Guest Post: Greening Up a Former Dairy Meadow in the Heart of Truckee

Guest Post: Greening Up a Former Dairy Meadow in the Heart of Truckee

Conservation, Efforts, One River
by Matt Freitas, Program Manager; Deidre Monroe, Intern; and Allison Holmes, Conservation Assistant with the Truckee River Watershed Council (Read original post here) Right in the heart of Truckee across from the Villager Nursery sits a little meadow with a not so little problem – McIver Dairy Meadow. McIver Dairy Meadow used to be a vibrant functioning wetland, but over time due to development, grazing, and recreation, the meadow has become degraded. Without a properly functioning wetland or floodplain to slow, infiltrate, and filter runoff, water from this site is flowing untreated directly into the Truckee River. When the Truckee River Watershed Council’s water quality monitoring estimated 2 tons of sediment were being contributed from this site annually to the Truckee River, it was clear something had to be done.…
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The Importance of Pyramid Lake Water Quality

The Importance of Pyramid Lake Water Quality

Conservation, Efforts, One River
There are a lot of reasons our watershed is unique. It’s a high elevation terminal watershed, what could be more special? Well, another contributing factor is that the terminus of the Truckee River watershed exists on the largest Native American Reservation in Nevada. That’s right! The Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation (PLIR) consists of 742 square miles of land and Pyramid Lake is smack dab in the middle of it. Image courtesy City of Reno Both the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake hold vast historical and cultural importance to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, so it isn’t surprising to learn they are already heavily invested in water quality monitoring and restoration projects. Their water quality monitoring program began in 1981 on Pyramid Lake and in 1998 on the lower Truckee River…
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A Floater’s Guide to Caring for the Truckee

A Floater’s Guide to Caring for the Truckee

Conservation, Efforts, Recreation, Water Quality
It seems as though winter is finally behind us and we are ready for a summer of fun along the Truckee River! For many people, this will mean swimming and floating on the Truckee to cool down on those hot summer days. However, as much fun as it is to make the most of our incredible river, it is essential to consider your safety and the river’s health before you go. We’ve pulled together a few basic guidelines so you can make the most of your float. 1. Consider a Life Vest Right now, the Truckee is moving a bit too fast -- we’re talking between 2,000 and 3,000 cubic feet per second -- to casually float with or without a life vest, or at least without an experienced guide.…
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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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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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Wildlife in the Parks

Wildlife in the Parks

Conservation, Efforts, One River, Wildlife
This post was shared with permission from the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. The original post can be found here.Written by Ellen Wilson, Education Coordinator VISTA Imagine yourself walking along a trail in one of Reno’s many parks, on a warm and sunny day. You spot a beautiful red-tailed hawk take a quick dive at a vole, and fly back up into a tree with its prize in its talons. You walk a little farther and spot a Western fence lizard scurry up a log, and you catch a glimpse of its bright blue belly. In the distance, you see three coyotes running, and they stop and turn to look at you. Wildlife in our parks is common, and can be very exciting for us to run into. When I see an…
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Leave No Trace Along the Truckee River

Leave No Trace Along the Truckee River

Conservation, Efforts, Truckee River Watershed
Our staff recently attended a Leave No Trace training with Erin and Brice of the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers program. It was so informative we thought we should share what we learned and how it applies to the Truckee River! The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has long been associated with teaching people how to enjoy backpacking and wilderness adventure while minimizing environmental impacts, but at the training we learned you should be using these outdoor ethics principles every time you step outside. From your backyard, to your favorite hiking trail, to your favorite local park along the Truckee River, you can always practice the Leave No Trace Seven Principles. So without any further ado, we present the Leave No Trace Seven Principles and how they relate…
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Big footprint or little footprint…What will you leave behind?

Big footprint or little footprint…What will you leave behind?

Conservation, Efforts, Truckee River Watershed
Or maybe the question should be, what won't you leave behind? What won’t be available to future generations because you used it unwisely? These are the questions conservationists want you to ask yourself, and the way they help you answer them is with footprints. We’re talking about ecological footprints. Specifically, water footprints -- but we’ll get more into the nitty gritty of that later. Let's start with the basics - The Ecological Footprint The World Wildlife Fund puts it best: The simplest way to define ecological footprint would be to call it the impact of human activities measured in terms of the area of biologically productive land and water required to produce the goods consumed and to assimilate the wastes generated. More simply, it is the amount of the environment…
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AmeriCorps: The Backbone of One Truckee River

AmeriCorps: The Backbone of One Truckee River

Efforts, Staff
We've made no secret about how awesome are stakeholders are. The One Truckee River Partnership is made up of representatives from a wide variety of local businesses, agencies, and jurisdictions who've made some really great leaps and bounds for the Truckee River. But where would we be without the day-to-day work? What about those who are working behind the scenes to lay foundations for bigger things to come? One Truckee River began and continues with the help of AmeriCorps. Uhhh, AmeriCorps? (The 'p' is silent, folks!) What the heck is that? Allow this video to explain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgdRkzLKlPM One Truckee River utilized the AmeriCorps program since day one. In May 2015, Alex Hoeft helped lift OTR off the ground through communications and outreach. She created the website you're reading this on,…
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New Year, New Me, No More Plastic

New Year, New Me, No More Plastic

Efforts, Truckee River Watershed
Look around you.... There are probably numerous plastic objects surrounding you right now. Since its invention in the late 19th century, plastics have only become more and more prolific in our lives. Furniture, technology, packaging, containers, many of our gadgets and gizmos -- so many of them are made of this infamous synthetic material. Plastic: what is it exactly? Plastics are a Synthetic Material: fibers made from synthesized polymers of small molecules. Basically, this means plastics are a man-made material that is created in labs. Specifically, plastic is created using carbon found in oil. Scientists can combine many different monomers from oil and other naturally occurring materials to create plastic polymers. This is why we see so many different types of plastic. Why is everyone telling me to reduce my plastic…
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