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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release
For Immediate Release: January 22, 2016
Release No.: 2016-05
LAKE MEAD INSTITUTE TO HOST ENERGY INNOVATION DAY JAN 30
BOULDER CITY, Nevada –The Lake Mead Institute is hosting an Energy Innovation Day at the Lake Mead Visitor Center Jan. 30. Rangers and local experts will be available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for programs and activities that explore the ever-changing energy needs at Lake Mead.
At 10 a.m., Shana Tighi, hydrologist from the Bureau of Reclamation, will speak about drought conditions in the Colorado River System and forecasted water levels at Lake Mead. At 11 a.m., UNLV Professor George Rhees will discuss sustainable energy and the future needs of the Southwest. At 1 p.m., Lake Mead's Chief of Park Maintenance and Engineering, Bruce Nyhuis, will share how solar panel installation has offset energy use at the Visitor Center, how an energy-connected grid works and how the National Park Service has lowered the carbon footprint of the park.
The park's "Green Team" will share convenient ways visitors can make their trip to the park more sustainable, as well as details about the park's single stream recycling program and water refill stations.
The Mojave Desert Network Inventory and Monitoring Program team will share the latest scientific findings and the effects of climate change on parks within the Mojave Desert ecosystem.
Throughout the day, visitors can showcase their artistic side by purchasing a square of scratch paper to etch their best conservation creation. Artwork will be displayed at the visitor center. Proceeds collected by the Western National Parks Association, a non-profit education partner of the National Park Service, will help raise money for Lake Mead education and program materials.
For more information call the Lake Mead Visitor Center at 702-293-8990.
Media interested in attending, should RSVP by calling 702-293-8691.