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.
DOJ Announces 30-Day Public Comment Period for Consent Decree Settling Natural Resource Damage Claims at Blackburn & Union Privileges Superfund Site in Massachusetts
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Sediments in Lewis Pond in Walpole, Massachusetts were contaminated with chromium, lead, nickel and asbestos fibers, degrading the habitat for resident fish and migratory birds such as great blue herons and dabbling ducks. Photo credit: Molly Sperduto, FWS.
On September 12, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice announced the lodging of a proposed Consent Decree to settle claims for natural resource damages against four settling parties at the Blackburn and Union Privileges Superfund site in Walpole, Massachusetts. This site, along the Neponset River, was contaminated by chromium, arsenic, mercury, asbestos and other hazardous substances from industrial production activities dating back to the 17th century. The natural resource trustees involved at this site include the U.S. Department of the Interior, acting through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Under the proposed Consent Decree, the settling parties will pay $1,000,000 for natural resource restoration projects to be implemented by the natural resource trustees and $94,169.56 for costs incurred by the trustees in assessing the damages.
The Department of Justice is accepting written comments on this proposed settlement for the next 30 days.