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Film About Lake Mead Wins Award

Film About Lake Mead Wins Award

A film chronicling a variety of aspects of Lake Mead National Recreation Area recently received the Spring 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award

The film, “LIFE IN THE DESERT: LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA” describes the sacredness of park lands to Native Americans through a local tribe member, and also uses unscripted interviews with park visitors as they enjoy hiking, bicycling, fishing, swimming and boating. 

The 21-minute film is shown daily at the Lake Mead Visitor Center.

For a complete list of Spring 2013 CINE Golden Eagle recipients, go to http://www.cine.org/spring-2013-cine-golden-eagle-award-recipients/

Horsford Puts Forward Gold Butte Legislation

Horsford Puts Forward Gold Butte Legislation

Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, introduced legislation Thursday intended to protect Gold Butte.

The Virgin Valley Tourism and Lake Mead Preservation Act would create a Gold Butte National Conservation Area (NCA) of approximately 350,000 acres.

All currently open roads within the NCA would remain open for access. The bill would also promote Lake Mead for tourism, support a local airport development extension, and direct the Secretary of the Interior to consult with local leaders on energy development.

Horsford said the legislation also establishes the Virgin Valley Tourism and Economic Advisory Council which would include representatives from Moapa, Moapa Valley, Bunkerville, and Mesquite. Additional council members would be assigned by the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council and the Clark County Board of County Commissioners.

Interior Approves 3 Renewable Energy Sites in West

Interior Approves 3 Renewable Energy Sites in West

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Interior Department has approved three renewable energy projects in Nevada and Arizona that officials say will generate enough electricity to power nearly 200,000 homes. The projects are the first renewable energy projects on public lands approved by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell since she took office in April.

The projects will deliver a combined 520 megawatts to the electricity grid through solar plants in Nevada and Arizona and a geothermal plant in Nevada.

The 350-megawatt Midland Solar Energy Project is near Boulder City, Nev., while the 100-megawatt Quartzsite solar project is near Quartzsite, Ariz. The 70-megawatt New York Canyon Geothermal Project is in Pershing County near Lovelock, Nev.

Interior has approved 45 utility-scale renewable energy projects since 2009, including 25 solar sites, 9 wind farms and 11 geothermal plants.

Restoration Plan for Virgin River Floodplain Needs Public Input

Restoration Plan for Virgin River Floodplain Needs Public Input

Input is being sought on a restoration plan for thousands of acres in the Virgin River floodplain.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Park Service (NPS), Lake Mead National Recreation Area are seeking public input on the development of a restoration plan for the Virgin River floodplain in Nevada.

The floodplain area covers about 21,000 acres and extends from the Nevada-Arizona state line to the confluence with Lake Mead. The goal of the proposed restoration plan is to describe methods that will be used to reduce invasive tamarisk and restore native vegetation that is resistant to future invasion by non-native species. 

U.S. 93 Lanes Shifted to Collect Cacti

U.S. 93 Lanes Shifted to Collect Cacti

 

The lane shifts along southbound U.S. 93 at Railroad Pass are now over.

The Nevada Department of Transportation shifted lanes along the freeway Thursday so crews could salvage plants.

NDOT dug up several species of cacti, including fishhook barrel cactus and beavertail. Other natural flora in the area were also removed so they could be used for replanting after future projects.

The lanes reopened at about 1 p.m. Thursday.   

Quagga Mussels Targeted by Congressmen

Quagga Mussels Targeted by Congressmen

Two Nevada representatives are introducing a bill to speed the process of adding quagga mussels to the list of invasive species.

Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei introduced H.R. 1823, the Protecting Lakes Against Quagga (PLAQ) Act of 2013, which would add quagga mussels to the national list of invasive species. This listing gives federal agencies greater ability to prevent the spread of the invasive species.

"Quagga mussels pose a constant threat to our local environment and economy. In Nevada, the Bureau of Reclamation at Hoover Dam alone spends $1 million annually on quagga mussel control,” Heck said in a statement. “This is a commonsense, bipartisan piece of legislation that will ease the burden on taxpayers in Nevada, protect Lake Mead from further being invaded by this species, and prevent other lakes across the country from being affected in the future.”

Greenspun Students Campaign for Lake Mead Health

Greenspun Students Campaign for Lake Mead Health

 

A group of local middle school students wants southern Nevadans to be aware of what they call an environmental hazard at Lake Mead.

Greenspun Junior High School Leadership Club students are launching a public campaign about “the dangers and the damage done by the use of carbureted 2-stroke engines.”

In 2013, a ban on personal watercrafts with carbureted 2-stroke engines went into effect to help reduce pollution at the lake. Leadership Club students, led by educators Gwendolyn Buckles and Katie Litzenberg, started an educational campaign named “Lake MEad.” It focuses on the effects pollution has in southern Nevada’s public recreation areas.

The students created a multimedia campaign to spread the word about the 2-stroke engine ban at the lake. During their after-school club, students chose this cause as their annual community project.