You've probably seen this week’s photo -- or a version of it -- somewhere this week. Television -- the Web -- magazines -- everywhere you looked on September 28, someone had a picture of Daniel Gach, David Mergele, and/or Emma Cardini, contracters from WJE conducting a daring exterior assessment of the Washington Monument.
The National Park Service temporarily closed the Washington Monument in order to properly evaluate the structure following the August 23 earthquake. The NPS earlier completed a secondary inspection, which revealed some cracking in the stones at the top of the Monument. The NPS arranged for structural engineers to evaluate the cracks to determine the best way to repair the Monument before it is reopened. The Washington Monument grounds have been reopened except for an area about 100 feet outside of the plaza.
Photo of the Week for Sep. 30, 2011 On Tuesday, August 23, 2011, an earthquake registering 5.8 magnitude occurred 84 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., damaging the Washington Monument. The National Park Service has temporarily closed the Monument and is assessing the damage to it. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann - DOI Office of Communications
Photo of the Week for Sep. 23, 2011 Located in the Ivanpah Valley, 40 miles south of Las Vegas, Silver State North was the first utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar project approved on U.S. public lands in Nevada. The 50-megawatt plant is being built on 618 acres near the town of Primm. When operational, the facility will generate enough energy to power 9,000-15,000 local homes. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann - DOI Office of Communications
Photo of the Week for Sep. 16, 2011 “The heroism of the passengers and crew of Flight 93 will endure forever. It will live in the hearts of visitors moved by the sights and sounds of this place: the field of honor, the groves of tree, the wind chimes heard through the landscape.
On behalf of the men and women of the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service, we pledge to guard this hallowed ground so that all who visit may learn what happened here." -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann - DOI Office of Communications
Photo of the Week for Sep. 9, 2011 “At Interior we know the power of outdoor recreation and tourism to create jobs. Our national parks, refuges, and public lands are huge economic contributors to our nation’s economy. In fact, hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation contribute an estimated $730 billion to the U.S. economy each year." -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann - DOI Office of Communications
Photo of the Week for Sep. 2, 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, America’s 395th national park, on the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann - DOI Office of Communications