River-Friendly Landscaping Part 6: Don’t Trash the Truckee Meadows

River-Friendly Landscaping Part 6: Don’t Trash the Truckee Meadows

River-Friendly Landscaping, Water Quality
Did you know that approximately half of what Truckee Meadows residents send to the landfill in the summer months is organic material? That’s about 2,500 tons (or 350 elephants) of yard waste and kitchen scraps going to our local landfill every day!  Instead of trashing these materials, which creates transportation emissions (contributing to air pollution and climate change) and takes up landfill space (decreasing land conservation), we can reduce unnecessary waste, improve soils, save money, and keep the Truckee River clean - all at the same time! In this, the sixth of our River-Friendly Landscaping series, we’ll show you how. So what’s the magic solution to this trashy problem? Composting! And what’s composting? Composting takes organic material and decomposes it into an organic fertilizer and soil amendment. It’s pretty much…
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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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A Floater’s Guide to Caring for the Truckee

A Floater’s Guide to Caring for the Truckee

Conservation, Efforts, Recreation, Water Quality
It seems as though winter is finally behind us and we are ready for a summer of fun along the Truckee River! For many people, this will mean swimming and floating on the Truckee to cool down on those hot summer days. However, as much fun as it is to make the most of our incredible river, it is essential to consider your safety and the river’s health before you go. We’ve pulled together a few basic guidelines so you can make the most of your float. 1. Consider a Life Vest Right now, the Truckee is moving a bit too fast -- we’re talking between 2,000 and 3,000 cubic feet per second -- to casually float with or without a life vest, or at least without an experienced guide.…
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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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Rain, Rain, Go Away…. In the Storm Drain?

Rain, Rain, Go Away…. In the Storm Drain?

Water Quality
Rain, rain, go away, so we can all go outside and play. With all the recent spring precipitation we’ve been having, this age-old nursery rhyme may be running through your mind. But have you ever wondered where all the rain goes? If your answer is no, get ready to learn all about it in this blog post. Take out your umbrella, pull on your rain boots, and get ready for a course in Stormwater 101. Lesson 1: What is stormwater? The first thing you need to know about stormwater is what it is, and this is pretty simple. Stormwater is exactly what it sounds like - water that comes from a storm. It could be rain or it could be from melting snow, but either way it originates from a…
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