Seven Ways to Finish Your Summer Off Right

Seven Ways to Finish Your Summer Off Right

Recreation, Truckee River Watershed, Wildlife
July is over halfway over, meaning there's less than one month before school starts again and the memories of late nights and lake days will be simply that -- memories. We did the hard work of finding ways to finish the summer off perfectly. These opportunities will inspire more time in nature, and hopefully a more intimate love of the Truckee River and its benefits. Start checking off your bucket list today! 1. Build a Trail We hike enough of the trails in our area, but have you ever thought about building one? Talk about a gift that keeps on giving. There are plenty of local groups that could use a pair of eager hands when it comes to combing through natural landscapes. Give it a go at the July…
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River-Friendly Landscaping Part 5: Firescaping

River-Friendly Landscaping Part 5: Firescaping

River-Friendly Landscaping, Truckee River Watershed, Water Quality, Wildlife
The summer weather is heating up, and we’ve already had several Red Flag Warnings and small brush fires. It’s officially wildfire season in Northern Nevada! Chuck Grimmett/  Flickr Want to breathe easy knowing you and your yard are prepared? In this, the fifth of our River-Friendly Landscaping series, we’ll cover how Firescaping your yard can play an important role in promoting a healthy watershed while protecting your home from fire. But before we dive into the details of Firescaping , let’s discuss the effects fire can have on our watershed. While we’re all acutely aware of the social and economic impacts when people lose homes and are displaced by wildfire, there are also long-term environmental impacts that affect watersheds that don’t get as much media attention.  Water Quality Ecologist Chris…
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Lake Tahoe’s history involves a volcano, the Ice Age, and 101 years of not being called Tahoe

Lake Tahoe’s history involves a volcano, the Ice Age, and 101 years of not being called Tahoe

River History, River Tour, Truckee River Watershed
Dare we say it, Keep Tahoe Blue might be the most successful sticker branding ever. Not only do you see the sticker all across the state/country/world/universe, but there have been so many spin-offs we can't keep track -- Keep Truckee Green, Keep Squaw True, Keep Tahoe Smart, etc. Lake Tahoe is famous world-wide, known for its clarity and ~iconic~ views. Folks living in the surrounding areas are extremely lucky to have regular access to this beauty. When something is right in our backyards, we often forget or ignore its history. So we decided to scrounge some up for you. We did it for Pyramid Lake, and now we're tuning in to Tahoe. Tahoe, a History: Did you know that Lake Tahoe was partially formed thanks to a volcano?! Yup, Mount…
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What does the Truckee River mean to YOU?

What does the Truckee River mean to YOU?

One River, Truckee River Watershed
Listen, it's not going to be shocking to you that One Truckee River is made up of people who love the Truckee River. Every inch of the 121-mile-long body of water is cherished by our stakeholders. We've sat through hundreds of meetings, each dedicated to benefiting our primary water source in some way. Heck, we created a management plan that lists over 100 action items that will help improve the river and its watershed. But enough about us. We're here to talk about you. YOU, human being, staring at your computer or phone or tablet and wondering how you might be able to share a thing or two about what the Truckee River is to you. We've held photo and story contests, we've done hashtag campaigns, we've read your comments…
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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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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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Sparks Marina: A Glo-up Tale for the Ages

Sparks Marina: A Glo-up Tale for the Ages

River History, Truckee River Watershed
From rock quarry to Toxic Superfund site to ideal work-play-live bubble, the Sparks Marina has seen it all. Photo courtesy Flickr user Janusz Sobolewski Sparks Marina is such a delightful destination today, it's hard to believe it wasn't always so picturesque. Actually, forget picturesque; once upon a time, Sparks Marina was a 100-foot-deep quarry pit known as Helms Pit. (See a picture of the pit here.) From 1968 until 1987, Helms Pit provided rock for road and construction projects in the area. In the final functioning year, however, City of Sparks officials found petroleum products seeping through the southwest walls of the pit. It turned out there'd been a spill at the fuel-tank farm one mile away and its contamination had spread. Thus, the pit was dubbed a Toxic Superfund site (meaning the hazardous materials needed a long-term cleanup response) and a large cleanup was initiated. Finally,…
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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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