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Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police offering reward for information about suspect who drove through flock of snow geese

DNREC News - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 08:33
LEWES (March 17, 2016) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver of a vehicle who, according to witnesses, intentionally drove through a flock of snow geese off Mulberry Knoll Road near Lewes around mid-morning Sunday, March 13. The vehicle struck numerous snow geese and left them lying dead or dying in a farm field.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter March 7 thru 13

DNREC News - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 08:32
DOVER (March 18, 2016) – 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 March 7-13 made 1002 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public. Officers issued 11 citations.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police investigating weekend deaths of four bald eagles in Sussex County

DNREC News - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 08:31
DAGSBORO (March 20, 2016) – DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are investigating the deaths of four bald eagles in Delaware over the weekend. One of the eagles was found dead near Dagsboro Saturday morning. Three more bald eagles died later after resuscitation efforts by Tri-State Bird Rescue failed.

What Texans Should Expect after FEMA Registration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 19:35

AUSTIN, Texas—After disaster survivors have registered for federal disaster assistance, FEMA will ask them to provide information on disaster damage, proof of identity and residence, insurance and other documentation, to determine eligibility.

If you registered with FEMA for disaster assistance, a FEMA contract inspector may contact you to make an appointment to view disaster damage. It is important to provide good contact information at the time of registration.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Grand Cane and Winnfield, Louisiana

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 18:41


BATON ROUGE, La. –Disaster recovery centers will open Wednesday, March 23, in Grand Cane and Winnfield to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice. The centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center
120 Sprocket Lane
Grand Cane, Desoto Parish, La.

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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Declaration

FEMA Region III News Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 18:20

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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Assistance for the Commonwealth and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 18:20

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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Assistance for the Commonwealth and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Pennsylvania

FEMA Region III News Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 18:17

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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of January 22-23, 2016.

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President Declares Disaster for Pennsylvania

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 18:17

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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of January 22-23, 2016.

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DNREC announces award of nearly $1 point 3 million in Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund grants for local parks and trails projects

DNREC News - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 13:39
DOVER (March 23, 2016) – DNREC’s Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Trails Program, formerly known as the Delaware Land & Water Conservation Trust Fund, has awarded $1.29 million to 14 parks and trails projects throughout the state, the department announced today.

Statewide Activity Approval permit from DNREC proposed to facilitate shellfish aquaculture in Delaware

DNREC News - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 13:31
DOVER (March 23, 2016) – DNREC is proceeding with a Statewide Activity Approval permitting process that will enable the start-up of limited commercial shellfish aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays by authorizing the permitting of activities in specifically-designated areas intended to help improve water quality and provide new business opportunities.

USGS Assesses 39–54 Billion Metric Tons of Undiscovered Potash Resources in Central Asia

USGS Newsroom Technical - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 12:00
Summary: The Central Asia Salt Basin of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan has the potential to contain between 39 and 54 billion metric tons of undiscovered potash resources, according to a global mineral resource assessment led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Known potash resources in the Central Asia Salt Basin consist of 1.63 billion metric tons.

Contact Information:

Alex Demas ( Phone: 703-648-4421 ); Jeff Wynn ( Phone: 360-993-8919 );



The Central Asia Salt Basin of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan has the potential to contain between 39 and 54 billion metric tons of undiscovered potash resources, according to a global mineral resource assessment led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Known potash resources in the Central Asia Salt Basin consist of 1.63 billion metric tons.

Potash is produced worldwide at amounts exceeding 30 million metric tons per year, mostly for use in fertilizers. The term “potash” refers to potassium-bearing, water-soluble salts derived from evaporite basins, where seawater dried up and precipitated various salt compounds; the word for the element “potassium” is derived from potash. In fact, industry uses potash to refer to potassium chloride, as well as potassium sulfate, nitrate, and oxide forms.

The Central Asia Salt Basin hosts significant discovered potash resources and originated in an inland sea during Late Jurassic time. Seawater flowed into the Basin, mostly from its extreme northwestern margin near the modern Caspian Sea, during several evaporation episodes that deposited at least five different packages of evaporites, with virtually all potash in the second and fourth packages.

In this study, the Central Asia Salt Basin was subdivided into three tracts, also known as permissive areas, for evaluation: the Amu Darya tract in the west, the Gissar tract in the center, and the Afghan-Tajik tract in the east. The Gissar and Amu Darya tracts were each quantitatively assessed. The Afghan‑Tajik tract was only qualitatively assessed because of the extreme depth (as deep as 7 km) of the Jurassic salt, extensive deformation and a lack of known potash deposits.

In 2010, world potash production was about 33 million metric tons of K2O-equivalent (PDF). Canada was the largest producer of potash (9.5 million metric tons K2O-equivalent in 2010), followed by Russia, Belarus, China, Germany, Israel and Jordan. Potash is produced in many countries throughout the world, but production is concentrated in North America and Eurasia. Each of the 12 major potash-producing countries produced 1 million metric ton or more in 2010; production from other countries was less than 1 million metric ton each.

The USGS Mineral Resources Program delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and how minerals interact with the environment. To keep up-to-date on USGS mineral research, follow us on Twitter!

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Covington, Jena and Ringgold, Louisiana

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:54

BATON ROUGE, La. –Disaster recovery centers will open Thursday, March 24, in Covington, Jena and Ringgold to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice. The centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Bienville Courthouse Annex
2145 Mill St.
Ringgold, La., Bienville Parish

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Wildlife advisory council to meet March 29 in Dover

DNREC News - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 09:00
DOVER (March 23, 2016) – The Delaware Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish will consider an alternate approach to the proposed conservation access pass that will be presented by DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife at the council’s next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Annual wild turkey hunt for youth and non ambulatory disabled hunters set for April 2

DNREC News - Wed, 03/23/2016 - 08:41
DOVER (March 22, 2016) – Prior to the start of Delaware’s 2016 spring wild turkey season, youth ages 10-15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters will have a special one-day turkey hunt opportunity on Saturday, April 2, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Partner Summit at Pine Ridge

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 17:03

Bringing to light the disaster recovery needs of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe was the focus of a summit hosted by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) and the South Dakota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD). The Summit, held on March 11 at the Prairie Winds Casino on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, brought together more than 70 individuals representing 37 agencies seeking to learn how they can assist this community in need.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Two Louisiana Parishes

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 16:56

BATON ROUGE, La. –Disaster recovery centers will open Monday, March 21, in Monroe and Slidell to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday until further notice. The centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Expressway
Monroe, Ouachita Parish, La.

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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Bogalusa, Washington Parish, Louisiana

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 16:19

BATON ROUGE, La. – A mobile disaster recovery center will open Tuesday, March 22, in Bogalusa to help Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice. The center will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.

The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:

Softball Fields Parking Lot
200 West 9th St.
Bogalusa, Washington Parish, La.

                                                                    

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Clackamas County Added to Oregon Disaster Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 16:12

SALEM, OR – Clackamas County has joined Douglas County, Oregon, as recent eligible entities for Federal disaster assistance as a result of the severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and landslides and mudslides occurring Dec. 6-23, 2015, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

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Drought and Management Actions Affect World Waterway--the Rio Grande

USGS Newsroom - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 14:19
Summary: New research can help water managers along the Rio Grande make wise decisions about how to best use the flow of a river vital for drinking water, agriculture and aquatic habitat. These studies also show how conditions from the prolonged drought in the West have affected the Rio Grande watershed

Contact Information:

Heidi Koontz ( Phone: 303-202-4763 ); Jennifer LaVista ( Phone: 720-480-7875 );



 

In recognition of World Water Day and in conjunction with the White House Water Summit, the U.S. Geological Survey is raising awareness of water issues and potential solutions in the United States.

 

New research can help water managers along the Rio Grande make wise decisions about how to best use the flow of a river vital for drinking water, agriculture and aquatic habitat. These studies also show how conditions from the prolonged drought in the West have affected the Rio Grande watershed.

The Rio Grande forms the world’s longest river border between two countries as it flows between Texas and Mexico, where it is known as the Rio Bravo. The river runs through three states in the U.S., beginning in southern Colorado and flowing through New Mexico and Texas before it forms the border with Mexico.

Parts of the Rio Grande are designated as wild and scenic, but most of the river is controlled and passes through several dam and reservoir systems during its 1,896 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. The river is managed through a complex system of compacts, treaties, and agreements that determine when and how much water is released along the river’s length.

The amount and timing of water releases have varied in recent years due to drought. Recent USGS research on the middle Rio Grande looked at the effects of those changes on the amount of salts that build up in the Rincon and Mesilla Valleys in Texas and New Mexico. Results showed a decline in the amount of salt carried by the river due to a decrease of releases during the drought. The two valleys responded differently to the decreased releases. Salt levels in the Rincon Valley declined, whereas salt levels in the Mesilla Valley increased. Salt buildup in the soil and water can affect agriculture, which is an important industry in those valleys.

Successfully managing water use along the river is important to the sustainability of agricultural and communities along the river. To help with that goal, USGS has measured water gains and losses to the Rio Grande from between the Leasburg Dam near Leasburg, New Mexico, and the American Dam near El Paso, Texas. American Dam is near where the Rio Grande becomes the border with Mexico. For the past several years, drought conditions contributed to decreasing flows along this 64-mile stretch, and sections of the river were dry during parts of the year.

Flow in the Rio Grande is affected by how water is used throughout the basin. For instance, the Albuquerque area of New Mexico has two principal sources of water: groundwater from the underlying aquifer system and withdrawals and diversions from the Rio Grande. From 1960 to 2002, pumping from the aquifer system caused groundwater levels to decline from about 40 feet along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque to more than 120 feet in the valley away from the river. As a result, the USGS, in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation, conducted a study to understand the exchange of water between the Rio Grande and the aquifer system.

By characterizing the interaction between surface water from the Rio Grande and groundwater from the aquifer system, scientists provide valuable information to help managers make informed decisions about water use.

In addition to helping decision makers determine how to best manage the river for human use, USGS scientists are studying how native fish and their aquatic habitats are affected by different streamflow conditions along the river. For example, previous investigations have shown that the decline in Rio Grande silvery minnow may be attributed to modifications of the natural streamflow regime, channel drying, construction of reservoirs and dams, stream channelization, declining water quality, and interactions with nonnative fish. Understanding native species habitat limitations is important for decision makers to better plan future flow operations to meet desired resource goals.

More information on the research and results discussed in this release can be found in the following studies: