RENO, Nev. - Hundreds of volunteers donated their time to beautifying the surroundings at local parks and open spaces on Saturday. Many brought rakes and shovels. Only one group brought helicopters.
Members of the Nevada Army National Guard used Chinooks to remove 17 rusty cars from the Steamboat Ditch and Hunter Creek areas in Southwest Reno.
"It's a great training opportunity for the Nevada National Guard and this is one of our strategic pillars, get out and support the community," Col. Daniel Waters said. "This is a great way for the Nevada National Guard to pay our community back."
It's a collaboration between the Guard, the Washoe County Sheriff's Office and local boy scouts. The Colonel's son, 14-year-old Jacob Waters, has been planning this for months as his Eagle Scout project.
"There's been a lot of planning and safety stuff," Jacob said. "We had to coordinate with property owners so we can get access into higher elevations of Hunter Creek, the dump zone for the vehicles, so it's been good."
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office has been cataloging illegally dumped cars for years but before this, they've had no way to remove them.
"We're looking basically at creek beds is where they're dumping them, in these ravines" said Bob Harmon of the WCSO. "They could be leaking all kinds of things and they need to come out, but it's not easy with the ravines being this steep. Now that we're working with the Nevada National Guard we're finally able to get them out of here."
The vehicles were towed to a reclamation facility after their VIN numbers were verified by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Jacob says he's not too worried about making Eagle Scout.
"I think I'm going to get it," he said.