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).
FWS Releases Final Restoration Plan for Tanker Truck Diesel Spill and Fire in Bill Williams River NWR in Arizona
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Aerial view of Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge in August 2006 showing fire damage from the Texmo tanker truck diesel spill at the confluence of the Bill Williams River and Lake Havasu on the Lower Colorado River in Arizona. The spill occurred on the Arizona Route 95 bridge over the River. Photo credit: Arizona DOT.
On November 9, 2011 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released the “Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for Restoring Injuries to Wildlife and Fisheries Habitats from the Texmo Diesel Spill and Fire through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program at the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge, Mohave and La Paz County, Arizona.” FWS is the only natural resource trustee involved in this case.
The Restoration Plan addresses natural resource injuries from a July 28, 2006 tanker truck accident on the Arizona Route 95 bridge over the Bill Williams River in western Arizona. The tanker truck, owned by Texmo Oil Company Jobbers, overturned and released an estimated 7,600 to 7,800 gallons of diesel fuel. The diesel fuel spilled off the bridge into Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge and caught fire. An estimated 348 acres of habitat in the Refuge burned, including riparian marsh, woodlands and upland desert.
The purpose of this Restoration Plan is to identify restoration project alternatives, evaluate the environmental impact of the alternatives and identify restoration projects to compensate the public for injured natural resources from the diesel spill and fire at the National Wildlife Refuge.