Some of Truckee Meadows Regional Efforts to Address Homelessness and Lack of Affordable Housing in 2018/19

Some of Truckee Meadows Regional Efforts to Address Homelessness and Lack of Affordable Housing in 2018/19

Efforts
A compilation of regional updates provided by One Truckee River's Partnership Coordinator, Iris, and the 2018 Housing and Sanitation Working Group: Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS) Campus: Washoe County is working to develop the NNAMHS Campus to serve 200+ currently homeless women, children, families, elderly, and pregnant women. If successful, this will open up space at the Volunteers of America (VOA) shelter for currently homeless men. The county anticipates opening this facility in the summer of 2019. The image to the left was part of a larger presentation (linked here) given to the Washoe County Commissioners on October 9, 2018 by Amber Howell, Washoe County Director of Social Services.  Case Managers: Washoe County currently supports three case managers in the region, and hopes to add six more for a total of nine case managers in the region. The county pays each collaborative agency $80,000 per case manager. The county is working to secure $480,000 within the current fiscal year to add six more case managers by June 2019.   Community Housing Land Trust: In…
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Election Day: Share Your Voice

Election Day: Share Your Voice

Around the Country, Efforts
November 6 is an important day this year. As many radio, TV, and social media ads may have told you, the 2018 election is taking place. Regardless of your race, gender, education level, job, etc., it is an incredible opportunity to cast your vote based on who/what you believe to be correct and fair. We encourage you to look up your voting location here and cast your vote on Election Day! Where We Stand: One Truckee River is a partnership made up of over 130 stakeholders banding together to protect, celebrate and promote the Truckee River. Our stakeholders are representatives of local businesses, agencies, organizations or private citizens, and there are many varying opinions among them. One thing our stakeholders agree on, however, is our One Truckee River Management Plan.…
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Truckee River Master Signage Plan

Truckee River Master Signage Plan

Efforts, One River
If you've spent time along the Truckee River, there are many things that might have caught your attention: the sound of water as it flows past; the birds chirping from the trees; the groups of people floating by on their inflatable tubes. And the hundreds of signs. The Truckee River is absolutely one of Northern Nevada's crown jewels. Not only does it supply us with a heavy majority of our region's drinking water, it's also a source of nature and recreation running through the middle of our home. Of course, we want to share information about the river -- safety tips, distance markers, educational information, etc. But all of this information has yielded a ton of signs in our parks and along the river walkways. Some signs are big, others…
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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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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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Discover the Heart of Our Community

Discover the Heart of Our Community

Efforts
There is now officially a One Truckee River story map! This story map is an interactive web page that shares river-related information about amenities, recreation, safety, and plants/wildlife in a visually appealing way. We have interactive maps with icons and pictures to provide users a great grasp on the many qualities the Truckee River has to share! And it's all thanks to OTR's (former) AmeriCorps member, Emily Ulrich: Emily began her AmeriCorps period with us by going out along the Truckee River stretch in Reno and Sparks and mapping every single trash can, restroom, picnic table and crack in the sidewalk. She then took all that information and put it into a map (now shown as part of our story map). From there, Emily worked with the Truckee River Guide's…
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Rafting with Rivers for Change

Rafting with Rivers for Change

Efforts, One River
  Last Friday we joined Rivers for Change on the Truckee River in rafts and kayaks and SUP boards. From Lockwood to USA Parkway, our One Truckee River AmeriCorps braved the Truckee River rapids alongside student ambassadors (age 8-13) and professional river recreators. For lunch, the group stopped at the McCarran Ranch Preserve and we got to share what the One Truckee River Management Plan is all about, and ways people can help keep the river healthy in an urban environment. We had a blast! While we partied with the crew just Friday, the students and some of the pros had been sailing the river since June 2, from the Upper Truckee River in South Lake Tahoe alllll the way to Wadsworth, and then biked from Nixon to Pyramid Lake…
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Nevada State Legislature: AB 379 (We need your help!)

Nevada State Legislature: AB 379 (We need your help!)

Efforts
In the One Truckee River Management Plan, one of our action items (4.1.e) states that OTR will "continue to work on advocacy for enabling Park District legislation that would provide a sustainable funding source for all parks, open space, fire-adapted communities and natural resources in the Truckee Meadows region." That legislation is happening right now, and the bill in question (AB379) is being forwarded to Governor Sandoval this week. This statewide enabling legislation will provide another viable long-term strategy for our local communities to use in the management of our local park, recreation, open space and natural resources, trails and critical watersheds. Nevada’s cities' and counties' parks, recreation and open space departments experienced significant recessionary funding cuts, up to 50% in certain areas, over the past 5-10 years. The funding…
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