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).
Secretary Salazar, Navajo President Shelly, Senators Bingaman and Udall to Break Ground Saturday on Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project
Historic Project Will Deliver Much-Needed Water and Jobs
GALLUP, N.M. – On Saturday, June 2, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly will break ground on the long-awaited Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico. Eventually the project will provide a 280-mile-long pipeline, two water treatment plants and delivery systems that will bring water to more than 250,000 people and more than 43 Navajo chapters, portions of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the city of Gallup.
The initial stage of construction on the project that begins on Saturday will create upwards of 450 jobs, with more than 650 jobs at peak construction.
Secretary Salazar and President Shelly will be joined by a wide variety of other top tribal, state. Federal and local officials for the ceremony; a partial list follows.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly
Jicarilla Apache Nation President Levi Pesata
Navajo Nation Council Speaker Johnny Naize
Senator Jeff Bingaman
Senator Tom Udall
Mike Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
N.M. State Representative Patti Lundstrom
N.M. State Engineer Scott Verhines
City of Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney
Program on construction site including plaque unveiling and ceremonial shovel-turning followed by lunch hosted by the Navajo Nation at the nearby Chee Dodge Elementary School
Saturday, June 2, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m. MDT.
Please allow time for media set-up, as the event will start promptly as scheduled due to tight schedules
10 miles north of Gallup, N.M. on Hwy 491 near the community of Twin Lakes