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).
House Action on 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
The House passed the 2002 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill (H.R. 2311) by a vote of 405 to 15 on June 28th 2001.
Earlier in the day, the House defeated a number of amendments, including an amendment by Mr. Davis (FL) to strike a provision in the bill prohibiting the use of funds for authorization of construction of a pipeline to take natural gas from the OCS offshore of Alabama to Florida.
Three amendments were approved:
An amendment offered by Mr. Traficant to prohibit use of funds for entities which violate the Buy-American Act.
An amendment offered by Mr. Traficant to prohibit use of funds to drill for oil or gas, in or under the Mosquito Creek Reservoir in Trumbull County, Ohio.
An amendment offered by Mr. Bonior to prohibit the use of funds to issue any permit or lease for drilling or exploring for oil or gas from the land beneath the water in any of the Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair, the St. Mary's River, the St. Clair River, the Detroit River, the Niagra River, or the St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario to the 45th parallel