BrightSource Energy's proposed Hidden Hills Solar project may be a potential threat to the Amargosa River and its tributaries. Although the California Energy Commission (CEC) staff acknowledges that the Hidden Hills project impacts will be most severe for the Pahrump Valley groundwater basin--not the Amargosa River -- the CEC and the Amargosa River Conservancy have noted that there are information gaps and strict monitoring would be needed to make sure that the solar project's water guzzling does not impact the Amargosa River. What is more likely is that the BrightSource Energy project will wipe out natural desert springs that serve wildlife located closer to the project site, including the Stump Springs, an area of critical environmental concern just miles away.
|Mugging for the camera, and not comfortable with its lack of cover. This Amargosa toad quickly absconded to a nearby stream after this photo was taken.|