Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
Salazar Announces $1.4 Million Award to Texas to Seal Abandoned Wells in State Offshore Waters
Last edited 4/25/2016
NEW ORLEANS – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced a grant award for $1,397,050 to the State of Texas General Land Office for a project to seal in abandoned oil and natural gas wells in state waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
The funding through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) will plug abandoned wells in bays and offshore waters to eliminate potential pollution threats to natural resources on the Texas Gulf Coast.
“I welcome this opportunity to join in partnership with the State of Texas to carry out this important conservation and coastal protection project,” said Secretary Salazar. “The Department of the Interior is proud to assist Texas in restoring and protecting natural resources through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program.”
The CIAP was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Through the program, MMS will provide $250 million in grants annually, from 2007-2010, to six eligible Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas producing states – Texas, Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
The allotted funding to Texas under the CIAP includes $48.6 million for each of the fiscal years 2007 and 2008 and $35.6 million for 2009 and 2010. Eighteen Coastal Political Subdivisions (counties) share in the funding of projects outlined in the state's approved plan.