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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Secretary Salazar Announces $13 Million Contract for Navajo Indian Irrigation Project Pumping Plants
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation has awarded Archer Western Contractors, Ltd. of Phoenix, Arizona, a $13 million contract to construct two pumping plants near Farmington, New Mexico. The pumping plants are key features for continued development of the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project. That ongoing project, which Reclamation is developing for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, provides water for the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry farming enterprise of the Navajo Nation.
“This award helps fulfill one of the major goals of both President Obama and the Interior Department in working with Indian Country – advancing the self-sustaining economic development of Indian communities,” said Salazar, who met with Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley and other Navajo officials last week in Window Rock. “The Navajo Nation Irrigation Project benefits the economy of the Four Corners area and especially the Navajo Nation not only through farm employment, but also through numerous multiplier benefits to local, regional, and national economies as crops are grown, harvested and marketed primarily by Navajo workers.”
The Navajo Nation Irrigation Project, which was begun in 1964, is now 70 percent complete. Under the new contract, the Phoenix firm will construct the pumping plants over the next two year period. The contract covers complete construction of the pumping facilities including buildings, electrical work, installation of electronic operating controls, and installation of the pumps. The associated pipe laterals that will carry the water will be constructed through a future contract. The pumping plants are located about 14 miles south of Farmington, New Mexico and are scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2011.
“When these pumping plants and pipe laterals are completed, an additional 5,166 acres of irrigation capacity will be added to the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project,” Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor announced. Reclamation is responsible for design and construction of the irrigation facilities to the point of the individual farm units. The BIA, in cooperation with the Navajo Nation, is then responsible for developing the farm units.
The pumping plants are part of Block 9 of the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project. Blocks 1 through 8, and Block 9, Stage 1are done and have a combined irrigation capacity of 77,685 acres. The total authorized project is for 11 blocks, totaling slightly over 110,000 acres of lands.