The Federal Planning Agency for the Nation's Capital                                                                      October 2010


Next Commission Meeting

November 4, 2010  12:30 p.m.
Tentative Agenda Available
 Friday, October 15

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Upcoming Events
 NCPC Speaker Series
A Peek at Progress
October 20 | Details

GOVgreen Symposium
 November 9 - 10 | Details

NCPC Speaker Series
Beyond Granite
Global Approaches to Public Art, Placemaking, and

National Commemoration
December 8 | Details

White House Area
Transportation Study
(WHATS) Released

In October the Commission received an informational presentation on the draft findings of the WHATS study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration. The agency analyzed traffic congestion near the White House, including sections of E Street and Pennsylvania Avenue that have been closed to vehicular traffic due to security concerns. The study presents a number of scenarios to address impeded traffic flow including tunneling under the restricted area, reconnecting the street grid, improving traffic operations around the neighborhood, and improving transit services. 

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Speaker Series: Green Goverment: - A Peek at Progress

On October 20, join us as we mark the one-year anniversary of Executive Order 13514. This order is transforming how the federal government thinks about energy consumption by setting goals for greenhouse gas reduction and tying agency budgets to performance. Michelle Moore, Federal Environmental Executive with the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Stephen R. Leeds, Senior Counselor for the General Services Administration will discuss the progress federal agencies are making and the strategies being employed to achieve President Obama's sustainability goals. 

The event begins with a meet and greet at 6:00 p.m. Program starts at 6:30. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated. To learn about NCPC's efforts to go green, watch our video.
Levee Project Construction to Begin Next Month

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently awarded a $4.6 million contract to begin construction on a removable post and panel levee that will stretch across 17th Street just south of Constitution Avenue, NW to protect aganst river flooding. The award follows an unprecedented collaboration among federal and District agencies that started soon after NCPC produced a 2006 report outlining the impact of stormwater and overbank flooding on federal operations in the monumental core.  
The improved levee will connect the post-and-panel barrier to masonry walls and earthen berms designed to seamlessly blend with the setting of the National Mall. The cooperation among NCPC, the USACE, the National Park Service, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the District of Columbia will ensure a project that protects America's treasured space.
Security Proposed for Jefferson Memorial

Also at the October meeting, the Commission commented favorably on proposed concept plans to provide perimeter security at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The Commission supported the National Park Service's preferred design alternative that would erect a vehicle barrier at the perimeter of the landscape, rather than intruding upon the memorial setting. The Commission also recommended that the NPS continue to consider some of the design concepts developed for walls and benches that are outlined in alternatives two and three.

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