Sunday, July 24, 2011
One Wash, One Spring, One Big Deal
So Pittman Wash is turning out to be one big f*cking deal. Why? The neighbors love it, the wildlife live in it, and the City of Henderson may now be realizing the city is better off preserving it.
As summer has progressed, it feels like we've been witnessing a critical mass forming. Project GREEN has been speaking up, and local residents have been paying attention. And this has made the real difference here.
We're finally seeing progress as both the City of Henderson Public Works Department and Clark County Regional Flood Control District are seriously considering better alternatives to concretization. Believe it or not, there truly are other options available that can secure the bluffs abutting the wash while still preserving the glorious natural beauty that makes Pittman Wash so special and so unique.
Pittman Wash is one of only six natural riparian habitats left in Clark County, and the spring flowing at the railroad trestle is one of the only ones left in the entire valley. Take a look for yourself.
Now think about where else we can see something like this. And think of what would happen if this were replaced by concrete. Think of what would happen if we start to see this unique stretch of wilderness in the desert vanish away.
This is why it's critical to keep the calls and emails coming. Please thank our Henderson City Council members for considering alternatives to full concretization.
Mayor Andy Hafen: email@example.com
Council Member Gerri Schroder (Ward 1): firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Debra March (Ward 2): email@example.com
Council Member Kathleen Boutin (Ward 3): firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Sam Bateman (Ward 4): email@example.com
And please ask Clark County Regional Flood Control members to support alternatives to concretizing Pittman Wash. In particular, make sure to thank Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani for her efforts to ensure Regional Flood Control looks at alternatives that are less environmentally intrusive.
Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani (District E- Paradise/Las Vegas): firstname.lastname@example.org
Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown (District C- Las Vegas): email@example.com
Las Vegas City Council Member Steve Ross: Email Contact Form
North Las Vegas City Council Member Robert Eliason: Email Contact Form
Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler: Email Contact Form
This is just too big of a deal to lose. We need to preserve and protect Pittman Wash so we can continue to experience the wondrous beauty of the Mojave Desert in which we live.
(And by the way, many thanks to Project GREEN for last night's nature walk exploring the spring at the center of all this controversy. As you can see, the spring can explain for itself why this is such a big deal.)