Rem Scherzinger: NID gathers more than 5,000 butane canisters |

Rem Scherzinger: NID gathers more than 5,000 butane canisters

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With community help, the Nevada Irrigation District has recently collected approximately 5,000 butane canisters found in and around Rollins Reservoir.

We understand that these canisters are used in the illegal and dangerous manufacture of butane honey oil (BHO). Winter storms produced a “watershed flush” that helped reveal this ugly problem that seems to originate mostly in the Greenhorn Creek watershed.

The use and illegal dumping of butane canisters creates ecological impacts as they accumulate in our creeks and reservoirs. Butane and other volatile organic compounds contribute to both ground level and regional air quality impacts. Additionally, the industrial use of butane in our watersheds poses a significant wildfire threat to our region.

These cans are a byproduct of a larger problem of unregulated and illegal commercial marijuana cultivation. Our watersheds are a precious resource for our communities that must be protected.

Waste Management, Inc. has generously agreed to dispose of the canisters, which require careful handling as a hazardous material. NID will continue to reach out to the community for help in collecting these canisters. If you find butane canisters, please bring them to the nearest NID facility for safe disposal.

Rem Scherzinger, general manager

Nevada Irrigation District

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