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Rhyolite Nevada Campground
Campground Improvements Improve Protection and Services for On-site Hosts

Project: Install utilities for two recreational vehicle pads at the Rhyolite Historic Townsite, lnear Beatty, Nevada. Additional components of the project are to install a gravity-fed potable water system, a septic system with leach field, and utility conduits with telephone and electrical service.

ARRA Funding Level: $346,000


February 2, 2011: $345,495 obligated, $345,495 spent.

October 29, 2010: Site work started.

Contracts: The $280,861 contract was awarded to URS Group, Inc., of Denver on July 28, 2010, through a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Completed: December 16, 2010.

Jobs: The project will employ approximately 6-8 contract workers and take 2½ months to complete.

Local purchases: Contract workers will purchase lodging, food, fuel and other operational supplies in the Beatty area.

Benefits and Needs: The project will allow for better protection and services to the on-site hosts who answer visitor questions, keep the town site clean, and protect the town site’s cultural resources. Utilities must be installed before the pads can be used by the on-site hosts. Installation of the utilities will provide the infrastructure for two to four year-round volunteer hosts.

Background: The townsite is part of the Death Valley experience for approximately 100,000 people per year from all over the world. Hosts are on-site a few hours per day to answer visitors’ questions, keep the townsite clean, and protect the townsite’s cultural resources. The recreational vehicle pads will allow hosts to live on-site in their recreational vehicles and trailers and provide better protection and services to visitors.

Area south of recreational vehicle pads where septic tank and leach field will be installed.     South end of recreational vehicle cover, Rhyolite Campground.
Area south of recreational vehicle pads where         South end of recreational vehicle cover,
septic tank and leach field will be installed.            Rhyolite Campground.