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 to Settle Claims at Three Kansas Smelter Sites - 30 day comment period
Last edited 4/25/2016
Caney smelter circa 1904
A Consent Decree for three smelters in Kansas has been entered in court and made available for public comment. The Consent Decree will settle claims made by the natural resource Trustees (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the State of Kansas) for natural resource damages against Blue Tee Corporation (Blue Tee). The claims arise from the releases of smelting wastes containing heavy metals, specifically cadmium, lead and arsenic, from three smelters owned and operated by a predecessor in interest of the Blue Tee in Dearing, Caney and Neodesha, Kansas.
Under the Consent Decree, Blue Tee will arrange for the purchase of a specified 80 acre parcel of property with natural resources equivalent to those injured, lost and destroyed by the releases of hazardous substances at the smelters. That property will be transferred to The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit entity that will maintain the property and preserve it in perpetuity. Blue Tee will also pay to the Trustees a total of $180,298.27 to reimburse the Trustees for past assessment costs, and future restoration planning costs and operation and maintenance costs for the property.