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City Celebrating Completion of First Phase of Second Solar Plant

City Celebrating Completion of First Phase of Second Solar Plant

Dignitaries will be on hand to celebrate the completion of the first phase of one of the largest photovoltaic solar plants in the country.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has finished the first phase of its Copper Mountain Solar 2 plant in Boulder City.

The plant boasts 92 megawatts of panels.

Copper Mountain Solar 1, which went online in March of 2011, has 58 megawatts of solar panels. The panels trap enough energy from the sun to power about 14,000 homes.

President Barack Obama used the solar plant as a backdrop for a speech on his energy platform during a campaign stop in 2012.

Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler along with company representatives and guests will be at the celebration set for Friday, March 15.

The city expects the solar plant projects to bring millions of dollars of tax revenue to the community.

Park Service Assessment Needs Public Input

Park Service Assessment Needs Public Input

 

Public input is needed on a potential National Park Service project related to the Las Vegas Wash.

The National Park Service completed an environmental assessment related to the lower end of Las Vegas Wash which analyzed a proposal to regulate flows and reduce erosion in the wash.

The assessment describes two alternatives:

  • Under the first option, no action would be taken.
  • Under the second option, up to six new grade control structures would be built downstream from the existing ones. They would be built as necessary, with the need depending significantly on future water levels at Lake Mead, which influence the rate of degradation in the wash.

States Send Representatives for Lesson in Quagga Mussel Removal

States Send Representatives for Lesson in Quagga Mussel Removal

 

Representatives from seven states will be at Lake Mead Tuesday and Wednesday to see how the park service is dealing with the invasive species known as the Quagga mussels.

The park service will be showing representatives from Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, North Dakota, California and Nevada how to inspect for the tiny creatures and how to remove them.

Quagga, or zebra mussels are not native and are blamed for millions of dollars in damage to boats and underwater infrastructure throughout the United States. The park service is working to stop the spread of the dime-sized mussels through boat inspections.

They also advice people to clean their boats and equipment after getting out of the water:

Executives to Help Clean Up Lake Mead Area

Executives to Help Clean Up Lake Mead Area

 

The Lake Mead area will get some cleanup help from unusual sources next week.

More than 200 executives from around the world will help beautify the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on February 11.

Newell Rubbermaid will be promoting sustainability as its top executives help clean up the park’s newly renovated visitors center and native plant nursery. They will be sanding, painting, raking, cleaning, making plant bed frames and restoring aquatic plants and willow trees. The corporation will be in southern Nevada for an annual meeting.

Colorado River Water Report Released in Vegas

Colorado River Water Report Released in Vegas

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Federal officials say rising demand and falling supply pose a risk of water shortages over the next 50 years for some 40 million people, including Native Americans, businesses, ranchers and farmers in seven Western states dependent on the Colorado River.

However, the two-year study released Wednesday by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar with members of a Colorado River Water Users Association conference in Las Vegas is already being criticized by advocacy groups who say the report is flawed.

Water administrators and state officials from Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming have been considering a range of outside-the-box ideas such as piping water from the nation's heartland and towing Arctic icebergs south.

They're trying to find ways to make sure U.S. cities such as Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix don't run out of water.

Announcement Planned on US-Mexico Water Agreement

Announcement Planned on US-Mexico Water Agreement

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Government officials from the U.S. and Mexico have set a Tuesday date in San Diego to sign a landmark agreement to share Colorado River water during times of drought and surplus.

The agreement calls for letting Mexico store water in Lake Mead, and for a pilot program of water releases from the U.S. to replenish wetlands in the Colorado River delta south of the border.

Water agencies in California, Arizona and Nevada would each buy water from Mexico over three years, and the agreement also clears the way for U.S. entities to invest in infrastructure improvements in Mexico in return for a share of the water such projects would save.