Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Recovery Activities

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USGS supports recovery efforts in declared natural disaster areas through supplemental appropriations. This site describes the USGS activities related to recovery and rebuilding after natural disasters.

Restoring the Stream Gage Network in Puerto Rico

Restoring the Stream Gage Network in Puerto Rico

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Replacing Coral Reef Instruments in Puerto Rico

Replacing Coral Reef Instruments in Puerto Rico

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FY2018 Supplemental Funding Activities

FY2018 Supplemental Funding Activities

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When natural disasters strike our nation, Congress can appropriate supplemental funding under the Disaster Relief Requirements Act (Public Law 115-123, Division B, Subdivision 1) and the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) in those areas declared as major disaster areas. In 2018, Congress funded USGS under these Acts in areas impacted by widespread wildfires and devastating hurricanes.  Examples of activities include equipment/facilities repair and replacement, high-resolution elevation data collection, and scientific studies and assessments that will support recovery and rebuilding decisions. 

News

Date published: August 30, 2019

Supplemental Funds Make a Difference in USGS Readiness for Hurricane Dorian

Completed 2018 Supplemental Appropriations activities are being used to prepare for Hurricane Dorian in Puerto Rico and Florida. 

Attribution: Natural Hazards
Date published: March 20, 2019

USGS Rain Gage and Stream-Flow Network in Puerto Rico

Repairs of the the USGS stream gage networks damaged by Hurricane Maria are complete.

Publications

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Year Published: 2018

2018 hurricane and wildfire supplemental funding: USGS recovery activities

The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-123), was signed by the President on February 9, 2018. This funding provided $42.2 million to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for equipment repair and replacement, high-resolution elevation data collection in both hurricane- and wildfire-impacted...

Hinck, Jo Ellen; Stachyra, Joseph
Hinck, J.E., and Stachyra, J., 2018, 2018 hurricane and wildfire supplemental funding—USGS recovery activities: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3063, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183063.

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Year Published: 2017

Divergence of seafloor elevation and sea level rise in coral reef ecosystems

Coral reefs serve as natural barriers that protect adjacent shorelines from coastal hazards such as storms, waves, and erosion. Projections indicate global degradation of coral reefs due to anthropogenic impacts and climate change will cause a transition to net erosion by mid-century. Here, we provide a comprehensive assessment of the combined...

Yates, Kimberly K.; Zawada, David G.; Smiley, Nathan A.; Tiling-Range, Ginger
Yates, K. K., Zawada, D. G., Smiley, N. A., and Tiling-Range, G.: Divergence of seafloor elevation and sea level rise in coral reef ecosystems, Biogeosciences, 14, 1739-1772, doi:10.5194/bg-14-1739-2017, 2017.