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Delaware 2014 spring turkey season sets a new harvest record

DNREC News - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:06
DOVER (July 9, 2014) – Delaware’s 2014 spring turkey season, which ended May 10, has set a new state harvest record of 687 birds, surpassing the previous record of 615 birds taken in 2012, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

Piping plovers weather wild weekend at Cape Henlopen State Park

DNREC News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 17:24
LEWES (July 9, 2014) – Despite an emergency landing by a small plane inside a closed nesting area, a hurricane passing offshore and hordes of holiday beachgoers, all of Delaware’s known piping plover parents and their chicks survived the long weekend at Cape Henlopen State Park, beachnesting bird monitors were pleased to report today.

Federal Aid Programs For The State of New York Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 16:43

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 York.

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

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President Declares Disaster for New York

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 16:40

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 New York to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of May 13-22, 2014.

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Only One Week Left for Alabama Disaster Survivors to Register With FEMA

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:06

MONTGOMERY, Ala., -- Just one week remains to register for federal disaster assistance for those who sustained damage from the April 28 through May 5 severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding. The last day to register is Tuesday, July 15.

Residents who suffered damage should register as soon as possible.  Here is how to register with FEMA:

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FEMA Rebuilding Specialists to Provide Advice in Madison

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:59

JACKSON, Miss. – Rebuilding or repairing property damaged from the recent severe storms?  Residents in the Madison area can get advice on building safer and smarter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Mitigation specialists from FEMA will be at Home Depot in Madison to offer information on rebuilding after a disaster. The advisers can answer questions about protecting homes from future disaster-related damage and offer tips to build hazard-resistant homes.

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Mississippi Storm Recovery on Target at Two Months

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:57

RIDGELAND, Miss. — After a disaster, it takes many partners working together to rebuild communities. Two months after tornadoes and storms swept across the state on April 28, public, private and nonprofit organizations have made significant progress in responding to the needs of communities created by the disaster.

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DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great summer shots of Delaware anglers for photo contest

DNREC News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:55
DOVER (July 8, 2014) – With the summer fishing season in full swing, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife invites angling and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

DNREC seeks volunteers to report sightings of wild turkeys for 2014 survey

DNREC News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:24
DOVER (July 7, 2014) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for Delawareans to assist with its 5th annual wild turkey survey, helping with their locations and determining how many of the big birds exist in Delaware. The data also will help biologists track the health, distribution and reproductive success of the state’s wild turkey population with the goal of ensuring a sustainable harvest of this treasured and robust game species.

Cape Henlopen State Parks's 50th anniversary celebration continues with more special events

DNREC News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:00
LEWES (July 7, 2014) – As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Cape Henlopen State Park will host several guest speakers at the Seaside Nature Center to discuss some of the important historical events that have happened within the park.

Fort Delaware POW Weekend to include African-American Civil War history

DNREC News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:34
DELAWARE CITY (July 7, 2014) – This weekend, visiting living history groups and the fort’s interpretive staff will partner at Fort Delaware for its popular P.O.W. Weekend. On Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, the weekend will feature living history presentations and special activities for all ages, with a focus on the role of African-Americans in Civil War history.

NFIP Extends Flood Claim Period by 30 Days

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:27

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The National Flood Insurance Program has extended the time period for filing flood claims for policyholders who experienced flooding during the April 28 through May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding.

The NFIP normally requires flood claims to be filed within 60 days of the date of loss. However, NFIP is waiving this requirement and extending the deadline by 30 days for the 2014 mid-spring storms that began on April 28. This extension includes policyholders in Alabama.

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Disaster Federal Aid for Alabama Reaches $34.5 Million

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:59

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Federal aid provided to Alabama residents affected by the April 28 through May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding has reached $34.5 million.

The following numbers, compiled July 3, provide a snapshot of the Alabama/FEMA disaster recovery to date:

Funds approved

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USGS Release: Large Rivers in U.S. are Becoming Less Acidic

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:26
Summary: Several large rivers in the U.S. are less acidic now, due to decreasing acidic inputs, such as industrial waste, acid mine drainage, and atmospheric deposition.

Contact Information:

Ethan Alpern ( Phone: 703-648-4406 ); Edward Stets ( Phone: 303-541-3048 );

Several large rivers in the U.S. are less acidic now, due to decreasing acidic inputs, such as industrial waste, acid mine drainage, and atmospheric deposition.

A USGS study showed that alkalinity, a measurement of a river's capacity to neutralize acid inputs, has increased over the past 65 years in 14 of the 23 rivers assessed in the U.S.

Reduced acidity levels were especially common in rivers in the Northeast, such as the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers; the Midwest, such as the Illinois and Ohio Rivers; and the Missouri River in the Great Plains.  

"Long-term monitoring of streamflow and water-quality is essential to track how changes in climate and land use are impacting rivers and how riverine inputs may impact valuable commercial and recreational fisheries in estuaries across the Nation," said William Werkheiser, associate director for water. "Increasing alkalinity levels in large rivers across the country since 1945 is a positive trend."

Acidification of U.S. rivers in the early part of the 20th century was mostly associated with these acid inputs, which reduced the alkalinity of some rivers and caused them to become more acidic.

Increased alkalinity concentrations in large rivers draining a variety of climate and land-use types in this country are an indicator of recovery from acidification.

By looking at changes in multiple chemicals, scientists conducting the study found that the alkalinity increases were due to decreasing acidic inputs. The reasons for decreased acidic inputs have been diverse and include greater regulation of industrial emissions and waste treatment and increased use of agricultural lime.

"This study shows us that our cumulative management actions over the last half century have reduced acidity levels in U.S. rivers," said lead author Edward Stets, research ecologist at the USGS.  "Acidification of rivers that empty into estuaries can adversely impact shell-bearing organisms such as oysters and crabs."

This study was published in the journal Science for the Total Environment. Information on USGS long-term water-quality monitoring can be accessed at the National Water-Quality Assessment Program page.

FEMA: Preparedness for Hurricane Arthur Still Essential along Northeast Coast; Residents and Visitors Should Follow Direction of Local Officials

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:07

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners continue to monitor Hurricane Arthur’s impact and northward track. The agency encourages those in Arthur’s path to listen to their local officials, monitor storm conditions and take steps to be prepared.

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Training International Volcano Scientists and Saving Lives Worldwide

USGS Newsroom - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:00
Summary: Scientists and technicians who work at volcano observatories in 11 countries are visiting the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory this week to learn techniques for monitoring active volcanoes

Contact Information:

Janet Babb, USGS ( Phone: 808-967-8844 ); Darcy Bevens, CSAV ( Phone: 808-430-0612 );

HAWAII ISLAND, Hawaiʻi — Scientists and technicians who work at volcano observatories in 11 countries are visiting the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory this week to learn techniques for monitoring active volcanoes.

The International Training Program in Volcano Hazards Monitoring is designed to assist scientists from other nations in attaining self-sufficiency in monitoring volcanoes and reducing the risks from eruptions. Field exercises on Kilauea and Mauna Loa Volcanoes allow students to observe and operate a variety of instruments, and classroom instruction at the Observatory provides students the opportunity to interpret data, as well as plan a monitoring network for their home volcanoes. U.S. scientists are providing training on monitoring methods, data analysis and interpretation, and volcanic hazard assessment, and participants are taught about the use and maintenance of volcano monitoring instruments. Participants learn about forecasting events, responding rapidly during volcanic crises, and how to work with governing officials and the news media to save lives and property.

Organized by the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, with support from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa and the joint USGS-U.S. Agency for International Development Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, the annual program has been training foreign scientists for 24 years. This year’s class includes 16 volcano scientists from Chile, Colombia Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Italy, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea.

“Hawaiian volcanoes offer an excellent teaching opportunity because our volcanoes are relatively accessible, they're active, and USGS staff scientists can teach while actually monitoring volcanic activity," said the USGS’s HVO Scientist-in-Charge, Jim Kauahikaua. “The small investment we make in training international scientists now goes a long way toward mitigating large volcanic disasters in the future.”

“Providing training in volcano hazards assessment and monitoring is by far the most cost effective strategy for reducing losses and saving lives for those developing nations exposed to high volcanic hazards risks,” said CSAV Director Donald Thomas. “The goal of our course is to provide our trainees with an understanding of the technologies that can be applied to an assessment of volcanic threats as well as how to interface with their respective communities to increase awareness of how to respond to those threats.”

“The training program directly benefits the United States, through international exchange of knowledge concerning volcanic eruptions, and it serves as an important element in our country’s humanitarian assistance and science diplomacy programs around the world,” said the USGS’s VDAP Chief, John Pallister. 

The international participants are learning to use both traditional geological tools and the latest technology. To anticipate the future behavior of a volcano, basic geologic mapping brings an understanding of what a volcano is capable of doing, how frequently it has erupted in the past, and what kind of rocks, and ash it produces. Using Geographic Information Systems, the students learn to predict lava flow paths, conduct a vulnerability assessment, and tabulate the predicted costs associated with the damage from a lava flow. Participants are trained in the emerging field of infrasound monitoring, which is critical for rapidly detecting volcanic explosions and/or rift zone eruptions, as well as basic seismological fundamentals, and a survey of pre-eruptive seismic swarms at various volcanoes around the world. Monitoring and modeling deformation of a volcano focuses on different techniques from traditional leveling methods to GPS and satellite-based radar.

Providing critical training to international scientists began at HVO, leading to the creation of CSAV to continue the legacy. Since 1990, almost 200 scientists and civil workers from 29 countries have received training in volcano monitoring methods through CSAV. USGS’s HVO continues to provide instructors and field experiences for the courses, and VDAP has a long-term partnership with CSAV, providing instructors and co-sponsoring participants from countries around the world.