The Navajo Nation joins forces with Colorado, New Mexico and three other tribes to help recover endangered fish species.
U.S. Department of the Interior
Wednesday's proposal affects conservation plans for grouse in Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, California and Oregon.
The normal staid diplomacy of Colorado River managers was upended in a spat between Denver Water and the Central Arizona Project.
Investigators said they were unable to determine if anything illegal occurred because the agency leaders did not document their rationale for the reassignments.
Zinke has made reorganizing the Interior — which manages 780,000 square miles of public lands, mostly in the West — a signature mission since taking over the agency.
The changes follow complaints from a bipartisan group of Western state governors that the secretary did not consult them.
A year into his tenure, Secretary Ryan Zinke has emerged as the point person for the administration's goal of American "energy dominance."
The proposal would relocate many of the Interior Department's top decision-makers from Washington to still-undisclosed cities in the West.
Interior had previously announced it was delaying the Obama-era rule until January 2019, arguing that it was overly burdensome to industry.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has started a major push to reorganize the agency and get thousands of employees out of Washington D.C.