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 to Celebrate Historic U.S.-Mexico Water Agreement Signing
Media Availability and Teleconference Call
CORONADO, Calif.—On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor, officials from the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) and leadership from the seven Colorado River Basin States' water organizations to celebrate the signing of Minute 319, a five-year agreement between the United States and Mexico designed to jointly address challenges in the Colorado River Basin.
The signing builds on Secretary Salazar's visit to Mexico City in December 2010, which resulted in the completion of the ‘Minute 318' water agreement and discussions between the United States and Mexico on a comprehensive long-term strategy regarding the management of the Colorado River.
Ken Salazar, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary
Michael L. Connor, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner
Edward Drusina, IBWC U.S. Commissioner
Roberto F. Salmon, IBWC Mexican Commissioner
Representatives, Colorado River Basin States' water organizations
Media Availability/Teleconference on Minute 319 Signing (Media unavailable to attend may call-in with the below information)
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
1:00 p.m. PDT // 4:00 p.m. EDT – Signing Ceremony
2:30 p.m. PDT // 5:30 p.m. EDT – Media Availability/Teleconference
Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
Media are invited to join the teleconference by dialing 1-888-995-9855 and providing the access code STANLEY.