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The Las Vegas Wash The Las Vegas Wash and Wetlands
Wetlands are muddy places that have lots of plants and tall grasses. In Southern Nevada, we have a desert wetland called the Las Vegas Wash. The wash looks like a little river that flows into Lake Mead.

Water running down the streets of Las Vegas can end up in the Las Vegas Wash. Some of that water is very dirty. At the wash, plants and grasses help clean the water. It is important to keep the wetlands healthy so the plants and grasses can grow and help clean the water before it goes into Lake Mead.