The National Parks including Lake Mead National Recreation Area are home to complex native communities of plants and animals that have developed over millions of years. This natural heritage is threatened by the invasion of exotic plants and animals.
“Swimmer’s Itch” is the name given to a condition caused by flatworm larva. The naturally occurring parasite needs ducks, snails and warm shallow waters to flourish. It is common in lakes in 30 states. While not a persistent, widespread problem, the “Swimmer’s Itch” parasite is believed to be present in Lakes Mead and Mohave.
Arid Land Restoration
The Arid Land Restoration Program restores damaged lands within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.