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Final Survey Results

Final Survey Results

One River
The final results of the summer 2015 survey are posted below. To all of those who participated, thank you! To those who didn't, please look out for surveys in the future!
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Education: Learning Through the Truckee River

Education: Learning Through the Truckee River

Stories
By Alex Hoeft McCarran Ranch Preserve is a peaceful place. Twenty or so minutes from downtown Reno, the Truckee River flows alongside the preserve’s rippling trees and a slightly worn path. It’s a breezy Wednesday in mid-September, and at different points along that slightly worn path are three groups of about 15 fifth graders from Dorothy Lemelson STEM Academy. Some have water-sogged shoes; others hold up clear plastic cylinders with dead crawfish floating inside. All of them, however, are learning. Sierra Nevada Journeys is a nonprofit organization bent on enlightening local youth of natural resource stewardship. Hands in the River is a specific program under Sierra Nevada Journeys devoted to the science of the Truckee River watershed, and it's what brings these fifth graders to the McCarran Ranch Preserve. [caption…
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Stakeholder Forum Recap

Stakeholder Forum Recap

Meeting
We've bragged about it enough on social media, but in case you haven't heard, we had our First Annual One Truckee River Stakeholder Forum on September 30, 2015. The forum, held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the McKinley Arts & Culture Center, saw around 120 attendees from different organizations and businesses in Northern Nevada. Those 120 were broken up prior to the forum into nine different issues groups: Social, education, water quality, funding, stewardship, ecosystem, public safety, recreation and quality of life. Once each person was settled at his or her issue table, name tag on and a plate full of breakfast food, the forum began. From Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful's Christi Cakiroglu and her welcome to team introductions, the agenda also wound through a couple different slideshows to set the…
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One Truckee River Management Plan: Action Needed!

One Truckee River Management Plan: Action Needed!

One River
Nevada Land Trust, in partnership with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, is releasing a Request for Proposal today to prepare a "One Truckee River Management Plan." This planning effort has received funding from Northern Nevada Water Planning Commission, The Truckee River Fund, Washoe County State Question One Program and REI. The RFP  (linked below) is due by October 29th at noon in the NV Land Trust office located at 2000 Delmonte Lane, Reno. Questions regarding this RFP should be directed to Lynda Nelson, Acting Project Director, prior to October 20th, as she will have limited cell phone coverage from Oct. 20-Nov. 1. We are excited to be at this stage of our planning process for the One Truckee River Initiative and look forward to the next steps! Full version RFP
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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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