Social: The Concerned Citizens

Social: The Concerned Citizens

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(Featured image courtesy Our Town Reno, taken by Jose Olivares.) Our Town Reno sprang up out of almost nothing in January of 2016 as a multimedia street reporting project. Months later, Our Town Reno is successfully giving a voice to the homeless and displaced populations of Reno as the city moves through its gentrification. We met with Jose Olivares, one of the masterminds behind Our Town Reno, to discuss what the project is, what it does, and where it's going. Below is that transcribed interview:   One Truckee River: Can you state your role with Our Town Reno and the project's background? Our Town Reno's Jose Olivares: I helped start the project Our Town Reno along with (University of Nevada, Reno) Professor Nico Colombant and another grad student in the philosophy department.…
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Social: “Reno Got It Right”

Social: “Reno Got It Right”

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We were able to sit down with City of Reno's Mayor Hillary Schieve and Councilmembers David Bobzien and Naomi Duerr to talk about the Truckee River and its social aspects. Below is that transcribed interview: One Truckee River: First question for all of you. Could I have each of you talk about what the Truckee River brings and means to the City of Reno? Councilmember David Bobzien: It is not an overstatement to say that the Truckee River is the lifeblood of our community. I think how I interact with the river in so many different ways, in terms of recreation -- I run along the river on the trail, I fish the river. . . I've certainly floated on the river, and so many of our residents and constituents do…
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Stewardship: The River Keepers

Stewardship: The River Keepers

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The City of Reno, Nevada just reinstated a river cleanup crew for the first time in years. Jon Bahrenburg, 65, heads that crew. Every Tuesday through Friday, beginning at 6:30 a.m., Bahrenburg, Cody Wall, 20, and Juan Hernandez, 20, head to different sections on the Truckee River within the Reno boundaries.  
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Funding: Granting Fixes

Funding: Granting Fixes

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Having an idea is the first step when it comes to improving your local community. Building a team, coming up with an outline . . . all important parts to following through with a workable plan. But one of the largest obstacles in the world of ideas: funding. Luckily, the Truckee River has its own funding source -- the Truckee River Fund. And while this source shouldn't be the only solution to funding an idea, it's quite the foundation. Below: an infographic and table showing the many current moving parts of Truckee River progress funded by the Truckee River Fund.   (Load PDF in new, printable window to access hyperlinks.)
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Water Quality: Post-Flush

Water Quality: Post-Flush

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By Alex Hoeft It's no secret the Reno-Sparks area receives a hefty amount (85 percent) of its drinking water from the Truckee River. Water treatment facilities like Chalk Bluff and Glendale in the Truckee Meadows area are in charge of making sure the drinking water is up to snuff. There's another treatment facility, though, on the far edge of Sparks that treats a different type of local water: wastewater. Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility treats the wastewater of Reno and Sparks. All pipes from houses, apartment buildings, offices, etc., as well as local storm drains, feed to the plant. [caption id="attachment_1368" align="alignleft" width="244"] Michael Drinkwater is plant manager of the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility.[/caption] Michael Drinkwater (no, really -- that's his name) is plant manager of TMWRF, and refers to the facility as…
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Public Safety: Changing Points of View

Public Safety: Changing Points of View

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By Alex Hoeft Sure, there's trash on the Truckee River. Whether from passersby casually tossing aside a soda from McDonald's; or old, tattered clothing left behind from the homeless encampments once there, the trash exists. Sometimes, though, the trash isn't as simple or safe as paper or cloth. Biohazard materials like syringes ("sharps") also find home on the river banks. Northern Nevada HOPES combats the presence of such hazardous waste through its Change Point Harm Reduction Center. [caption id="attachment_570" align="alignleft" width="225"] Abigail Polus, right, and another HOPES member on a June 3 sharps sweep. The group gathered 45 discarded syringes and around 380 grams of injection-related and substance use related materials. Photo courtesy HOPES.[/caption] Change Point is Nevada's first legal Syringe Services Program, and provides access, disposal and exchange for syringes. HOPES began…
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Ecosystem: The River’s Public Record

Ecosystem: The River’s Public Record

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By Alex Hoeft The accompanying audio slideshow follows Kelsey Fitzgerald, author and developer of the Truckee River Guide, on a journey to the Truckee River in California. The Truckee River Guide is a user-friendly interactive field guide to the Truckee River's ecosystem. Users are encouraged to submit their own findings of wildlife. For those who aren't as familiar with the names or types of plants or animals, TRG offers a species list full of pictures and descriptions. [soundslides width="620" height ="533" id="1298"]
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Recreation: The Bikeway

Recreation: The Bikeway

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By Alex Hoeft Janet Phillips has been in the biking business for a long time, and she's got the resume to prove it. Phillips is the creator behind the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, an almost-completed bike and hiking path following the Truckee River from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. Watch the video below and discover what the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway is all about. The Bikeway from Alex Hoeft on Vimeo.
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Quality of Life: Water is Life

Quality of Life: Water is Life

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By Alex Hoeft The Truckee River is a lot of things to a lot of people. A place to go swimming or observe nature, a source of water, a subject of art, a route to work or school… To the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, the Truckee River is life. "Water is life, water is important," said Michon Eben, Cultural Resource Manager and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer with RSIC. "The earth is our mother, and its water all across, its rivers and stuff -- it's breastmilk. And we feed from that. . . . We need that. We need that to survive." The RSIC was established in the early 1900s, and formed an officially recognized government in 1934. Today's colony consists of about 1,100 members from the Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe tribes,…
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Education: Learning Through the Truckee River

Education: Learning Through the Truckee River

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By Alex Hoeft McCarran Ranch Preserve is a peaceful place. Twenty or so minutes from downtown Reno, the Truckee River flows alongside the preserve’s rippling trees and a slightly worn path. It’s a breezy Wednesday in mid-September, and at different points along that slightly worn path are three groups of about 15 fifth graders from Dorothy Lemelson STEM Academy. Some have water-sogged shoes; others hold up clear plastic cylinders with dead crawfish floating inside. All of them, however, are learning. Sierra Nevada Journeys is a nonprofit organization bent on enlightening local youth of natural resource stewardship. Hands in the River is a specific program under Sierra Nevada Journeys devoted to the science of the Truckee River watershed, and it's what brings these fifth graders to the McCarran Ranch Preserve. [caption…
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