Droughts and Heat Waves

Casino magnate Wynn envisions water paradise in dry Nevada

Imagine a white sand beach with a bar at the dock. Water skiers flash by a small island, where fireworks shoot from twin peaks. Now imagine this water paradise is in the desert of drought-stricken Nevada.

Casino magnate Steve Wynn can, though not everyone shares the vision of the man who brought dancing water fountains, pirate sea battles and an exploding volcano to adorn his previous Las Vegas gambling resorts. The plan is still in the design phase and hasn't received final approval.

The Paradise Park development proposal unveiled by Wynn Resorts in April would be anchored by a 38-acre, man-made lake built where golfers now tee up on an 18-hole course. Wynn, the company's...