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Delaware turkey hunting season to open April 9

DNREC News - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 13:33
DOVER (March 24, 2016) – Delaware’s spring turkey hunting season opens Saturday, April 9, and runs through Saturday, May 7, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today. Hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise until 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

More Science at Your Fingertips

USGS Newsroom Technical - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 09:30
Summary: The USGS Science Data Catalog (SDC) recently completed and launched a new and improved interface, making USGS data more accessible and discoverable for users. The USGS SDC is a searchable public data catalog for more than 7,000 USGS data assets and 20 USGS collections. New USGS Science Data Catalog interface improves searches for USGS scientific data

Contact Information:

Mark Newell, APR ( Phone: 573-308-3850 ); Michelle Chang ( Phone: 303-202-4333 );



The USGS Science Data Catalog (SDC) recently completed and launched a new and improved interface, making USGS data more accessible and discoverable for users. The USGS SDC is a searchable public data catalog for more than 7,000 USGS data assets and 20 USGS collections.

The SDC was launched in January of 2014, in response to the White House Open Data Initiatives to make federally funded data more available and open to the public.

The SDC serves as the single point of entry that connects USGS data listings to the Department of the Interior and data.gov catalog. USGS programs and science centers partner with SDC as data providers to contribute data from a wide array of relevant science topics including energy and minerals, land cover, natural hazards, hydrology and ecosystems research.

To search for a USGS data asset, go to the Search page and enter one or more search terms. Alternatively users can search by location using the map tool. Results will be displayed with further information about each particular resource. Users can further sort or filter results to discover and explore data assets. The SDC will point to the location where the data can be downloaded.

Notable updates to the SDC include:

  • New Home page – View frequently accessed USGS datasets and data highlighted from USGS programs and science centers
  • Addition of collection-level datasets – Search datasets within large USGS collections (i.e. US Topo Maps and National Land Cover Dataset)
  • New Browse page – Discover USGS datasets by browsing through newly implemented Science Topics, in addition to USGS Mission Areas and data sources represented by USGS Programs and Centers
  • Easy-to-use myReports Page – For USGS data providers, easily access record reports and monitor the records that your center or program is providing to the SDC
  • Data visualization feature for comma delimited value (.csv) data – Instantly visualize selected USGS data in comma separated value (.csv). Future improvements are continuing on this feature.

All USGS programs and science centers are encouraged to participate as data providers, as outlined in the new USGS Instructional Memoranda for Data Management.

For further information about SDC or how to visualize your csv datasets for users, contact sciencedatacatalog@usgs.gov.

The SDC was developed in collaboration with the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and also serves as a Member Node to the National Science Foundation sponsored DataONE project

The new home page of the USGS Science Data Catalog. Image: USGS Science Data Catalog home page featuring the National Water Information System (NWIS)]

 

The new search page allows users to search for USGS datasets based on keywords, location and other filters. Image: Screenshot of a search page results for the keyword, “sediment samples.”

 

A new exploratory and discovery feature allows the catalog to visualize selected USGS datasets for users. Datasets with the "View Data" button allow users to visualize csv datasets in a variety of different charts and graphs. Image: Example screenshot of a pop up page displaying a graph with a display of different variables contained in the dataset. 

First-Ever Maps to Show Induced and Natural Earthquake Hazards -- Press Conference

USGS Newsroom - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 09:09
Summary: On March 28, USGS scientists will release a report and the first-ever maps showing potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards.

Contact Information:

Jessica Fitzpatrick ( Phone: 703-648-6624 );



On March 28, USGS scientists will release a report and the first-ever maps showing potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards.

This will also be the first one-year outlook for the nation’s earthquake hazards, and is a supplement to existing USGS assessments that forecast earthquake shaking over 50 years.

This report can be used by government officials to make more informed decisions as well as emergency response personnel to assess vulnerability and provide safety information to those who are in potential danger. Engineers can use this product to evaluate earthquake safety of buildings, bridges, pipelines and other important structures.

The USGS is the only federal agency with responsibility for recording and reporting earthquake activity nationwide and assessing seismic hazard. USGS hazard assessments are incorporated into building codes that influence a trillion dollars in new construction annually and improve the nation’s resilience to earthquake disasters.

What:

The USGS invites media to join a telephone press conference to discuss this new research and updates to the nation’s earthquake hazards.

Who: 

  • Mark Petersen, Chief of the National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project, USGS
  • Michael Blanpied, Associate Coordinator, Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS
  • Justin Rubinstein, Deputy Chief of the Induced Seismicity Project, USGS

When:

Monday, March 28, 2016

1:00 pm ET

Where:

To join, please call 1-888-989-7565 and use the passcode 1317771.

For those outside of the U.S., call 517-308-9122 and use the passcode 1317771.

A recording of the event will be available approximately one hour after the call is completed, and it will be accessible for 30 days. It can be retrieved at 1-800-925-4633 (toll free) or 203-369-3529 (toll for those outside of the U.S.).

Learn more about induced earthquakes by visiting the main USGS website as well as reading six facts and common questions.

First-Ever Maps to Show Induced and Natural Earthquake Hazards -- Press Conference

USGS Newsroom Technical - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 09:09
Summary: On March 28, USGS scientists will release a report and the first-ever maps showing potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards.

Contact Information:

Jessica Fitzpatrick ( Phone: 703-648-6624 );



On March 28, USGS scientists will release a report and the first-ever maps showing potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards.

This will also be the first one-year outlook for the nation’s earthquake hazards, and is a supplement to existing USGS assessments that forecast earthquake shaking over 50 years.

This report can be used by government officials to make more informed decisions as well as emergency response personnel to assess vulnerability and provide safety information to those who are in potential danger. Engineers can use this product to evaluate earthquake safety of buildings, bridges, pipelines and other important structures.

The USGS is the only federal agency with responsibility for recording and reporting earthquake activity nationwide and assessing seismic hazard. USGS hazard assessments are incorporated into building codes that influence a trillion dollars in new construction annually and improve the nation’s resilience to earthquake disasters.

What:

The USGS invites media to join a telephone press conference to discuss this new research and updates to the nation’s earthquake hazards.

Who: 

  • Mark Petersen, Chief of the National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project, USGS
  • Michael Blanpied, Associate Coordinator, Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS
  • Justin Rubinstein, Deputy Chief of the Induced Seismicity Project, USGS

When:

Monday, March 28, 2016

1:00 pm ET

Where:

To join, please call 1-888-989-7565 and use the passcode 1317771.

For those outside of the U.S., call 517-308-9122 and use the passcode 1317771.

A recording of the event will be available approximately one hour after the call is completed, and it will be accessible for 30 days. It can be retrieved at 1-800-925-4633 (toll free) or 203-369-3529 (toll for those outside of the U.S.).

Learn more about induced earthquakes by visiting the main USGS website as well as reading six facts and common questions.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police offering reward for information about suspect who drove through flock of snow geese

DNREC News - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 08:33
LEWES (March 17, 2016) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver of a vehicle who, according to witnesses, intentionally drove through a flock of snow geese off Mulberry Knoll Road near Lewes around mid-morning Sunday, March 13. The vehicle struck numerous snow geese and left them lying dead or dying in a farm field.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter March 7 thru 13

DNREC News - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 08:32
DOVER (March 18, 2016) – 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 Natural Resources Police officers between March 7-13 made 1002 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public. Officers issued 11 citations.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police investigating weekend deaths of four bald eagles in Sussex County

DNREC News - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 08:31
DAGSBORO (March 20, 2016) – DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are investigating the deaths of four bald eagles in Delaware over the weekend. One of the eagles was found dead near Dagsboro Saturday morning. Three more bald eagles died later after resuscitation efforts by Tri-State Bird Rescue failed.

What Texans Should Expect after FEMA Registration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 19:35

AUSTIN, Texas—After disaster survivors have registered for federal disaster assistance, FEMA will ask them to provide information on disaster damage, proof of identity and residence, insurance and other documentation, to determine eligibility.

If you registered with FEMA for disaster assistance, a FEMA contract inspector may contact you to make an appointment to view disaster damage. It is important to provide good contact information at the time of registration.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Grand Cane and Winnfield, Louisiana

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 18:41


BATON ROUGE, La. –Disaster recovery centers will open Wednesday, March 23, in Grand Cane and Winnfield to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice. The centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center
120 Sprocket Lane
Grand Cane, Desoto Parish, La.

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Categories: Federal News

Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Declaration

FEMA Region III News Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 18:20

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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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

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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 18:20

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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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

Language English
Categories: Federal News

President Declares Disaster for Pennsylvania

FEMA Region III News Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 18:17

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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of January 22-23, 2016.

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President Declares Disaster for Pennsylvania

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 18:17

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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of January 22-23, 2016.

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Categories: Federal News

DNREC announces award of nearly $1 point 3 million in Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund grants for local parks and trails projects

DNREC News - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 13:39
DOVER (March 23, 2016) – DNREC’s Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Trails Program, formerly known as the Delaware Land & Water Conservation Trust Fund, has awarded $1.29 million to 14 parks and trails projects throughout the state, the department announced today.

Statewide Activity Approval permit from DNREC proposed to facilitate shellfish aquaculture in Delaware

DNREC News - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 13:31
DOVER (March 23, 2016) – DNREC is proceeding with a Statewide Activity Approval permitting process that will enable the start-up of limited commercial shellfish aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays by authorizing the permitting of activities in specifically-designated areas intended to help improve water quality and provide new business opportunities.

USGS Assesses 39–54 Billion Metric Tons of Undiscovered Potash Resources in Central Asia

USGS Newsroom Technical - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 12:00
Summary: The Central Asia Salt Basin of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan has the potential to contain between 39 and 54 billion metric tons of undiscovered potash resources, according to a global mineral resource assessment led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Known potash resources in the Central Asia Salt Basin consist of 1.63 billion metric tons.

Contact Information:

Alex Demas ( Phone: 703-648-4421 ); Jeff Wynn ( Phone: 360-993-8919 );



The Central Asia Salt Basin of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan has the potential to contain between 39 and 54 billion metric tons of undiscovered potash resources, according to a global mineral resource assessment led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Known potash resources in the Central Asia Salt Basin consist of 1.63 billion metric tons.

Potash is produced worldwide at amounts exceeding 30 million metric tons per year, mostly for use in fertilizers. The term “potash” refers to potassium-bearing, water-soluble salts derived from evaporite basins, where seawater dried up and precipitated various salt compounds; the word for the element “potassium” is derived from potash. In fact, industry uses potash to refer to potassium chloride, as well as potassium sulfate, nitrate, and oxide forms.

The Central Asia Salt Basin hosts significant discovered potash resources and originated in an inland sea during Late Jurassic time. Seawater flowed into the Basin, mostly from its extreme northwestern margin near the modern Caspian Sea, during several evaporation episodes that deposited at least five different packages of evaporites, with virtually all potash in the second and fourth packages.

In this study, the Central Asia Salt Basin was subdivided into three tracts, also known as permissive areas, for evaluation: the Amu Darya tract in the west, the Gissar tract in the center, and the Afghan-Tajik tract in the east. The Gissar and Amu Darya tracts were each quantitatively assessed. The Afghan‑Tajik tract was only qualitatively assessed because of the extreme depth (as deep as 7 km) of the Jurassic salt, extensive deformation and a lack of known potash deposits.

In 2013 (the most recent year for which complete information is available), world potash production was 34.5 million metric tons of K2O-equivalent. Canada was the leading producer of potash (10.1 million metric tons K2O-equivalent), followed by Russia, China, Belarus, Germany, Israel, Jordan, and Chile. Of the 12 known potash-producing countries in 2013, 8 produced 1 million metric tons or more; production in the United States was slightly less than 1 million metric tons, and production in Brazil, Spain, and the United Kingdom was less than 500,000 metric tons each.

The USGS Mineral Resources Program delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and how minerals interact with the environment. To keep up-to-date on USGS mineral research, follow us on Twitter!


Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Covington, Jena and Ringgold, Louisiana

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:54

BATON ROUGE, La. –Disaster recovery centers will open Thursday, March 24, in Covington, Jena and Ringgold to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice. The centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Bienville Courthouse Annex
2145 Mill St.
Ringgold, La., Bienville Parish

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Categories: Federal News

Wildlife advisory council to meet March 29 in Dover

DNREC News - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 09:00
DOVER (March 23, 2016) – The Delaware Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish will consider an alternate approach to the proposed conservation access pass that will be presented by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife at the council’s next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.