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Public Input on Callville Bay Sought

Public Input on Callville Bay Sought

Those wishing to give their ideas about wastewater treatment at Callville Bay have a month to do so.

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on its environmental assessment (EA) analyzing options for upgrading the wastewater treatment systems at Callville Bay. The existing system collects and treats wastewater from both park service and concession facilities.

Several new facilities have been added in the area since the current system was put in place, with others still planned. Facility upgrades are necessary to ensure the park can accommodate current and future demands while meeting all environmental regulatory standards. The EA evaluates the “No Action” alternative and four other action alternatives.

California Power Company Triples Power Order from New Solar Plant

California Power Company Triples Power Order from New Solar Plant

A huge solar energy project being built near Boulder City will be putting out even more energy for one of its biggest customers.

Water is Starting to Rise at Lake Mead

Water is Starting to Rise at Lake Mead

The drought of the past several years forced businesses around the lake to move now they're struggling with the opposite problem.

After years of drought, water levels in Lake Mead on the Colorado River are starting to rise again. That has business owners at the lake scrambling to move their shops up the shore — they moved down as the water level dropped.

Listen to the story on National Public Radio

Feds Looking at Refining Plans for Solar Power Zones

Feds Looking at Refining Plans for Solar Power Zones

 

Federal officials are refining their plan for speeding up solar energy development in zones of public lands in six western states, after receiving about 80,000 comments on the plan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday.

   In December, the Interior Department released a draft identifying 24 solar development zones in California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona with the highest potential for large-scale solar development and the fewest environmental conflicts.

   The Bureau of Land Management's deputy director of operations, Mike Pool, said Thursday he anticipates eliminating and reducing some zones but that he couldn't give specifics yet.

 The thousands of comments and concerns on the proposal demonstrate high interest in what the Interior and Energy departments are doing on renewable energy, Salazar said.

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Input Needed for Public Lands Projects

Input Needed for Public Lands Projects

The public comment period for preliminary recommendations for the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) Round 12 expenditures will continue through April 29.

The SNPLMA funds are generated from the sale of public land in the Las Vegas Valley.

The recommendations include expenditures of approximately $8 million, including a $1.5 million set aside for a Special Account Reserve, and $6.5 million for a variety of conservation, restoration, and improvement projects throughout Nevada in the following categories:

  • Parks, Trails & Natural Areas - $1,319,222
  • Capital Improvements - $753,105
  • Conservation Initiatives - $1,641,671
  • Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions - $307,900
  • Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention -  $1,412,800
  • Eastern Nevada Landscape Restoration Project - $996,100
  • Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan - $42,000

The recommendations