We have moved quickly and thoughtfully to create strong and separate agencies to manage offshore energy development, collect energy revenues and to oversee safety and environmental protection on the Outer Continental ShelfBOEMRE gets management shuffle Sep 19, 2011
America's rivers are the lifeblood of America's economy -- from the water for farms that produce our food to the fish and wildlife that sustain our heritageElwha River restoration under way in Washington Sep 19, 2011
This scientific work is critical to understanding how climate change is affecting western water suppliesSnowpack decline threatens water supplies Jun 09, 2011
Healthy rivers and clean waters are fundamental to our economy, our health and our way of lifeEPA: Healthy waters equals healthy economy Apr 28, 2011
Regulations that were initially developed in the 1980s have not kept pace with the significant changes that have occurred in the oil and natural gas marketsU.S. reviews oil, gas royalties May 25, 2011
Kenneth Lee "Ken" Salazar (pronounced /ˈsæləzɑr/; born March 2, 1955) is the current United States Secretary of the Interior, in the administration of President Barack Obama. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a United States Senator from Colorado from 2005 to 2009. He and Mel Martinez (R-Florida) were the first Hispanic U.S. Senators since 1977; they were joined by Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) in January 2006. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, he served as Attorney General of Colorado from 1999 to 2005.
On December 17, 2008, President-elect Obama announced he would nominate Salazar as U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The environmentalist movement's reaction to this nomination was mixed. Previously, Salazar supported the nomination of Gale Norton to Secretary of the Interior, President George W. Bush's first appointee who preceded Salazar as Colorado Attorney General. On January 20, 2009, Salazar was confirmed by unanimous consent in the Senate.
Ken Salazar was born in Alamosa, Colorado, the son of Emma M. and Henry (Enrique) S. Salazar. He grew up near Manassa, in the community of Los Rincones in the San Luis Valley area of south-central Colorado. Salazar attended St. Francis Seminary and Centauri High School in La Jara, graduating in 1973. He later attended Colorado College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1977, and received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981. Later Salazar was awarded honorary degrees (Doctor of Laws) from Colorado College (1993) and the University of Denver (1999). After graduating, Salazar started private law practice.