Nevada National Guard Clean Up Truckee Meadows
More than 60,000 pounds of mangled steel, shattered glass, and sun-cracked rubber were removed by CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 1-189th AVN from remote areas surrounding Reno in Nevada
US Army, January 08, 2016 - RENO, Nev. by Sgt Michael Orton - More than 60,000 pounds of mangled steel, shattered glass, and sun-cracked rubber were removed from remote areas surrounding Reno today as the Nevada Army National Guard teamed up with Troop 3396 of the Boy Scouts of America, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to remove several abandoned vehicles from the Nevada desert.
The groups focused on the Hunter Creek and Steamboat Ditch areas, which contained about 15 vehicles between them. Officials said the vehicles posed a threat to surrounding areas as the cars leached harmful contaminants into local waterways like the Truckee River.
“Fluids like gasoline, diesel fuel, oil, transmission fluid, and power steering and brake fluids leak from abandoned vehicles,” said Jacob C. Waters, project organizer and son of Col. Dan Waters of the Nevada Army Guard. “Snowmelt and rain washes corroded metals and contaminants from abandoned vehicles to the Truckee River where the materials imperil the endangered Cui-ui fish species, the threatened Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, and the health of the citizens of the Truckee Meadows.”
The cleanup project, which also served as an Eagle Scout and Hornaday Medal project for Waters, allowed Guard aviators to work with their local community while practicing perishable skills they must maintain for the military.
The vehicles, previously identified by WCSO officers, were prepared for sling loading beneath CH-47 Chinook helicopters by Boy Scout, WCSO and KTMB volunteers. From there, the Guard flew the vehicles to a single collection point, where other KTMB and the WCSO officials coordinated hazardous waste disposal and processing of the automobiles.
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