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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Upcoming Truckee River Service Opportunities (6/25)

Upcoming Truckee River Service Opportunities (6/25)

Cleanup
The Truckee River Watershed Council's latest service opportunities are listed below. One is this Saturday, so mark your calendars! Aquatic Monitoring Field Collection: Volunteers will spend the morning monitoring stream health. This will include getting in the water to collect water quality and habitat data and stream insects. Equipment provided; locations vary. Contact Beth at 530-5508760 x1 to help out. Saturday, June 27 at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 5 p.m. River Talk: The River Talk is a one hour virtual tour of a few of TRWC's projects throughout the watershed. It is a chance for guests to learn about the work and for TRWC to receive their comments and feedback. No financial contributions will be asked. Please call Brenda Gilbert at (530) 550-8760 x5 to RSVP or for any questions. Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 6-7…
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Initial Stakeholder Meeting #2

Initial Stakeholder Meeting #2

Meeting
Just over a month after the kick-off meeting for the One Truckee River initiative, core stakeholders met again for round two. On June 23, 2015, those involved gathered once again at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada to further discuss vision and future of the Truckee River. National Park Service representative Barbara Rice began by asking the other 22 reps for any comments or changes on the ground rules, roles of partners, and core values of the One Truckee River plan. No changes were made. From there, environmental steward Alex Hoeft, who works with Nevada Land Trust, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and National Park Service, introduced the communications strategy for One Truckee River. Alex went through the short-, medium- and long-term goals for communications, including social media, blog posts, website…
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Truckee River Day, Oct. 18, 2015

Cleanup
It's never too early to mark your calendar, right? So break out that red pen and write this in all caps: the 20th Annual Truckee River Day will be held Oct. 18, 2015! Our friends at the Truckee River Watershed Council put together a day of river, meadow and wetland restoration in honor of the lifeblood of the Reno-Sparks area -- our beloved Truckee River. Those hoping to volunteer are encouraged to register and participate in the planting of seedlings and willows at restoration sites, removing of invasive vegetation and garbage, composting and mulching sensitive areas, and more. The projects will begin at either 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. and end between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Registration doesn't begin until approximately a month before the event, and potential volunteers must register to…
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Who we are, what we do

Who we are, what we do

One River
The Truckee River flows from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. Running northeast from California to Nevada for 121 miles, it is a vital source of drinking water, wildlife habitat, agriculture, irrigation and recreational opportunities. Many organizations in Northern Nevada have taken on some of the challenges and done great work on their own to take care of the river, but there is no all-encompassing management plan. No single system or organization oversees the quality of life aspects, recreation, water quality, invasive species, stewardship and protection issues, environmental education, social service elements, and restoration all at once. That's where Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) and Nevada Land Trust (NLT) come in. NLT and KTMB, along with the National Park Service and other partners, have implemented the One Truckee River Initiative, working together for a sustainable,…
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Upcoming Truckee River service opportunities

Cleanup
The Truckee River Watershed Council has filled the month of June with opportunities to improve the Truckee River. Listed below are options to help our beloved river: Aquatic Monitoring Field Collection: Volunteers will spend the morning monitoring stream health. This will include getting in the water to collect water quality and habitat data and stream insects. Equipment provided; locations vary. Contact Beth at 530-5508760 x1 to help out. Saturday, June 13 at 9 a.m. Weed Warriors Steering Committee: Regular meeting for those involved in Weed Warriors program to advise and collaborate. Contact Jeannette Halderman at 530-550-8760 x6 for agenda items. Wednesday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. Weed Work Day - Boca Dam: Volunteers 10 and older will help control invasive weeds on Boca Hill. Lunch and tools for pulling weeds are…
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June 3 cleanup

June 3 cleanup

Cleanup
After the May 27 cleanup along the south side of the Truckee River from Wells Avenue to Aces Ballpark, Northern Nevada HOPES and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful decided a northern shore sweep would also be necessary, and on Wednesday, June 3, that cleanup was implemented. This sweep began at the north side of the Wells Avenue bridge to Lake Street/Aces Ballpark. On the river path the volunteers found approximately 45 discarded syringes and collected about 380 grams of syringes and other related injection and substance use related materials. Just like on May 27, the group did a lot of outreach with the folks camped along the riverbank by both providing supplies and educating them about what the volunteers were doing and what those camping on the river could do to help.
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May 27 cleanup

May 27 cleanup

Cleanup
On Wednesday, May 27, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and Northern Nevada HOPES performed a Truckee River cleanup from Wells Avenue to Aces Ballpark along the south side of the river. The volunteers found 25 syringes along with other items that, in total, amounted to 438 grams. A lot of needles were collected, but the group was especially disappointed by the amount of other debris along the river. During the cleanup, volunteers were able to interact with the people camped out by the river -- a nice and educational moment for everyone involved. The group plans to perform the same cleanup along the north side of the river (from Wells Avenue to Aces Ballpark) within the next week. There are more camps along the northern bank, and the group expects an increase…
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