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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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Delaware issues updated fish consumption advisories

DNREC News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:46
DOVER (July 3, 2014) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health today updated fish consumption advisories for fish caught in three Delaware waterways: the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (C&D Canal); the Red Lion Creek; and the St. Jones watershed.

Disaster Assistance for Florida Reaches More than $65 Million in 60 Days

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:30

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Sixty days after a violent storm system brought massive flooding to Northwest Florida, $66.5 million in disaster assistance has been approved to help homeowners, renters and business owners recover.

Residents affected by the storms and flooding from April 28 to May 6 in Escambia, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties have until Monday, July 21, to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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FEMA: Follow Evacuation Orders; Residents and Visitors Urged to Follow Direction of Local Officials

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:29

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through its National Response Coordination Center in Washington and its regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, and in coordination with the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center, is continuing to monitor Hurricane Arthur.

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DNREC announces recycling grant opportunity to help Delaware schools, businesses and institutions

DNREC News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:28
DOVER (July 3, 2014) – To help Delaware’s schools, businesses and institutions start or expand recycling programs, DNREC is once again offering the Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program, with up to $500,000 in funding available for grant proposals.

Recertify to be Eligible for Continued Rental Help from FEMA

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:37

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – If your household is getting rental assistance from FEMA and repairs to your home are taking longer than expected, don’t forget you have to recertify your need to continue aid.

Alabama households currently receiving rental assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency because of damage from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from April 28 through May 5 must provide the necessary paperwork to recertify for continued rental help.

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DNREC Office of Boating Safety and Education encourages safe boating practices over holiday weekend

DNREC News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:24
DOVER (July 3, 2014) – With many boaters heading out on the water for the long Fourth of July weekend, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Enforcement Section, Office of Boating Safety and Education reminds and encourages them to practice safe boating on Delaware waterways.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter June 24 to 30

DNREC News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:20
DOVER (July 3, 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 June 24-30 made 2,265 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 429 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents responded to 71 complaints and issued 137 citations.

FEMA awards Public Assistance grants for Sandy recovery projects

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:44

NEW YORK – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Public Assistance grants for debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent work for Hurricane Sandy recovery projects.

Recent awards include:

• Nearly $12.2 million to Nassau County for waterway debris removal in Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Long Beach, Atlantic Beach, Cedarhurst, Freeport and Island Park.

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FEMA calls for focus on resilience and risk during May observance

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:28

NEW YORK – The New York and New Jersey Sandy Recovery field offices are supporting a national initiative to maximize resilience and minimize risk. FEMA is encouraging those rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy to join the agency in its recognition of the 34th annual Building Safety Month (BSM) to promote the importance of high building standards, protecting the environment and saving energy.

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National Flood Insurance Program Deadline Extended for Filing Claims

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:25

NEW YORK – FEMA has granted a six-month extension for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders affected by Hurricane Sandy to file proof-of-loss claims.

The deadline is Oct. 29, 2014.

NFIP usually requires policyholders to submit a fully documented, signed and sworn proof-of-loss claim within 60 days from the date of their loss.

The magnitude of the Sandy disaster is the reason for this extension that will give policyholders additional time to file claims. This is the third six-month extension.

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