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Help "Green-Up" the Wash on Oct. 13

Although we're in the midst of summer, fall is just around the corner, meaning it's time to register for the Las Vegas Coordination Committee's (LVWCC) semi-annual Wash Green-Up volunteer planting event.

Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. until noon, the Fall 2018 Green-Up will help revegetate a 10-acre site with approximately 9,000 trees and shrubs near the Tropicana Weir. The event will feature a vendor fair to commemorate the LVWCC's 20th anniversary.

Register for the 2018 Fall Wash Green-up!

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 site of the 2013 Fall Wash Green-Up provides a scenic view of the Las Vegas Strip

Some of the plants used in 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.

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, more than 9,500 participants have volunteered at Wash Green-Up events, planting approximately 101,000 native trees and shrubs across nearly 250 acres. These events have brought together local citizens, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, high schools, fraternities, sororities, church groups, casino groups and many other civic-minded entities, organizations and individuals.

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.

Las Vegas Wash Project Coordination Team • 100 City Parkway, Suite 700 • Las Vegas, NV 89106 • (702) 822-3300