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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FY2019 Supplemental Funding Activities

FY2019 Supplemental Funding Activities

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When natural disasters strike our nation, Congress can appropriate funding under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) and supplemental funding acts for Federal disaster relief activities. In 2018 and 2019, Congress funded USGS under these Acts to aid recovery efforts from widespread wildfires, devastating hurricanes, prolonged volcanic eruptions, and damaging earthquakes. This enables USGS to repair and replace equipment and facilities, collect high-resolution elevation data, and conduct scientific studies and assessments to 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: 2019

2019 Disaster Relief Act: USGS recovery activities

The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 2157) was signed by the President on June 6, 2019. The U.S. Geological Survey received $98.5 million for repair and replacement of facilities and equipment, collection of high-resolution elevation data in affected areas, and scientific assessments to support recovery...

Hinck, Jo Ellen; Stachyra, Joseph
Hinck, J.E., and Stachyra, J., 2019, 2019 Disaster Relief Act—USGS recovery activities: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3066, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193066.

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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.