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 to Settle Claims at Three Kansas Smelter Sites - 30 day comment period
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.