Threats to Dry Lake Valley, Nevada

February 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

For the past 4 or 5 months, I’ve been working on a book in collaboration with two of my mentors, Derrick Jensen and Lierre Keith. The subject of the book is green technology and other so-called solutions to the environmental crisis. We call these false solutions “bright green lies.” That might be the title of the book, too.

The picture at the top here is of Dry Lake Valley in southeastern Nevada. It’s beautiful. There is a Joshua Tree forest there, and the rocks I stood atop to take this picture are covered in hundreds of pictographs. They’re really stunning.

In the middle of the photo, you can see a high-voltage electric transmission line. It runs through the whole valley, and has a big impact on the area. The biggest impact on this valley has been from cattle grazing. It’s pretty trashed in some ways, since the cattle preferentially eat the small plants. There was a substantial gold mine on the east side of this valley for a long time, too. It’s somewhat famous because dozens of miners died of silicosis at the mine. Their graves are still up there.

The biggest threat to this valley right now is solar power. The BLM has designated 25,069 acres here for solar power development, and three separate projects that would produce 440 MW of solar power are in the early stages of permitting. Ultimately there could be as much as 4 GW of solar power in this valley. That would be really bad for the sage grouse, antelope, and other creatures who live here.

This photo was taken on the Sacred Water Tour (an annual tour of eastern Nevada in opposition to the SNWA Water Grab and other destructive projects) last year, in 2015. If you are interested in learning more about this valley, working to protect it, or attending the sacred water tour, visit the Deep Green Resistance Great Basin website and sign up for alerts or email us.


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