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.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary Salazar Announces $50 Million Economic Recovery Investment in America's Water Infrastructure
Central Utah Project Will Create Jobs, Address Water Supply Challenges, Restore Environment
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the Department of the Interior will invest $50 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in the Central Utah Project, which delivers water from the Colorado River to users in Central Utah while mitigating adverse environmental impacts and conserving fish, wildlife, and recreation resources. Overall, the Department of the Interior will manage $3 billion in investments as part of the recovery plan signed by the President to jumpstart our economy, create or save jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st Century.
Interior's Central Utah Project Completion Act Office (CUPCA) will use $41 million of the ARRA funds to construct portions of the Utah Lake System pipelines for use in conveying an additional 60,000 acre-feet of water to Utah and Salt Lake Counties. In addition, $9 million of funding will be used for construction of a Ute Tribal fish hatchery and other fish and wildlife projects.
"This investment in the Central Utah Project will help stimulate the local economy, protect and restore the environment, and support our commitment to Native Americans and rural communities," said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
CUPCA Program Director Reed Murray said, "These projects are our top priority because they are next in sequence for construction, the planning and environmental compliance are complete, and they will have an immediate impact on the local economy."
“President Obama and this Department have ambitious goals to build America's new energy future, protect and restore our treasured landscapes, and create a 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps,” added Salazar. “These projects will help us fulfill these goals while helping American families and their communities prosper.”
Secretary Salazar has pledged unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Department of the Interior's economic recovery projects. The public will be able to follow the progress of each project on www.recovery.gov and on www.interior.gov/recovery. Secretary Salazar has appointed a Senior Advisor for Economic Recovery, Chris Henderson, and an Interior Economic Recovery Task Force. Henderson and the Task Force will work closely with the Department of the Interior's Inspector General to ensure that the recovery program is meeting the high standards for accountability, responsibility, and transparency that President Obama has set.