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Ed. Note: You can read the recent response from the National Park Service about helicopter noise here.

From the office Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, today said the response from the Department of Defense (DoD) to her February 26 letter requesting limits on helicopter flights over District of Columbia due to noise is a good step forward. DoD expressed enthusiasm for continued collaboration with Norton and assured adherence to considerate airmanship, stating that “all DoD aircrews are expected to ‘fly neighborly’ with regard for the safety and comfort of persons on the ground at all times.”

“In my letter, I requested that helicopters fly at higher altitudes, limit nighttime flights, limit flights over residential areas, and provide advance notice of prolonged training missions in a particular area as the noise affects the daily lives of residents in D.C.,” Norton said. “I am pleased to hear of the DoD’s commitment to working with me on this issue, and I look forward to future work with them.”

The response from DoD follows. Read More

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Photo by Mark Andre

“The 17-minute display will be held on Sunday, July 4, starting at 9:09 p.m., launching from the Reflecting Pool”

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, following President Biden’s announcement about Fourth of July fireworks on the National Mall, Mayor Bowser echoed the President’s enthusiasm and called on Americans nationwide to celebrate the holiday in Washington, DC. The announcement comes just days after DC fully reopened, lifting capacity limits as residents and workers continue to be vaccinated and health metrics continue to improve.

“DC is open and ready to welcome back visitors to celebrate the way we came together as a city and as a nation this year. We have shown once again that when we come together, there is nothing we can’t do,” said Mayor Bowser. “We thank President Biden and his team for acting with urgency to get the vaccine to the American people so that we could save lives, get our country open, and celebrate together once again.”

After making incredible progress with getting Americans vaccinated and getting the nation back open for business, President Biden announced today that he will host essential workers and military families on the South Lawn to celebrate the Fourth of July. The District will support the White House in hosting the traditional Fourth of July fireworks celebration on the National Mall. Read More

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From the National Park Service:

“The National Park Service (NPS) wants to hear how you would like to see the northern part of Beach Drive NW in Rock Creek Park managed in the future. On July 8, the NPS will host a virtual public meeting and begin a public engagement process to inform the future management of the section of Beach Drive that runs from Broad Branch Road NW to the Maryland border and adjoining roads.

Beginning in late April 2020, the NPS temporarily increased socially-distanced recreational opportunities for pedestrians and bicyclists on the northern section of Beach Drive and adjoining park roads by limiting drivers’ access during weekdays. Ross Drive NW and Sherrill Drive NW were also temporarily closed. Bingham Drive NW has been closed for construction. Read More

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From Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Office:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, today said the response from the National Park Service (NPS) to her February 26 letter requesting limits on helicopter flights over the District of Columbia represents progress. Although NPS did not agree to specific limits on the flights, they did commit to inform the community when they have a prolonged mission.

“In my letter, I asked NPS to fly these helicopters at higher altitudes, limit nighttime flights, limit flights over residential areas, and provide advance notice of prolonged training missions in a particular area,” Norton said. “The noise and disruption from these flights are constant for D.C. residents, and I remain committed to reducing them as much as possible. I thank NPS for their timely response and look forward to working with them to make more progress.”

The response from NPS follows. Read More

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From the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter requesting that the National Park Service permanently close to motor vehicles the portion of Beach Drive NW in the District of Columbia that has been closed to motor vehicles during the coronavirus pandemic. The portion has been closed during the pandemic to provide more space for pedestrians, bicyclists and recreation. Thousands of people now use Beach Drive to walk, run, bike and play.

“As we shift to post-pandemic life, there is much we have learned about our values as a community,” Norton said. “One of those lessons is the benefit of spending time outdoors. We want to take advantage of the opportunity the temporary closure of Beach Drive provided to prioritize health, outdoor recreation and other forms of transportation by making the closure permanent.”

The letter follows. Read More

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Courtney and others wrote earlier “What is going on with this loud jet that is flying over Glover Park? I hear it but I don’t see it…”

Thanks to Evan for sending the video (you can’t seem them really well but you can definitely hear them):

And in impeccable timing from Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Office:

Norton, Quiet Skies Caucus Receive FAA Response to Aircraft Noise Letter Read More

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Photo by Harrison Jones

From AlertDC:

“On April 28, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., will deliver an address to a Joint Session of Congress in the Chamber of the House of Representatives beginning at 9 p.m.

The event is designated as a National Special Security Event by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The U.S. Secret Service and the United States Capitol Police, along with its law enforcement partners, including the Metropolitan Police Department and U.S. Park Police, are responsible for the preparation and coordination of the event’s security plan.

The following information addresses street closures throughout the Capitol Complex, parking restrictions, restricted access to the U.S. Capitol, and other details concerning the Joint Session.

Restricted Access – U.S. Capitol Building / Capitol Grounds

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Capitol Building is closed to the public.

Access to the U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Square will be restricted to only those with event credentials and authorized pedestrians beginning at 5 p.m.

Pedestrian and vehicle access to the Capitol Grounds will be restricted to only those with Congressional IDs or those with event credentials beginning at 7 p.m. No vehicles will be allowed within the Capitol Grounds beginning at 7 p.m., except for those displaying a current Congressional parking sticker with at least one occupant of the vehicle carrying a valid Congressional I.D., and/or a USCP special event placard and credential.

Street Closures

U.S. Capitol Police will put the following street closures into effect beginning at 7 p.m. on April 28. Access to the perimeter will be restricted to those bearing proper U.S. Capitol Police authorization and credentials.

These restrictions will be lifted upon the conclusion of the event.

Pennsylvania Ave., NW, from Third Street, NW, to First Street, NW

Constitution Ave., NW, from Louisiana Ave., NW, to Second Street, NE

First Street, NW, from Louisiana Ave., NW, to Washington Ave., SE

New Jersey Ave., NW, from Louisiana Ave., NW, to Constitution Ave., NW

D Street, NE, from Second Street, NE, to Louisiana Ave., NE

Delaware Ave., NE, from Columbus Circle, NE, to Constitution Ave., NE

First Street, NE, from Columbus Circle, NE, to C Street, SW

C Street, NE, from Second Street, NE, to Delaware Ave., NE

Maryland Ave., NE, from Constitution Ave., NE, to First Street, NE

Second Street, NE, from Constitution Ave., NE, to East Capitol Street, NE

East Capitol Street from Second Street, NE, to First Street, NE

Independence Ave. from Second Street, SE, to Washington Ave., SW

C Street, SW, from Washington Ave., SW, to First Street, SE

Delaware Ave., SW, from Washington Ave., SW, to C Street, SW

South Capitol Street from D Street, SE, to Independence Ave., SE

New Jersey Ave., SE, from D Street, SE, to Independence Ave., SE

Maryland Ave., SW, from Third Street, SW, to First Street, SW”

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From the CDC as of April 27, 2021:

“Guiding principles for fully vaccinated people are now provided.

Underscore that immunocompromised people, need to consult their healthcare provider about these recommendations, even if fully vaccinated

Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. Read More

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