This Week at Interior September 27, 2019

This Week at Interior September 27, 2019


This Week, at Interior Secretary Bernhardt was in Colorado this week,
inspecting the new headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Secretary said standing up the headquarters
is another step in providing better service to the American people and our neighbors in
the West. Get the full story on the BLM relocation at
doi.gov Secretary Bernhardt also inspected the Morrow
Point Dam on the Gunnison River… that’s a major Colorado River tributary in western
Colorado. It’s one of three dams managed by the Bureau
of Reclamation that make up the Aspinall Unit of the Colorado River Storage Project. And together, those three dams generate more
than 290 megawatts of renewable hydro-electric power, enough electricity to completely power
54,000 homes. See the whole story at doi.gov Secretary Bernhardt joined Vice President
Mike Pence and tribal leaders from across the country at a White House Tribal Energy
Roundtable. The Secretary said the Trump Administration
is committed to strengthening tribal sovereignty and supporting responsible energy development
on tribal lands. This week, a national tribal broadband summit
at Interior focused on building capacity for broadband deployment and adoption in tribal
communities. High-speed Internet connectivity means access
to the global marketplace, online educational tools, and a gateway to tech jobs. The administration is working to improve coverage
and options in Indian Country as fewer than half of native communities currently have
broadband access. Get the full story at doi.gov. A threatened bird is making a comeback, thanks
to the Bureau of Land Management. Snowy Plovers are returning to BLM-managed
areas at the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area in Humboldt Bay, California. This year 37 chicks hatched and fledged, making
for a record-breaking fourth year of nesting success. Check out blm.gov for the full story. Beach Drive through Washington DC’s Rock
Creek Park reopens this week after a three-year rehabilitation project. Every year drivers take twelve million trips
through Rock Creek Park, and more than forty-thousand people visit every weekend. Get details at nps.gov/rocr. The Senate this week confirmed Daniel Jorjani
as Interior’s Solicitor. Jorjani has been serving as the Principal
Deputy Solicitor for Interior since May of 2017. Find our more at doi.gov Saturday September 28th is National Public
Lands Day… it’s the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort, encouraging everyone
to get out and lend a hand, sprucing up public parks, forests, waterways and more. To find a volunteer effort near you, check
out neefusa.org/npld. And our social media Picture of the Week,
a picture perfect for the first week of Fall…the coming of autumn means cooler nights and changing
colors, and very soon, scenes like this at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North
Carolina and Tennessee. Plan your visit now. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram,
and Twitter. That’s This Week at Interior.


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