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DNREC-sponsored Reclaim Our River Nanticoke Series offers Eco Paddle and BBQ June 27 in Laurel

DNREC News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 17:08
LAUREL (June 19, 2015) – The tranquil waters of Riverfront Park in Laurel will be the setting Saturday, June 27 for the second-annual Eco Paddle canoe and kayak exploration and education float trip on the Nanticoke River. The outing – originally scheduled for Phillips Landing, also in Laurel – was relocated to Riverfront Park because of a venue date conflict.

FEMA, SBA may offer help with privately owned roads

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 16:51

OKLAHOMA CITY – The recent severe storms, floods, straight-line winds and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4 damaged public and private roads and bridges.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may be able to help when repairing privately owned access roads and bridges.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program could cover the expenses of repairing privately owned access roads if the following criteria are met:

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTERS OPEN IN BRYAN AND MCCLAIN COUNTIES

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 16:41

OKLAHOMA CITY – Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) open in Bryan and McClain counties to help people in Oklahoma who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4.

A DRC opens Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 7 a.m. in Bryan County at:

Durant Middle School

802 West Walnut Street

Durant, OK 74701

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Gov. Markell proclaims June 20 “American Eagle Day” as Delaware celebrates symbol of freedom and wildlife restoration success story

DNREC News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:51
DOVER (June 19, 2015) – Governor Jack Markell has proclaimed Saturday, June 20, as “American Eagle Day” in Delaware, concurrent with a national day of celebrating the bald eagle as emblematic of American freedom and independence, and for its dramatic recovery starting in the late 20th century from the brink of extinction.

USGS Releases New Estimate of Copper Potential for Northeast Asia

USGS Newsroom Technical - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:23
Summary: Significant amounts of undiscovered copper may be present in northeast Asia according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report

Contact Information:

Mark Mihalasky ( Phone: 509-368-3118 ); Leslie  Gordon ( Phone: 650-329-4006 );



SPOKANE, Wash. — Significant amounts of undiscovered copper may be present in northeast Asia according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. USGS scientists evaluated the potential for copper in undiscovered porphyry copper deposits in Russia and northeastern China as part of a global mineral resource assessment. The estimate of undiscovered copper is about 260 million metric tons, which is nearly 30 times the amount of copper identified in the two known porphyry deposits in northeast Asia.

Porphyry copper deposits are the main source of copper globally. Russia is an important source of copper, consistently ranking as sixth, seventh, or eighth in world production since 2000, and ranked seventh in 2014. The study area includes only two known porphyry copper deposits: 1), the world class Peschanka deposit in the Kolyma area of interior northeastern Russia that contains more than 7 million metric tons of identified copper resources, and 2), the Lora deposit in the Magadan area along the Pacific margin of Russia with about 1 million metric tons of identified copper.

Five mineral resource assessment regions with geology known to be conducive to hosting porphyry-type deposits (known as permissive tracts) are delineated in the new report. The largest tract evaluated, the Pacific Margin, extends across the entire Pacific Ocean margin of Russia (inboard of the Kamchatka Peninsula), and in addition to the known Lora deposit, contains 53 significant porphyry copper prospects, including the recently discovered Malmyzh prospect in the western Sikhote-Alin region of southeastern Russia, and at least 50 other smaller copper prospects. The geologically youngest tract, the Kamchatka-Kuril, extends from the mainland area of the Kamchatka Peninsula through the Kuril island chain, and encompasses 10 significant porphyry copper prospects, in addition to at least 17 other copper occurrences. The Pacific Margin tract is similar in tectonic setting, dimensions, geologic ages, and rock types to the rocks in the North American Cordillera that host numerous world-class porphyry copper deposits.

The Kolyma tract, located in the interior regions of northeast Russia, contains the known Peschanka deposit, and hosts five significant porphyry copper prospects and at least 19 other copper occurrences. The Chukotka tract, extending along the Arctic Ocean margin of northeasternmost Russia, is extremely remote, not well explored, and best known for hosting deposit types other than porphyry copper, such as mercury and tin-tungsten deposits. The geologically oldest region, the Kedon tract, a small region located in the interior of northeast Russia, is deeply eroded and metamorphosed and hosts few porphyry copper prospects compared with most of the geologically younger regions evaluated.

The full report, USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5090-W, “Porphyry Copper Assessment of Northeast Asia—Far East Russia and Northeasternmost China,” is available online and includes a summary of the data used in the assessment, a brief overview of the geologic framework of the area, descriptions of the mineral resource assessment tracts and known deposits, maps, and tables. A GIS database that accompanies this report includes the tract boundaries and known porphyry copper deposits, significant prospects, and other prospects. Assessments of adjacent areas are included in separate reports, which are also available online.

This report is part of a cooperative international effort to assess the world’s undiscovered mineral resources. In response to the growing demand for information on the global mineral-resource base, the USGS conducts national and global assessments of renewable and nonrenewable resources to support decision making. Mineral resource assessments provide a synthesis of available information about where mineral deposits are known and suspected to occur in the Earth’s crust, what commodities may be present, and how much undiscovered resource could be present.

After the Disaster: Replacing Lost or Damaged Documents

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:16

Disasters such as floods and tornadoes commonly result in the loss of important documents, but Texans who lost official and important papers have ways to replace them:

SNAP Card (Food Stamps):
Phone: 800-777-7328
Website: https://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/providers/LoneStar/EBT/EBThowto.html

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DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police investigating apparent Sussex County drowning

DNREC News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:09
BETHANY BEACH (June 10, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are investigating the apparent drowning Tuesday afternoon of an 86-year-old Rehoboth Beach man who fell overboard while working on his docked boat at the South Shore Marina on the Indian River.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: June 8-14

DNREC News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:09
DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between June 8-14 made 1,457 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 273 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers responded to 54 complaints and issued 27 citations,

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter June 1 to 7

DNREC News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:03
DOVER (June 12, 2015) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between June 1-7 made 1,743 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 129 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 34 citations.

DNREC’s Delaware Mosquito Control Section announces new spray zone notification system

DNREC News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:02
DOVER (June 19, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Section today announced a new communications tool for notifying the public of its insect-fighting applications: The Spray Zone Notification System (SZNS), an online program that pairs spray zone mapping with the Delaware Notification Service

FEMA Disaster Assistance Extended to Additional Counties

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:53

OKLAHOMA CITY – Additional counties are now approved for Individual Assistance and for Public Assistance as a result of severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding that began on May 5.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in four more Oklahoma counties affected by storms that occurred from May 5 through June 4 can now apply for state and federal disaster assistance. These counties are Choctaw, Cotton, Rogers and Tillman, which brings the total approved to 24.

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DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE HELPS OKLAHOMA WORKERS

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:50

When businesses, offices, worksites and farms are ravaged by a disaster, so is local employment. But many workers impacted by disastrous events can reach for a lifeline called Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

Oklahoma workers or self-employed individuals who lost their livelihood as a result of the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding from May 5 through June 4 may be eligible for DUA.

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTER OPENS IN JOHNSTON COUNTY

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:44

OKLAHOMA CITY – Another Mobile Disaster Recovery Center will be available to help people in Oklahoma who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4.

A Mobile DRC officially opens Friday, June 19, 2015 at 7 a.m. in Johnston County at:

Tishomingo High School (Band Room)

1300 East Main Street

Tishomingo, OK 73460

(This MDRC closes on Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m.)

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Delaware selected as winner of national Excellence Award for innovative outdoor recreation and conservation planning tools

DNREC News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:43
DOVER (June 18, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation has placed Delaware at the forefront of recreation and conservation planning by being selected for the 2015 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) Excellence Award. The award recognizes Delaware State Parks for its use of innovative tools that prioritize construction of outdoor recreation facilities to increase trail and new park opportunities, as well as revitalize amenities in need of replacement.

Arizona to receive FEMA funding to battle Kearney River fire in Pinal County

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 15:20

OAKLAND, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of Arizona combat the Kearney River Fire in Pinal County. 

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Houston, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 13:57

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Harris County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

Specialists from the State of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

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A New Era of Space Collaboration between Australia and U.S.

USGS Newsroom Technical - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 08:00
Summary: On June 18, 2015 in Canberra, Australia, the U.S. Geological Survey and Geoscience Australia signed a comprehensive new partnership to maximize land remote sensing operations and data that can help to address issues of national and international significance

Contact Information:

Jon Campbell ( Phone: 703-648-4180 ); Tom Holm ( Phone: 605-594-6127 );



On June 18, 2015 in Canberra, Australia, the U.S. Geological Survey and Geoscience Australia signed a comprehensive new partnership to maximize land remote sensing operations and data that can help to address issues of national and international significance.

"This partnership builds on a long history of collaboration between the USGS and Geoscience Australia and creates an exciting opportunity for us to pool resources across our organizations,” said Dr. Frank Kelly, USGS Space Policy Advisor and Director of the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center. “We will work collaboratively to implement a shared vision for continental-scale monitoring of land surface change using time-series of Earth observations to detect change as it happens.”

Dr. Chris Pigram, Geoscience Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, also welcomed the agreement. “This new partnership elevates an already very strong relationship to a new level, and will see both organizations harness their respective skillsets to further unlock the deep understanding of our planet that the Landsat program provides.”

Dr. Kelly and Dr. Pigram both observed, “Our shared vision is to develop systems that enable us to monitor the Earth and detect change as it happens.  The ability to do this will be critical to our ability to engage with major challenges like water security, agricultural productivity, and environmental sustainability.”

A key element of the partnership involves a major upgrade to Geoscience Australia’s Alice Springs satellite antenna which will see the station play a much more significant role in the international Landsat ground-station network. Following this $3 million (AUD) upgrade committed to by the Australian Government, the Alice Springs antenna will transmit command-and-control signals to the Landsat satellites and support downloading of satellite imagery for the broader South East-Asia and Pacific region. Alice Springs will be one of only three international collaborator ground stations worldwide playing such a vital role in the Landsat program.

Dr. Kelly noted, “We are very pleased to see such a commitment from Australia to the future success and sustainability of the Landsat program.  We appreciate the essential role that Australia continues to play in ensuring that Landsat data for this region is collected and then made available for societal benefit.”

The partnership will also include a strong focus on applying new science and ‘big data’ techniques, such as Geoscience Australia’s Geoscience Data Cube and the USGS’s land change monitoring, assessment, and projection capability, to help users unlock the full value of the data from the Landsat program.

Dr. Suzette Kimball, acting Director of the USGS, recently noted, “We are now beginning to see that the combination of high performance computing, data storage facilities, data preparation techniques, and advanced systems can materially accelerate the value of Landsat data.”

Dr. Kimball added, “By lowering barriers to this technology, we can enable government, research and industry users in the United States and Australia, as well as the broader world, to realize the full benefits of this open-access and freely available data.”

Mobile Registration Intake Center Opens in Fort Bend County for Texas Flood Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 16:20

AUSTIN, Texas – A Mobile Registration Intake Center (MRIC) has opened in Rosenberg, Texas, to serve homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms and flooding.

Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are there to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

Location and dates of operation

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State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Van Zandt County, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 16:18

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Van Zandt County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

Specialists from the State of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

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State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Bastrop, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 16:15

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Bastrop County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

Specialists from the State of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

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