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USGS and Canada Reach Confluence in Monitoring Streamflow

USGS Newsroom - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 07:56
Summary: In a joint effort, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Water Survey of Canada (WSC) have produced the North America WaterWatch (NAWW), an online website that displays streamflow conditions throughout much of North America. 

Contact Information:

Robert Mason, USGS ( Phone: 703-648-5305 ); Lingling Liu, WSC ( Phone: 613- 790-5151 ); Jon Campbell, USGS ( Phone: 703-648-4180 );



In a joint effort, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Water Survey of Canada (WSC) have produced the North America WaterWatch (NAWW), an online website that displays streamflow conditions throughout much of North America. 

The site provides a fast, easy-to-use, cartographically-based, central web interface for users to access real-time streamflow conditions for both Canada and the United States. NAWW can be accessed online in both English and French 

"North America WaterWatch delivers easily understandable maps and graphics of streamflow conditions and, simultaneously, provides access to real-time and past streamflow data at thousands of streamgages in both nations,” said Jerad Bales, USGS Chief Scientist for Water. “The portal demonstrates the value of free exchange of water-data through interoperable web services, which is a major strategic focus of the USGS through open-water data activities."

The international collaboration was announced at the American Water Resources Association annual conference in Tysons Corner, Va. 

The NAWW site is arranged similarly to USGS Water Watch. Real-time instantaneous flow data are compared against historical daily streamflow percentiles at hydrometric monitoring stations. The stations are then color coded on the map to indicate current flow conditions in relation to normal conditions based on statistical thresholds (i.e. much below normal, below normal, normal, above normal, much above normal, and high). The timely availability of these streamflow indicators is vital to water managers and the general public, as the easily-recognized indicators constitute a direct link between hydrological field information and the assessment of risks. 

NAWW displays streamflow conditions in Canada for about 1000 real-time flow stations with more than 20 years of continuous streamflow records selected from three different data sources: the Water Survey of Canada (~ 850), Centre d'expertise hydrique du Québec (~ 100), and Alberta Environment (~ 60). Streamflow conditions in the United States are shown for roughly 8000 real-time flow stations. The data on the website are updated hourly; daily statistics are updated quarterly. 

The publishing of the NAWW website marks another milestone achieved through the cooperation between USGS and WSC.

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Hawaii Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 23:07

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Hawaii.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Hawaii

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 23:03

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Hawaii to supplement to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the Pu’u ‘Ō’ō volcanic eruption and lava flow beginning on September 4, 2014, and continuing.

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FEMA Offers Free Home Repair Advice

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:00

WARREN, Mich. – Residents who want to reduce the risk of property damage from storms, floods and other potential hazards have the opportunity to meet with hazard mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Residents can get free publications to help them protect their properties against storms and flooding. Mitigation measures may help protect electrical systems, furnaces and other appliances. 

Mitigation specialists will be available in:

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THE WHAT AND HOW OF FEDERAL HELP FOR SOUTH NAPA EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED INDIVIDUALS, HOMEOWNERS

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:22

THE WHAT AND HOW OF FEDERAL HELP FOR SOUTH NAPA EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED INDIVIDUALS, HOMEOWNERS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Individuals and homeowners who sustained damage in the South Napa Earthquake may now be eligible for certain kinds of federal assistance. Money is available to help eligible displaced individuals in Napa and Solano counties to repair essential living areas.

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Napa, Solano County Residents to Receive Federal Individual, Household Aid Following South Napa Earthquake

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:10

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the Major Disaster declaration for the South Napa earthquake will also include the Individuals and Households Program under the Stafford Act.

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DEADLINES APPROACHING TO FILE REQUESTS FOR FEMA/CAL OES PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:05

OAKLAND – The Public Assistance application deadline for the Napa Earthquake, is Oct. 23, 2014, said California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services officials. California state and local agencies, tribal nations and certain private nonprofit agencies, that may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance, must submit Request for Public Assistance (RPA) forms to Cal OES.

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Wayne County Disaster Recovery Center in Taylor Transitions to SBA Loan Center

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 14:34

Warren, Mich. – The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at the Wayne County Community College, Performing Arts Center at 21000 Northline Road in Taylor will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) and relocate to Dearborn on Thursday, Nov. 6.

A DLOC focuses on funds needed for long-term rebuilding and recovery. Homeowners, renters and businesses will be able to talk individually with SBA representatives. Specialists from FEMA will also be available.

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AmeriCorps Helping Storm Survivors in Southeast Michigan

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:21

WARREN, Mich. – AmeriCorps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, serves communities across America. When the call came to assist Michiganders affected by the August flooding, more than 30 AmeriCorps members were called into action. Members are in Michigan assisting homeowners with mucking out hundreds of homes damaged during the storm.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Missouri Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 16:53

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Missouri.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Missouri

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 16:49

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Missouri to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of September 9-10, 2014.

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Nov. 5 & Nov. 23 Deadline for First Step to Receive Federal Aid after Summer Flooding in NM

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 15:18

SANTA FE – Getting disaster aid quickly into the hands of eligible applicants affected by July 27-August 5 flooding in New Mexico starts with the first stepinforming state and federal recovery officials that Public Assistance funding is needed.

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FEMA Approves a Second Declaration for New Mexico. This Time for September Flooding

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:57

SANTA FE – Just weeks after receiving a federal declaration, and a subsequent amendment only days ago adding more counties for July 27-August 5 flooding, a second presidential declaration has been approved, this time providing federal assistance for flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Depression Odile between September 15-26.

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FEMA Approves a Second Declaration for New Mexico. This Time for September Flooding

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:52

SANTA FE – Just weeks after receiving a federal declaration, and a subsequent amendment only days ago adding more counties for July 27-August 5 flooding, a second presidential declaration has been approved, this time providing federal assistance for flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Depression Odile between September 15-26.

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Michigan Flood Survivors Can Get Free Legal Aid

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:46

WARREN, Mich. – Individuals who sustained damage from the August storms and flooding can call the Disaster Legal Services hotline at 844-451-0749 for free legal assistance and counseling.

Through the hotline, volunteer lawyers can help eligible survivors with legal issues related to the disaster. Volunteer lawyers can discuss insurance claims, landlord-tenant issues, consumer protection issues and the replacement of wills or other important documents that were lost or destroyed during the storm.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of New Mexico Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:35

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the state of New Mexico.

Assistance for the State, Tribal and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for New Mexico

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:32

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of New Mexico to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of September 15-26, 2014.

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