A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
The Department is also committed to conserving water, a precious resource, especially in the Western States where many of the bureaus' facilities are located. The goal set by Executive Order 13693 is to reduce potable water consumption intensity, measured in gallons per gross square foot of building space, by 2 percent annually at Federal facilities relative to the FY 2007 baseline in accordance with the following table:
Bureaus are encouraged to implement the Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Water Efficiency Best Management Practices, as appropriate, to meet the water consumption intensity goal. Also, where applicable, bureaus and offices are encouraged to specify and purchase WaterSense labeled products and other water efficient products and choose irrigation contractors who are certified through a WaterSense labeled program.