LVWCC holds 23rd volunteer planting event
On Saturday, Oct. 5, more than 400 volunteers gathered for the 2013 Fall Wash Green-Up and planted 3,800 trees and shrubs including desert willow, desert senna, brittlebush, globemallow, alkali sacaton, and mesquite trees. The event location was a 10-acre site along the north side of the Las Vegas Wash, near the recently completed Duck Creek Confluence Weir.
All of the plants used in the 2013 Fall Wash Green-Up were grown in a new greenhouse located at the Warm Springs Natural Area, owned and operated by the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Not only does propagating its own plants provide some cost savings, using local seeds combined with a more sporadic water schedule than a typical nursery enables the Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee (LVWCC) to increase the plant quality as well as customize them from life at the Las Vegas Wash.
Since April 2001, the LVWCC has organized the Las Vegas Wash Green-Up each spring and fall. Thanks to funding from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Green-Up is part of an ongoing effort to protect and enhance the ecosystem along the Las Vegas Wash.
The LVWCC was created to manage and protect the Las Vegas Wash, the critical final link in our watershed. Its members include local, state and federal agencies, environmental groups and the business community. To date, 23 Wash Green-Up events have attracted more than 8,200 participants to volunteer their time on a Saturday afternoon to plant nearly 70,500 native trees and shrubs across nearly 180 acres. These events have brought together local citizens, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, high schools, fraternities, sororities, church groups, casino groups and many others to revegetate more than 188 acres of native upland and wetland habitat.
The efforts of these volunteers have created much-needed habitat for wildlife living along the Las Vegas Wash. Revegetation also has helped stabilize the Wash’s banks, reducing erosion and improving water quality into Lake Mead, the source of the Las Vegas Valley's drinking water.