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DNREC announces changes to Delaware’s Green Energy Fund

DNREC News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:57
DOVER (July 29, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate and the state’s Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) have announced the August 4 launch of the Joint Green Energy Program with the intention of increasing small-scale photovoltaic installations in Delaware through the state’s Green Energy Fund.

Federal Aid Programs for the State of South Dakota Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:40

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 South Dakota.

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

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President Declares Disaster for South Dakota

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:36

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 South Dakota to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of June 13-20, 2014.

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Federal Firefighter Grant Helps Recoup Atlantic City Equipment Lost During Sandy

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:58

New York, NY, July 28, 2014 -- In addition to its other widespread destruction, Hurricane Sandy also undermined the effectiveness of multiple sets of the Atlantic City Fire Department’s (ACFD) personal protective equipment via several feet of salt water, oil, gasoline, and sewage.

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DNREC now accepting grant proposals for wastewater and surface water project planning

DNREC News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:55
DOVER (July 28, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship and the Financial Assistance Branch are now accepting project proposals from state, county and municipal governments and governmental subdivisions for matching grants for wastewater and surface water project planning.

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Nebraska Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:34

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 Nebraska.

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

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Categories: Federal News

President Declares Disaster for Nebraska

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:30

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 Nebraska to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of June 1-4, 2014.

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Streamflow Increasing in Eastern Missouri River Basin, Decreasing Elsewhere

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:06
Summary: Streamflow in the eastern portions of the Missouri River watershed has increased over the past 52 years, whereas other parts have seen downward trends

Contact Information:

Parker Norton ( Phone: 605-394-3220 ); Marisa Lubeck ( Phone: 303-202-4765 );



Reporters: Video footage of an interview with lead USGS scientist Parker Norton is available online.

Streamflow in the eastern portions of the Missouri River watershed has increased over the past 52 years, whereas other parts have seen downward trends. 

U.S. Geological Survey scientists recently studied data from 227 streamgages in the Missouri River watershed that had continuous records for 1960 through 2011. The scientists found that almost half of the streamgages showed either an upward or downward trend in mean annual flow since 1960, while the rest showed no trend.

The study is relevant on a large scale because the Missouri River is the longest river in the United States, with a watershed that includes mountainous to prairie topography in all or parts of 10 states and small parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada. 

“The Missouri River and its tributaries are valuable for agriculture, energy, recreation and municipal water supplies,” said USGS hydrologist Parker Norton. “Understanding streamflow throughout the watershed can help guide management of these critical water resources.” 

According to the study, streamflow has increased in the eastern part of the watershed, including eastern North Dakota, eastern South Dakota, western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Annual flows have decreased in the western headwaters area of the Missouri River in Montana and Wyoming, and in the southern part of the basin associated with the Kansas River watershed.

Climate changes that affect how and where moisture is delivered to the continent may be causing some of these trends in the Missouri River Basin. Although the USGS scientists did not conduct a complete analysis of the causes, they noted that increased streamflow over broad regions occurred despite the increasing use of water. Decreased streamflow in some areas could also be related to climate change factors, or to groundwater pumping. 

The USGS report can be accessed online

For more than 125 years, the USGS has monitored flow in selected streams and rivers across the United States. The information is routinely used for water supply and management, monitoring floods and droughts, bridge and road design, determination of flood risk and for many recreational activities. 

Access current flood and high flow conditions across the country by visiting the USGS WaterWatch website. Receive instant, customized updates about water conditions in your area via text message or email by signing up for USGS WaterAlert

Scientists Predict Massive Urban Growth, Creation of 'Megalopolis' in Southeast in Next 45 Years

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:10
Summary: Urban areas in the Southeastern United States will double in size by 2060 unless there are significant changes to land development, according to a new study by the Department of Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center and North Carolina State University

Contact Information:

Adam Terando ( Phone: 919-515-4448 ); Christian Quintero ( Phone: 813-498-5019 );



RALEIGH, N.C.—Urban areas in the Southeastern United States will double in size by 2060 unless there are significant changes to land development, according to a new study by the Department of Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center and North Carolina State University.

The predicted growth would come at the expense of agricultural and forest lands, creating an urban “megalopolis” stretching from Raleigh to Atlanta, which also raises a number of ecological concerns.

“If we continue to develop urban areas in the Southeast the way we have for the past 60 years, we can expect natural areas will become increasingly fragmented,” said Adam Terando, a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, adjunct assistant professor at NC State, and lead author of the study.  “We could be looking at a seamless corridor of urban development running from Raleigh to Atlanta, and possibly as far as Birmingham, within the next 50 years.”

To understand how urban and natural environments could change, the researchers used NC State’s High Performance Computing services to simulate urban development between now and 2060 across the Southeastern United States.  

Among the expected impacts of such expansive urban growth, the fragmentation of natural areas would significantly limit the mobility of wildlife, making it more difficult for them to find mates, raise young, find food and respond to environmental changes.

“This, in turn, increases the likelihood that we’ll see more conflicts between people and wildlife, such as the increasing interactions with bears we’re seeing in our suburban areas,” Terando said.

An increase in urbanization would also make urban heat islands—the warming of cities due to human activities and development—more common, favoring species that can take advantage of the hotter conditions in cities. For example, previous studies have found that insect pests – such as scale insects – thrive in urban environments.

“Unless we change course, over the next 50 years urbanization will have a more pronounced ecological impact in many non-coastal areas of the Southeast than climate change, said Jennifer Costanza, a research associate at NC State and a co-author of the study. “It’s impossible to predict precisely what the specific ecological outcomes would be, but so far, the projections are not good in terms of biodiversity and ecosystem health.”

This research emphasizes how decision makers involved in community planning will need a well-thought out strategy for future development, Costanza said. 

“Given that urbanization poses significant challenges to this region, decision makers will need to begin serious, long-term discussions about economic development, ecological impacts and the value of non-urban spaces,” she added.

The paper, “The southern megalopolis: using the past to predict the future of urban sprawl in the Southeast U.S.,” is published in PLOS ONE. The paper was co-authored by Adam Terando, Alexa McKerrow and Jaime A. Collazo of the USGS; and Jennifer Costanza, Curtis Belyea and Rob Dunn of NC State. The work was supported by the DOI Southeast Climate Science Center based at NC State. The center provides scientific information to help natural resource managers respond effectively to climate change.

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: July 15-21

DNREC News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 07:47
DOVER (July 25, 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 Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents between July 15-21 made 2,054 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 381 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks

USDA and State of Delaware Increase Incentives for Delaware Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

DNREC News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:22
HARRINGTON– At the Agricultural Commodities Building today at the Delaware State Fair, USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse and Governor Jack Markell were joined by USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Bob Walls, DDA Secretary Ed Kee and DNREC Secretary David Small to announce an increase in the maximum incentives available for landowners and agricultural producers through the Delaware Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).

Governor Markell honors DNREC Outstanding Volunteers at July 24 State Fair ceremony

DNREC News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 14:49
HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small honored the Department’s Outstanding Volunteers for 2014, with awards presented in eight volunteer categories.

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Nebraska Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:54

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 Nebraska.

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

Language English
Categories: Federal News

President Declares Disaster for Nebraska

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:50

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 Nebraska to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of June 14-21, 2014.

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Categories: Federal News

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Iowa Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:34

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 Iowa.

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

Language English
Categories: Federal News

President Declares Disaster for Iowa

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:28

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 Iowa to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of June 14-23, 2014.

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Governor Markell joins DNREC Secretary David Small to honor Delaware’s 2014 Young Environmentalists in State Fair ceremony

DNREC News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:09
HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small honored four Delaware students recognized as DNREC’s 2014 Young Environmentalists of the Year.

State Fairgoers vote first place winner in youth rain barrel painting contest

DNREC News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:02
HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Division of Watershed Stewardship Director Frank Piorko announced the first-place winner in the youth rain barrel painting contest sponsored by DNREC and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

Winners of Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests honored today at Delaware State Fair Governors Day ceremony

DNREC News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:58
HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis honored the winners of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s annual Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests that best represented the contest theme of “Conservationists Enjoying the Great Outdoors.”

Statewide winners of 28th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament honored today at Delaware State Fair Governors Day ceremony

DNREC News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:55
HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis honored the winners of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 28th annual Youth Fishing Tournament, held last month.