Miscellaneous Details for Reference within this Domain
for the 2020 Election in Benton County
John Sarna's Job Description for Senior Engineer,
Water Resources, at Dept. of Water Resources
As Chief of the Cal-Nevada and Watershed Assessment Section, the incumbent oversees technical support activities to address interstate water allocation issues in the Truckee, Carson, and Walker basins and coordinates with local, state, and federal agencies to support implementation of the Truckee River Operating Agreement; supports statewide recreation and floodplain management programs; and supports water planning and analysis in the North Lahontan Hydrologic Region.
Desirable Qualifications: Excellent oral, written, computer, research, presentation, and problem solving skills, and a background in water rights, multi-agency negotiations and broad knowledge of DWR water programs and policies.
Some of the more Memorable Hikes, Sites and Natural Areas that I've visited in Oregon
Ashland Shakespeare Festival
Bald Hill and Natural Area
Bonneville Dam and Historic District
Bradford Island Visitor Center
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Cougar Mtn Regional Wilderness Park
Crown Point State Park
E.E.Wilson Wildlife Area
End of the Oregon Trail
Finley National Wildlife Refuge
Hoodoo and Willamette Pass Ski Areas
Iron Mountain in the Cascades
Joseph Wood Hill Park
Kelly Butte Natural Area
Moon Mtn Park
Mount Tabor Park
Mt. Washington Wilderness
Multnomah and adjacent waterfalls
Museum of the Oregon Territory
Newport’s Waterfront and its sea lions
Oregon Coast Aquarium
Powell Butte Nature Park
Rooster Rock in the Cascades
Sea Lion Caves
Silver Falls State Park
Skinner Butte City Park
South Beach State Park (Newport)
Spencer Butte Park
Willamette Heights Park
Witham Hill and Natural Area
Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
The Seismically Unsafe Courthouse
"As the building sits today, the vertical system of the building consists of wood framing that bears on the unreinforced masonry (URM) walls and the lateral system is dependent on the friction from the framing bearing on the URM walls. The friction capacity is sufficient to transfer the lateral loads for wind loading to the existing lateral force-resisting system, but in the event of a seismic event, the friction capacity will be lost as a result of vertical ground movement and the building will be unable to transfer the lateral loads to the existing lateral force-resisting system. Subsequently, the building elements will begin to be damaged during the seismic event and the building may collapse depending on the seismic hazard's direction (where the earthquake originated), intensity (the severity of the ground movement) and duration (how long the event lasts)" (Miller Consulting Engineers, 1-29-16).
They go on to estimate the probable construction cost to upgrade the building at $6,737,923 (Basic), $9,100,891 (Enhanced) and $10,885,645 (Limited). The above costs only consider the structural upgrades and corresponding work as required by the structural upgrades; the other concerns with the building such as HVAC, plumbing, ADA access or other tenant improvement costs are not included in this cost.
Given these costs, an alternative is "repurposing" the Courthouse instead of upgrading it.
Identifying Resources that are Lacking in Disaster Scenarios
I expect the vast majority of us have some very current experience identifying resources that are lacking -- due to this COVID-19 (human-related) disaster. A month into the pandemic, hand sanitizer and toilet paper, even though put on shelves in grocery stores daily, are still being grabbed shortly after being placed there. Medical staff also periodically report shortages of approved respirators, face shields/goggles, surgical masks, gloves, and gowns. Labs are sometimes unable to test for COVID-19, because of a shortage of swabs.
After this is over, I'm certain more of these items will be purchased and stored for future emergency use, and suppliers will plan how to meet demand more quickly. My concern is that planning for the last crisis is seldom useful for the next. That's my reason for wanting to develop specific scenarios for other potential disasters.
Of course, the County and other organizations have been proactive in providing advice on how to store things we'll likely need during an emergency, and hopefully, more people will be following this advice, but some won't, and others can't, and we've all come to depend on things like electricity that can't be stored in quantities likely needed during a disaster. For natural disasters, a scenario should consider access to the basic needs of food, water, shelter, sewage disposal, and safety. Below are some secondary resources that may be difficult to come by in an emergency, thereby making it difficult to meet basic needs:
Transportation to acquire necessities and get to safe areas
Electricity to pump potable water from wells, communicate with others, and provide refrigeration to preserve food and medicine
Filtration to take water from the river where treated water or ground water not available
Warm clothes, blankets, rain gear, etc.
This is just a few examples of resources that may be needed. Going through specific scenarios carefully should hopefully generate a more thorough list.