Summary results of opportunities, threats & issues

Below is a summary of the threats and opportunities facing the Truckee River, as discussed by the core stakeholders during their second meeting. The numbers in parentheses represent the number of sticky notes dedicated to that specific threat or opportunity.

A graph of the decided-upon emerging issues can be found here.


  • (4) Social issues; storage, personal property; impacts of homeless living on/along river; homelessness (human waste, safety, camping)
  • (4) Drought/climate change; lack of water quality; water temperature; flooding; natural disasters (drought, flood, nature, fires)
  • Invasive species
  • (2) Lack of funding
  • (2) Public awareness, lack of – “Why should I care?”; community education, engagement
  • (3) Public safety; safety in recreation, trash
  • (2) Boundaries . . . state, city, county, tribe; coordination and communication between; agreements; oversight and authority
  • (2) Maintenance responsibility; fragmentation – lack of coordination
  • (2) Restrooms; impacts of recreational use – trash, erosion, facilities; impacts to tourism; trash in riverbed
  • (3) Storm drains, runoff; urban runoff; water quality
  • (2) Beavers, raccoons
  • (2) Littering; trash
  • Communication/coordination
  • Population growth, new developments
  • Any perception of exclusivity
  • Crime
  • Wildlife conflicts
  • Access points – lack of management, control
  • Management plans? Clarity, understanding, are there silos?
  • Impacts to adjacent homeowners, business owners of river users and conditions


  • Funding opportunities; community investment; remediation district?
  • Media – great stories here!
  • Boundaries: one river, shared vision!
  • Overflow shelters, education
  • Vendors, concessions
  • “Inclusive”
  • Fly fishing; birding, bats, cui-ui
  • Improved ecosystem
  • (6) Community ownership; service organizations; coordinated volunteer opportunities; cleanups/volunteers; business partners; Adopt-A-River; collaboration/coordination; communication (ownership, water quality, personal investment, self-policing)
  • (3) Ballot initiative? Conservation district funding; other assessment fees? Endowment fund for Truckee River @ CFWN
  • (4) Education opportunities; youth component (partners like SNJ, DM, WCSD, NMA); public outreach; the right to do something . . . people are more aware
  • (2) Education and community events; river rangers (kids and families)
  • (2) Livable communities; quality of life; local use
  • (9) Recreation; access points; special events; tourism; economic resource; safety – enhanced? More users, more ownership, tourism; activities and economics
  • Easier water disposal
  • New development (tax base)
  • (2) Artown culture; tourism with art highlights
  • Restrooms
  • Public safety
  • Cultural opportunities