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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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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5 Fun Facts About Mule Deer

5 Fun Facts About Mule Deer

Wildlife
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but do you recall your local mule deer at all? In this winter wildlife blog series, we’ll be exploring some fun facts about the wildlife that live in our watershed and how they adapt to winter conditions. We’re kicking things off with 5 fun facts about Rudolph’s local cousin, the mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). Courtesy Kelsey Fitzgerald, Truckee River Guide #1: They have really big ears! Mule deer may not have Rudolph’s red nose, but they do have an equally distinct characteristic - their big ears, which is why they’re called “mule” deer. They also have a black-tipped tail, which makes them easy to distinguish from whitetail deer. #2: Their antlers can grow up to ¼” per day. Just like reindeer,…
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Some of Truckee Meadows Regional Efforts to Address Homelessness and Lack of Affordable Housing in 2018/19

Some of Truckee Meadows Regional Efforts to Address Homelessness and Lack of Affordable Housing in 2018/19

Efforts
A compilation of regional updates provided by One Truckee River's Partnership Coordinator, Iris, and the 2018 Housing and Sanitation Working Group: Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS) Campus: Washoe County is working to develop the NNAMHS Campus to serve 200+ currently homeless women, children, families, elderly, and pregnant women. If successful, this will open up space at the Volunteers of America (VOA) shelter for currently homeless men. The county anticipates opening this facility in the summer of 2019. The image to the left was part of a larger presentation (linked here) given to the Washoe County Commissioners on October 9, 2018 by Amber Howell, Washoe County Director of Social Services.  Case Managers: Washoe County currently supports three case managers in the region, and hopes to add six more for a total of nine case managers in the region. The county pays each collaborative agency $80,000 per case manager. The county is working to secure $480,000 within the current fiscal year to add six more case managers by June 2019.   Community Housing Land Trust: In…
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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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