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Thousands of trees, shrubs planted along Las Vegas Wash

Posted at 6:05 PM, Mar 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-04 21:05:43-05

More than 300 volunteers gathered near the Las Vegas Wash Saturday to plant thousands of trees and shrubs. 

The "Wash Green-Up" was organized by the Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee. The goal is to prevent erosion along the banks of the wash to ultimately improve the quality of the Las Vegas valley's drinking water. 

"We are revitalizing it," said Nick Rice, an environmental biologist with the Southern Nevada Water Authority, "to restore the area for people to enjoy in the future." 

People of all ages took part in the Wash Green-Up which happens twice a year. Lilian Eckberg took her 4-year-old son to the event in hopes that he will learn the importance of giving back to the environment. 

"If we don't try to help and teach our sons to protect the environment, who is going to do it?" Eckberg said. 

The volunteers planted an approximate 3,000 plants across 8 acres of the wash.