Mercury's surface in "enhanced color," a color scheme created to emphasize color differences. This is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but by applying mathematical analysis to images, color differences can be accentuated beyond those visible to a person.
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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With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
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.
Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee, I am Larry Todd, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Administration and Budget with the Bureau of Reclamation. I am pleased to present the views of the Department of the Interior on H.R. 609, concerning the Central Texas Water Recycling and Reuse Project in the State of Texas. The Department cannot support H.R. 609.
H.R. 609 would amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act (Public Law 102-575), to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, in cooperation with the City of Waco and other participating communities, to participate in the design, planning, and construction of permanent facilities to reclaim and reuse water in McLennan County, Texas. It also provides for Federal funding of 25 percent of the total project cost.
Mr. Chairman, the Department supports efforts to increase local water supplies and increase recycled water use. However, given the costs of the currently active Title XVI projects, we cannot support the authorization of new projects at this time. Of the 32 specific Title XVI projects authorized to date, 21 have received funding. The remaining estimated total authorized Federal cost share of these 21 active Title XVI projects is at least $328 million.
In addition, the Administration does not support construction authorizations when a Feasibility Report has not been completed. These reports ensure that proposed projects are cost-effective, meet environmental compliance requirements, and are consistent with the overall objectives of the Title XVI program. Reclamation recently met with the local sponsor to discuss Federal funding under the Title XVI program, as well as appraisal and feasibility report requirements. Receipt of these reports would enable Reclamation to comment on the merits and determine the project's qualification for consideration of Federal funding.
While Reclamation cannot currently support new water recycling project authorizations, we understand that the projects established by Title XVI are important to many water users in the West. To that end, Reclamation is in the process of improving its Directives and Standards that govern reviews of Title XVI projects. By doing so, we believe that Reclamation can work more closely with local sponsors in weighing the merits and ultimate feasibility of proposed water recycling projects.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on H.R. 609. This concludes my statement and I would be happy to answer any questions.