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 Additional Water Releases from Upper Klamath Lake to Klamath Irrigators
Office of the Secretary
Last edited 4/25/2016
WASHINGTON, D.C.--Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that 35,000 acre-feet of additional water may be available for release this year from Upper Klamath Lake for delivery to irrigation contractors. Current modeling estimates the additional water will be available because Upper Klamath Lake surface water elevations are higher than previously anticipated due to a cooler-than-normal spring resulting in lower evaporation rates and reduced irrigation demands above the lake and on the Klamath Project lands.
The Bureau of Reclamation's 2010 Operations Plan for the Klamath Project previously indicated that 150,000 acre-feet of water would be available for irrigation contractors; however Reclamation's modeling currently estimates that up to an additional 35,000 acre-feet could be made available during this irrigation season—for a possible total of 185,000 acre-feet. The actual amount of additional water available above the 2010 Operations Plan may change depending on conditions as the irrigation season progresses.
“This additional water is good news,” said Secretary Salazar, “but the Department of the Interior will intensify our efforts on behalf of all stakeholders because the Klamath Project is still receiving less than 50 percent of its historical average. Communication among stakeholders continues to be vital during the current drought.”
Secretary Salazar said that the Department, through its Bureau of Reclamation, will continue to work closely with irrigators, state and federal agencies, and Tribes to monitor the conditions closely with the goal being to satisfy Biological Opinion requirements, meet Tribal Trust responsibilities, and ensure that available water is used beneficially within the Klamath Project.
The irrigation districts will determine how best to use the additional water. Possible options for using the additional water include extending the irrigation season, providing water to lands not currently receiving Klamath Water and Power Agency support, or reducing the reliance on groundwater pumping.
Authorized in 1905, the Klamath Project, located in southern Oregon and Northern California, is one of the oldest projects of the Bureau of Reclamation. The Project's facilities include the Link River, Gerber, Clear Lake, and Anderson-Rose Dams as well as nearly 142,000 acres of wetlands and wildlife refuges.