Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

Lake Mead Water Level Rising

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The water levels of Lake Mead are rising. For the first time in over ten years, the water is headed up not down and although no one wants to celebrate too soon, it’s worth popping a little bubbly for.

The water problem in Las Vegas has been a concern for years and the main solution has been water conservation. In 2007 we blogged about a Water Smart Congress and Las Vegas has been focusing their efforts to ease the water problem. Clark County continues to be applauded and awarded for it’s various conservation practices including the tax credits for converting to desert landscaping and the enforcement of water schedules and practices. Way to go!

Analysts believe that the rising levels of Lake Mead will only continue until the end of the year. Heavy snowfall has accounted for the level increase and only time and Mother Nature will tell what will happen this next season. As it stands with the current rate of water rising, Lake Mead will be around 50% capacity. Not yet enough to start splurging on our water usage.

Conservation programs are continually being tweaked and new ideas are being birthed as the promise to climb out of this decade of drought is uncertain. My contribution? Take fewer baths and shorter showers, keep the inside instead of the outside of my car squeaky clean and order beer instead of tap water at the local watering hole.

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Las Vegas Recycling Statistics Reveal All

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Come on now Nevada. Am I reading this correctly? Is the recycling statistic really at a puny 24% for the entire state? Unfortunately it is. The state of Nevada is low on the totem pole when it comes to recycling. The recycling rate in Las Vegas is even more dreadful – an embarrassing 20%. Ouch.

Recently proposed bill AB 427 “Directs the Legislative Commission to conduct an interim study concerning the establishment of a program requiring the payment of deposits and refunds on recyclable products sold in this State. (BDR S-1079).” In other words, this bill would research the idea of allowing a refund of certain recycled items such as cans and bottles. If the research yielded positive results the bill would allow you to drink your soda, return the bottle and get five cents back.

They used to do that in the old days and they are trying to bring it back. Several states (such as California) participate in this recycling program but roadblocks have already sprung up for the state of Nevada. Here are are few of the excuses, I mean objections:

  • It will be too difficult on the businesses to keep up.
  • We’ll have to re-train everyone.
  • We don’t have space for the empty bottles.
  • It seems like so much effort for such little return.
  • No one will return the bottles anyway.

Even if the bill doesn’t pass (which the process is pretty lengthy anyway), there is a definite need for an increased awareness on the subject of recycling and just how much we throw in the landfill that will be there for hundreds of years.

I’d return my bottle for a nickel any day – but then again, I probably drink enough soda to make it worth while.

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Las Vegas Pets: When is it too hot?

Monday, August 1st, 2011

With Las Vegas summers in the triple digits and very little humidity, when is it too hot for those pets that take up residence in Las Vegas? When should animal lovers be extra careful?

Here are a few things for Las Vegas pet owners to keep in mind.

With hot days well over 90, the temperature inside a car can rise to 140 degrees or more in a matter of minutes. Animals do not have quick cooling instincts like humans and these levels are life-threatening. Don’t leave your pets in the car. Take them inside if the store permits or leave them at home. You’ll survive and so will they.

Unless there is plenty of shade and access to water in your backyard or they love to swim in your pool, leave the pets inside. Expose them to the high heat for short periods of time. Pets too are privy to heat strokes. Look for these warning signs: rapid breathing or pulse, vomiting, unsteadiness, glazed look in the eyes. Give them ice/water to cool them down. Spray them with the mister to expedite cooling.

Don’t worry if they don’t want to eat. Humans don’t like to eat when it’s really hot either.

If you like to take walks, bring water along for your pet and check to make sure the temperature of the sidewalk isn’t scalding. Dogs don’t wear shoes and although they have padded paws, they are still susceptible to burns.

Best option? Keep them inside. Teach them to use the toilet and they won’t ever have to be let out again if they don’t want to.

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A Nevada Treasure: Valley of Fire State Park

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Stretched over 35,000 acres is the state of Nevada’s oldest State Park, Valley of Fire. As it is located just 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas, many residents and visitors take day trips and weekend trips to see this natural beauty. It’s a fantastic way to get away from the city and into what seems like another world.

Called “Valley of Fire” because the shades of red and orange sandstone spread over the acres, it literally looks as if the valley is on fire. With numerous trails, gorgeous rock formations and unique wildlife you will see hikers, climbers, birdwatchers and outdoorsmen everywhere.

For those who may not be able to hike, there is a 2-mile scenic loop taking you to some of those beautiful formations. You can picnic, camp or cabin in the park. There is a fee of $10 a day per vehicle to enter the park and other fees apply if you are camping. For more information call 702.397.2088 or visit the Nevada Division of State Parks. And go see it! You will not be disappointed.

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Las Vegas Real Estate: Taking care of your home

Monday, July 18th, 2011

In the month of May, Clark County Nevada saw the sale of over 3,500 single-family residences. The numbers are pretty good especially when you take into consideration the 6,000 home sales that were postponed or canceled at the trustee sale. All in all, it is proof that homes are in fact still selling and people are in fact still buying and at historic lows.

With all this selling going on my question to you is, “What are you doing to take care of your piece of Las Vegas real estate” and “Are you keeping it up in case you have to or want to sell it someday?” Many of the homes taking precedence are not only an eye-catching price but one that has been cared for.

Real Estate on published an article titled, “Sellers beware: 8 factors that devalue a good home.” Here’s a quick summary (with a few of my own notes).

  1. Location. Need I say more?
  2. DIY projects gone awry. If it looks like you did it yourself, reconsider redoing it professionally.
  3. Too creative. I remember showing a home 7 years ago with a HUGE plastered sunshine in the living room. I think it’s still on the market.
  4. Curb appeal not appealing. Desert landscaping does not translate into no maintenance.
  5. Pets live there more than humans. Does it look like or smell like pets rule the roost? Not everyone likes pets and most do not want to buy a home that smells like animals.
  6. Shady neighbors. Do your neighbors care about their homes?
  7. Bad rap. What’s the country saying about your neighborhood? Did it make an infamous list?
  8. “As-is” home for sale. Do you like to buy items from Home Depot marked “As-is?” Consider different verbiage.

This list is pretty thorough. Make sure to take these things into consideration before putting your house on the market better yet, just keep up with the list and should you ever want to sell your home, you’ll be ahead of the game.

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