Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Secretary Salazar to Hold Groundbreaking for Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Project
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On Thursday, October 14 at 11 a.m., Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will lead a groundbreaking for the construction of the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Project. The linking of these two canals by a new underground pipeline and pumping plant will improve the reliability of water supplies in a part of California hardest hit by dry conditions and loss of jobs.
The Administration has committed $15.8 million of Interior Department funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the completion of the Intertie. CALFED funding is $8.8 million. The remaining funding will come from contributed funds and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation budget. The total project cost is approximately $28 million. The new facility will be located approximately five miles west of the City of Tracy, California. The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and the California Department of Water Resources are project partners.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes
Michael Connor, Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
David Nawi, Senior Advisor to the Secretary
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Congressman Dennis Cardoza
Congressman Jim Costa
Congressman Jerry McNerney
Lester Snow, California Secretary for Natural Resources
Mark Cowin, Director, California Department of Water Resources
Mike Stearns, Chairman of the Board, San Luis and Delta Mendota Water Authority
Brent H. Ives, Mayor, City of Tracy
Members of the State Senate and Assembly
Other Leaders from the,San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, Banta-Carbona Irrigation District, West Stanislaus Irrigation District
Western Area Power Administration, San Luis Water District, Friant Water Authority and Shimmick Construction Company