A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
FY 2001 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
The conference report on H.R. 4733, the FY 2001 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill was filed the night of September the 27th and passed by the morning of September the 28th. Early reports are that the report:
Includes the Senate language on Missouri River operations, which the White House has said is grounds for a veto.
Includes a total of $23.6 Billion, $1.8 Billion more than the House bill, $0.6 Billion more than the Senate bill, and $0.8 Billion more than the Budget request.
Does not apply any new funds for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program (conflicting reports say $20 Million provided).
Includes $781 Million for other Bureau of Reclamation accounts ($51 Million more than the House, $27 Million more than the Senate, and $40 Million more than the request).