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DNREC’s next scrap tire recycling drop-off day set for Saturday, Sept. 20 in Middletown

DNREC News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:26
DOVER (Sept. 4, 2014) – DNREC is rolling out another recycling opportunity for Delaware residents to turn in their old tires – by sponsoring a Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 at DelDOT Middletown Maintenance Yard, 5369 Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, DE 19709.

28th Delaware Coastal Cleanup and ‘Arts in the Estuary’ event at DNERR and John Dickinson Plantation highlight National Estuaries Week (Sept. 20-27)

DNREC News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:04
DOVER (Sept. 18, 2014) – With hands-on activities that include the 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup and an “Arts in the Estuary” celebration replete with demonstrations, performances and native plants for sale, this year’s National Estuaries Week (September 20-27), offers an open opportunity for Delawareans to experience what’s been called America’s “tidally awesome” estuaries

Delaware to extend recreational black sea bass season

DNREC News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:38
DOVER (Sept. 18, 2014) – The early recreational black sea bass season will be extended for three days, remaining open Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The Division is making the change so that Delaware’s black sea bass regulations will match federal black sea bass regulations, as is required of southern region states from Delaware to North Carolina.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife announces butcher shops processing Sportsmen Against Hunger venison donations for 2014 to 2015 season

DNREC News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:40
DOVER (Sept. 18, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife today announced the list of private butcher shops accepting donated deer for processing for the state’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program during the 2014-2015 Delaware deer hunting season. All donated venison will be distributed to charitable groups participating in the program.

Delaware to extend recreational black sea bass season

DNREC News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:39
DOVER (Sept. 18, 2014) – The early recreational black sea bass season will be extended for three days, remaining open Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The Division is making the change so that Delaware’s black sea bass regulations will match federal black sea bass regulations, as is required of southern region states from Delaware to North Carolina.

DNREC hosts Reclaim Our River - Nanticoke Series guided nature walk and celebration Sept. 20 in Seaford

DNREC News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:07
SEAFORD (Sept. 9, 2014) – Chapel Branch Nature Area in Sussex County will be the setting Saturday, Sept. 20, for the final 2014 event in the Reclaim Our River (ROR) - Nanticoke Series, a program offering monthly events, workshops and recreational activities all aimed at raising water quality awareness in the Nanticoke Watershed.

Bicycle/Pedestrian bridge in Wilmington State Parks' Brandywine Park back open following renovations

DNREC News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:08
WILMINGTON (Sept. 17, 2014) – Almost two months to the day, the “swinging bridge,” part of the bicycle and pedestrian trail network in Wilmington State Parks’ Brandywine Park, has re-opened, following extensive renovations and upgrades. The bridge, which traverses Brandywine Creek, connects the Northern Delaware Greenway Trail and South Park Drive in Wilmington, and is a main artery for commuters who use the trail regularly to walk and bicycle to and from work and various other destinations.

Grant to Secaucus, NJ Provides Town's Firefighters with Modern, Compliant Equipment

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:30

Federal Funding Also Offers Upgrades in Training

New York, NY -- An award from the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program will outfit 46 volunteer firefighters in Secaucus, New Jersey with personal protective equipment, in addition to funding advanced firefighter training. 

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Conservation Districts to sponsor 2014 conservation poster contest

DNREC News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:03
DOVER (Sept. 17, 2014) – The Kent, New Castle and Sussex Conservation Districts are accepting entries now for their annual conservation poster contest based on the theme, “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil.” Deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 7. Posters will be judged in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.

FEMA Announces First Meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:04

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that the first public meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council (TMAC) is scheduled for September 30 to October 1, 2014, at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Auditorium in Reston, Virginia. 

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One weekend only!Delaware Outdoor Family Campout will teach new campers the basics at Fort Delaware State Park

DNREC News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:03
DOVER (Sept. 16, 2014) – The Delaware Outdoor Family Program, which began last year as a way to bring families outdoors and into nature, returns this fall for just one weekend - on Sept. 27 - at Fort Delaware State Park. The campout is intended to introduce families to camping as a hobby and offers an exclusive opportunity to camp on Pea Patch Island within the walls of the historic Civil War fort.

Fall Migration Bird Walks offered at Cape Henlopen State Park

DNREC News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:58
LEWES (Sept. 16, 2014) – Park naturalists at Cape Henlopen State Park will guide visitors in explorations of the park’s birding hot spots and search for birds during their fall migration. The program meets at 8 a.m. every until Nov. 11. Beginning birders are welcome.

Fort Delaware Season Extended

DNREC News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:23
DELAWARE CITY (Sept. 16, 2014) – Fort Delaware State Park invites visitors who missed a trip to the Civil War-era fort this summer to a weekend of programs on Sept. 27 and 28. Among the numerous activities available, visitors will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and hands-on-blacksmithing programs. A special family campout is scheduled for Sept. 27; details are available at 302-834-7941. Programs will also be offered on Saturday, Oct. 4 and will feature a period wedding at 1 p.m.

Augustine Beach Boat Ramp reopens with dredging completed

DNREC News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:07
DOVER (Sept. 16, 2014) – With maintenance dredging of the boat ramp access channel at Augustine Beach near Port Penn completed, the boat ramp and adjacent intertidal beach located on the south side of the existing groin have reopened for public use, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

Streamgages Measure Drought, Earthquake Impacts on Water

USGS Newsroom - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:00
Summary: While the national streamflow database is documenting evidence of California’s historic drought, the database is also confirming another recently seen hydrologic phenomenon: earthquake-induced increases in streamflow

Contact Information:

Laurel  Rogers ( Phone: 619-980-6527 ); Leslie  Gordon ( Phone: 650-329-4006 );



Hydrograph showing stream flow in cubic feet per second on USGS streamgage on Sonoma Creek near Agua Caliente, from about August 23 - September 13, 2014. The sharp rise starting on August 24 reflects an increased streamflow due to the South Napa Earthquake. (High resolution image) Hydrograph showing stream flow in cubic feet per second on USGS streamgage on Sonoma Creek near Agua Caliente, from April 1 - mid-September, 2014. The steady decline in streamflow reflects current drought conditions in California. The sharp decrease and increase aroundAugust 1 is a regional trend, reflecting an upstream irrigation diversion.The sharp rise starting on August 24 reflects an increased streamflow due to the South Napa Earthquake. (High resolution image) Hydrograph showing an increase of gage-height in feet (.01 increments) at the Sonoma Creek at Agua Caliente gage, in the early morning of August 24, 2014. The sharp rise in water level between 4:15 - 4:30 a.m. reflects an increased streamflow due to the South Napa Earthquake an hour earlier. (High resolution image)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — While the national streamflow database is documenting evidence of California’s historic drought, the database is also confirming another recently seen hydrologic phenomenon: earthquake-induced increases in streamflow.

Rivers and streams across California are flowing at record lows. Streamflow data from 182 U.S. Geological Survey streamgages in California with at least 30 years of record, currently show that 62 percent of streamgages are recording flows less 25 percent of normal, and 44 percent are recording flows less than 10 percent of normal. At several streamgage sites, scientists have had to extend measurement scales and rating formulas that help calculate accurate streamflow, because of record low water flows.

Increased flow over rock riffle in Sonoma Creek seen after South Napa Earthquake of August 24, 2014. (High resolution image)

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the August 24 magnitude 6.0 South Napa Earthquake in California, water has begun to flow again in some previously-dry surrounding creeks, rivers and streams prompting many nearby residents to scratch their heads.

Hydrogeologic responses to earthquakes have been known by scientists for decades. In the case of the South Napa Earthquake, the discharge of springs and groundwater to some streams has increased. Based on experience in previous earthquakes, stream and spring flows are expected to decline again over the next several months, assuming that the Napa region does not get significant rainfall over that time period.

Post-earthquake changes in streamflow were recorded at a USGS streamgage on Sonoma Creek, near the city of Sonoma where measured increases in streamflow began after 4:15 a.m. on August 24, about an hour after the earthquake occurred. Streamflow has increased intermittently since the earthquake from 0.1 cubic feet per second to nearly 3 cfs on September 12. The median historical streamflow for this time period is about 0.5 cfs. Scientists theorize that this increase in streamflow is due to groundwater flow entering the river, and the intermittent nature of the streamflow is due to the non-uniform release of groundwater across the basin. 

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FEMA Mitigation Experts Continue Outreach in Moses Lake and Yakima

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:04

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation experts will be available this week at home improvement stores in Moses Lake and next week in Yakima to provide information about ways to rebuild or remodel that can reduce the risk of damages from wildfire, flooding, flash flooding, and other disasters.

They will also be there to answer questions about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

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Federal Assistance Expanded in Washington State to Kittitas County

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:59

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency  today announced it is expanding disaster assistance to Kittitas County.

The disaster aid helps the county pay for repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities, roads and bridges, water facilities and other infrastructure damaged or destroyed by wildfires that occurred between July 9 and Aug. 5.

Kittitas County has been added to the major disaster declaration of Aug. 11, which provided assistance to Okanogan County and the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation.

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FEMA Mitigation Experts Continue Outreach in Wenatchee at Home Depot and Lowe’s

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:57

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation experts will be available this week at home improvement stores in Wenatchee and next week in Moses Lake to provide information about ways to rebuild or remodel that can reduce the risk of damages from wildfire, flooding, flash flooding, and other disasters.

They will also be there to answer questions about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

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FEMA Mitigation Experts Offer Free Advice in Omak at Home Depot and Big-R Store

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:53

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation experts are on hand this week at Home Depot and the Big-R store in Omak to provide information about ways to rebuild or remodel that can reduce the risk of damages from wildfire, flooding, flash flooding, and other disasters.

They also will be there to answer questions about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

Rebuilding or repairing a home after a disaster can be a daunting task – but, with the right information, homeowners can build back safer, smarter and stronger.

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Media Advisory: USGS to Host Congressional Briefing: #StrongAfterSandy--The Science Supporting the Department of the Interior's Response

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:06
Summary: Department of the Interior scientists are generating and sharing critical information to aid the recovery of the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, helping to protect our valuable coastal resources and to make communities more resilient against future extreme storms

Contact Information:

Hannah Hamilton ( Phone: 703-648-4356 (work) 703-314-1601 (cell) );



Department of the Interior scientists are generating and sharing critical information to aid the recovery of the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, helping to protect our valuable coastal resources and to make communities more resilient against future extreme storms. Moving forward DOI is positioned to help answer questions such as: What locations along the coast are forecasted to be the most vulnerable to future hurricanes? What were the storm impacts to ecosystems, habitats, fish and wildlife? What is being learned about the importance of undeveloped land? Come learn how the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners are working to assemble and apply better data to keep citizens safe.

Speakers:

  • Neil K. Ganju –  Research Oceanographer, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Mary Foley – Regional Chief Scientist, Northeast Region, National Park Service
  • Eric Schrading – New Jersey Field Office Supervisor,  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Emcee:

Claude Gascon, Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Where:

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325, Washington, D.C.

When:

Friday, September 19, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

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Refreshments provided courtesy of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

To learn how USGS is combining interdisciplinary science with state-of-the-art technologies to achieve a comprehensive understanding of coastal change caused by Hurricane Sandy, read our new fact sheet: Using Science to Strengthen our Nation’s Resilience to Tomorrow’s Challenges—Understanding and Preparing for Coastal Impacts.