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Nevada Earth Day Effort Yields Over 6 Tons of Good

April 22, 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Environmentalists, local union members and volunteers kicked off Earth Day early in Nevada with a Las Vegas clean-up effort aimed at protecting the area's drinking water. Public Services officials just completed weighing all the trash that volunteers pulled from the Flamingo Wash, a dump site that runs right into the Las Vegas strip.

Scott Stevens, Earth Day coordinator for the Southern Nevada Group of the Sierra Club, led the clean-up effort, and admits he is a little amazed at how much trash they hauled off, in just four hours.

"We had around 150 volunteers and were able to pick up, in trash and recycling, a combination of 6.3 tons."

Volunteers helped clear the area for the groundbreaking, which is expected to take place this summer, for a new park planned by Clark County.

Stevens says Earth Day is a good time to remind folks that anything that gets dumped into spots like the Flamingo Wash can find its way into the tap water in your kitchen.

"Any trash, any garbage, any chemicals or anything like that, given one big good rainstorm, will get washed all the way down through the city and into Lake Mead, the source of drinking water for all of Las Vegas Valley."

It's not too late for Nevadans to get involved. Sierra Club spokesperson Orli Cotel says you can go to the Sierra Club's website and decide how you want to participate for Earth Day.

"You can say if you're going to bike to work on Earth Day, or if you want to plant a tree, whatever
it is you're are going to do to make a difference; and you can see the map of people all across the country - 40,000 people that have already taken this pledge - it's a way to show that small changes really do add up and make a difference."

More information is available at www.sierraclub.org.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV