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. No, not these 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…
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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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A Guide to Making Your Cleaning Greener, Cheaper, and More River Friendly

A Guide to Making Your Cleaning Greener, Cheaper, and More River Friendly

Efforts, Truckee River Watershed
If you’re having trouble connecting the Truckee River and your at-home cleaning tendencies, you’re not the first and you’re not alone. In this post, we’ll break it down for you. First: How do my cleaning supplies even enter the river? This is best explained with an example. Let’s say you’re cleaning your toilet or rinsing out a sponge, all of that watery cleaning residue is going to drain down your sink into the sewers, and then head to a wastewater treatment plant. This is where all of the water is cleaned and disinfected before being reintroduced to the Truckee River. However, as advanced as wastewater treatment has become, many chemicals remain challenging to remove entirely and some will still end up in our waterways. This includes both nitrogen and phosphorus.…
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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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