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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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River Tour, Champion Park to Aces Stadium

River Tour, Champion Park to Aces Stadium

River Tour
One day prior to the kick-off meeting, the core staff of the One Truckee River Management Plan participated in a river tour led by Pat Kleames, a City of Reno volunteer ranger. Christi Cakiroglu (KTMB), Lynda Nelson (NLT), Barbara Rice (NPS) and Alex Hoeft (environmental steward with all three organizations) met up with Pat at John Champion Park in Reno, Nev. to see the current state of a portion of the Truckee River. The group didn't take the main biking and walking path on the south side of the river, and instead mostly walked along the northern edge to get a good view of homeless camps. Along the way, Pat, Christi, Lynda, Barbara and Alex came across many camps, plenty of litter and trash, pit bulls being held back by their owner, and a City…
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Kick-off Meeting

Kick-off Meeting

Meeting
The kick-off meeting for the One Truckee River Management Plan was a success. On Thursday, May 21, 2015, stakeholders from many different organizations gathered to discuss the vision and future of the Truckee River. Participants began by sharing personal insights of their experiences along the river. Examples included recreation (fly fishing, biking, hiking), water supply, values of the river, and its overall part in Northern Nevada's thriving community. Alicia Reban, co-executive director of Nevada Land Trust, then shared with the stakeholders the history of work and effort around the Truckee River. She explained that the management plan should go beyond the river's water quality and recreation and social issues because the river is what links us as a people. Closing with a quote by Edward Abbey, Alicia said, "The river is the…
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