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DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter April 15 to 21

DNREC News - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 16:43
DOVER (April 25, 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 April 15-21 made 695 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 122 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued nine citations.

Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish changes April 29 meeting location to Division of Fish and Wildlifes new Hunter Education facility near Little Creek

DNREC News - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 16:42
DOVER (April 25, 2014) – The Advisory Council on Wildlife & Freshwater Fish will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 at the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s new Hunter Education building, located at 3018 Bayside Drive/Route 9, Dover, DE 19901. This change of location is only for the April meeting.

Federal and state officials and conservation partners celebrate two $1M grants benefitting Delawares Bayshore and beyond

DNREC News - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:08
NEAR BOWERS BEACH, Del. (April 23, 2014) – Among the lush fields and tidal marshland of Delaware’s Bayshore east of Dover, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, U.S. Congressman John Carney, DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee and other Delaware officials and conservation partners were joined by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Deputy Director Steve Guertin to celebrate the purchase, protection and conservation of the Vance Morris Tract – nearly 750 acres of key coastal Bayshore lands border

Dune Road to close temporarily in May

DNREC News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 15:38
CAPE HENLOPEN (April 24, 2014) – Beginning May 12, all of Dune Road, which provides access to Herring Point from the ocean, will be closed for approximately one week. This is to enable construction work to be completed on the Gordons Pond Trail, and associated parking lot, scheduled to open in June.

One Month before Caddo Parish, Louisiana Flood Maps Become Final

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:04

DENTON, Texas ––In one month, new flood maps for Caddo Parish, Louisiana will become effective.

Local, state and federal officials are encouraging everyone to view the maps before Monday, May 19, 2014 in order to understand their flood risk and then consider buying flood insurance.

Most property insurance policies do not cover the effects of a flood. Floods can place people at risk of uninsured loss to their businesses, homes and personal property if they don’t have either a private flood insurance policy or coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

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FEMA Awards more than $1.2 Million for Community Safe Room in Little Elm, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:58

DENTON, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1.2 million to the state of Texas for construction of a community safe room in the city of Little Elm in Denton County, Texas.

The concrete safe room, which will also serve as a community center, will be 6,442 square feet with interior usable space of 5,025 square feet, and should provide protection from storms and tornadoes for the people of Little Elm. 

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will pay 75 percent of the more than $1.6 million total cost for the project.

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Fort Delaware State Park opens April 26 with Spring Sneak Peek Saturdays

DNREC News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:28
DELAWARE CITY (April 24, 2014) – Fort Delaware State Park’s 2014 season begins on April 26 with special “Spring Sneak Peek Saturdays.” The Fort will be open on Saturdays only through May 17, then weekends and holidays through June 11. Beginning June 11, the fort will be open Wednesday through Sunday and holidays until Sept. 1. The park will also offer two Sept. weekends.

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

DNREC News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:27
DOVER (April 24, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is 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. May 29, 2014.

Senator Coons, DNREC Sec. O’Mara join volunteer planting event to restore Mirror Lake in Dover

DNREC News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:59
DOVER (April 22, 2014) – In honor of Earth Day, Senator Chris Coons and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara joined with DNREC scientists and volunteers to plant native shrubs and flowering plants on the intertidal wetland and western bank of Mirror Lake. The wetland was created last November as part of the Mirror Lake Remediation and Restoration Project.

Wilmington’s Earth Day Celebration highlights Clean Water in Wilmington

DNREC News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:40
WILMINGTON (April 22, 2014) – At Wilmington’s Earth Day Celebration in Rodney Square today, Clean Water for Delaware’s Future and Air Quality Awareness Week were highlighted at a press conference that celebrated Earth Day by encouraging Delawareans to help clean up our bays, rivers and streams and improve the quality of the air that we breathe.

Revised West Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia Maps Feature New Design

USGS Newsroom - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:00
Summary: US Topo maps now have a crisper, cleaner design - enhancing readability of maps for online and printed use Newly designed US Topo maps covering West Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia are now available online for free download

Contact Information:

Mark Newell, APR ( Phone: 573-308-3850 ); Bob Davis ( Phone: 573-308-3554 );



US Topo maps now have a crisper, cleaner design - enhancing readability of maps for online and printed use. Map symbols are easier to read over the digital aerial photograph layer whether the imagery is turned on or off. Improvements to symbol definitions (color, line thickness, line symbols, area fills), layer order, and annotation fonts are additional features of this supplemental release. Users can now adjust the transparency for some features and layers to increase visibility of multiple competing layers.

This new design was launched earlier this year and is now part of the new US Topo quadrangles for West Virginia (418 maps), New Jersey (150) and Georgia (952 maps), replacing the first edition US Topo maps for those states.

“Users in West Virginia will appreciate improvements in the US Topo product, including the availability of improved contours, Forest Service trails, and vegetation cover (green tint),” said Craig Neidig, USGS Geospatial Liaison for West Virginia. “The product should find an audience among the many recreational users and outdoor enthusiasts in West Virginia, especially with the capability to use the US Topo maps on mobile devices.  We look forward to the addition of layers including mining sites, wetlands, and more historic features that users were accustomed to seeing on the old topographic quadrangles for the Mountain State.” 

US Topo maps are updated every three years. The initial round of the 48 conterminous states coverage was completed in September of 2012.  Hawaii and Puerto Rico maps have recently been added. More than 400 new US Topo maps for Alaska have been added to the USGS Map Locator & Downloader, but will take several years to complete. 

Re-design enhancements and new features:

  • Crisper, cleaner design improves online and printed readability while retaining the look and feel of traditional USGS topographic maps
  • New functional road classification schema has been applied
  • A slight screening (transparency) has been applied to some features to enhance visibility of multiple competing layers
  • Updated free fonts that support diacritics
  • New PDF Legend attachment
  • Metadata formatted to support multiple browsers
  • New shaded relief layer for enhanced view of the terrain
  • Military installation boundaries, post offices and cemeteries
  • Starting with Georgia, the railroad dataset is much more complete from a new contractor

To enjoy earlier legacy quads for West Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia, go to the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection. These scanned images of paper maps up through 2006 are also available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Locator & Downloader website.

US Topo maps are created from geographic datasets in The National Map, and deliver visible content such as high-resolution aerial photography, which was not available on older paper-based topographic maps. The new US Topo maps provide modern technical advantages that support wider and faster public distribution and on-screen geographic analysis tools for users. The new digital electronic topographic maps are delivered in GeoPDF image software format and may be viewed using Adobe Reader, available as a no cost download.

For more information, go to: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

Historical map of the Cass, West Virginia area, 1922. (high resolution image 1.8 MB) US Topo map of the Cass, West Virginia quadrangle, March 2014. (high resolution image 1.2 MB)

DNREC modifies Secretary's Order penalty requirements for Peninsula Compost Co.

DNREC News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 08:58
DOVER (April 24, 2014) – DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara has amended an order to Peninsula Compost Co. LLC for environmental violations

One Month after the SR530 Slide, Recovery Continues

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:34

EVERETT, Wash. – One month after the State Route 530 Slide claimed the lives of at least 41 people, recovery continues. Local, state, tribal and federal partners have all collaborated in response to this tragedy.

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FEMA Awards More Than $1.8 Million for Community Safe Rooms in Hardeman County, Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:33

DENTON, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1.8 million to the state of Texas for the construction of two community safe rooms in the city of Quanah in Hardeman County, Texas.

The concrete safe rooms will also serve as community centers; they will both be 6,442 square feet in size with interior usable space of 5,025 square feet. The safe rooms will provide protection from storms and tornadoes for the people of Quanah.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Indiana Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:36

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 Indiana.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Indiana

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:34

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 Indiana to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of January 5-9, 2014.

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3 Months Remain Before West Baton Rouge Parish, LA Flood Maps Become Final

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:26

DENTON, Texas ––In three months, new flood maps for West Baton Rouge Parish in Louisiana will become effective.

Local, state and federal officials are encouraging everyone to view the maps before Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in order to understand their flood risk and then consider buying flood insurance.

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Commuting Cost Assistance Available For Eligible SR530 Slide Survivors

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 15:47

EVERETT, Wash. – Commuting cost assistance is now available to eligible survivors of the March 22, 2014 SR530 Slide who are faced with long detours around the closed roadway between Arlington/Oso and Darrington.

As a result of the slide, SR530 remains impassible and the use of alternate routes has significantly increased the residents’ commuting distance and cost.

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DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife sets public meeting on Delmarva Fox Squirrel Conservation Plan for Tuesday April 22

DNREC News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:05
GEORGETOWN (March 19, 2014) – The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a public information meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus Lecture Hall, 21179 College Drive, Georgetown

As Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Partners Continue Supporting SR530 Slide Recovery, Saturday Recovery Centers Hours Are Extended

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:56

EVERETT, Wash. – As local, state, tribal, and federal partners continue SR530 Slide recovery efforts, Saturday hours at Disaster Recovery Centers have been extended. The centers are located in Arlington, Darrington and Oso. 

Starting Saturday, April 19, all DRCs will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Monday through Friday hours remain the same. The Centers are closed on Sundays.

Locations and new hours of operation of the recovery centers are as follows:

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