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Public input sought for DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlifes 2015 Wildlife Action Plan draft revision

DNREC News - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 11:20
DOVER (July 6, 2015) – Over the last year, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife and its conservation partners have worked with wildlife experts and other key stakeholders throughout the state and region to develop the 2015 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan (DEWAP).

Returning SBA Loan Application May Open Doors to More FEMA Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 20:59

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Applicants for federal disaster assistance who are contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration after registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency should complete and return an SBA disaster loan application to continue the recovery assistance process for themselves, and not lose out on additional FEMA dollars. The application deadline for physical losses is Aug. 25, 2015.

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Storm Survivors Can Register for Assistance Online 24/7; No Change to Holiday Hours for Phone Lines

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 20:56

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Residents of nine Arkansas counties included in a federal disaster declaration can register for assistance anytime online. Recovery officials also announced phone lines will maintain regular hours during the July 4 holiday weekend.

Those affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding May 7 to June 15, 2015 in Crawford, Garland, Howard, Jefferson, Little River, Miller, Perry, Sebastian, and Sevier counties may be eligible for assistance.

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DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter June 22 to 28

DNREC News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 17:34
DOVER (July 2, 2015) – 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 June 22-28 made 1,937 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 289 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 55 citations.

Websites Update Texas Disaster Survivors with Recovery Information

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 16:41

AUSTIN, Texas–Texans may have many questions as they recover from the flooding and severe storms that battered the state May 4 to June 19.  Am I eligible for aid if I’m a renter? How do I replace my lost documents? What can I do about mold? Where can I go to talk in person with people who can help me?

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Georgetown man fined for harvesting deer out of season

DNREC News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 16:36
GEORGETOWN (July 2, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested a Georgetown man earlier this week, following an investigation into a report of two white-tailed deer being shot out of season.

Cape Henlopen beach from Gordons Pond to Herring Point reopens after piping plover nesting season

DNREC News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 15:09
DOVER (July 2, 2015) – DNREC’s Divisions of Parks & Recreation and Fish & Wildlife announced today that a stretch of ocean beach between Gordons Pond and Herring Point on Cape Henlopen has been reopened following the piping plover nesting season.

Texans in Five Additional Counties May Now Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:09

AUSTIN, Texas – The federal disaster declaration for Texas has been expanded to include Individual Assistance for five additional counties as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred between May 4 and June 19, according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The five Texas counties newly designated for Individual Assistance are:

Bowie, Brazoria, Cherokee, Ellis and Harrison.

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DNRECs Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police encourages safe boating practices over holiday weekend

DNREC News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 07:26
DOVER (July 1, 2015) – With many boaters heading out on the water for the long 4th of July holiday weekend, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police advises “steady as she goes” for practicing safe boating on Delaware waterways. “We need everyone on our waterways to be alert, use common sense and avoid actions that will put themselves, their passengers and other boaters at risk,” said Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Chief Robert Legates.

DNREC seeks volunteers to report Delaware sightings of wild turkeys for 2015 survey

DNREC News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 16:25
DOVER (July 1, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is looking for wildlife watchers and outdoor enthusiasts to assist with its 6th annual wild turkey reproduction survey, helping to identify locations where the big birds are successfully reproducing in Delaware. The data helps 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.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces arrival of 2015 16 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide

DNREC News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 16:08
DOVER (July 1, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is excited to announce publication of the 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. This year’s cover features the winning photograph in the 2014/15 Hunting Photography Contest, “Sunrise Over Assawoman Bay,” by Scott Lee of Laurel.

How to Handle the FEMA Flood Insurance Claims Process

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:43

OKLAHOMA CITY As the waters recede and Oklahomans begin to assess the damage caused by the severe storms and flooding that washed across the state this spring, questions start to arise about how and when those with National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies should file claims.

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State, Federal Disaster Assistance Still Available to All Eligible Oklahomans

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:40

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans, including those who are not U.S. citizens, may be eligible through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance if affected by the recent tornadoes, severe storms and flooding.

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DNREC awarded federal grant supporting research, monitoring and response to White-nose Syndrome in bats

DNREC News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 14:33
DOVER (July 1, 2015) – Delaware’s efforts to address White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease that causes mortality in bats, will be helped thanks to a federal grant totaling $18,454 awarded to DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife. The grant, provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Endangered Species Recovery and Science Applications programs, will be used to support research, monitor bat populations and respond to WNS in the state.

Northern Alaska Coastal Erosion Threatens Habitat and Infrastructure

USGS Newsroom - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:30
Summary: In a new study published today, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey found that the remote northern Alaska coast has some of the highest shoreline erosion rates in the world

Contact Information:

Ann Gibbs ( Phone: 831-460-7540 ); Paul  Laustsen ( Phone: 650-329-4046 );



This oblique aerial photograph from 2006 shows the Barter Island long-range radar station landfill threatened by coastal erosion. The landfill was subsequently relocated further inland, however, the coastal bluffs continue to retreat. (High resolution image)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In a new study published today, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey found that the remote northern Alaska coast has some of the highest shoreline erosion rates in the world. Analyzing over half a century of shoreline change data, scientists found the pattern is extremely variable with most of the coast retreating at rates of more than 1 meter a year.  

“Coastal erosion along the Arctic coast of Alaska is threatening Native Alaskan villages, sensitive ecosystems, energy and defense related infrastructure, and large tracts of Native Alaskan, State, and Federally managed land,” said Suzette Kimball, acting director of the USGS.

Scientists studied more than 1600 kilometers of the Alaskan coast between the U.S. Canadian border and Icy Cape and found the average rate of shoreline change, taking into account beaches that are both eroding and expanding, was -1.4 meters per year. Of those beaches eroding, the most extreme case exceeded 18.6 meters per year.

“This report provides invaluable objective data to help native communities, scientists and land managers understand natural changes and human impacts on the Alaskan coast,” said Ann Gibbs, USGS Geologist and lead author of the new report.

Coastlines change in response to a variety of factors, including changes in the amount of available sediment, storm impacts, sea-level rise and human activities. How much a coast erodes or expands in any given location is due to some combination of these factors, which vary from place to place. 

"There is increasing need for this kind of comprehensive assessment in all coastal environments to guide managed response to sea-level rise and storm impacts," said Dr. Bruce Richmond of the USGS. "It is very difficult to predict what may happen in the future without a solid understanding of what has happened in the past. Comprehensive regional studies such as this are an important tool to better understand coastal change. ” 

Compared to other coastal areas of the U.S., where four or more historical shoreline data sets are available, generally back to the mid-1800s, shoreline data for the coast of Alaska are limited. The researchers used two historical data sources, from the 1940s and 2000s, such as maps and aerial photographs, as well as modern data like lidar, or “light detection and ranging,” to measure shoreline change at more than 26,567 locations.

There is no widely accepted standard for analyzing shoreline change. The impetus behind the National Assessment project was to develop a standardized method of measuring changes in shoreline position that is consistent on all coasts of the country. The goal was to facilitate the process of periodically and systematically updating the results in a consistent manner.

The report, titled “National Assessment of Shoreline Change: Historical Shoreline Change Along the North Coast of Alaska, U.S.-Canadian Border to Icy,” is the 8th Long-Term Coastal Change report produced as part of the USGS’s National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards project. A comprehensive database of digital vector shorelines and rates of shoreline change for Alaska, from the U.S.-Canadian border to Icy Cape, is presented along with this report. Data for all 8 long-term coastal change reports are also available on the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal

 

STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTER OPENS IN MCCURTAIN COUNTY

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:44

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be available in McCurtain County to help people in Oklahoma who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4.

The mobile DRC officially opens Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 7 a.m. at:

Bypass Church of Christ

120 West Lincoln Road

Idabel, OK 74745

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Closed July 3, July 4, July 5 for holiday weekend.)

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Calling all artists and artisans for Arts in the Estuary

DNREC News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:43
DOVER (July 1, 2015) – Nature inspired artists and artisans are invited to participate in the third annual Arts in the Estuary, an event that features artwork, activities and demonstrations at some of the state’s most treasured natural and historic areas, the St. Jones Reserve and the John Dickinson Plantation near Dover. Reservations to exhibit are now being accepted by the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) for the event scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTERS TO CLOSE OVER JULY 4 WEEKEND

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:42

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) set up to help people who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4, will all be closed over the July 4th weekend.

All DRCs will be closed on Friday, July 3, Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5. They will reopen on Monday, July 6.

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTER OPENS IN CANADIAN COUNTY

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:36

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be available in Canadian County to help people in Oklahoma who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4.

The mobile DRC officially opens Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. at:

Jenks Simmons Field House Annex

214 North Country Club Road,

El Reno, OK 73036

Hours:  Sunday, 1pm. To 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

(This mobile DRC closes on Thursday, July 2 at 7 p.m.)

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STATE/FEMA RECOVERY CENTER TO CLOSE IN OKLAHOMA CITY

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:34

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Oklahoma City Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) set up to help people who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4, will close on Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m.

It is located at:

Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads (Formerly Crossroads Mall)

7000 Crossroads Blvd., Northwest Entrance, Suite 2042

Oklahoma City, OK 73149

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