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Great gift ideas from DNREC for helping the special ones help the environment or for getting them outdoors

DNREC News - Wed, 12/23/2015 - 12:27
DOVER (Dec. 23, 2015) – If you’re approaching the holidays in fear of a last-minute letdown over missing out on the right gift for the outdoors enthusiast or environmental steward on your holiday shopping list, DNREC says fret no more. What follow are suggestions from throughout the agency on matching those special ones in your life with what might best suit them in the holiday spirit.

Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in St. Matthews

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 12/22/2015 - 15:38

COLUMBIA, S.C. - One disaster recovery center will close Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.:

  • John Ford Community Center at 304 Agnes St. in St. Matthews

Applicants in St. Matthews may still visit other recovery centers to ask disaster assistance questions. They can locate their closest center by visiting asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm.

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Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Charleston

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 12/22/2015 - 15:34

COLUMBIA, S.C. - One disaster recovery center will close Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m.:

  • Bees Landing Recreation Center, 1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd. in Charleston

Applicants in Charleston may still visit other recovery centers to ask disaster assistance questions. They can locate their closest center by visiting asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm.

Two other disaster recovery centers remain open in the Charleston area. They are:

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Normal Weather Drives Salt Marsh Erosion

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 16:31
Summary: For salt marshes, hurricanes are just another day at the beach Waves from moderate storms, rather than violent events such as hurricanes, inflict the most loss on coastal wetlands.

Contact Information:

Neil  Ganju ( Phone: 508-457-2252 ); Kira Jastive ( Phone: 617-358-1240 ); Hannah Hamilton ( Phone: 703-648-4356 );



For salt marshes, hurricanes are just another day at the beach.

These coastal wetlands are in retreat in many locations around the globe—raising deep concerns about damage to the wildlife that the marshes nourish and the loss of their ability to protect against violent storms. The biggest cause of their erosion is waves driven by moderate storms, not occasional major events such as Hurricane Sandy, researchers from Boston University and the United States Geological Survey now have shown.

“Waves are very powerful because they attack the marsh in its weakest part,” says Nicoletta Leonardi, a Ph.D. candidate at BU’s Department of Earth & Environment and lead author on a paper published today in the journal PNAS. “Generally, the more a salt marsh is exposed to waves, the faster it is eroding.”

Analyzing eight salt marsh locations in Australia, Italy and the United States, “we found that the behavior of salt marshes is very predictable,” says Leonardi, with a constant relationship between wave energy and the speed of marsh erosion.

In fact, the work shows that hurricanes and other violent storms contribute less than 1 percent of salt marsh deterioration in those marshes, says Sergio Fagherazzi, BU Earth & Environment associate professor and co-author on the paper.

Along the New England coast, for example, the moderate northeast storms that may hit every few months strip away far more from the marshes than the hurricanes that may sweep through a few times a decade. “Salt marshes survive for thousands of years, which means they know how to cope against hurricane waves,” he says.

In a major storm, “beaches or dunes on a beach just collapse all at once,” Fagherazzi adds. “Marshes don’t, which is a major advantage if you are serious about using them for hazard mitigation and coast protection.”

“While hurricanes are catastrophic events, the salt marsh doesn’t respond catastrophically,” says Neil Kamal Ganju, a co-author and research oceanographer with USGS in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. In addition to the infrequency of hurricanes, that may be because a hurricane’s surge brings up water level so high over a marsh that waves have relatively little effect, he suggests.

Improved knowledge about salt marsh erosion brings an important new tool to those responsible for management and restoration of wetlands. “You can take the geography of a salt marsh and the estuary around it, and if you understand the wind climate and the wave climate, using historical data, you now can predict the marsh erosion,” says Ganju.

Globally, salt marshes are being lost to waves, changes in land use, higher sea levels, loss of sediment from upstream dams and other factors. This puts at risk “a lot of ecosystem services that we need to preserve,” Leonardi emphasizes. Many initiatives around the world now seek to protect and rebuild salt marshes. Evidence also suggests that, at least in some coastal environments, marshes can adapt to rising sea levels.

In the United States, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and many cities want to manage salt marshes as “living shorelines” that act as buffers between coastal communities and the ocean, Fagherazzi says. Such efforts kicked off in New Jersey and New York after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The effect of waves on salt marsh erosion, part of a USGS project to examine the response of estuaries to Hurricane Sandy, is being integrated into a USGS numerical model called COAWST (Coupled-Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave-Sediment Transport). COAWST combines models of ocean, atmosphere, waves and sediment transport for analysis of coastal change.

Better understanding of marsh erosion also may help in modeling carbon storage as it relates to climate change, the scientists say.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research.  With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.  BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.  In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

Applied For Disaster Assistance? Texans Should ‘Stay in Touch’ with FEMA

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 16:30

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are encouraged by recovery officials to “stay in touch.”

If survivors change their address or phone numbers they should update that information with FEMA. Missing or erroneous information could result in delays getting a home inspection or in receiving assistance.

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“Restoring Wetlands: Facing Challenges” now available on DNREC YouTube Channel

DNREC News - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 16:18
DOVER (Dec. 21, 2015) – The fifth installment of DNREC’s “Wetlands 101” video series – “Restoring Wetlands: Facing Challenges” – premieres this week on DNREC’s YouTube Channel. The series is produced by the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program within DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship

Carbon in Water must be Accounted for in Projections of Future Climate

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 16:00
Summary: USGS scientists have documented that the carbon that moves through or accumulates in lakes, rivers, and streams has not been adequately incorporated into current models of carbon cycling used to track and project climate change

Contact Information:

Jon Campbell ( Phone: 571-230-6831 ); Rob Striegl ( Phone: 720 539-1282 );



Aerial view of Beaver Creek, Alaska. Credit: Mark Dornblaser, USGS. (high resolution image)

USGS scientists have documented that the carbon that moves through or accumulates in lakes, rivers, and streams has not been adequately incorporated into current models of carbon cycling used to track and project climate change. The research, conducted in partnership with the University of Washington, has been published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Earth’s carbon cycle is determined by physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in and among the atmosphere (carbon dioxide and methane), the biosphere (living and dead things), and the geosphere (soil, rocks, and water). Understanding how these processes interact globally and projecting their future effects on climate requires complex computer models that track carbon at regional and continental scales, commonly known as Terrestrial Biosphere Models (TBMs).

Current estimates of the accumulation of carbon in natural environments indicate that forest and other terrestrial ecosystems have annual net gains in storing carbon — a beneficial effect for reducing greenhouse gases. However, even though all of life and most processes involving carbon movement or transformation require water, TBMs have not conventionally included aquatic ecosystems — lakes, reservoirs, streams, and rivers — in their calculations. Once inland waters are included in carbon cycle models, the nationwide importance of aquatic ecosystems in the carbon cycle is evident.

Speaking quantifiably, inland water ecosystems in the conterminous U.S. transport or store more than 220 billion pounds of carbon (100 Tg-C) annually to coastal regions, the atmosphere, and the sediments of lakes and reservoirs. Comparing the results of this study to the output of a suite of standard TBMs, the authors suggest that, within the current modelling framework, carbon storage by forests, other plants, and soils (in scientific terms: Net Ecosystem Production, when defined as terrestrial only) may be over-estimated by as much as 27 percent. 

The study highlights the need for additional research to accurately determine the sources of aquatic carbon and to reconcile the exchange of carbon between terrestrial and aquatic environments. 

FEMA Awards $63.6 million to New Mexico for Road Repairs in Eddy County

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 11:00

DENTON, Texas — The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently awarded more than $63.6 million to the state of New Mexico for road repairs and hazard mitigation as a result of severe storms and flooding in September 2014. A federal disaster declaration (DR-4199-NM) designated eight counties eligible for Public Assistance grants.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Cameron County for Texans

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 12/18/2015 - 18:18

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Cameron County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31.

Specialists from the State of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Caldwell County for Texans

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 12/18/2015 - 18:16

AUSTIN, Texas – A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Caldwell County for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31.

Specialists from the State of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernmental organizations and the local community are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

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Help Remains Available After Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Bamberg

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 12/18/2015 - 15:28

COLUMBIA, S.C. - One disaster recovery center will close Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m.:

  • Department of Social Services building, 374 Log Branch Road in Bamberg

Applicants in Bamberg may still visit other recovery centers to ask disaster assistance questions. They can locate their closest center by visiting asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm.

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Noncitizens May Apply for Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 12/18/2015 - 13:34

 

AUSTIN, Texas—Noncitizens affected by the October storms may apply for federal disaster assistance, which may include grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

To be considered, at least one person in the household must be a US. Citizen, Qualified Alien or noncitizen national with a Social Security number. Disaster assistance may be available to a household if a parent or guardian applies on behalf of a minor child who is a U.S. citizen or a Qualified Alien. The adult should provide the Social Security number of the minor child.

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Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Dec. 7-13

DNREC News - Fri, 12/18/2015 - 12:55
DOVER (Dec. 18, 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’s Polly Drummond Hill Road yard waste site to close Jan. 11, 2016; will reopen next May Saturdays only

DNREC News - Fri, 12/18/2015 - 11:15
DNREC’s Polly Drummond Hill Road yard waste site to close Jan. 11, 2016; will reopen next May Saturdays only

Lake County Receives $883,000 Federal Grant for Flood Control

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 20:02

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Lake County has been approved to receive $883,110 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a culvert project that will reduce localized flooding and debris flow at selected sites burned by the Valley wildfire, which began Sept. 12, 2015.

FEMA covers 75 percent of the eligible costs with the county paying the remaining 25 percent, for a projected total cost of $1.1 million.

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Texas Disaster Recovery Centers to Close for Holiday; Phone Lines Remain Open

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 18:46

AUSTIN, Texas – State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in seven Texas counties will be closed Dec. 23 to Dec. 27 for the holiday. Disaster survivors who have questions may call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline (800-621-3362), which will remain open throughout the holiday.

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Division of Fish & Wildlife schedules public workshops on wildlife program services and related hunting and trapping license fees

DNREC News - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 16:44
DOVER (Dec. 17, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will hold a series of public workshops to share information and gather public comments

DNREC postpones Jan. 5th hearing on sediment and stormwater regulations

DNREC News - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 15:43
DOVER (Dec. 17, 2015) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today it is postponing a January 5th public hearing on Delaware’s sediment and stormwater regulations

State, Federal Assistance for California Wildfire Survivors Tops $30 Million

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 14:06

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have approved more than $30 million in disaster recovery grants and loans for survivors of the Butte and Valley wildfires.

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DNREC postpones Jan. 5th hearing on sediment and stormwater regulations

DNREC News - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 12:18
DOVER (Dec. 17, 2015) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today it is postponing a January 5th public hearing on Delaware’s sediment and stormwater regulations and accompanying technical documents and will continue to work with a Regulatory Advisory Committee and other stakeholders to undertake a comprehensive review of the regulations that have been in place since 2014.