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.
DOINews: Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree for the Coeur D'Alene Basin Site in Northern Idaho – 30 day comment period
Last edited 4/25/2016
Local wildlife and migratory birds benefit from a NRDAR Trustee project, led by FWS in the lower Coeur d'Alene basin. Photo credit: EPA.
A proposed Consent Decree (http://www.justice.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html) for an agreement between The United States and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and the Lookout Mountain Mining and Milling Company and Silver Bowl, Inc. was entered in court and made available for public comments (http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-1979.pdf). The Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture and the Coeur D'Alene Tribe, as co-trustees, are claiming that the companies are liable for natural resource damages in connection with releases of hazardous substances at or from Operable Unit 3 (Coeur d'Alene Basin Site) of the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund Site in Northern Idaho.
The settlement is based on a determination that Lookout Mountain Mining and Milling Company and Silver Bowl, Inc have no ability to pay response costs and natural resource damages and still maintain their basic business operations. The agreement requires, among other things, that the companies pay two percent of net smelter returns generated from any future mining activities for the next 50 years.
The Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund Site, located in the Coeur d'Alene River Basin, is one of the largest environmental and human health cleanup efforts in the country. Historic mining practices generated an estimated 70 to 100 million tons of mining waste that are now spread throughout regional streams, rivers, flood plains and lakes. The contamination resulting from these mining practices affects all media and poses public health risks. Ecological affects include sterile river regions and hundreds of avian deaths each year.