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Henderson Offering Birding Under the Stars

Henderson Offering Birding Under the Stars

The city of Henderson is offering a unique experience later this month at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, 350 East Galleria Drive.

The preserve will be offering a nighttime birding event from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

Birding Under the Stars will be $14 per person, for 8 years old and up.

Staff will guide people around the preserve to see nocturnal birds and other animals, including owls, night herons and nighthawks. A telescope will also be available at the visitor's center for star gazing.

People are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the event to check in. Children must be with an adult.

The preserve is home to thousands of migratory waterfowl, along with birds that always call the desert home.

For more information, call (702) 267-4180. To register, go to cityofhenderson.com and use the activity code 664020-00. 

Henderson Offering Loans for Replacing Water-Guzzling Landscaping

Henderson Offering Loans for Replacing Water-Guzzling Landscaping

The city of Henderson would like people to change their water-guzzling landscaping to a more water-efficient plantings and are offering loans to help pay for the change.

The city is accepting applications for two loan programs that will people replace their grass with drought-tolerant landscaping.

The first program called the Homeownership Enrichment Landscape Program will help residents remove turf and install water-efficient plants or improve a yard that has been neglected.

The program is a deferred loan program, which means people do not need to pay the loan back until they sell their home or the home changes ownership, for a maximum of $5,000.

The second program Turf Removal Program will help pay for residents to replace grass with desert landscaping. The loan is up $5,000 at 3 percent interest, which will paid down over a seven-year period.

City of Henderson Awarded for Arbor Day Program

City of Henderson Awarded for Arbor Day Program

The City of Henderson is getting a Gold Leaf Award for its efforts to improve green space in the city.

The Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture presented the award to the city for its Therapeutic Recreation Arbor Day program. Through the program, special needs residents helped plant 25 trees at three community centers.

The Gold Leaf Award is given out to communities, agencies, nonprofits or neighborhood groups that conduct outstanding Arbor Day activities.

The group was established in 1934 and is made up of thousands of professionals in the western United States practicing arboriculture. 

Henderson Gets Money to Clean Up Lead-Contaminated Houses

Henderson Gets Money to Clean Up Lead-Contaminated Houses

 

The city of Henderson is getting more than $2 million to help protect kids from lead

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the money to two local projects in Henderson that are designed to rid homes of lead-based paint.

The city will use the money to address lead hazards in 74 housing units that are home to low and very low-income families with children. It will also perform healthy home assessments on 50 more units.

The money is part of $98 million awarded to 38 projects across the country to clean up lead paint hazards, train workers on how to handle properties contaminated with lead and to educate people about the problem.

HUD estimates about 24 million homes around the country still have significant lead-based hazards, even though lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978.

Lead is a known toxin that can impair a child’s development and have effects into adulthood.

Greenspun Students Campaign for Lake Mead Health

Greenspun Students Campaign for Lake Mead Health

 

A group of local middle school students wants southern Nevadans to be aware of what they call an environmental hazard at Lake Mead.

Greenspun Junior High School Leadership Club students are launching a public campaign about “the dangers and the damage done by the use of carbureted 2-stroke engines.”

In 2013, a ban on personal watercrafts with carbureted 2-stroke engines went into effect to help reduce pollution at the lake. Leadership Club students, led by educators Gwendolyn Buckles and Katie Litzenberg, started an educational campaign named “Lake MEad.” It focuses on the effects pollution has in southern Nevada’s public recreation areas.

The students created a multimedia campaign to spread the word about the 2-stroke engine ban at the lake. During their after-school club, students chose this cause as their annual community project.

Liberty Student Honored for Green Work

Liberty Student Honored for Green Work

 

Earlier this week, senior Samantha Banz was given the Certificate of Commendation by City of Henderson Councilwoman Debra March.

The presentation took place at the annual GreenFest in honor of Earth Day at the Springs Preserve last week.

"She did a great job, and we are very happy, and feel very fortunate to have such a dedicated and wonderful daughter," Sonja Rogers-Banz, Samantha’s mother, said. "She shines inside and out."

Earlier in the year, Banz was invited, along with other members of CCSD's "green" Eco-Ambassador program, to speak in front of the CCSD Board of School Trustees. She spoke about the green movement at Liberty High School along with her experiences at the National Green School Conference in Florida. 

Henderson Man's Hard Yard Work Pays Off

Henderson Man's Hard Yard Work Pays Off

The hard work of a Henderson man and his mother was rewarded when the Southern Nevada Water Authority named their yard, Yard of the Month for January.

Devon Sansone and his mother moved into the former rental property nine years ago. In that time, they've worked to remove the turf and replace it with water-efficient landscaping.

Sansone did not just remove the turf, he dug down another eight inches and filled it back in with six inches of compact red soil. He says the red soil helps keep down weeds and holds moisture.

His yard now features low-water plants like dwarf bottle brush, deer grass, sago palms, Texas rangers and lantana. The change brought down their water bill by 25 percent.

Sansone and his mother did most of the work on their yard themselves.

“My advice for anyone who wants to do this on their own is to keep it simple,” he said. “You’d be surprised how well desert plants can do in this valley.”