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Home Working with Section 106 ACHP Case Digest Summer 2004 Nevada: Landscaping of the Bureau of Reclamation Regional Office, Boulder City
Nevada: Landscaping of the Bureau of Reclamation Regional Office, Boulder City
Agency: Bureau of Reclamation
Boulder City, Nevada, was established by the Federal Government in the 1930s to house government workers who were building the Hoover Dam. Designed by master planner Saco Reinck De-Boer, the city is also nationally significant in the history of American city planning as Americas first fully developed and implemented experiment in town planning.
Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado Region headquarters, Boulder City, Nevada (photo courtesy of Andy Pernick, BoR)
BoRs Lower Colorado Region headquarters in the city crowns a hill that is the apex of the Boulder City Historic District. From the historic landscaped slope and parks of BoRs property radiate the three major thoroughfares of Boulder City, the focal point for community activities.
In June 2004, the ACHP toured BoRs property and met with its staff, the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, and local residents to help develop a re-landscaping plan to reduce water usagewithout sacrificing the propertys significance as a historic landscape and its role in Boulder Citys unique identity as a clean and lush community.
The most recent of BoRs proposals seeks to balance lower water usage through xeriscapingusing unthirsty native plants and drought-tolerant exoticson the upper terraces of the property while retaining its grass-covered slopes and trees visible from the local roads.
It is estimated that re-landscaping around the office building would reduce water usage by one-third with little sacrifice to the propertys historical and community values. Water usage could be reduced further with new state-of-the-art water irrigation systems, grass that uses less water, and installation of a water meter for effective water monitoring in the future.
BoR will further refine its landscaping design based on community input
and the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation
of Historic Properties.
Staff contact: Margie
Posted August 6, 2004
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