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).
Trustees Open 30-Day Public Comment Period on Draft Assessment Plan for Natural Resource Injuries at Sauget Superfund Sites, St. Clair County, Illinois
Last edited 7/15/2015
On June 18, 2013, the federal and State natural resource trustees opened a 30-day public comment period on the draft “Assessment Plan for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment of the Sauget Industrial Corridor Site, St. Clair County, Illinois.” This draft Assessment Plan describes the approach and activities the trustees propose undertaking as part of the natural resource damage assessment of hazardous substances releases at the Sauget Industrial Corridor sites, St. Clair County in southwestern Illinois.
The natural resource trustees in this case include:
State of Illinois, represented by Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency;
State of Missouri, represented by Missouri Department of Natural Resources; and,
U.S. Department of the Interior, represented by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Sauget Industrial Corridor encompasses an area of Mississippi River floodplain around the Villages of Sauget, Cahokia and East St. Louis in St. Clair County, Illinois. A variety of sites within the Corridor include industrial facilities, landfills, waste disposal areas, sludge lagoons and contaminated waterways.
Hazardous substances -- such as PCBs, dioxins, furans, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc -- have been released from these sites to groundwater, nearby wetlands and endangered species habitat. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed listing these sites on the National Priorities List as Sauget Area 1 and Sauget Area 2.
The trustees prepared a Preassessment Screen and Determination in 2009 that concluded a natural resource damage assessment was warranted at Sauget Industrial Corridor. As a next step, the trustees prepared this draft Assessment Plan which is intended to:
document the trustees’ basis for conducting a natural resource damage assessment;
organize the approach for quantifying natural resource injuries and calculating damages;
ensure that the NRDA will be completed at a reasonable cost relative to the magnitude of damages sought; and,
communicate assessment methodologies to the public to facilitate participation in the assessment process.
Written comments on the draft Assessment Plan must be received by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or Illinois Department of Natural Resources by Thursday, July 18, 2013.