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Gov. Markell signs three bills to help spur brownfields development,while safeguarding Delaware’s groundwater and protecting public health

DNREC News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:27
WILMINGTON (Oct. 6, 2014) – On a former brownfield site that’s now a WSFS Bank branch location, Gov. Jack Markell today signed legislation that enhances the state’s capabilities for transforming environmentally-impaired properties while also better protecting public health and groundwater resources from hazardous releases.

Free workshop on stormwater pond maintenance set for Nov 12

DNREC News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:00
GEORGETOWN (Oct. 7, 2014) - Sussex County property owners who want to learn more about how to maintain stormwater ponds are invited by the Sussex Conservation District to attend a free workshop on Wednesday evening, Nov. 12. The workshop will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at the Millsboro Fire Hall, 109 East State Street, Millsboro, DE 19966.

Recent DNREC scrap tire recycling drop-off day in Middletown collects 27 tons of tires

DNREC News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:36
DOVER (Oct. 7, 2014) – Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program, administered through DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, recently sponsored its 12th scrap tire drop-off day in the state and netted 27 tons of old and disused tires for recycling. While the event late last month in Middletown wasn’t among the program’s largest turnouts, it was still successful in removing almost 2,300 scrap tires from the state’s landscape

Four FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers Open and Ready to Assist

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 22:11

WARREN, Mich. – Four disaster recovery centers are opening tomorrow to assist residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties who suffered damages and losses in the August 11-13 severe storms and flooding.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of New Mexico Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 21:50

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 Mexico.

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

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President Declares Disaster for New Mexico

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 21:48

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 Mexico to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 27 to August 5, 2014.

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Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas Receive FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 17:15

DENTON, Texas — Agencies in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas have received $412,267 in Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Houma, Louisiana Fire Department’s grant totals $28,595 and pays for smoke alarms, extinguishers and an inflatable fire house.

The grants in Oklahoma include:

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“Crazy Costume Dash” at Lums Pond State Park to help support the Children in Nature initiative

DNREC News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 14:25
BEAR (Oct. 06, 2014) - Families, friends, individuals and children are invited to compete in “The Crazy Costume Dash,” a fun run for athletes of all ages and abilities, on Saturday, Oct. 11. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and the race begins at 3 p.m. Registration is open through the day of the race. Adults’ fee is $30, children 7-12 are $10, and kids 6 and under are admitted free of charge. $10 from each paid registration will go toward Delaware State Parks’ Environmental Education programs.

Team advisors and high school students sought for 20th Delaware Envirothon

DNREC News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 08:35
DOVER (Oct. 6, 2014) – The 20th season of the Delaware Envirothon, sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts, will begin with its first training workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Blackbird State Forest Education Center, just north of Smyrna. The workshop will focus on soils and forestry tools and procedures.

Southeast Michigan Residents Urged to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 15:21

WARREN, Mich. – Residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties who suffered damages to their dwellings in the Aug. 11-13 storms and flooding are encouraged to register for federal disaster assistance.

Insurance may cover some of the damage, but people may be missing out on additional assistance if they haven’t registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Until a resident registers for assistance, FEMA has no way of knowing who suffered damages or what people need to help in their recovery. Keep in mind:

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Special waterfowl deer and turkey hunting days for youth disabled hunters announced

DNREC News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:25
DOVER (Oct. 3, 2013) – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated four Saturdays as special waterfowl, deer, and turkey hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 on both public and private lands statewide.

DNREC showcases coastal and natural resources on Oct 5 at Coast Day in Lewes

DNREC News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:22
LEWES (Oct. 3, 2014) – Delaware’s coastal and natural resources will be showcased from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 at DNREC’s Coast Day education tent between the Smith and Cannon buildings on the campus of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment in Lewes. Coast Day – celebrating its 38th year – is the university’s annual end-of-summer event that attracts thousands of people from Delaware and throughout the region.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Sept 23 to 29

DNREC News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:54
DOVER (Oct. 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 Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers between Sept. 23-29 made 733 contacts with anglers, hunters, boaters and the general public, including 79 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Agents issued 33 citations.

Volunteers Can Give Sandy-Stricken Towns, Taxpayers a Break

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:12

EATONTOWN, N.J. -- After Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey in October 2012, thousands of volunteers from across the nation came to the state to help affected shore towns.

That help was sorely needed and greatly appreciated by residents of these stricken communities. But the volunteers’ work had an additional benefit – these municipalities can receive credit for the hours put in by volunteers that translates into dollars saved on the costs of recovery – and that credit can be substantial.

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Laurel man arrested on drug charges at Trap Pond State Park

DNREC News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 17:31
LAUREL (Oct. 2, 2014) – Following an investigation into an illegally parked vehicle at Trap Pond State Park near Laurel, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Delaware State Parks Enforcement rangers on Sept. 29 arrested a Sussex County man on drug charges

DNREC gets $443K wetlands program development grant from EPA to bolster state’s resiliency against sea level rise

DNREC News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:45
DOVER (Oct. 2, 2014) – DNREC’s Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program within the department’s Division of Watershed Stewardship has been awarded a three-year Wetland Program Development Grant for more than $443,000 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Time running out on Oct 15 deadline to enter DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlifes 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest

DNREC News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:16
DOVER (Oct. 2, 2014) – The Oct. 15 deadline is fast approaching to enter DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife 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.

Pagers, Radios Awarded To Ambulance Company in Schuyler, NY - Federal Grant Adds Communications Gear and Replaces Borrowed Equipment

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:37

New York, NY -- Currently, the 25 members of Herkimer County’s volunteer Schuyler Ambulance Inc. learn of and respond to an emergency by means of five pagers and two portable radios, all borrowed from the Schuyler Volunteer Fire Company.  In addition, should dispatched members need to contact the county dispatch center or a hospital they must use personal cell phones or the single mobile radio phone in the ambulance, creating uneven reliability in their communications, as well as frequently interrupting patient care.

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Survivors of August Floods May Register by Phone or Online

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 16:10

WARREN, Mich. – Michigan residents affected by flooding Aug. 11 through 13 may now call or go online to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to state and federal officials. Aid is available to eligible applicants in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

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FEMA Region III Promotes Action for America's PrepareAthon!

FEMA Region III News Releases - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:18

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region III office in Philadelphia is encouraging the whole community to take action to prepare! It’s the end of National Preparedness Month and time to move from awareness to action on National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30th.

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