Discover the Heart of Our Community

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 Kelsey Fitzgerald to input popular plant and animal species found in and along the river.

Overall, the story map is a visually stunning way to share important information about the Truckee River. Thanks, Emily, for doing such a great job in putting everything together!

Rafting with Rivers for Change

 

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 along the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway. Everyone who participated was amazing! See the pictures below:

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

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 levels have not been restored and this has resulted in severe service reductions for our local communities, infrastructure deterioration and lack of safety maintenance funding of our local facilities.

As we prepare for continued growth in our communities, the time is now to make sure we have outstanding and well-maintained parks and recreation facilities, programs for engaging our youth, open spaces, trails and quality natural areas for our neighborhoods.

We are very close to securing the final approval for this most important legislation. We are now in need of your immediate and specific support to secure the Governor’s signature on the Bill. It passed the Senate by a vote of 13-7 on Thursday, May 25th, and received the required Assembly concurrence on Monday, May 29th. It will now be processed and forwarded to the Governor, expected this week.

Please show your support!
1. Send an email to Governor Sandoval or call his office expressing support and urging his approval of the Bill.
2. Send a letter to Governor Sandoval expressing support and urging him to sign the Bill.

Information regarding the bill can be found here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/S…/79th2017/Reports/history.cfm…

First mile marker installed on Truckee River

Yesterday we had a little shindig at Fisherman’s Park on the Truckee River, installing the first mile marker on the Truckee River.

These mile markers came at the perfect time: What with the powerful flows of the river and the local fire departments warning folks to stay extra safe around the river this spring, the markers will now serve as emergency locations. A specific number is displayed on each marker, to be relayed to the 911 operator in an emergency situation.

Additionally, the recreating public can use the markers as location guidance. The markers will be installed every tenth of a mile, according to river miles, with “mile zero” being at Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City.

 

The creation and installation of the mile markers is a collaborative effort between One Truckee River and the Reno and Sparks fire departments, specifically the Water Entry Teams. We’d like to give huge shout-outs to Manny Souza with the Sparks Fire Department and Eric Lieberman with the Reno Fire Department for their help in this entire process.

We placed marker 574 (mile 57.4) first because it was the spot closed to the boundary line between Reno and Sparks. Council members Donald Abbott (Sparks), David Bobzien (Reno), Charlene Bybee (Sparks), Naomi Duerr (Reno), and Paul McKenzie (Reno) were present for the installation — thanks to Councilmember McKenzie for doing the actual installation!

Initially, the markers will be placed along the river path throughout Reno and Sparks, and will eventually run along the entire Truckee River.

Installation of these mile markers fulfills a first-year action item listed in the One Truckee River Management Plan.

Between May 1 and May 12, we will be installing the markers in Reno in time for the River Fest on May 13-14. Volunteers are needed! Please email a.hoeft@nevadalandtrust.org for more details.

Management Plan Unanimously Approved (!!!)

Last week was a huge week for One Truckee River, and one we’ve had circled on our calendars for quite a while now. On September 26, 27 and 28, One Truckee River approached the cities of Sparks and Reno, and Washoe County for adoption of the One Truckee River Management Plan.

And… we were unanimously approved!

Both cities and the county were extremely complementary about the plan, and looked forward to working with OTR staff on implementing the plan’s recommended action items.

A couple of comments from those participating in the city council meetings:

“This river is one of the greatest resources of our community, and it’s great to see a group of citizens stepping up to actively protect one of our most valuable assets. It’s a pretty good example of what happens when government gets out of the way and lets the citizens come up with a plan.” — Reno City Councilmember Paul McKenzie

“I especially like the collaborative effort of looking at so many different partners coming in with so much background information and resources, and that collaboration of many is really what makes lighter work for (Nevada Land Trust and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful), but also brings different perspectives, different thoughts, different priorities to something that will truly be something regional we can be proud of with Reno, Sparks and the county.” — Sparks City Councilmember Charlene Bybee

We were also lucky enough to have multiple One Truckee River Core Planning Team members and stakeholders attend the adoption meetings. Thank you to all who attended!

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OTR attendees at the Washoe County Commissioners meeting on September 27, 2016.
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OTR attendees at the Sparks City Council meeting on September 26, 2016.
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OTR attendees at the Reno City Council meeting on September 28, 2016.

Crossroads

We had the opportunity to tour Crossroads earlier this month.

Crossroads is a public-private partnership between Washoe County Adult Services and Catholic Charities designed to identify, intervene and stabilize high-complexity homeless clients using a tiered housing approach.

The organization collaborates with numerous community partners to provide sober housing, substance abuse and mental health treatment, employment and educational services, and linkages to other services. Crossroads saves our community millions of dollars by preventing jail bookings, encounters with First Responders, Emergency Room and hospital costs, and ongoing court and jail expenses.

Crossroads has saved lives and improved the quality of life for hundreds of clients and the community at large.

Below is a video showing some of those who have been at Crossroads and found the resources they needed.

The Truckee River’s support system

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful works hard to keep the Truckee Meadows area in top notch. That hard work includes cleanups and garden plantings and teaming up with youth, businesses and municipalities alike.

There’s also Adopt-A-River. This program invites businesses, co-workers, and neighborhood, civic, faith-based, school and other community groups to take on a portion of the Truckee River to clean three times a year (fall, spring, summer) with possible additional cleanups.

Below is a map of the river and the different sections, beginning at River Park Court to the end of the river path in Sparks. The blue dots show portions that have been adopted, as well as who adopted them; the yellow dots show portions yet to be adopted.

Reno’s new homeless overflow shelter

The One Truckee River Initiative’s purpose is to manage, protect and provide stewardship for Northern Nevada’s Truckee River. That purpose includes all aspects that are affecting the river, both in and along.

One of the perks of our initiative is that we consist of partners who are working with their own organizations on improving the Truckee River and its influence. On June 26 the Reno Police Department and the Community Assistance Center (CAC) opened up a homeless overflow shelter.

In the One Truckee River meetings so far, and from our own experiences, we have discussed and understand that the presence of people camping illegally along the river is very much a reality. With the new overflow shelter in place, progress is being made.

The shelter, located at 790 Sutro St. and available for both men and women, isn’t the only step. Through an educational campaign, Community Action Officers (CAO) with the RPD have been reaching out to educate illegal campers on the river of the new shelter.

Once the CAO have made contact with a homeless camp, they refer the campers to the CAC to be put on a list for the overflow shelter which opens each night at 8 p.m. Once the camper is officially checked in, they are provided transportation to the overflow shelter which can accommodate up to 100 people.

The RPD and CAC are focusing on the Truckee River Corridor for these efforts, which extends from Stephenson Street east to Wells Avenue, and will cover areas within 350 feet of the river.

Once the educational campaign is complete, officers will begin issuing misdemeanor citations to those who have been previously warned about camping illegally along the river.