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This Week at Interior August 30, 2013


August 30, 2013


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Hi, I'm Brian Salerno, the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement... and this, is This Week at Interior. 

 

THIS WEEK… AT INTERIOR…

 

The March on Washington teaches us that we are not trapped by the mistakes of history, that we are masters of our fate. But it also teaches us that the promise of this nation will only be kept when we work together. 

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA THE LEADING VOICE AMONG DOZENS WHO SPOKE THIS WEEK AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL, TO MARK THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON, AND DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING’S *I HAVE A DREAM* SPEECH. IT WAS ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE EMPLOYEES AND HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF AS A WEEK’S WORTH OF FESTIVITIES MARKING THE 1963 MARCH REACHED ITS PEAK… PEOPLE LINED THE REFLECTING POOL AND CROWDED ONTO THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT GROUNDS UNDER GRAY AND SOMETIMES RAINY SKIES.

 

ARRESTING IMAGES FROM NASA THIS WEEK OF THE RAGING RIM FIRE THAT’S SLOWLY BURNING ITS WAY INTO YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK… THE FIRE HAS BEEN BLAZING SINCE AUGUST 17TH AND HAS SO FAR CONSUMED NEARLY 200-THOUSAND ACRES… IT’S THE SEVENTH LARGEST FIRE ON RECORD IN CALIFORNIA, THREATENING THOUSANDS OF BUILDINGS AND BURNING BRIGHTER AT NIGHT THAN THE CITY LIGHTS OF RENO. NEARLY FIVE THOUSAND FIREFIGHTERS ARE WORKING TO CONTAIN THE FIRE.

 

GOOD NEWS FOR EVERGLADES RESTORATION… SECRETARY JEWELL THANKED FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK FOR ANNOUNCING THAT THE STATE OF FLORIDA IS COMMITTING $90 MILLION OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEXT PHASE OF THE TAMIAMI TRAIL BRIDGE IN THE EVERGLADES. SECRETARY JEWELL CALLS THE EFFORT A KEY STEP TO INCREASE WATER FLOW IN THE CENTRAL EVERGLADES, AND RESTORE THIS CRITICAL ECOSYSTEM.

 

WATER MAKING NEWS IN A RATHER UNEXPECTED PLACE THIS WEEK… THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. A JOINT STUDY FROM NASA, THE U-S GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, AND JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, DESCRIBED THE DETECTION OF SO-CALLED MAGMATIC WATER ON THE LUNAR SURFACE… WATER THAT WELLS UP FROM DEEP INSIDE THE MOON’S INTERIOR. THE WATER WAS DETECTED BY NASA’S MOON MINERALOGY MAPPER, AN INSTRUMENT ON BOARD AN INDIAN RESEARCH SPACE CRAFT.

 

SECRETARY JEWELL WAS THE FEATURED SPEAKER THIS WEEK AT A NATURALIZATION CEREMONY FOR TWENTY BRAND NEW AMERICAN CITIZENS IN SEATTLE. THE SECRETARY, WHO EMIGRATED FROM ENGLAND TO SEATTLE AS A CHILD, CALLED IT A PRIVILEGE TO SPEAK AT THE CEREMONY, HELD AT THE REFUGEE WOMEN’S ALLIANCE. SHE USED THE OCCASION TO CALL FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM… A RECENT WHITE HOUSE REPORT SHOWS THAT PROVIDING A PATHWAY TO EARNED CITIZENSHIP WOULD BOOST U-S G-D-P BY ONE POINT FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS.

 

THE SECRETARY TRAVELS TO ALASKA THIS WEEK TO START A MULTI-DAY VISIT… SHE’LL HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS IN KING COVE AND COLD BAY, THEN SPEND TIME VISITING IZEMBEK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, THE NORTH SLOPE, THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE ALASKA, AND THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. 

 

THAT’S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.