U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Nevada State Office
|Release Date: 07/30/12|
|News Release No. NSO 2012-032|
Join BLM for a Public Workshop on the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone Mitigation Project
Reno, Nev.--The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is continuing work to establish a solar energy program in six southwestern states including Nevada. The next phase involves conducting a regional mitigation pilot for the proposed Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ), located in Clark County, in southern Nevada.
On August 29 and 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Tuscany Suites and Casino, 255 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, the BLM will share information about the solar energy program and will hold discussions on developing regional mitigation plans as outlined in the Final Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement that was released July 24. We will ask participants to provide thoughts and ideas about mitigation for the Dry Lake SEZ, as well as future environmental monitoring and adaptive management plans for the SEZ.
The Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone is located in an undeveloped rural area in Dry Lake Valley, north of Las Vegas. The zone is bounded on the west by Arrow Canyon Range and on the southeast by the Dry Lake Range.
Comments on both the Draft Solar Programmatic EIS and the Supplement to the Draft Solar Programmatic EIS showed significant public interest in working cooperatively to develop regional mitigation plans for solar energy zones and for developing a long-term and scientifically-based environmental monitoring and adaptive management plan for solar energy development on BLM-administered lands.
If you are interested in attending and are interested in providing comments on the upcoming Dry Lake Mitigation Workshop, please RSVP and send comments to: email@example.com.
Additional information, including a map, Draft workshop agenda, and other documents will be made available on the BLM Nevada website at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/energy/dry_lake_solar_energy.html.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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|Last updated: 08-15-2012|
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