Still preliminary but if this article from Greenwire is an indication, it could possibly be good news for Auburn Dam.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s vision for reorganizing the Interior Department includes dividing management of millions of federal acres into 13 multistate regions along boundaries of watersheds and basins, according to maps obtained by E&E News.
One map, which sources said was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, outlines the boundaries of 13 regions stretching across the continental United States and Alaska, as well as the Pacific islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A second map provided to E&E News shows a similar layout, but with only 12 regions.
The maps provide the most detail to date on the still-mysterious Interior Department reorganization plan that has been in the works since the opening weeks of the Trump administration, but that Zinke has discussed publicly only in broad terms. Today he met about the proposal with roughly 150 Interior senior executives gathered in Washington.
Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, has in recent months disclosed general details of the plan to senior-level employees, including the concept of establishing a dozen or more joint management areas, or JMAs, an idea based on the military’s joint command structure (Greenwire, Aug. 15, 2017).
The maps obtained by E&E News do not mention JMAs. But they outline a plan to divide the management of onshore lands and offshore resources into at least a dozen regions, with names like the North Atlantic-Appalachian, Colorado Basin and Northern Pacific Mountains regions, each covering hundreds of thousands of square miles extending into the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and the coast of Alaska.
The regions, in many cases, split states like Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming into multiple sections.
For example, the South Central region on the map with 13 regions, dated Jan. 3, includes all of Texas and Oklahoma, but only the northwest corner of Louisiana and sections of Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri, as well as the southeast corner of Colorado and the eastern two-thirds of New Mexico.
The proposed North Central region includes all of North Dakota and Nebraska and most of South Dakota, but only sections of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming and the northeast corner of Colorado.
Meanwhile, California would be broken into the Northern Pacific Mountains and Southern Pacific Mountains regions in the map.
A separate director would oversee each region, and state directors and field managers from the various Interior bureaus inside each region would report to that director, sources said. The regional directors would serve two-year terms, and the position would rotate between the individual bureaus in the region, sources said.
Interior would need to establish a central headquarters for each of the dozen or more regions.
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