Crews discover tons of debris in Pantano Wash - Tucson News Now

Crews discover tons of debris in Pantano Wash

In addition to the bank protection, the county is building a 1.3-mile addition to The Loop on the west side of the wash. (Source: Tucson News Now) In addition to the bank protection, the county is building a 1.3-mile addition to The Loop on the west side of the wash. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Crews working on bank protection in the Pantano Wash unearthed car parts, along with a number of other things, in the wash near East Grant and East Tanque Verde roads.

Pima County Flood Control District says the project began in October 2016.

The crews had to dig between 8 to 10 feet deep. They’re using that dirt to make soil cement.

Here’s a list of what was found:

  • 80 tons of scrap metal
  • 10 tons of tires
  • 240 tons of concrete
  • 2,400 tons of plant material

Among the scrap metal, crews found parts of cars from the 1950s and 60s. The crews took the plant material and turned it into mulch.

Pima County officials say they’re trying to recycle or reuse much of the material found in the wash. They believe that this could save them thousands of dollars. Pima County officials believe that the wash has been the site for illegal dumping for decades.

The county flood control told Tucson News Now that this area is prone to erosion and flooding. That is why they’re building a sturdy and waterproof barrier, which they feel will help protect the hundreds of homes and businesses on Grant Road near the waterway.

In addition to the bank protection, the county is building a 1.3-mile addition to The Loop on the west side of the wash. This will include a sitting area, a staging area for bikes, and horseback riders, as well as a pedestrian bridge.

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