It's a research laboratory, it's an environmental education center, it's É another houseboat on Lake Mead in Nevada.
"Forever Earth" was dedicated at the lake
in early October. The floating laboratory is a specially designed,
70-foot luxury houseboat, furnished with water and air quality
monitoring equipment and a myriad of other scientific instruments.
A research barge and support watercraft will cruise alongside the
$500,000 houseboat when it's not moored at Callville Bay
Universities, research groups and
environmental organizations can rent Forever Earth for academic
projects, environmental monitoring and litter cleanups. Area
schoolchildren will have access to the lab as an experiential
learning center, and the general public can tour it at an open
house planned for later this year.
is a joint project of the National Park Service, the University of
Nevada Las Vegas, the Outside Las Vegas Foundation and Forever
Resorts. For additional information, call the Lake Mead National
Recreation Area at 702/293-8947; for scheduling information, call
the Outside Las Vegas Foundation at 702/515-5125.