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Temporary trail bridge on Creek Road Trail now open at Brandywine Creek State Park

DNREC News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:13
WILMINGTON (Nov. 13, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation has installed a temporary bridge over Rocky Run within Brandywine Creek State Park, restoring a trail connection that will accommodate most trail users until a new Rocky Run Bridge is built.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great fall shots of Delaware hunters for photo contest

DNREC News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:15
DOVER (Nov. 12, 2014) – With fall hunting seasons in full swing, now is the perfect time to take that great photo of a Delaware hunter in action, and enter it in the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 2014 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015-2016 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide to be published next year.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: Oct. 28 - Nov. 3

DNREC News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:48
DOVER (Nov. 8, 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

Coyote hunting season remains open through Feb 28

DNREC News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:41
DOVER (Nov. 12, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters that Delaware’s coyote hunting season is in progress and remains open through Saturday, Feb. 28. Coyote trapping season runs Monday, Dec. 1 through Tuesday, March 10.

FEMA Awards $300,000 Grant to Delaware County: Hazard Mitigation funds will be used to construct two tornado safe rooms

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:40

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released an initial amount of $300,000 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to Delaware County, Ohio, for the construction of two community safe rooms at the Delaware State Park. Additional federal funding will be provided based on project completion. Following the completion, the community safe rooms will be made available to the citizens of Delaware County.

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FEMA Registration Deadline Nears

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:23

WARREN, MI – The State of Michigan and FEMA report that the registration deadline for Michigan residents affected by last August’s severe storms and flooding is approaching.

November 24th is the last day that homeowners, renters and businesses can apply for federal disaster assistance.  To date, more than 111,000 residents have registered with FEMA online at disasterassistance.gov or have called 800-621-3362. Hundreds more are registering every day.

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Two FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Transitioning to SBA Loan Centers

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:14

Warren, Mich. – Two State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Macomb and Oakland counties will transition to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The State/FEMA recovery centers will remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Wednesday, Nov. 12, before transitioning to DLOCs, which focus on funds needed for long-term rebuilding and recovery. Homeowners, renters and businesses will be able to talk individually with SBA representatives. Specialists from FEMA will also be available.

At these centers:

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Much-anticipated statewide shotgun deer hunting season opens Nov. 14

DNREC News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:51
DOVER (Nov. 10, 2014) – For thousands of Delaware deer hunters, their favorite and unrivaled time of year afield is fast approaching: With prognostications pointing to a bountiful harvest, the state’s shotgun deer season – which runs from Friday, Nov. 14 thru Saturday, Nov. 22

Woodland Beach fishing pier parking lots to partially close for improvements Nov 11 to 12

DNREC News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 15:51
DOVER (Nov. 7, 2014) – The parking lots at Woodland Beach near Smyrna will be partially and intermittently closed from Tuesday, Nov.11 through Wednesday, Nov.12 to allow contractors to complete parking lot improvements and upgrades, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

DNREC’s next scrap tire recycling drop-off day set for Saturday, Nov. 8 at Delaware State Fairgrounds

DNREC News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:05
DOVER (Oct. 22, 2014) – DNREC is offering another recycling opportunity for Delaware residents to turn in their old tires, sponsoring a Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, November 8 at Delaware State Fairgrounds, 18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952. The event will be held rain or shine.

Tips to Prepare Now for Severe Winter Weather Ahead

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 09:39

CHICAGO – Cold temperatures, heavy snow, and treacherous ice storms are all risks of the impending winter season. 

“Severe winter weather can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don't take the proper precautions,” said FEMA Region V acting administrator Janet Odeshoo. “Preparedness begins with knowing your risks, making a communications plan with your family and having an emergency supply kit with essentials such as water, food, flashlights and medications.”

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Renters Advised to Register for Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 09:36

Warren, Mich. – Southeast Michigan homeowners and renters who lost personal property as a result of the August severe storms and flooding may be eligible for disaster-related assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies.

Renters who suffered damage to their apartment or leased/rented house are encouraged to contact FEMA.  

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Disaster Assistance Tops $2.4 Million for South Napa Earthquake

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 17:33

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Federal disaster assistance now exceeds $2.4 million for those affected by the South Napa earthquake, just one week after they became eligible to apply. At the state’s request, the federal disaster declaration expanded on Oct. 27 to include Individual Assistance for homeowners and renters in Napa and Solano Counties.

Nearly 1,900 households have applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Michigan Residents Urged To Complete and Submit SBA Applications

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:15

Warren, Mich. – Michigan homeowners, renters and business owners in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties may be eligible for additional grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies.

Filling out a disaster loan application from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a necessary step for homeowners and renters to be considered for some other forms of disaster assistance. If the SBA is unable to approve a loan, the applicant may be referred back to FEMA for some other type of disaster aid.

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Building the Water Theme of the White House Climate Data Initiative

USGS Newsroom Technical - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:53
Summary: USGS science leaders are meeting with other federal agency scientists at the annual conference of the American Water Resources Association this week to consider critical issues that face the nation in regard to its water resources and how to best utilize the extensive information that is collected about those resources. 

Contact Information:

Jon Campbell ( Phone: 703-648-4180 );



USGS science leaders are meeting with other federal agency scientists at the annual conference of the American Water Resources Association this week to consider critical issues that face the nation in regard to its water resources and how to best utilize the extensive information that is collected about those resources. 

What are the overarching water challenges of the nation and what information is needed to address them? How can government water information be presented so that commercial firms can transform it into useful applications? How can structures such as the Federal Geographic Data Committee and the Advisory Committee on Water Information be used to define an appropriate architecture for Open Water Data sharing for the nation? Answers to these complex questions will contribute to focusing the Water theme of the Climate Data Initiative. 

Announced by President Obama in March 2014, the Climate Data Initiative is a broad effort to leverage the federal government’s extensive, freely available data resources relevant to climate to stimulate innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in support of national climate change preparedness. The Water theme is one of seven themes under the topic of climate on data.gov—the federal government’s source of open data.

Resources are drawn from across the U.S. federal government and can be used to help understand:

  • How the human and natural components of the water cycle are changing.
  • How communities and water managers can plan for uncertain future conditions relating to water.

"USGS science has contributed to more than 40 water and climate datasets within the Initiative, extending the range of software tools available to help analyze and assess impacts of a changing climate on the water cycle,” said Jerad Bales, USGS Chief Scientist for Water. “These tools provide specialists with convenient data-access capabilities, water data software tools, and analysis methods for data and related information."

The U.S. government has made records of streamflow, groundwater levels, and water quality available for more than a century, and estimated water use since 1950. These data and information resources are vital to building resilience across our water resources in a changing climate.

"The information from the datasets will help water managers make informed decision about their water resources," said Bales.

Datasets include the USGS National Water Information System, which is the leading source of high frequency streamflow, water quality, groundwater, and water use data for the Nation. It features water-resources data collected by USGS at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Another key resource is the NOAA National Climatic Data Center’s holdings of historical precipitation and other climate drivers relevant to the water cycle.

Additionally, base map data such as the USGS National Hydrography Dataset and 3D Elevation Program, land cover, soils, and others are provided along with models such as the NASA North American Land Data Assimilation System, which estimates soil moisture and other water variables.

Other themes included within the Climate Data Initiative are Coastal Flooding, Energy, Ecosystem, Health, Food Resilience, and Transportation.

To date, the Administration’s Climate Data Initiative has engaged a range of private, philanthropic and academic partners to make commitments to mobilizing climate data for action, including Google, Intel, Coca-Cola, IBM, Walmart, Microsoft, the World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, and many others.

 

Building the Water Theme of the White House Climate Data Initiative

USGS Newsroom Technical - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:53
Summary: USGS science leaders are meeting with other federal agency scientists at the annual conference of the American Water Resources Association this week to consider critical issues that face the nation in regard to its water resources and how to best utilize the extensive information that is collected about those resources. 

Contact Information:

Jon Campbell ( Phone: 703-648-4180 );



USGS science leaders are meeting with other federal agency scientists at the annual conference of the American Water Resources Association this week to consider critical issues that face the nation in regard to its water resources and how to best utilize the extensive information that is collected about those resources. 

What are the overarching water challenges of the nation and what information is needed to address them? How can government water information be presented so that commercial firms can transform it into useful applications? How can structures such as the Federal Geographic Data Committee and the Advisory Committee on Water Information be used to define an appropriate architecture for Open Water Data sharing for the nation? Answers to these complex questions will contribute to focusing the Water theme of the Climate Data Initiative. 

Announced by President Obama in March 2014, the Climate Data Initiative is a broad effort to leverage the federal government’s extensive, freely available data resources relevant to climate to stimulate innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in support of national climate change preparedness. The Water theme is one of seven themes under the topic of climate on data.gov—the federal government’s source of open data.

Resources are drawn from across the U.S. federal government and can be used to help understand:

  • How the human and natural components of the water cycle are changing.
  • How communities and water managers can plan for uncertain future conditions relating to water.

"USGS science has contributed to more than 40 water and climate datasets within the Initiative, extending the range of software tools available to help analyze and assess impacts of a changing climate on the water cycle,” said Jerad Bales, USGS Chief Scientist for Water. “These tools provide specialists with convenient data-access capabilities, water data software tools, and analysis methods for data and related information."

The U.S. government has made records of streamflow, groundwater levels, and water quality available for more than a century, and estimated water use since 1950. These data and information resources are vital to building resilience across our water resources in a changing climate.

"The information from the datasets will help water managers make informed decision about their water resources," said Bales.

Datasets include the USGS National Water Information System, which is the leading source of high frequency streamflow, water quality, groundwater, and water use data for the Nation. It features water-resources data collected by USGS at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Another key resource is the NOAA National Climatic Data Center’s holdings of historical precipitation and other climate drivers relevant to the water cycle.

Additionally, base map data such as the USGS National Hydrography Dataset and 3D Elevation Program, land cover, soils, and others are provided along with models such as the NASA North American Land Data Assimilation System, which estimates soil moisture and other water variables.

Other themes included within the Climate Data Initiative are Coastal Flooding, Energy, Ecosystem, Health, Food Resilience, and Transportation.

To date, the Administration’s Climate Data Initiative has engaged a range of private, philanthropic and academic partners to make commitments to mobilizing climate data for action, including Google, Intel, Coca-Cola, IBM, Walmart, Microsoft, the World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, and many others.

 

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Arizona Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:59

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 Arizona.

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

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President Declares Disaster for Arizona

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:56

Washington – 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 Arizona to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of September 7-9, 2014.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Nevada Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:47

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 Nevada.

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

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