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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.

Cleanups Mark Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week

Cleanups Mark Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week

The first week of May marks Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week throughout the state and cleanup activities are planned in conjunction.

The Clark County Fire Department is partnering with local, federal and state agencies to support the effort.

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

If you have a water-efficient landscape in your yard or you’re a professional who has worked on one, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has a contest for you.

Local residents and landscape professionals interested in showing off their water-efficient landscapes are encouraged to enter the SNWA's 13th Annual Landscape Awards competition.

Applications for this free community contest, along with award criteria, categories and other information are available at snwa.com through Thursday, May 12. Applications also are available by calling the Conservation Helpline at 258-SAVE (7283).

The SNWA's Landscape Awards honor residential and professional water-efficient landscapes that are both attractive and functional. Entrants must have a working irrigation system appropriate to their design.

Open Houses Slated for Red Rock Canyon

Open Houses Slated for Red Rock Canyon

The Bureau of Land Management, Red Rock/Sloan Field Office will be holding open houses the third Thursday of each month. The open houses will be held to give the public an opportunity to meet staff, get information about projects and planning, and ask questions about the management of Red Rock and Sloan Canyon National Conservation Areas and Walking Box Ranch.

The first open house will be held Thursday. Open houses will run from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center. When participants enter the fee booth at the entrance of the Scenic Drive, they should tell the attendant that they are attending the open house and fees will be waived.

Dust Study Shows Elevated Levels of Arsenic at Nellis Dunes

LAS VEGAS -- The Bureau of Land Management has requested a Health Risk Assessment be done at the Nellis Dunes Recreation Area after a UNLV study showed high levels of arsenic in the dust.