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Media Advisory: Officials, Scientists to Dedicate Showcase Gage on Rapid Creek

USGS Newsroom - 6 hours 12 min ago
Summary: Reporters: A photograph of the showcase gage is available online.   

Contact Information:

Marisa Lubeck ( Phone: 303-526-6694 ); Mark Anderson ( Phone: 605-394-3220 );

Reporters: A photograph of the showcase gage is available online.   

A U.S. Geological Survey streamgage will be dedicated by Congressional and city officials on September 3 in Rapid City. This showcase streamgage is located on Rapid Creek at Rapid City in Founders Park and will provide visitors with critical information about how streamflow is measured and other water-resource issues related to floods, droughts, water supply and recreation.

WHAT:           Media and public are invited to attend a dedication ceremony and open house for the historical USGS showcase streamgage on Rapid Creek at Rapid City.


WHO:             U.S. Senator John Thune (invited) or representative

Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker

Mark Anderson, Director, USGS South Dakota Water Science Center

                        Dave Carpenter, National Weather Service

Other agencies and users of streamflow information


WHEN:           Wednesday, September 3, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Please gather on-site at 9:30 a.m.; comments will be at 10 a.m., followed by open house.


WHERE:        North side of Rapid Creek across the footbridge in Founders Park (map of streamgage location)

                        Rapid City, S.D.

The Rapid Creek at Rapid City streamgage has one of the longest periods of record in South Dakota, with continuous discharge since July 1942.  The new showcase gage has an outreach or public education purpose in addition to measuring flow. The gage house was designed to fit in and be part of Founder's Park.

The streamgage features three display windows that can be changed and updated over time. Current displays explain how a streamgage operates, describes the history of flooding along Rapid Creek, and provides a summary of the efforts by the City of Rapid City to improve water quality of urban runoff.  A graph of the historical flows is provided with a QR code that will allow visitors to rapidly learn the current gage height and streamflow discharge from a smartphone or other mobile device.

The largest peak discharge at this location was estimated as 50,000 cubic feet per second during the historic 1972 flood. This flash flood took 238 lives and was among the deadliest flash floods in U.S. history.

The streamgage is operated in cooperation with the City of Rapid City and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For more than 125 years, the USGS has monitored flow in selected streams and rivers across the U.S. The information is routinely used for water supply and management, monitoring floods and droughts, bridge and road design, determination of flood risk and for many recreational activities. 

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Aug 19 to 25

DNREC News - 7 hours 34 min ago
DOVER (Aug. 29, 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between Aug. 19-25 made 1,390 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 260 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 57 complaints and issued 93 citations.

Division of Fish and Wildlife receives federal grant to monitor and provide education on white nose syndrome in bats

DNREC News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 20:32
DOVER (Aug. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that Delaware received a nearly $23,000 grant as one of 30 states to receive federal grants totaling nearly $1.3 million for projects related to white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats as it spreads across North America.

Be Disaster Aware. Take Action to Prepare. National Preparedness Month Launches September 1

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:45

CHICAGO –September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages everyone to make disaster preparedness a priority.

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NJ Firefighters to Receive New Breathing Apparatuses - Stanhope Wins Federal Grant of Nearly $158,000

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:05

NJ Firefighters to Receive New Breathing Apparatuses

Stanhope Wins Federal Grant of Nearly $158,000

New York, NY -- The 3,548 residents of the Borough of Stanhope will be safer because the town’s 40 volunteer firefighters will be better equipped with their 19 new self-contained breathing apparatuses, Dale McShine, Director of Grants for FEMA’s Region II, said here today. 

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Ten Years Later: Remembering Hurricane Frances

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:06

ATLANTA – September 5 marks 10 years since Hurricane Frances hit Florida and brings timely reminders to be prepared for hurricanes.

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Federal Grants to Local Fire Departments Offer Up-to-Date Equipment and Training to Stations Large and Small

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:53

New York, NY -- The Atlantic City Fire Department has some 250 full-time firefighters and six fire stations serving a southern New Jersey population of 40,000.  The department received last month a federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) of almost $490,000 to replace personal protective equipment ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and years of on-the-job use.  The local share of the grant brought the total to $543,400.

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Recent Report Highlights Need for Greater Focus on Preparedness Planning for Households

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:44

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ad Council release new PSAs
as part of the national Ready campaign to encourage families to create a plan

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Volunteers encouraged to sign up now for 2014 Delaware Coastal Cleanup

DNREC News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:52
DOVER (Aug. 28, 2014) – There’s still time to sign up for the 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to pre-register on the DNREC website to ensure enough supplies are packed for each site. To pre-register, go to Pre-registration will close on Monday, Sept. 9 at close of business.

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to hold Sept 11 public hearing on interstate striped bass management plan

DNREC News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:50
DOVER (Aug. 28, 2014) – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a public hearing on a draft addendum to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11 in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

Park Road to reopen near UD’s Lewes campus

DNREC News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:46
LEWES (Aug. 28, 2014) – The Division of Parks and Recreation has announced that Park Road in Lewes will be opened Saturday morning,

FEMA Awards $84,740 Grant to Stearns County: Hazard Mitigation funds will be used to construct a tornado safe room

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:23

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $84,740 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to Stearns County, Minn., for the construction of a safe room at the Rose Park manufactured home community.

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Delaware's dove and resident Canada goose and teal seasons to open in September

DNREC News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:51
DOVER (Aug. 27, 2014) – Delaware hunters will start honing their wing shooting skills Labor Day Monday, Sept. 1, with the opening of the mourning dove and resident Canada goose seasons on private lands and state wildlife areas.

Eight piping plover chicks fledged this season at Cape Henlopen beachnesting bird monitors report

DNREC News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:28
LEWES (Aug. 27, 2014) – With beachnesting bird season winding down and migratory shorebirds passing through, beachnesting bird monitors reported that six pairs of piping plovers fledged eight chicks this season, four on the Point and four at Gordons Pond at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.

Augustine Beach Boat Ramp to open for Labor Day weekend

DNREC News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:10
DOVER (Aug. 27, 2014) – The Augustine Beach Boat Ramp near Port Penn and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing groin, which has been closed for maintenance dredging of the boat ramp access channel Monday through Thursday each week since Sept. 4, will be temporarily open for the long Labor Day weekend from 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, until 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Tuesday Midday Update on South Napa Earthquake

USGS Newsroom - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:52
Summary: This release of information serves as an updated summary of U.S. Geological Survey information as it relates to the current understanding of the South Napa earthquake. Yesterday’s more comprehensive news release can be found here.

Contact Information:

Justin  Pressfield ( Phone: 916-335-1211 ); Susan  Garcia ( Phone: 650-329-4668 );

This release of information serves as an updated summary of U.S. Geological Survey information as it relates to the current understanding of the South Napa earthquake. Yesterday’s more comprehensive news release can be found here.

The area surrounding the epicenter of the mainshock is continuing to experience a number of aftershocks. As of Tuesday Aug. 26, 4 PM PDT, there have been more than 80 aftershocks; only four of these have had magnitudes greater than 3. The greater-than-magnitude 3 aftershocks include:

  • M3.0 Tuesday 6:45 AM PDT
  • M3.9 (largest aftershock) Tuesday 5:33 AM PDT
  • M3.6 Sunday 5:47 AM PDT
  • M3.5 (4 minutes after mainshock) Sunday 3:24 AM PDT

There are also updated probabilities of additional aftershocks. These will continue to be updated on the USGS website for this event.

At this time (two days after the mainshock) the probability of a strong and possibly damaging aftershock (M5 or greater) in the next 7 days is approximately 12 percent.

Most likely, the recent mainshock will be the largest in the sequence. However, there is a small chance (approximately 2 percent) of an earthquake equal to or larger than this mainshock in the next 7 days.

In addition, USGS anticipates approximately 1 to 10 small (M3-M5) aftershocks in the next 7 days.

“Scientists from the USGS continue to work day and night to do careful field research in the area of the South Napa earthquake,” said Tom Brocher, Director of the USGS’s Earthquake Science Center. “The flow of new and refined information is allowing us to continue to inform the emergency managers and the public about this incident as well as to grow the knowledge about earthquakes to allow society to better prepare for future occurrences.”

The USGS is continuing to incorporate the new data into existing models to refine our estimates. While USGS publishes prompt approximations of economic losses based on real-time and later-arriving data, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is expected to issue an official economic loss estimation after a comprehensive, and more accurate, damage assessment is completed.

The USGS is interested in finding volunteers willing to host seismic instruments so that scientists can obtain more records from aftershocks and learn more about this sequence of earthquakes.  Those interested, who are in the area of strong shaking, should go to and complete the "sign up" page.

The Earthquake Early Warning test system functioned as designed in Sunday's earthquake.  Within five seconds of the earthquake it produced a warning (estimated at magnitude 5.7 within three seconds of its occurrence), sufficient to provide warning to Berkeley, San Francisco, and areas farther south. The EEW prototype was developed by the USGS in partnership with the UC Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, University of Washington, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

FEMA Releases New Tribal Consultation Policy

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:56

Today, Administrator Craig Fugate announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Tribal Consultation Policy, which begins a new phase of engagement and collaboration with American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes.  The new policy establishes a process for regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials on Agency actions that have tribal implications, and it emphasizes the importance of consulting with Indian Country.

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Hunters and trappers encouraged to use online registration system

DNREC News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:40
DOVER (Aug. 26, 2014) – The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s upgraded and improved Hunter and Trapper Registration (HTR) system has hit a bull’s eye with its targeted users since it was introduced last year – and the Division has been pleased with how swiftly it operates, too.

FEMA Urges Caution Following California Earthquake

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:49

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its Regional Office in Oakland, California, is monitoring the situation following the U.S. Geological Survey report of a 6.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred this morning six miles south southwest of Napa, California.  FEMA remains in close coordination with California officials, and its Regional Watch Center is at an enhanced watch to provide additional reporting and monitoring of the situation, including impacts of any additional aftershocks.

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Michigan, FEMA to Start Damage Assessments This Week

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 17:22

CHICAGO –Beginning Tuesday, August 26, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD), FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local officials in the Metro Detroit area will be conducting joint preliminary damage assessments due to the flooding that occurred the week of August 11. 

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