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 Jewell to Tour California Water Facilities for On-the-Ground Examination of Historic Drought Issues
Office of the Secretary
SACRAMENTO, CA – On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will tour the federal C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant in Byron, Calif., to examine firsthand critical water storage and conveyance facilities. Accompanying the Secretary will be California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird, Acting Commissioner of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation Lowell Pimley, and other federal, state and local officials.
The tour will be followed by a brief media availability on the federal-state response to the drought.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources
Lowell Pimley, Acting Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
Tour of C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant followed by media availability
March 11, 2014
12:45 PM PDT – Media check-in
1:00 PM PDT – Tour begins
C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant
16650 Kelso Road
Due to the secure facility, credentialed members of the media are required to RSVP by 5:00 PM PDT on March 10, 2014, to Margaret Gidding - firstname.lastname@example.org - 916-978-5101. Additional logistical details will be provided to confirmed members of the media.