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).
Comparison of House and Senate Action on the Second FY 2002 Supplemental Appropriations Bill
The President transmitted a $27.1 billion Emergency FY 2002 Supplemental Appropriations request to the Congress on March 21, 2002. This second supplemental would provide resources to support the war on terrorism, strengthen homeland security, and continue economic recovery. The request did not request additional funds for Interior programs, but included a proposal to rescind $10 million from funds previously appropriated to BIA for the San Carlos Irrigation Project.
The House Committee on Appropriations reported its version of the second supplemental appropriations bill for FY 2002(H.R. 4775) on May 20. The measure totals $29.4 billion. It was taken up on the House floor on Wednesday. Consideration continued throughout Thursday, before final passage Friday morning by a vote of 280-138. The Senate Appropriations Committee version of the supplemental appropriations bill totals $31 billion.
Comparison of House & Senate Funding For Interior & Related Agencies Programs
BLM Management of Lands & Resources
FWS Resource Management
NPS Operations of the National Park System
USGS Surveys, Investigations, & Research
BIA Operation of Indian Programs
DM Salaries & Expenses
BLM Management of Lands and Resources:
The House provides $658,000 to repay unreimbursed costs for security details at the Main Interior Complex.
The Senate includes $786,000 for reimbursement to BLM for costs of security details in the Departmental Management account.
FWS Resource Management:
The House provides $1.443 million repay unreimbursed airport security detail costs, unreimbursed security detail overtime costs, unreimbursed law enforcement costs for security details at the Main Interior Complex, and to reimburse continuity of operations costs incurred by FWS.
The Senate includes $626,000 for reimbursement to FWS for costs of security details in the Departmental Management account.
The Senate provides $412,000 to repay unreimbursed continuity of operations costs incurred by FWS and for airport security details.
The Senate provides $3.125 million for homeland security related construction including $1.7 million for general safety upgrades, $660,000 for dam safety measures, and $765,000 for security measures at the Clark R. Bavin National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory.
NPS Operation of the National Park System:
The House provides $1.173 million to repay unreimbursed law enforcement costs for security details at the Main Interior Complex.
The Senate includes $1.401 million for reimbursement NPS for costs of security details in the Departmental Management account.
The House provides $19.3 million for construction of a security screening facility at the Washington Monument.
The Senate provides $17.561 million for homeland security related construction, including $12.98 million for the installation of an in-ground retaining wall around the Washington Monument and $4.671 million for the installation of bollards around the Jefferson Memorial. These items are requested in the President's 2003 budget request.
USGS Surveys, Investigations, and Research:
The House provides $25.7 million for infrastructure mapping in 120 urban areas across the United States.
The Senate provides $20 million for high resolution mapping and imagery of the Nation's most strategic cities and $6.776 million for the Earth Resources Observation Systems Data Center. Of this amount $6 million is for storage infrastructure upgrades to convert archived data to disk-based storage and $776,000 is for an improved backup power supply system to ensure uninterrupted delivery of satellite data.
BIA Operation of Indian Programs:
The House rescinds $5 million previously appropriated for the San Carlos Irrigation project and provides that the balance of funds remaining in the San Carlos Irrigation Project (approximately $7 million) may be used to pay trust reform-related costs associated with the ongoing Cobell litigation and other litigation related to the management of Indian trust funds. The House provides $134,000 to repay unrimbursed law enforcement costs for security details at the Main Interior Complex.
The Senate includes $161,000 for reimbursement to BIA for costs of security details in the Departmental Management account.
The Senate rescinds $10 million previously appropriated for the San Carlos Irrigation Project.
Departmental Offices Salaries and Expenses:
The House provides $905,000 including $785,000 for homeland security and $120,000 to repay unreimbursed law enforcement costs for security details at the Main Interior Complex.
The Senate provides $2.9 million for upgrades to the current employee access control system, the installation of a public address system, and installation of protective window film at the Main Interior Complex; $3.117 million for the repayment of law enforcement costs associated with security detail assignments at the Main Interior Complex; and $1.013 million for homeland security planning and coordination positions at the Department and bureau levels.
The House provides authority for FWS to charge fees for services at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and to use those receipts for non-refuge specific needs, including operation of the Midway fueling operation.
The House prohibits the Department of Defense from being held responsible for civilian water consumption that is outside the boundaries of a military installation and beyond the direct authority and control of the Secretary of Defense for the purposes of the Endangered Species Act (Section 705).
The Senate provides authority for MMS to recover transportation and administrative costs associated with filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve with royalty-in-kind oil (Section 701).
The House and Senate provide authority for the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture to enter into reciprocal agreements with foreign nations extending the protection of the Federal Tort Claims Act to foreign firefighters (House Section 704 and Senate Section 702).