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Pavement Work at Lake Mead Starts After Labor Day

Pavement Work at Lake Mead Starts After Labor Day

 

Another Lake Mead-area construction project will get under way at the end of the busy summer tourism season.

Boulder Beach Campground at Lake Mead Set for Renovations

Boulder Beach Campground at Lake Mead Set for Renovations

 

As the busy summer season winds down, the National Park Service will begin a major construction project at Boulder Beach Campground at Lake Mead.

Construction is scheduled to begin this week. This project involves new concrete RV pads, restroom buildings, and campsite facilities. Existing trees will remain in place, but all other non-native shrubs will be removed and replaced with native plants chosen to provide shade, privacy, and windbreak.

Construction is scheduled to end next year in February.

Lake Mead Highlights the Sky with Astronomy Weekend

Lake Mead Highlights the Sky with Astronomy Weekend

 

The Lake Mead Recreation Area wants everyone to look to the skies for this weekend’s Astronomy Weekend.

The weekend will include several sky-related events at locations around the recreation area Friday through Sunday. Park rangers will give guided night time hikes along the Historic Railroad Trail, constellation tours, telescope viewing opportunities, daytime sun and moon programs and lectures on nocturnal animals in the Mojave Desert. The highlight will be the Perseid meteor shower, which is expected to peak Sunday night.

No reservations are required for the events.

  • Friday
  • 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
  • Boulder Beach Area
  • Learn the myths and mysteries of bats, some of the Mojave Deserts most amazing nighttime creatures.

 

  • Saturday
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Boulder Beach Area
  • Join Rangers at this table program to view the sun and learn its secrets.

 

Feds Estimate Billions in State Economic Impact from Parks, Projects

Feds Estimate Billions in State Economic Impact from Parks, Projects

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Department of the Interior officials say their agency's parks and other projects supported more than 19,000 Nevada jobs last fiscal year.

The federal agency says Monday that the 16 million visitors to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands supported about 10,500 jobs, while energy and mineral development supported close to 6,000 jobs.

The department says Lake Mead National Recreation Area alone supported almost 2,500 jobs. That area sees about 7 million visitors a year.

Interior department officials say their agency's projects and sites made a nearly $2.4 billion impact on the Nevada economy.

Nationwide, they say the economic impact is $385 billion.

The Interior department's responsibilities include managing public lands and natural resources and working with Native American tribes.

Drunk Boaters Targeted This Weekend

Drunk Boaters Targeted This Weekend

 

State officials will be cracking down on drunk boaters throughout Nevada over the weekend, including at Lake Mead.

Game wardens with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) will take part in a nationally coordinated enforcement effort dubbed “Operation Dry Water.” In an attempt to reduce the number of drunken boaters, Operation Dry Water is an effort to coordinate increased patrols, investigations, and operating under the influence check points.

Events will take place at including Lakes Lahontan, Mead, Tahoe, Mohave, Topaz, and South Fork Reservoir. 

“We want people to go boating and have fun, but drunken boaters cause accidents and fatalities," said Capt. David Pfiffner, Nevada’s Boating Law Administrator. "Of our fatal accidents, almost half in an average year are alcohol related. Too many people are getting hurt because of a senseless, selfish act of some people.”