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).
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.