Workshop to plan for 2018

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 workshop, held on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, allowed KTMB and NLT to take a seat at the table as equal participants.

During our September 2017 Partnership Council meeting, four topics were decided upon by the group to address during 2018:

  1. Signage Plan & River Safety: Includes creating a multi-jurisdictional signage plan along the Truckee River and enhancing river visitor safety.​
  2. Funding, Metrics For Success, Structure: Includes assessing existing groups and structures for possible entities to house the management of OTR; and creating metrics for measuring success and achievements of the plan.​
  3. Housing and Sanitation: Includes ensuring adequate public restrooms along the Truckee River; and expanding the continuum of housing options for the homeless population.​
  4. Storm Water, Vegetation, Watershed Management: Includes identifying locations of all high-volume storm drains/large storm water contributions to the river; developing a coordinated vegetation management plan along the river; and developing a Truckee River Watershed Management Plan.​

Volunteers came forward to co-captain each team. These co-captains were responsible for building their teams with appropriate experts in the field. The co-captains:

Signage Plan & River Safety: ​
Darrin Price, Sun Valley GID General Manager
Cheryl Surface, Washoe County Park Planner

Funding, Metrics For Success, Structure: ​
John Enloe, Truckee Meadows Water Authority Director of Natural Resources
Birgit Henson, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Branch Supervisor

Housing and Sanitation: ​
Mickey Hazelwood, The Nature Conservancy Truckee River Project Director
Sheila Leslie, Washoe County Behavioral Health Program Coordinator

Storm Water, Vegetation, Watershed Management: ​
Danielle Henderson, Truckee River Flood Management Authority Natural Resource Manager
Tracy Turner, former Chief Philanthropy Officer with the Community Foundation of Western Nevada

Yesterday, during the forum, each group gathered to address exactly which strategies will be addressed (and ideally completed, though it depends on the action item) during next year. The groups will meet regularly, under the co-captains’ guidance, and make sure progress is moving forward.

We’re thrilled to see where the year 2018 takes us, and how much closer we’ll get to caring for the Truckee River, and showing it the love it deserves.

Tabling at Truckee River Day

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 + Pig Farm Ink

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.

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:…/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 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!

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


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.