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DNREC Secretary Small orders closure of Peninsula Compost facility in Wilmington

DNREC News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:40
DOVER (Oct. 21, 2014) – DNREC Secretary David Small has issued a Secretary’s Order to Peninsula Compost Company LLC of Wilmington requiring closure of its recycling facility. The Order, signed Oct. 20, directs that the company immediately cease accepting any material at the facility and initiate steps to implement an orderly closure in compliance with a closure plan, the Composting Approval for Closure Activities (attached to the Secretary’s Order).

FEMA Housing Team Concludes Successful Mission in New Jersey

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:22

EATONTOWN, N.J. -- Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy, FEMA officials marked the conclusion of their housing mission in New Jersey.

On September 11, 2014, FEMA returned the last of the Fort Monmouth properties that have housed displaced survivors of Hurricane Sandy since December of 2012. All of the 115 families who occupied the apartments and duplexes on the main post and in the Megill Commons area in Tinton Falls had either returned to their own homes or found a suitable housing alternative.

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Interior, Agriculture Departments Partner to Measure Conservation Impacts on Water Quality

USGS Newsroom - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:57
Summary: The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new partnership agreement today that will provide a clearer picture of the benefits of farmers' conservation practices on the quality of our Nation's water

Contact Information:

Ethan Alpern ( Phone: 703-648-4406 ); Michael Woodside ( Phone: 615-837-4706 );



ALTON, Ill., Oct. 21, 2014—The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new partnership agreement today that will provide a clearer picture of the benefits of farmers' conservation practices on the quality of our Nation's water.  Working together, USDA's NRCS and DOI's USGS will quantify the benefits of voluntary agricultural practices at a watershed scale.  This information will strengthen the effectiveness of state and federal nutrient reduction strategies while protecting the privacy of individual farmers.  The agreement was announced at the Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force Meeting.

“On a voluntary basis, the agricultural community has put extensive effort into the management of nutrients and reducing runoff into waterways. This collaboration will help evaluate the impact of farmers’ conservation efforts on improving water quality,” said Ann Mills, USDA’s deputy under secretary for Natural Resources and Environment.

Mills said when hundreds of farms take action in one watershed, it can make a difference—it can help prevent an algae bloom downstream or lessen the need for water treatment plants to treat for nitrates.

The U.S. Geological Survey will now use Natural Resources Conservation Service data on conservation work to factor into its surface water quality models, which track how rivers receive and transport nutrients from natural and human sources to downstream reservoirs and estuaries. This information will help provide a more accurate picture of the conservation systems in the watershed that contribute to water quality improvement and will provide crucial information for voluntary nutrient management strategies and watershed planning.

“This agreement will allow NRCS and USGS to combine resource management capabilities with science, and will give us the information we need to prioritize the most effective conservation strategies so that we can improve the quality of streams throughout the Mississippi River Basin,” said Lori Caramanian, DOI deputy assistant secretary for Water and Science.

Working together, NRCS and USGS will develop conservation intensity data sets that reflect the value of conservation actions, but do not reveal private information about individual farms, ranches or forests. Protecting the trust relationship between NRCS and farmers and their private information protected by law is vital to the continued success of voluntary conservation on private lands.

“We know our farmers are doing great work to protect our natural resources. Our goal with this partnership is to be able to better recognize these achievements and provide conservation and water quality management communities with science-based information for improving water quality,” Mills said. “Farmers invest heavily in conservation systems to improve water quality, and we want to aid their decisions with the best science and information available.”

The conservation intensity products developed through the agreement will provide a uniform representation of conservation activities for use in water quality assessments at local, regional and national scales. Technical assistance providers will therefore have the assurance that they are using consistent and accurate information on conservation activities and a common platform for discussing conservation benefits.

Nutrient runnoff from many different sources, including urban areas and industry, impacts our nation’s waterways. By providing science-based information, NRCS and USGS can help farmers decrease nutrient runoff and improve water quality for their communities and downstream.

Visit the following links to learn more about: real-time nitrate monitoring, annual and seasonal nutrient loads to the Gulf of Mexico, nutrient trends, and the Mississippi River basin nutrient model  mapper.

Learn more about NRCS’s Conservation Effects Assessment Project Cropland National Assessment and the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative.

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or local USDA service center.

Citizens Source Water Protection Committee to meet Nov 5 in Dover

DNREC News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:44
DOVER (Oct. 21, 2014) – The Source Water Protection Citizens and Technical Advisory Committee (CTAC) of the Source Water Assessment and Protection Program will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Conference Room 220 A&B of the Kent County Administrative Offices on Bay Road in Dover. The focus of this meeting will be nutrients in drinking water.

Applicants Should Stay in Touch With FEMA

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:30

WARREN, MICH. – Staying in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after registering for disaster assistance is one of the most important things Michigan flood survivors can do.

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Lums Pond State Park to host fifth “Halloween Hoot”

DNREC News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:46
BEAR (Oct. 20, 2014) – Lums Pond State Park will host the annual Halloween Hoot on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 2 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome to this family-friendly program held at the campground. Campers are admitted for $3; all others pay a $5 program fee.

New Orleans’ Edgewood Park Named to National Register of Historic Places

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:35

DENTON, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in partnership with the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) are pleased to announce the new listing of New Orleans’ Edgewood Park Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places. The listing, approved by the National Park Service in late September, marks a major milestone for the community and those involved in the nomination process.

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DNREC Division of Energy and Climate offers tips to keep costs down while chasing away chills

DNREC News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 08:42
DOVER (Oct. 20, 2014) – With winter just around the corner, now is a good time to prepare your home and cars for cold weather. You’d like to stay warm, but that can mean using more power in your home and more gas in your car – and having less money in your pocket. To tip that balance in your favor, DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate offers the following no- and low-cost tips to help you use less energy and save more money this winter – and in some cases, year-round.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Oct 7 to 13

DNREC News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 07:47
DOVER (Oct. 17, 2014) – 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 Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Oct. 7-13 made 786 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 40 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 30 citations.

Mitigation Teams Continue to Offer Free Home Repair Advice

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 14:05

WARREN, Mich. – Mitigation specialists continue their outreach in five new locations in Oakland and Wayne counties to give free advice on rebuilding properties damaged in the August floods, and to answer questions on how to be disaster-ready.

The new locations are:

Oakland County:
Home Depot
1177 Coolidge Highway
Troy, MI 48084
Oct. 19 to Nov. 3, Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Thursdays.

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Mitigation Teams Continue to Offer Free Home Repair Advice

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 14:05

WARREN, Mich. – Mitigation specialists continue their outreach in five new locations in Oakland and Wayne counties to give free advice on rebuilding properties damaged in the August floods, and to answer questions on how to be disaster-ready.

The new locations are:

Oakland County:
Home Depot
1177 Coolidge Highway
Troy, MI 48084
Oct. 19 to Nov. 3, Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Thursdays.

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Federal Disaster Aid in Michigan Tops $84 Million

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:17

WARREN, Mich. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that nearly $84 million in federal disaster grants and loans has been approved for Michigan survivors of the Aug. 11-13 storms and flooding.

As of close of business Oct. 16:

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Federal Disaster Aid in Michigan Tops $84 Million

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:17

WARREN, Mich. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that nearly $84 million in federal disaster grants and loans has been approved for Michigan survivors of the Aug. 11-13 storms and flooding.

As of close of business Oct. 16:

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FEMA Urges Preparedness in Hawaii Ahead of Tropical Storm Ana

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:30

Hawaii Residents and Visitors Urged to Follow Direction of Local Officials

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its National Watch Center in Washington and its Pacific Area Office in Oahu, continues to monitor Tropical Storm Ana in the Pacific Ocean. FEMA remains in close, direct contact with emergency management partners in Hawaii.

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FEMA Urges Preparedness in Hawaii Ahead of Tropical Storm Ana

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:30

Hawaii Residents and Visitors Urged to Follow Direction of Local Officials

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its National Watch Center in Washington and its Pacific Area Office in Oahu, continues to monitor Tropical Storm Ana in the Pacific Ocean. FEMA remains in close, direct contact with emergency management partners in Hawaii.

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DNREC now accepting grant proposals for wastewater and surface water project planning

DNREC News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:18
DOVER (October 17, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship, and the Financial Assistance Branch are now accepting project proposals from state, county and municipal governments and governmental subdivisions for matching grants for wastewater and surface water project planning. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. November 24.

Making Strides with Public Projects: Update on PA Top Ten

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:13

EATONTOWN, N.J -- One of the largest public assistance projects in the history of the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently received final approval for funding.

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Making Strides with Public Projects: Update on PA Top Ten

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:13

EATONTOWN, N.J -- One of the largest public assistance projects in the history of the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently received final approval for funding.

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Mitigation Makes for Success: A Tale of Three Businesses

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:46

EATONTOWN, N.J. -- Anyone who owns a business along the New Jersey shore is aware of the role the weather plays in its success or failure.  A rainy summer can wreak havoc with the cash register -- people don’t come to the beach, visit the boardwalk or stop in at shore restaurants when the weather is bad. 

And when a storm like Hurricane Sandy threatens the coastline, owners of coastal businesses batten down the hatches and hope that the preparations they’ve made will keep their property secure. 

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Mitigation Makes for Success: A Tale of Three Businesses

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:46

EATONTOWN, N.J. -- Anyone who owns a business along the New Jersey shore is aware of the role the weather plays in its success or failure.  A rainy summer can wreak havoc with the cash register -- people don’t come to the beach, visit the boardwalk or stop in at shore restaurants when the weather is bad. 

And when a storm like Hurricane Sandy threatens the coastline, owners of coastal businesses batten down the hatches and hope that the preparations they’ve made will keep their property secure. 

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Categories: Federal News