The South Napa earthquake reminded us that, yes, we live in California and so will continue to experience earthquakes. As a Native Californian, I have experienced many, but this is the first one from my 1889 Victorian. Its gives one somewhat of a different perspective. The house lived through the 1906 earthquake, but that is no guarantee it will continue to do so well. What are historic building owners and advocates of a community’s historic resources to do when their own properties are affected by an earthquake and those around them? I think it is important to remember that a “red tag” is not a notice of demolition or a requirement to demolish. After the earthquake is the time for a careful assessment of the building to protect the public welfare and the building itself from unnecessary further damage of its significant historic features. A lot of very good information is available on-line about this subject. The California Office of Historic Preservation’s website includes a “Disasters & Historic Resources” page http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=25509 and a section on “What To Do After Disaster Strikes” http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=25510. I hope for the recovery of the historic fabric and economic vitality of those recently damaged areas in Napa and Vallejo.
I have enjoyed assisting in the planning of the Association of Environmental Professionals upcoming Water symposium.
The Water symposium will be held October 5-7, 2014 at the Granlibakken Conference Center Resort in Tahoe City, near Lake Tahoe.
“Can Planning Save Us from the Drought“? is a question on everyone’s mind. This very extensive, advanced interactive 2-day program will focus on top issues affecting us all. Experts from water agencies around the state and the environmental industry will be presenting on the major issues and long-term solutions ahead of us. Some of the topics include: The California Water Plan, Groundwater – Ag. Impacts-ASR, Bay/Delta Issues, Recycled Water Use, Water Transfers and Protecting CA’s Water through Watershed Management. At the end of the symposium, attendees will have the change to make recommendations to AEP to follow-up with legislators or regulatory agencies regarding water issues.
For more information or to register, go to AEP’s website – www.califaep.org or directly to https://www.etouches.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=97359&.