by citizens through the Tomorrow’s Edmond process in 1996, continues to provide the guiding vision for Edmond Plan IV.

Edmond Plan IV
Edmond Plan IV Ord. Map

http://edmondok.com/communitydev/planning/edmondplan

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Edmond Greenprint Report 2003, 46 pages


See also Conservation Easements and Your Property Rights

From the Executive Summary:

To develop a long-term plan for enhancing outdoor recreational amenities and preserving natural resources, the City appointed a task force to explore these issues and develop a “greenprint” which will guide future growth and development.

The Green City Task Force, made up of 17 civic leaders, spent roughly one year exploring existing City plans, efforts, and needs, and developing a series of recommendations to the City for future efforts.

The ultimate goal of the Green City Task Force and this Greenprint is to ensure that the best natural areas which still exist are not lost

Read More

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Financial


Look for The Triple Bottom Line

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The triple bottom line (abbreviated as “TBL” or “3BL“, and also known as “people, planet, profit” or “the three pillars” captures an expanded spectrum of values and criteria for measuring organizational (and societal) success: economic, ecological and social.

With the ratification of the United Nations and ICLEI TBL standard for urban and community accounting in early 2007, this became the dominant approach to public sector full cost accounting.  Read More

What’s Wrong With the “Triple Bottom Line”? A critique from the accounting perspective

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
What is it?

“Each year all State and local governments prepare a financial report on assets, liabilities, revenues and expenditures in more or less a standardized format that must conform to the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) accounting and financial reporting standards. This financial report is called the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR, pronounced “cay-fer”). Most people have heard of the budget, which is the document that plans and authorizes the spending of money. The CAFR describes what actually was spent and the status of assets and liabilities at the end of the fiscal year.”

Read More about CAFR’s

COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT for the City of Edmond Oklahoma  2009

Edmond Oklahoma Budget and Financial Plan FY 2010 – 2011

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Oklahoma State Energy Office
Operated by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the State Energy Office looks at energy efficiency as a tool for economic development to help sustain and grow Oklahoma communities.

NGO’s-Non Governmental Organizations

ELECTRONIC GLOBAL NETWORKING AND THE NGO MOVEMENT:

THE 1992 RIO SUMMIT AND BEYOND

by Shelley Preston

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development was unprecedented in bringing together people from all walks of life, cultures, political systems, and environment-development experiences. Because the gathering cemented relationships and forged new alliances, international networking and mutual understanding of common problems or national predicaments are bound to flourish. As electronic communication becomes more available, a basis of international consolidation and reciprocal respect also will become more firmly established. Without that basis, there cannot be an effective transition from unsustainable to sustainable development.(1)

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Going Green – Sustainability
Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce

http://www.edmondchamber.com/programsgo-green/going-green-sustainablility/

The Oklahoma Sustainability Network

“Oklahoma Sustainability network is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about implementing more earth-friendly policies. “

In 2010  The OSN received a $493,000 stimulus grant

Sustainability chapter started in Edmond

Journal Record, The (Oklahoma City), Jun 21, 2007 by David Page

Jeff Tate first learned about the Oklahoma Sustainability Network from Harlan Hentges.

Tate and Hentges are both attorneys with Mulinix Ogden Hall Andrews & Ludlam, a law firm with offices in downtown Oklahoma City. Hentges is general council for the Oklahoma Sustainability Network and is a member of the group’s board of directors.

“It was through my friendship with him (Hentges) that I gained exposure to the Oklahoma Sustainability Network,” Tate said. “I realized I had a lot more in common with the group than I realized.”

Tate, a resident of Edmond, attended the group’s annual conference in April. Hentges also lives in Edmond.

“I decided it was important to begin an Edmond chapter,” he said.

. . . “We will discuss how to improve our quality of life and our community in ways that make sense economically, environmentally and socially,” Tate said. “We also want to promote environmental stewardship through individual, community and business understanding of long-term consequences associated with climate change and other environmental issues.”

Sustainable Edmond is the state group’s seventh chapter. Other chapters are based in Oklahoma City, Norman, Tulsa, Stillwater and Shawnee. There is also a Green Country regional chapter. Other chapters are being formed. The nonprofit Oklahoma Sustainability Network actually got its start in Edmond. In 2001, a small group started meeting at the 501 Cafe in Edmond to discuss what could be done to “green” up Oklahoma, according to the state group’s Web site.

Those small meetings in Edmond resulted in the first Oklahoma Sustainability Network conference in May 2002 at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. About 125 people attended the first conference, “Sustainable Solutions: Envisioning Oklahoma’s Future. LINK

OSN Programs and Projects

Consolidated Appropriations Act 2010 Sustainable Communities Initiative

Sustainable Edmond

ACOG “Association of Central Oklahoma Governments”

About ACOG
Established in 1966, the Association is an association of city, town and county governments within the Central Oklahoma area. ACOG works on mobility, public safety and quality of life issues that impact Central Oklahoma.
We are the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Central Oklahoma. The MPO is a federally recognized entity that coordinates transportation planning and determines priorities for transportation funding.

INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION TECHNICAL COMMITTEE VOTING MEMBERS AND ALTERNATES

http://www.acogok.org/Newsroom/Downloads10/may10ittc.pdf

Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council
OREC is a broad coalition of individuals, companies, organizations, and agencies working to develop Oklahoma’s bountiful renewable energy resources. These resources include wind, solar, biomass, Geothermal and small-scale hydroelectric.World-Wide Sustainability Resources Inventory

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I will be adding information that seems relevant to this posting.


For your further research-Here is a collection of some of the documents pertaining to Oklahoma and sustainability that I have gathered so far

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Additional Resources and Reading:

Alabama Property Rights GLOSSARY OF TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW

TAKING LIBERTY How Private Property is being ABOLISHED in America

What is Communitarian Law

Understanding Sustainable Development Agenda 21

Sustainable Development Global to Local Action Plans

A selection of papers about dealing with predetermined consensus, the Delphi Technique and  group manipulation tactics .

Sustainable Development or Sustainable Freedom

Smart Growth shows its ugly side in South Carolina

Garden Plot Gets an Upgrade:’Civil Disturbance Operations CONPLAN 3502′

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National Level Exercise 2011 docs found on Army Corps fileserver prove upgrade for Secret ‘Civil Disturbance Operations CONPLAN 3502′ the Master Pentagon Blueprint for RNC/G20 Lockdowns, Policing Disasters & More

AxXiom For Liberty Radio interviews Dan Feidt on his find

Dan walks us through it-


By Dan Feidt for Twin Cities Indymedia

Digital presentations posted on an Army Corps of Engineers server, about military operations in a giant FEMA-simulated earthquake drill called National Level Exercise 2011, inadvertently reveal crucial new info about another ‘Secret’ Pentagon plan, Northcom CONPLAN 3502, including the “trigger” for domestic military ‘Civil Disturbance Operations.’ CONPLAN 3502 and CONPLAN 3501, ‘Defense Support of Civil Authorities,’ are the two main military plans used to design the Pentagon’s ‘footprint’ at National Special Security Events like the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Exactly as the Pennsylvania National Guard took over the G20 protester jail operation, other docs show ‘Secret’ CONPLAN 3502 specifically plans for military-operated detention and search operations within our country. In context, the new material is the most troubling I have ever discovered, and proves anew that underneath Constitutional limited government, a more brutal martial framework is secretly, constantly, extending its reach. DHS/FEMA doesn’t like it at all when NLEs get publicized so check it out right away. Full URLs below.

oin Dan on Axxiom For Liberty Radio – RuleOfLawRadio.com – 6:30PM Friday. Below the fold: CONPLAN 3502 & Garden Plot – 40 years of domestic military plans in context – G20 Pennsylvania Military Operations – Real structure of National Special Security Events – CONPLAN 3501 Designs Gulf Oil Spill Response & Media Spin -

The Big Break: FEMA NLE Regional Readiness Workshop files (indexed on Google)

Read More (links for CONOP 3501 3502 documents)

Background info.

Continuity of Government Plan

Timeline

Army Civil Disturbance Plan Garden Plot-Declassified documents

Friday November 19th on AxXiom For Liberty LIVE-CONPLAN 3502 Secret Ops exposed!

Howard Houchen and I will be interviewing  one of the best independent researchers around, Dan Feidt, who  will be unveiling for the first time the results of some very interesting research.

Show Notes and Dan’s Video HERE

Show audio

He has been working on a story since April and driving us crazy with hints of what it is all about.  We have just now gotten a sneak peek of the information and will just say that it was worth the wait!

Listen Live from 6-8pm CST at Rule of Law Radio Network

AxXiom for Liberty radio show can also be heard on your iPhone via Shoutcast (a free download available at the iPhone apps store)

Dan Feidt has been producing reliable research and reporting on  Fusion Centers, The Military Industrial Complex, anything intel, info ops or top secret government documents for years.   He is also a boots on the ground activist and citizen reporter and can tell you just how to deal with surly legislators, corrupt officials and the government spies that think that every gathering of citizens is an angry mob on the verge of an uprising.

You won’t want to miss this show!

What we can tell you now is that Dan has found “new military documents really maps out the latest revisions of how the system works when the ‘military hits American streets’. It’s about FEMA, Northcom, how they plan out domestic emergencies and crackdowns like the RNC/G20 – hard proof of new revisions to secret military plans they’ve run since the ’68 conventions & Kent State.”

On Friday Nov 19th Dan will post the links for these eye-opening documents that we ask you to hit them quick, download and share because once this story is out those docs will be gone!

The evidence will be posted shortly before the show at 5:30 pm at these locations.

www.tc.indymedia.org

www.hongpong.com

www.exceptionmag.com

If you have questions or comments, the call in number for the show is 512-646-1984.