On Wednesday, May 27, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and Northern Nevada HOPES performed a Truckee River cleanup from Wells Avenue to Aces Ballpark along the south side of the river.
The volunteers found 25 syringes along with other items that, in total, amounted to 438 grams. A lot of needles were collected, but the group was especially disappointed by the amount of other debris along the river.
During the cleanup, volunteers were able to interact with the people camped out by the river — a nice and educational moment for everyone involved.
The group plans to perform the same cleanup along the north side of the river (from Wells Avenue to Aces Ballpark) within the next week. There are more camps along the northern bank, and the group expects an increase in findings.