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).
Justice Opens 30-Day Public Comment Period on Proposed Settlement for Natural Resource Damages from February 2005 Ship Grounding Offshore Barbers Point, Oahu, Hawaii
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On January 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a 30-day public comment period on a proposed settlement for natural resource damages with two parties arising from the February 2, 2005, grounding of the cargo ship M/V Cape Flattery near the entrance to Barbers Point Harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The proposed settlement is embodied in a Consent Decree that was lodged with the U.S District Court for the Division of Hawaii on December 21, 2012.
The natural resource trustees in this case include:
State of Hawaii, represented by Hawaii Department of Health and Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources;
U.S. Department of Commerce, represented by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and,
U.S. Department of the Interior, represented by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The M/V Cape Flattery is a 555-foot long, foreign-flagged cargo ship. On the early morning of February 2, 2005, the M/V Cape Flattery ran aground on coral reef habitat outside the entrance channel to Barbers Point Harbor on the southwestern coast of the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The ship was carrying approximately 9 metric tons of bulk pelletized cement and 147,000 gallons of fuel oil. Over the next nine days, the ship’s fuel was lightered, the cargo was offloaded and on February 11, the ship was refloated and towed from the reef.
Coral reef habitats and associated resources were physically injured as a result of ship stabilization and response activities. The trustees determined that six marine habitat zones -- including 19.5 acres of coral -- were injured.
Under the proposed settlement in the lodged Consent Decree, the settling parties will:
Pay $5,881,180.00 for the design, implementation, permitting, monitoring and oversight of natural resource restoration projects for coral reef habitat and associated resources according to a Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan to be prepared by the natural resource trustees;
Pay $1,524,137.00 to NOAA for past assessment costs;
Pay $56,679.00 to DOI for past assessment costs; and,
Pay $38,004.00 to State of Hawaii for past assessment costs.
The total value of the proposed monetary settlement is $7,500,000.00.
Written comments on the proposed Consent Decree must be received by the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, DC, by Thursday, February 7, 2013.