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Truckee River Watershed: Chalk Creek

Truckee River Watershed: Chalk Creek

One River, Truckee River Watershed
Sitting up in Northwest Reno is Chalk Creek -- one of multiple tributaries trickling down from Peavine Mountain and the surrounding hills into the Truckee River. Prior to urbanization in the area, Chalk Creek flowed only in response to storm events. Once residential and commercial buildings began to appear, the lower parts of Chalk Creek began to flow year-round. [caption id="attachment_2883" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Taken off Crown View Drive. Here, Chalk Creek is flowing in a low valley between residential neighborhoods. Just around the hill on the left side of the picture the creek will pass under I-80.[/caption] The creek flows alongside many parks and walking trails in Northwest Reno; along Robb Drive, past McQueen High School, through residential neighborhoods, by Rainbow Ridge Park and through a valley, under I-80 and…
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Truckee River Watershed: Dog Creek and Sunrise Creek

Truckee River Watershed: Dog Creek and Sunrise Creek

One River, Truckee River Watershed
We lumped Dog Creek and Sunrise Creek together due to size and location -- basically, Sunrise Creek is teensy and it's right next to Dog Creek. Dog Creek and Sunrise Creek sit up in Verdi, flowing down from the east-facing mountains between Stampede Reservoir and Verdi and into the Truckee River. Dog Creek passes through Dog Valley, a beautiful spot in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest made up forests, streams and meadows. Once Dog Creek enters Nevada, it pretty quickly empties into the Truckee River. [caption id="attachment_2831" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Dog Creek emptying into the Truckee River. Photo taken from the Crystal Park Bridge in Verdi.[/caption] According to the Forest Service, "Dog Valley is... home to two rare plant species, Dog Valley ivesia and Webber’s ivesia. Dog Valley ivesia can only be found…
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Truckee River Watershed: Dry Creek

Truckee River Watershed: Dry Creek

One River, Truckee River Watershed
We promise we won't make any cliche jokes about how Dry Creek isn't very dry right now.......... Dry Creek is a tributary of the Truckee River that starts in the Southwest Reno area (Lakeside/Holcomb Ranch), shimmies northeasterly past the airport and into Boynton Slough, where it joins Steamboat Creek on its road to the Truckee River. Below are shots of Boynton Slough, which is fed by Dry Creek. [gallery grids="News" image_size="large" ids="2812,2810,2809"] (Thank you to the Canada geese for modeling for us.) The following plants, among others, are common along Dry Creek: Incense cedar, Jeffrey Pine, red and white fir, Pinyon pine, juniper, willows, Native rose, Russian olive, elm, and cattails. Wildlife found is similar across the entire watershed, and includes:  black bear, bobcat, red fox, rattlesnake, bald eagle, golden eagle,…
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Truckee River Watershed: South Evans Creek

Truckee River Watershed: South Evans Creek

One River, Truckee River Watershed
On the Friday before Christmas, we headed to South Evans Creek to do some 'sploring. South Evans Creek drains from the foothills on the western edge of Reno. The headwaters emerge from alpine springs in vast meadows surrounded by dry forests, and trickle down canyons, through residential developments, through Bartley Ranch Park and into Dry Creek and Boynton Slough, where the water eventually ends up in the Truckee River. In the upper South Evans Creek watershed, common plant-life includes Incense cedar, Sugar pine, red and white fir, Tobacco bush, rushes, sedges, lupine, phlox, and Arrowleaf balsamroot. Down in the lower part of the creek, you'll find Desert peach, Mormon tea, dogwood, Russian olive, broom snakeweed, Indian paintbrush, cattail, Medusa head grass, tansy mustard, and clover. Wildlife found is similar across the…
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Workshop to plan for 2018

Workshop to plan for 2018

Efforts, Meeting, One River
Since the One Truckee River Management Plan's adoption by Reno, Sparks and Washoe County in September 2016, stakeholders have accomplished a lot of action items. Mile makers have been installed; amenities along the river were mapped; a community knowledge survey about the Truckee River watershed was distributed; life jacket stations were installed at parks... we could go on. For the year 2018, we approached things a little differently. Instead of completing action items based on money we (Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and Nevada Land Trust) knew we had or could get, we gathered the troops to decide what our approach would be. One Truckee River is undergoing a structural change. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and Nevada Land Trust are working to include local agencies more in the leadership positions. This OTR…
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One Truckee River is hiring an OTR Coordinator!

One Truckee River is hiring an OTR Coordinator!

One River
For the first time ever, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and Nevada Land Trust are hiring a One Truckee River-specific position: A One Truckee River coordinator! One Truckee River seeks a qualified consultant to provide professional services as OTR Coordinator, thanks to initial grant funding provided by the Truckee River Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection 319 Program. Full application available here. The Coordinator’s primary role will be to manage the work of the OTR Partnership. Duties may include the following: Coordinate with OTR Partners on implementation, tracking, and progress reporting on the goals and action items related to the OTR Phase I Management Plan; Facilitate creation, maintenance, reporting, and oversight of the Partnership’s annual work plan; Work closely on behalf of…
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Truckee River Watershed: Steamboat Creek

Truckee River Watershed: Steamboat Creek

One River, Truckee River Watershed
One of the last tributaries on your way out of town (heading east) is the famous Steamboat Creek. "Now how in the world is a creek famous?" you may wonder. Well, around these parts, Steamboat Creek drains over 156,000 acres of land -- more than any other creek in the Truckee Meadows region! Steamboat Creek starts down south at Washoe Lake and heads north, collecting water from Mount Rose, Southwest Reno, and the airport, and ultimately ends up in the Truckee River, right next to the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility. [caption id="attachment_2744" align="aligncenter" width="525"] The Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) sits on the eastern edge of Sparks, just south of the Truckee River.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2743" align="aligncenter" width="525"] A view from the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, looking at the Truckee River.…
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Truckee River Watershed: North Truckee Drain

Truckee River Watershed: North Truckee Drain

One River, Truckee River Watershed
In an effort to explore not just the Truckee River, but more of its watershed, we've started visiting each tributary feeding our favorite river. To kick things off, we chose the North Truckee Drain, located in the Sparks/Spanish Springs area. Thanks to our friends at the City of Reno and this spectacular watershed map, we know this drain begins in the Wingfield Springs area in Sparks, and travels south by fields and pastures, through flumes and channels, along Sparks Boulevard, across I-80 and ends up in the Truckee River. [caption id="attachment_2729" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Taken at the intersection of Spanish Springs Road and Bria Circle.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2730" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Taken just north of the intersection of Spanish Springs Road and Bria Circle.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2731" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Taken at the intersection of…
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Tabling at Truckee River Day

Tabling at Truckee River Day

Cleanup, Efforts, One River
Truckee River Day officially originated in 1996, after a few committed locals planned and implemented a cleanup event to address the decline of the Truckee River in and around Truckee using a few hundred volunteers. From there, the Truckee River Watershed Council (TRWC) was formed and grew into organization that has mobilized over 472,000 volunteers and raised $11.5 million in funding for more than 50 large-scaled and numerous smaller-scaled restoration projects. Working on the watershed level, this a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that strives to revive the Truckee River watershed.  FORIVER is what sums up their beliefs. Working together in the community, the focus is on reviving the watershed because that is what feeds the river. TRWC believes in working to make the river resilient and vibrant so nature…
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Renegades on the Fly + Pig Farm Ink

Renegades on the Fly + Pig Farm Ink

Cleanup, Efforts
[video width="320" height="568" mp4="http://onetruckeeriver.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/IMG_2102-2.mp4"][/video] Renegades on the Fly and Pig Farm Ink combined forces for the 2017 Truckee River Clean Up on September 30th, making Reno their last stop as they traversed the United States joining river clean up efforts, fishing, partying and doing some good in their nationwide "Get Trashed" campaign. This diverse and interesting group of volunteers came together in Glendale Park in Sparks to help KTMB and dedicated local volunteers to remove trash from within the river and the immediate surrounding area.  In addition to cleaning up trash, Renegades on the Fly and Pig Farm Ink members incorporated fishing and enjoying the sights and sounds of the outdoors. This loose but effective group of creative, energetic and community-minded individuals entered the water and scoured the water's edge…
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