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).
DOINews: Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree for the Lower Fox River and Green Bay PCB Site for Response and Natural Resource Damages 30 Day Public Comment Period
Dredge operating on the Fox River to remove sediment contaminated with PCBs form decades of carbonless paper manufacturing. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR.
The proposed Consent Decree, if approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin after the public comment period, would resolve Brown County's, the City of Green Bay's and the U.S. Governments potential liability for response costs, response actions, and natural resource damages associated with the Lower Fox River and Green Bay PCB site. Under the proposed consent decree, Brown County, Green Bay, and the United States would pay a total of $5.2 million for use in financing future cleanup and natural resource restoration work at the Site. http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-30572.pdf