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Getting involved at the Las Vegas Wash

Local residents and students from Mabel Hoggard Math & Science Magnet Elementary School participated in the valley’s first celebration of World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2, 2011. Through the use of activities including live animal encounters and building bird feeders, attendees learned more about the Las Vegas Wash and how the wetlands benefit the valley.

World Wetlands Day

The wetlands along the Wash provide many positive benefits for our community. The water in our wetland system allows sediments to settle as water moves through the system, permitting a diverse community of microorganisms that break down organic and inorganic pollutants. In other words, wetland vegetation works as a “filter,” picking up contaminants that may be in the water. The microorganisms break the contaminants down as the water flows to Lake Mead. To enhance the vegetation at the Wash, participants also planted native plants near the In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Wetland Ponds in the Clark County Wetlands Park.

The World Wetlands Day activities are one of many to help protect and restore the Las Vegas Wash. Educational activities with Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet School are held throughout the year thanks to funding from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Revegetation also has helped stabilize the Wash’s banks, reducing erosion and improving water quality into Lake Mead, the source of drinking water for the Las Vegas Valley.

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