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.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Justice Opens 30-Day Public Comment Period on Proposed Settlement with Blacksburg Country Club in Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Virginia
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Roanoke logperch (Percina rex) is a freshwater fish listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. An estimated 169 Roanoke logperch were among the more than 10,000 fish killed by the hazardous substances release on July 9, 2007 into North Fork Roanoke River from the Blacksburg Country Club in Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Virginia. Illustration credit: Mike Pinder, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
On March 22, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a 30-day public comment period on a proposed settlement between the U.S., on behalf of the Secretary of Department of the Interior, and Blacksburg Country Club, Inc. for natural resource damage claims arising from a hazardous substances release at its golf course in Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Virginia. The proposed settlement is embodied in a Consent Decree that was lodged with the U.S District Court for the Western District of Virginia on March 22, 2012.
On July 9, 2007, hazardous substances, including chlorothalonil, were released from the grounds of the golf course when a tank being filled with fungicides and a plant growth inhibitor overflowed. The release entered the North Fork Roanoke River and resulted in injury to the aquatic ecosystem of the River and the mortality of resident fish. An estimated 10,335 fish, including 169 Roanoke logperch -- a freshwater fish listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 -- were killed.
Department of the Interior, acting through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the only natural resource trustee participating in the proposed settlement. The proposed settlement calls for Blacksburg Country Club to:
Finance and implement a Restoration Plan, called “River Restoration Plan for the North Fork Roanoke River Fish Kill,” dated December 2011, which is incorporated in the Consent Decree as Appendix A;
Pay $18,964.34 plus accrued interest to Department of Justice for past natural resource damage assessment costs and for future restoration oversight costs; and,
Pay all future travel costs of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for restoration projects implementation and monitoring.
Written comments regarding the lodged Consent Decree must be received by the U.S. Department of Justice by April 23, 2012.