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, Commissioner Connor to Address Colorado River Water Users Association
Las Vegas, NV – On Friday, December 14, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will deliver remarks at the Colorado River Water Users Association's annual conference in Las Vegas. Secretary Salazar is expected to discuss the pressing need to build upon the recent cooperative successes on Colorado River management, including: the newly released water supply and demand study; the signing of Minute 319, the historic binational agreement to guide management through 2017; and November's high-flow release at Glen Canyon Dam under a new experimental long-term protocol on the river.
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor will also offer remarks at the closing of the three-day conference.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Michael Connor, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner
Colorado River Water Users Association (CRWUA) Annual Conference