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Ecological Projects >> Muddy River >> Moapa >> Aquatic Habitat Viewing Chamber
& Visitor Facilities

Project:  Aquatic Habitat Viewing Chamber and Visitor Facilities, Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada.

Client:  United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Date:  2001-2006

Site Location:   The Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Upper Muddy River Valley.  The Refuge is approximately 60 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Visitors can see various aquatic species through the viewing chamber.
Visitors can see various aquatic species through the viewing chamber.
Project Summary:
The Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge protects habitat for several species that are found only in the Upper Muddy River Valley including the Moapa dace (Moapa coriacea), Moapa speckled dace (Crenichthys baileyi moapae), Moapa pebble snail (Pyrgulopsis avernalis), Moapa water strider (Rhagovelia becki), and the Moapa naucorid (Usingerina moapensis).  The group of springs within the Refuge is called the Warm Springs.  All of the Warm Springs were modified and altered prior to establishment of the area as a wildlife refuge.

In coordination with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Otis Bay developed a site plan for visitation including parking areas, shade shelters, group use areas, educational kiosks, trails, and an aquatic habitat viewing chamber.  The viewing chamber is the center piece of the site plan where the public will be able to view the Moapa dace and other native aquatic species in their restored habitat.  The primary goal of this project is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the unique assemblage of species that occur within the refuge as well as throughout the upper Muddy River valley.

Project Update:
The construction of the viewing chamber and restoration of associated spring outflow channels was completed in 2006.  The visitor center includes a parking area, information kiosk, picnic area, and trails designed by Otis Bay, and is now open to the public.  Visitor information is available on the USFWS Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge page

To experience the panoramas, videos, audio and multimedia photo galleries, you'll need the free QuickTime Player.

Click the links below to view the interactive panoramas, audio and videos from the Moapa Aquatic Habitat Viewing Chamber & Visitor Facilities!

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