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).
DOINews: USGS Directors Attended Water Sustainability Forum Hosted by Hawaiian Senator Brian Schatz
David Helweg, Pacific Islands Climate Science Center Interim Director, and Stephen Anthony, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center Director, attended the Water Sustainability Forum hosted by United States Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) on August 19, 2013 in Honolulu, HI.
This forum focused on current and future water supply and management issues and included a variety of perspectives on Hawaii's water availability. Participants examined the projected impacts of climate change and federal resources to support water management in Hawaii. In convening this discussion, Senator Schatz aimed to ensure that his legislative priorities are supportive of Hawaii's most urgent needs and to ensure that policymakers in Hawaii are aware of relevant federal resources.