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 and humanity can thrive here forever.
Their multi-faceted approach combines science, management, funding and education. There are multiple ways for individual and communities can be involved. River Talks help to increase the awareness and knowledge of the issues in the watershed. For a fully immersed experience, Adopt A Stream provides an opportunity for volunteers to become watershed scientists, sampling the river water and some of the inhabitants. By practicing River Friendly Landscaping, those in the community can do their part at home, on their own property. TRWC provides loads of information and resources, and there are rebates that could help cover some of the costs. Donations are always accepted to help promote watershed protection provided by this organization.
Finally, the annual fall Truckee River Day and Fair provides an opportunity to join hundreds of other volunteers to be part of what started it all – meadow, lake, river restoration at the watershed level by people in the community. We had the opportunity to table at the 2017 Truckee River Day. This was our first opportunity to work with the TRWC, and one of our first times mixing with Truckee River folks in California. We had a blast!
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 to find discarded wastes. The piles of trash they help secure for proper disposal made a significant impact to the Truckee River and our community. Thanks guys!
Pig Farm Ink is sponsored in part by Costa, Scientific Anglers, Pyramid Fly Co, Vedavoo, Postfly, Yeti, Rising, Howler Brothers, Traeger Grills, Redington, and Simms.
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…
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 the police and CAC’s efforts on July 14. Channel 2 posted on its Facebook page the following:
Homeless camps like this one by the river are getting cleared out by police, now that there is room at the overflow shelter, but some don’t want to go. They risk getting arrested if they don’t. Do you think there is a homeless problem along the river?
Two hundred and twenty comments resulted. We went ahead and listed some of them , including replies, below. The remaining comments can be found here.
Channel 2 News posed the same question later that day, saying:
Over the last few weeks Reno Police Department officers have been working to clear homeless camps out of the Truckee River corridor. As KTVN Arianna Bennett reports, police say the goal is to get them into the overflow shelter.
Do you think our area has a homeless problem? Why?
Another 78 comments were posted.
So we turn to you, our One Truckee River readers, supporters and friends. What are your thoughts on the above-mentioned questions and comments? Does the Truckee River have a homeless problem?
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 p.m.
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 participate.
After the restoration projects are complete, a River Fair will be held at the Granite Flat Campground to celebrate the Truckee River. At the campground will be live music and entertainment, art projects, a Lahontan cutthroat trout release (bring a clean pail or bucket to carry the fish to the river!), and environmental education activities.
More information about the event can be found here and here.
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 provided; volunteers encouraged to bring gloves, hat, sunscreen and water. RSVP with Jeannette Halderman at 520-550-8760 x6 or firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10. Thursday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m.
Water Quality Monitoring: The Adopt-A-Stream team will meet for hands-on water quality monitoring during a three-day period. Data will be used to identify restoration and and protection needs. Thursday-Sunday,June 18-20, 8:00 a.m.
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.
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 in findings.