The Wash is a conduit for the Valley's recycled water, urban and commercial runoff, and precipitation. The shallow waterway uses gravity to carry over 200 million gallons each day, ultimately emptying into Lake Mead.
The scenic Wash and Park are engineered to provide additional benefits for southeastern Nevada. Twenty-one low-height dams called weirs manage the flow of water as it makes the long and gradual, 150-feet descent towards Lake Mead. Many of the weirs are designed to look like huge outcroppings of rock that slow the flow of water heading downstream. The weirs reduce bank erosion and also help prevent debris from being carried into the Lake Mead watershed.
Located in the Mojave Desert, the 2,900-acre Clark County Wetlands Park is unlike any park in the Vegas Valley.
The cornerstone of the Park is eight miles of the Las Vegas Wash, an engineered waterway that bisects the Park. The water provides a remarkable "strip of green" for plants, trees, and wildlife to thrive within the Park's four distinct habitats. There are countless opportunities for visitors to explore, appreciate and enjoy.
Many water-loving plants, such as cattails and reeds, help cleanse the water of many undesirable compounds and elements, including heavy metals. The Park also serves as a floodplain during the infrequent storms impacting the Valley.
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Photo above: A pair of mallards takes an early morning rest atop rocks that comprise part of an engineered low-height dam called a weir in the Las Vegas Wash.
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