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River-Friendly Landscaping Part 3: Water Pollution, Be Part of the Solution

River-Friendly Landscaping Part 3: Water Pollution, Be Part of the Solution

River-Friendly Landscaping
It looks like warmer weather is headed our way, and who doesn’t love to visit the Truckee River on a warm summer day? We are so lucky to have a clean river to swim in or picnic by, but we all have to do our part to keep it that way and reduce water pollution. And it starts in our yards. We’ve talked a bit about non-point source pollution before (check out our Stormwater 101 blog), but when it comes to our yards, there are a few pollutants of concern you can really help reduce: nitrogen and phosphorus. Nutrients - The Building Blocks of Life Nitrogen and phosphorus are both nutrients, i.e. the building blocks of life. They are both essential for plant growth (super important for gardeners) and naturally…
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What does the Truckee River mean to YOU?

What does the Truckee River mean to YOU?

One River, Truckee River Watershed
Listen, it's not going to be shocking to you that One Truckee River is made up of people who love the Truckee River. Every inch of the 121-mile-long body of water is cherished by our stakeholders. We've sat through hundreds of meetings, each dedicated to benefiting our primary water source in some way. Heck, we created a management plan that lists over 100 action items that will help improve the river and its watershed. But enough about us. We're here to talk about you. YOU, human being, staring at your computer or phone or tablet and wondering how you might be able to share a thing or two about what the Truckee River is to you. We've held photo and story contests, we've done hashtag campaigns, we've read your comments…
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Learn About One Truckee River Month On the Go!

Learn About One Truckee River Month On the Go!

One Truckee River Month, River History
Can you even believe it? We have officially passed the halfway point for One Truckee River Month! If you’re anything like us, May feels like it’s going by far too quickly...luckily there are still plenty of awesome events to enjoy before the end of the month! And instead of reading about what’s in store for the rest of the month, now you can listen to it! Whether in your car, in your shower, or at the gym, this has got to be the most convenient way to plan out the remainder of your OTR Month. We recently went down to the Nevada Department of Wildlife’s office to chat with them about One Truckee River Month on their podcast, “Nevada Wild." We talked VIP events, raffle prizes, and other exciting river…
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Truckee River-Friendly Landscaping Part 2: Slow the Flow

Truckee River-Friendly Landscaping Part 2: Slow the Flow

River-Friendly Landscaping
Even though we live in a desert, from the Truckee River to Swan Lake, our area is no stranger to flooding. And since this year has been unusually wet, it seems fitting to talk about how everyone in our community can help alleviate flood risk while keeping our watershed healthy. A youngster makes his way across First Street in Reno on Jan. 2, 1997. That flood caused $700 million in damage. DAVID B. PARKER/RGJ So in this blog, the second in our River-Friendly Landscaping Series (here's number one!), we’re talking about how you can slow the flow and keep water onsite. But first, you need to know a bit about impermeable surfaces. Impermeable What? The Truckee Meadows is becoming an increasingly urbanized area, and with development comes impermeable surfaces (this…
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Why Trees Are an Asset that Deserve an Arborist

Why Trees Are an Asset that Deserve an Arborist

Conservation, One Truckee River Month, River-Friendly Landscaping
In honor of Arbor Day on April 26, we got to sit down with American Arborists and local tree expert Rod Haulenbeek to chat tree care and the Truckee River! Listen to our radio interview here When we need tree care, many people search for a landscaper instead of a trained and certified tree specialist. The talk is about the 6 main benefits of trees, and why they are such a great asset. This is an Arbor Day Special airing for the purpose of increasing awareness about the importance of trees and arborists. More at: PruneWithCare.com. Rod will be leading two riverside tree walks during One Truckee River Month: Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at Idlewild ParkThursday, May 30, at 5:30 p.m. at Barbara Bennett Park (this walk will…
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One Truckee River Month: A Breakdown

One Truckee River Month: A Breakdown

Efforts, One Truckee River Month, Truckee River Watershed
They say good things come in small packages, but the Truckee River deserves a big celebration. So we’re bringing you 31 days of good things all neatly packaged into the month of May. That’s right, the second annual One Truckee River Month is finally here, and it is bursting at the seams with events and activities. From Lake Tahoe all the way to Pyramid Lake, our river celebration stretches throughout the entire Truckee River watershed this May and we promise there is something for everyone. The Calendar Here it is, in all its glory, the One Truckee River Month calendar. We've worked tirelessly the last few months to coordinate all of these events and cannot wait for the community to learn more about them. Of course, you’ll need to head…
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Best of: Truckee River Trails

Best of: Truckee River Trails

One River, River Tour
Spring ripped through the Truckee Meadows this past weekend. Despite the snow flurries last Wednesday, the trees are now in bloom! Since the longest winter ever is finally over, it's time to don your walking/hiking shoes and get out into nature! Below are some of our *favorite Truckee River hikes within the Truckee Meadows. First things first: Remember to always carry the right equipment with you for safety -- no need to be a hero. And make sure whatever you pack in, you're packing right back out. Also: Leave wildlife alone! You're bound to see a ton of creatures when you're out and about. Leave them alone and they'll leave you alone. *These hikes are based on Washoe County's Truckee Meadows Trails guide. 1. Crystal Peak Nature Trail Crystal Peak…
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Show Your Nevada Pride! With River-Friendly Landscapes

Show Your Nevada Pride! With River-Friendly Landscapes

River-Friendly Landscaping
We think the Truckee Meadows is a beautiful place to live! If you do, too, then what better way to show it than to have a landscape that fits in with the regions's natural beauty and shows off your Nevada pride? That’s why we’re introducing a new blog series on “River-Friendly” landscaping. We’ll teach you all about how to create a gorgeous landscape you’ll love while also respecting the Truckee River watershed. The beauty of the Truckee Meadows is a breath-taking blend of sky, mountains, and high desert! Special thanks to Lee Molof for sharing this beautiful photo. So what is a River-Friendly Landscape? A River-Friendly Landscape is one that is especially designed for residents of the Truckee Meadows! It will beautify your property, conserve water, reduce yard maintenance and…
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Sustainability, Take the Wheel!

Sustainability, Take the Wheel!

Efforts, Water Quality
via GIPHY Learning to drive and buying your first car are rights of passage for many young people today, and the automobile itself has become ubiquitous in the developed world. The benefits of automobiles in modern society are numerous, but we cannot ignore their environmental pitfalls. (Side note: this blog post isn’t just going to tell you never to drive a car again. We’ve got plenty of feasible strategies to make your driving habits more river-friendly.) How do cars even affect water quality? We frequently hear about how harmful emissions from vehicles are damaging the earth’s atmosphere and polluting the air, but we rarely hear about how automobiles are impacting local water quality. The first major way the automobile boom adversely impacted water didn’t result from cars themselves, rather, the…
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Rain, Rain, Go Away…. In the Storm Drain?

Rain, Rain, Go Away…. In the Storm Drain?

Water Quality
Rain, rain, go away, so we can all go outside and play. With all the recent spring precipitation we’ve been having, this age-old nursery rhyme may be running through your mind. But have you ever wondered where all the rain goes? If your answer is no, get ready to learn all about it in this blog post. Take out your umbrella, pull on your rain boots, and get ready for a course in Stormwater 101. Lesson 1: What is stormwater? The first thing you need to know about stormwater is what it is, and this is pretty simple. Stormwater is exactly what it sounds like - water that comes from a storm. It could be rain or it could be from melting snow, but either way it originates from a…
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