Other Rivers: River Walk District

Other Rivers: River Walk District

Around the Country
"After visiting San Antonio last fall, the Truckee River could be a real visitor destination that compliments the casino, tourist and convention industr(ies) already well established. Upscale shopping and (a) restaurant district along the river should be incorporated with flood prevention." A lot of people are taking our survey. And in addition to choosing different options, many have taken to writing why they care for the Truckee River and how it can be improved. The above anonymous comment was provided by a survey-taker. So we turned to the San Antonio River Walk District in Texas. [caption id="attachment_1000" align="alignleft" width="300"] Google Map shot of area around the river walk.[/caption] Between river boat cruises ($8.25 max!), museums, shops, restaurants and the Alamo (!) all located along or within a couple blocks of the…
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Initial Stakeholder Meeting #3

Initial Stakeholder Meeting #3

Meeting
Wow, we can't believe summer is almost over! We have been so busy getting this One Truckee River Initiative off the ground. . . planning meetings, working on and updating the website and social media, and really just trying to start conversations about protecting our river. And considering the group of people we've initially gathered to discuss the plan, we think we're doing a pretty good job! Last Wednesday was our third initial stakeholder meeting. (Make sure you read all about meetings one and two!) Turnout for these meetings is as good as ever. The meeting began at 11:35 a.m., and after the usual round-the-table introductions, Alex, the environmental steward intern, updated the group on the survey, the website, and social media. From there, National Park Service rep Barbara introduced a draft work…
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The Second Round

The Second Round

One River
Almost a month ago we posted about our survey results thus far. Since then, we've had more responses, and we thought we might share some of the "other" answers as well. (Psst, if you haven't taken our survey yet, please go right ahead!) Why do you love the Truckee River? Check as many as apply. How often do you go to the Truckee River? In your opinion, what are the top three issues facing the Truckee River? Please check three options.   Let's go even further. Below are some comments from those who filled out the "other" category. (The thoughts and opinions expressed below are those of the survey taker, and do not reflect the views of One Truckee River.) Close it this season TO ALL FISHING, recover the browns…
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Other Rivers: Alcohol Ban

Other Rivers: Alcohol Ban

Around the Country
At the end of June 2015, the Truckee River was dubbed one of the best rivers in the U.S. for tubing and drinking. We've been doing some research here at the One Truckee River headquarters (getting ready for our stakeholder forum and everything), and we found a river that might be very last on that list of best tubing and drinking rivers. The Boise River. In 2009 the Boise City Council adopted a new ordinance: No alcohol allowed within 250 feet of the Boise River. (Included in the adoption was a second ordinance disallowing glass containers on the river.) [caption id="attachment_934" align="alignleft" width="300"] Courtesy Floating the Boise River Rafting.[/caption] That rule is still very much a reality today. Signs are posted along the river, and "float" police are regularly on…
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Waste Management’s cleanup, 7/30

Waste Management’s cleanup, 7/30

Cleanup
On Thursday, July 30, 2015, Waste Management completed one of the required cleanups that come with adopting a portion of the Truckee River. Waste Management's section is right where you'd expect: behind the WM facility on Commercial Row. (Highlighted in red below.)   This particular section of the river was what the founding members of the One Truckee River Initiative toured back in May. Based on that slideshow and the photos you'll see below, it's easy to see that there was a lot of trash and abandoned items. Waste Management did its job very well, however. Check out the before and after pictures below... Before... After... Before... After... Before... After...  
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The Truckee River’s support system

Efforts
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful works hard to keep the Truckee Meadows area in top notch. That hard work includes cleanups and garden plantings and teaming up with youth, businesses and municipalities alike. There's also Adopt-A-River. This program invites businesses, co-workers, and neighborhood, civic, faith-based, school and other community groups to take on a portion of the Truckee River to clean three times a year (fall, spring, summer) with possible additional cleanups. Below is a map of the river and the different sections, beginning at River Park Court to the end of the river path in Sparks. The blue dots show portions that have been adopted, as well as who adopted them; the yellow dots show portions yet to be adopted.
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Survey results (so far!)

Survey results (so far!)

One River
If you're following us on social media, or have taken a look at our main website page lately, you know that we're advertising a survey like crazy. If you've taken it, thank you; if you haven't, please do so! The survey quite literally takes two minutes to fill out, and asks briefly about the user's experience with the Truckee River (how often the user goes, what the user does, what the user thinks are issues with the river, etc.). By hounding away at people on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, we've gotten some really wonderful and insightful comments! Posted below are pie graphs of what people have input so far. Why do you love the Truckee River? Check as many as apply. How often do you go to the Truckee River?…
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Reno residents share their thoughts

Reno residents share their thoughts

Cleanup
Earlier this month we shared a blog post about the new homeless overflow shelter opened up by the Reno Police Department and the Community Assistance Center (CAC). The organizations have been reaching out to illegal campers along the Truckee River to educate them on the new shelter. The coverage of this outreach is the Truckee River Corridor (from Stephenson Street east to Wells Avenue, within 350 feet of the river). Since the initiation of the overflow shelter and outreach program, news has picked up concerning the efforts. On July 9, police were reaching out to a group of illegal campers when three unleashed pit bulls charged at the officers. One dog was Tasered while another dog was shot (not fatally). Channel 2 News in Reno did its own story on…
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Summary results of opportunities, threats & issues

Summary results of opportunities, threats & issues

Meeting, One River
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. Threats: (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…
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Reno’s new homeless overflow shelter

Reno’s new homeless overflow shelter

Efforts
The One Truckee River Initiative's purpose is to manage, protect and provide stewardship for Northern Nevada's Truckee River. That purpose includes all aspects that are affecting the river, both in and along. One of the perks of our initiative is that we consist of partners who are working with their own organizations on improving the Truckee River and its influence. On June 26 the Reno Police Department and the Community Assistance Center (CAC) opened up a homeless overflow shelter. In the One Truckee River meetings so far, and from our own experiences, we have discussed and understand that the presence of people camping illegally along the river is very much a reality. With the new overflow shelter in place, progress is being made. The shelter, located at 790 Sutro St. and available for both men…
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