Volunteers gather for the Spring Wash Green-Up
On Saturday, March 14, more than 400 volunteers came together for the 2015 Spring Wash Green-Up to plant approximately 4,400 trees and shrubs across 11 acres along the Las Vegas Wash.
Some of the plants used in past Green-Ups were grown in a 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 for 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. The previous 25 Wash Green-Up events have attracted more than 9,500 participants to volunteer their time on a Saturday afternoon to plant more than 80,000 native trees and shrubs across approximately 205 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.