First mile marker installed on Truckee River

First mile marker installed on Truckee River

Efforts, One River
Yesterday we had a little shindig at Fisherman's Park on the Truckee River, installing the first mile marker on the Truckee River. These mile markers came at the perfect time: What with the powerful flows of the river and the local fire departments warning folks to stay extra safe around the river this spring, the markers will now serve as emergency locations. A specific number is displayed on each marker, to be relayed to the 911 operator in an emergency situation. Additionally, the recreating public can use the markers as location guidance. The markers will be installed every tenth of a mile, according to river miles, with "mile zero" being at Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City.   The creation and installation of the mile markers is a collaborative effort between One Truckee…
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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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Social: “Reno Got It Right”

Social: “Reno Got It Right”

Stories
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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Water Quality: Post-Flush

Water Quality: Post-Flush

Stories
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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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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Recreation: The Bikeway

Recreation: The Bikeway

Stories
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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