The Cold Shouldn’t Bother You Anyway: Enjoying the Truckee River During the Winter

The Cold Shouldn’t Bother You Anyway: Enjoying the Truckee River During the Winter

One River
We came up with some different ways to spend time along the Truckee River even when the temperature is below freezing. So curl up by your fireplace and take notes! Just because it's ~freezing~ outside doesn't mean you can't enjoy the Truckee River. Whether you want to sit in your car with the heat cranked while parked at Wingfield and watch locals brave the cold OR you're out there in the thick of it, twirling along the Legacy Trail and happily catching snowflakes on your tongue, the Truckee is a source to cherish year-round. Your Way is Paved Many trails along the Truckee River are consistently cleared of snow, so your morning walk is still possible! Enjoy the snow-muted sounds of the city or the wild along trails like the Truckee River…
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Management Plan Unanimously Approved (!!!)

Management Plan Unanimously Approved (!!!)

Efforts, Meeting, One River
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…
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One Truckee River Open House

One Truckee River Open House

Meeting, One River
On June 7, 2016, One Truckee River held its first open house. The event was hosted at the Siena Hotel in Reno (right on the river!), from 4pm-7pm. At the open house, members of the public were able to get a first look at the One Truckee River Management Plan. Core Planning Team members provided answers to any questions people might have had, and comments were encouraged. Below are key One Truckee River documents available or on display at the open house: Plan Structure Flowchart FAQs Key Messaging for Goal Stations Goal #1 Poster Goal #2 Poster Goal #3 Poster Goal #4 Poster Those who attended were asked to fill out a comment card, providing their thoughts and suggestions for the plan. Below are those comments, all personal information omitted.…
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Social: The Concerned Citizens

Social: The Concerned Citizens

Stories
(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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Crossroads

Crossroads

Efforts
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6vjT-IKqJ4
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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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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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Steps Forward

Steps Forward

Meeting
Holidays are always a difficult time to schedule anything, what with the holidays and everything going on. Luckily, we were able to hold a meeting with our Core Planning Team on Wednesday, Nov. 18. This was the first meeting since our Sept. 30 stakeholder meeting, and boy, was it a busy one. First things first: we have chosen a team to put together our official One Truckee River Management Plan! Introducing CFA, Inc., as well as other contractors, who were introduced to the Core Planning Team during last Wednesday's meeting. Angela Fuss, CFA: project manager/mapping/lead author Dan Kovach, CFA: recreation planning/public safety Jeff Brunnings, OnStrategy: public facilitation Fred Steinmann, UNR: funding mechanisms Dick Bartholet, UNR: homeless population Jeremy Drew, RCI: technical review Lynn Zonge, RCI: technical review   After the usual round-the-table introductions, the CPT meeting…
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