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 Appropriation Committee Approves 2008 Energy and Water Development Bill
Summary of House Committee Markup of the 2008 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
On June 6, 2007, the House Appropriations Committee approved the 2008 Energy and Water Development Bill. The bill provides:
$1.03 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation, $72 million above the 2008 President's budget and $5 million over the 2007 enacted level (the comparison excludes 2007 drought supplemental funding)
This includes $871.2 million for Water and related resources, $55 million above the President's budget and $10.6 million above the 2007 level (excluding the $18 million provided in 2007 supplemental funding for drought assistance).
The House provides $59.1 million for Central Valley project restoration fund, the same as the President's budget and $7 million above the 2007 level.
The House provides $40.8 million for California Bay-Delta Restoration, $9 million more than the President's budget and $4.1 million above the 2007 level. This includes $5 million for transfer to the Corps of Engineers for delta levees and $5 million for water use efficiency efforts.
For Policy and Administration, the House provides $58.8 million, the same as the President's budget and $1.2 million above the 2007 level.
The House did not include the President's budget proposal to fund $8 million for the San Joaquin River Restoration Fund from the CVP.
The Subcommittee did report that it did not fund the $11 million requested for Water 2025 due to a lack of authorization.
The House funded the Central Utah Project Completion Act at $43 million, equal to the President's budget and nearly $9 million above the 2007 level.