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Blairs Pond parking lot improvements rescheduled for Nov 6

DNREC News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:18
MILFORD (Oct. 30, 2014) – Due to an unavoidable construction delay, the closure of the boat ramp and parking lot at Blairs Pond near Milford for parking lot improvements has been postponed and rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

2014 Coastal Cleanup drew 1800 volunteers who collected 3 tons of trash and recyclables from more than 45 sites

DNREC News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:38
DOVER (Oct. 30, 2014) – This year’s DNREC-sponsored 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup held on Sept. 20 drew 1,805 volunteers, who collected 3.2 tons of trash from 46 sites along more than 80 miles of Delaware’s waterways and coastline stretching from Wilmington to Fenwick Island. About one-third of that trash – aluminum cans and glass and plastic bottles – was recycled this year.

Michigan Flood Survivors Can Get Free Legal Aid

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:46

WARREN, Mich. – Individuals who sustained damage from the August storms and flooding can call the Disaster Legal Services hotline at 844-451-0749 for free legal assistance and counseling.

Through the hotline, volunteer lawyers can help eligible survivors with legal issues related to the disaster. Volunteer lawyers can discuss insurance claims, landlord-tenant issues, consumer protection issues and the replacement of wills or other important documents that were lost or destroyed during the storm.

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DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife 2015 Wildlife Action Plan revision underway

DNREC News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:25
DOVER (Oct. 30, 2014) – Over the next year, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife and its conservation partners will work with wildlife experts and other key stakeholders throughout the state and region to develop the 2015 Delaware Wildlife Action Plan, a comprehensive plan to conserve wildlife and natural places. Investing in and implementing the plan will help conserve wildlife and protect their habitat for the benefit of current and future generations.

Public listening session on Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning set for November 5 in Lewes

DNREC News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:25
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) invites the public to provide input on regional ocean planning by participating in a listening session. Delaware’s representatives to the MidA RPB will host the session from 4– 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 5 at the University of Delaware’s Virden Retreat Center at 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes.

Federal Aid Programs for the State of New Mexico Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:35

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 - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:32

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 New Mexico to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of September 15-26, 2014.

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Blairs Pond to close Oct 31 for parking lot improvements

DNREC News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:20
DOVER (Oct. 29, 2014) – Access to the parking lot and boat ramp at Blairs Pond near Milford will be closed Friday, Oct. 31 to allow contractors to complete parking lot improvements and upgrades, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Two Years After Sandy, Most Of New Jersey’s Boardwalks Rebuilt

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:28

EATONTOWN, N.J. – Many of the boardwalks in New Jersey that were damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Sandy have been successfully rebuilt in the two years that have passed since the storm.

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Subsidence in Southern Colorado Linked to Gas Production and Earthquakes

USGS Newsroom Technical - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:00
Summary: New radar observations show significant ground subsidence near the Colorado-New Mexico border in the area where a magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck in August, 2011. The analysis supports the idea that earthquakes in this region may be triggered by waste-water disposal.

Contact Information:

Heidi  Koontz ( Phone: 303-202-4763 );



New radar observations show significant ground subsidence near the Colorado-New Mexico border in the area where a magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck in August, 2011. The analysis supports the idea that earthquakes in this region may be triggered by waste-water disposal.

In a recent study published in the American Geophysical Union’s Journal of Geophysical Research, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey used satellite radar observations (interferometric synthetic aperture radar, or InSAR) to show that there is significant vertical deformation, or ground subsidence, in the Raton Basin, likely caused by methane and water withdrawal from coal beds. Also, there is no evidence for shallow volcanic activity throughout the observation period.

Alternatively, the August, 2011, earthquake occurred close to several wastewater disposal wells during times when injection was occurring. Aspects of the earthquake rupture, including the location of slip, the style of faulting and the statistics of the 2011 earthquake aftershock sequence, suggest that the earthquake was likely caused by a slip on a naturally stressed fault that was triggered by the fluid disposal.

The InSAR analysis provides a new method of looking at earthquake location and dimensions, allowing USGS and other scientists to further explore relationships between fluid extraction and injection, induced seismicity, local geology and hydrological systems. The satellite data also provide a check on the seismological observations that are most commonly used to analyze induced seismicity, and allow scientists to explore deformation that does not produce seismic signals.

Subsidence in Southern Colorado Linked to Gas Production and Earthquakes

USGS Newsroom Technical - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:00
Summary: New radar observations show significant ground subsidence near the Colorado-New Mexico border in the area where a magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck in August, 2011. The analysis supports the idea that earthquakes in this region may be triggered by waste-water disposal.

Contact Information:

Heidi  Koontz ( Phone: 303-202-4763 );



New radar observations show significant ground subsidence near the Colorado-New Mexico border in the area where a magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck in August, 2011. The analysis supports the idea that earthquakes in this region may be triggered by waste-water disposal.

In a recent study published in the American Geophysical Union’s Journal of Geophysical Research, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey used satellite radar observations (interferometric synthetic aperture radar, or InSAR) to show that there is significant vertical deformation, or ground subsidence, in the Raton Basin, likely caused by methane and water withdrawal from coal beds. Also, there is no evidence for shallow volcanic activity throughout the observation period.

Alternatively, the August, 2011, earthquake occurred close to several wastewater disposal wells during times when injection was occurring. Aspects of the earthquake rupture, including the location of slip, the style of faulting and the statistics of the 2011 earthquake aftershock sequence, suggest that the earthquake was likely caused by a slip on a naturally stressed fault that was triggered by the fluid disposal.

The InSAR analysis provides a new method of looking at earthquake location and dimensions, allowing USGS and other scientists to further explore relationships between fluid extraction and injection, induced seismicity, local geology and hydrological systems. The satellite data also provide a check on the seismological observations that are most commonly used to analyze induced seismicity, and allow scientists to explore deformation that does not produce seismic signals.

DNREC extends comment period on Green Recovery Technologies Coastal Zone permit application

DNREC News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:42
DOVER (Oct. 29, 2014) – In response to numerous requests from community associations, environmental advocates and members of the public at the Green Recovery Technologies’ Coastal Zone permit hearing held Oct. 22, DNREC has extended the public comment period on the company’s permit application for two weeks.

Division of Fish and Wildlife designates Nov 1 as special deer hunting day for youth and disabled hunters

DNREC News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:30
DOVER (Oct. 24, 2014) – To promote the sport and provide additional opportunities for hunting in Delaware, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated Saturday, Nov. 1 as a special deer hunting day for youth hunters ages 10 through 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters on both public and private lands statewide.

State, Federal & Tribal Recovery Partners Collaborate & Coordinate on New Mexico Federal Disaster Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:03

SANTA FE – Getting disaster aid quickly into the hands of eligible state agencies, tribal governments, certain nonprofits, community ditch associations and other local government entities affected by the July 27–August 5, 2014 flooding is a collaborative goal of the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NM DHSEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Federal Disaster Assistance Includes Right of Appeal

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:03

WARREN, Mich. – Michigan residents who receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) saying they do not qualify for disaster assistance have the right to appeal.

An applicant has 60 days from the date of the determination letter to appeal the FEMA decision.

“Sometimes the letter only means that FEMA needs more information,” said Michigan State Police Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, State Coordinating Officer and Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “Applicants should read the entire letter for clarification.”

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Garrisons Lake north parking lot and footbridge to close Nov 3 through Dec 31 for upgrades to dam

DNREC News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:02
DOVER (Oct. 28, 2014) – Access to the north parking lot and fishing footbridge at Garrisons Lake near Smyrna will be closed from Monday, Nov. 3 through Wednesday, Dec. 31 to allow contractors to perform construction work along the dam, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Flood Risk Open House to View Maps in Aransas and San Patricio, TX

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:36

DENTON, Texas –Homeowners, renters and business owners in the Texas counties of Aransas and San Patricio are encouraged to look over newly released preliminary flood maps in order to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions.

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Flood Risk Open House to View Maps in Aransas and San Patricio, TX

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:36

DENTON, Texas –Homeowners, renters and business owners in the Texas counties of Aransas and San Patricio are encouraged to look over newly released preliminary flood maps in order to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions.

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Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Dover

DNREC News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:52
DOVER (Oct. 27, 2014) – The Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29., at the Tatnall Building, 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Dover, DE 19901.