Hinkley is located in the Mojave Watershed. Total population in the watershed is increasing every year and is expected to grow to nearly one-half million by the year 2015. The headwaters of the Mojave River are in the San Bernardino Mountains, Aside from intense storm events, the Mojave River channel is typically dry downstream of the Mojave Forks Dam.There are also numerous water quality issues associated with past and current agricultural, industrial, and military land uses throughout the watershed. Because of water quality degradation associated with past industrial activities, some waters in the Mojave River watershed are listed as a water quality limited segment for priority organics on the federal Section 303(d) list of impaired water bodies.

Tamarisk and Salt Cedar are exotic plants introduced in the watershed during the 20th century. These plants use an abundance of water, destroy native vegetation and do not provide valuable habitat for native fauna. The BLM has worked for several years to eradicate these plants from the watershed.

The Harper Lake Company operates a solar energy generation facility at Harper Lake. Harper Lake is a dry lake containing wetlands that provide valuable wildlife habitat. The Harper Lake Company currently discharges their high TDS waste to lined ponds, but is considering the potential benefits of discharging the wastewater to the wetlands. Such a project has a potential to enhance the wetlands habitat, which would be a beneficial use of the water rather then merely allowing the water to evaporate. Regional Board staff is working with the Harper Lake Company, BLM, California Department of Fish and Game, and the California Energy Commission to evaluate the project.

Extensive investigation by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Generating Station has identified a plume of ground water degraded by the hexavalent chromium. The general dimensions of the plume are two miles in length and one-quarter mile in width. PG&E no longer uses hexavalent chromium in its facility operations. PG&E has implemented an aggressive corrective action program to cleanup and abate the effects of the degraded ground water. PG&E monitors the soil, ground water, and alfalfa plant tissue at the irrigation sites for the presence of hexavalent chromium. In 2001, the Regional Board required PG&E to stop using spray irrigation of crops as the treatment method because of concerns over airborne migration of hexavalent chromium. PG&E is now evaluating modification in order to continue cleanup.[ << ]

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Hinkley is at about 17 miles West of Barstow, California on I-58.

Population: 1029 (2000 census). In 1994, 620 of them filed suit against P G & E.

Inhabitants seem to be fleeting shadows. Probably due to the harsh weather, they hide in their houses and vehicles. You can see the locals gather and exchange news at the gas station/convenience store on Hinkley Road just South of the railroad.

One night last year, Bernard Perroud drank a beer with some locals at a bar on I-58, 1 mile West of Hinkley road.

Lots of empty and dilapidated houses to be found in and around Hinkley.