This Week at Interior September 20, 2019

This Week at Interior September 20, 2019


Hi, this is Secretary David Bernhardt, and
this is This Week at Interior. This Week at Interior… After more than three years, the Washington
Monument reopened to much fanfare this week! First Lady Melania Trump and Secretary Bernhardt
cut the ribbon and welcomed back visitors to the newly-restored monument, which has
a new elevator and updated secure access center. The Secretary also joined area youngsters
taking part in the “Every Kid Outdoors” program… And as part of the reopening festivities,
the Secretary welcomed an Irish delegation earlier this week… they braved the fifty-story
walk down from the top to admire the latest commemorative plaque installed inside the
Monument, a gift from the people of Ireland to the United States. In California this week, President Trump visited
the southern border to inspect the progress of border wall construction and discuss the
national security and humanitarian crisis taking place. Meanwhile Secretary Bernhardt announced the
transfer of administrative jurisdiction of approximately 560 acres of Federal lands to
the U.S. Army to build roughly 70 miles of border barriers. That comes in response to the Defense Department’s
announcement on September 4th of this year to defer $3.6 billion in funding for 11 barrier
projects. Check out the whole story at doi.gov. The Secretary’s Migratory Bird Conservation
Commission has approved twenty-eight million dollars for wetlands conservation grant funding. These grants will be matched by more than
seventy-two million dollars in partner funds… it all goes to ensure waterfowl and other
birds are protected throughout their life cycles. Secretary Bernhardt says these public-private
grants help uphold President Trump’s promise to America’s sportsmen and women to preserve
our nation’s wildlife and provide access to our public lands for future generations. Find out more at fws.gov The Director of the U-S Geological Survey
was in Palau, delivering remarks at the U-S Coral Reef Task Force Business meeting. Dr. James Reilly’s remarks highlighted USGS
science as it relates to coral reef health, degradation, ecosystem impacts, and restoration. Get the latest news on coral reefs at usgs.gov. The National Park Service is celebrating the
completion of Locks 3 and 4 of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The historic canal, which runs through Washington
DC, Maryland, and West Virginia, was constructed nearly two centuries ago… for the last few
years artisans have used period tools and methods to reconstruct the lock and preserve
the C&O Canal’s history and heritage. Find out more at nps.gov The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
held an outreach and informational meeting this week at their Gulf of Mexico Region office. Industry representatives from about 20 offshore
oil and gas companies, learned about BSEE’s requirements for incident reporting, BSEE’s
investigation process, and they also provided feedback. The Bureau of Reclamation is one step closer
to bringing safe, reliable drinking water to four Pueblos and parts of Santa Fe County,
New Mexico. Reclamation this week signed on to an agreement
renegotiating cost shares and cost savings measures in Pojoaque Basin Regional Water
System project. That clears the way for a final environmental
impact statement. Get details at usbr.gov And Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman
was on hand this week at a dedication for the James W. Broderick Hydropower Plant at
Pueblo Dam in Colorado. Reclamation says the plant is one of fourteen
built on existing dams so far under a Lease of Power Privilege, and shows how maximum
benefits can be realized from existing federal projects. President Trump issued a proclamation, declaring
this week as the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month…a month set aside to pay
tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched
our nation and society. About seven-thousand Hispanic and Latino Americans
call Interior home… that’s a full one-tenth of our workforce! Check out hispanicheritagemonth.gov And our Social Media Picture of the Week…
this glorious sunrise over Mesa Arch at Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Canyonlands’ landscape of canyons, mesas,
buttes and deep river gorges, reveals millions of years of deposited sediment and erosion
— a true test of time. Thanks to John Chico for an amazing photo. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram,
and Twitter. That’s This Week, at Interior.


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