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.
Interior Settles Natural Resource Damage Claims Arising from July 2007 Hazardous Substances Release into North Fork Roanoke River in Montgomery County, Virginia
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Aerial view of North Fork Roanoke River and associated riparian corridor as it passes through the Blacksburg Country Club in Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Virginia. Photo credit: Blacksburg Country Club.
On April 25, 2012, the U.S., on behalf of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, settled natural resource damage claims against Blacksburg Country Club, Inc. for injuries to natural resources and natural resource services caused by a hazardous substances release from its golf course in Blacksburg, Virginia. Department of the Interior, represented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was the only natural resource trustee participating in this settlement. The settlement was embodied in a Consent Decree entered by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
On July 9, 2007, hazardous substances, including chlorothalonil, were released from the grounds of the Blacksburg Country Club's 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 darter listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 -- were killed.
The final settlement calls for Blacksburg Country Club, Inc. 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.
Implementation of natural resource restoration projects as specified in the Restoration Plan is to begin soon.