Deicing Salts: Are There Pet-Safe and Eco-Friendly Options?

Deicing Salts: Are There Pet-Safe and Eco-Friendly Options?

River-Friendly Landscaping, Uncategorized
While winter may seem like a slow time for gardening, there’s still plenty to do to keep your landscape River-Friendly. One thing to consider is deicing salts used on icy paths and driveways. While they help melt ice and make our roads and walking surfaces safer during the winter months, they also can harm our pets and the environment. Why Are Deicing Salts Bad? There are lots of different deicing  and anti-icing chemicals on the market, but the most common and affordable is rock salt (sodium chloride). Salt does a good job of melting ice because when sodium and chloride dissolve, they lower the freezing point of water by disrupting water molecules’ ability to bond together and form ice. But once the sodium and chloride break apart, they persist in the…
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River-Friendly Landscaping: Planning a Pollinator Garden

River-Friendly Landscaping: Planning a Pollinator Garden

River-Friendly Landscaping, Uncategorized
It’s late winter. You’ve got cabin fever. It may seem like there’s nothing to do in the garden, and you’re anxiously awaiting the warmer days of spring. Well, you can put some of that restless energy into planning your garden for the next year. It’s a great time to put some thought into making your yard River-Friendly, and what better way to start than planning a portion as a pollinator garden!One of the 6 principles of River-Friendly Landscaping is to create wildlife habitat that supports the biodiversity of our watershed. While we’re not looking to attract big wildlife like bears and mountain lions, we can share our landscapes with birds and beneficial insects in desperate need of habitat. Pollinators provide essential ecosystem functions and support society by pollinating many of…
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The Portland Loo comes to Reno

The Portland Loo comes to Reno

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We are delighted to announce the ribbon cutting of the first new Portland Loo on August 17, 2020 at 9:00 am at Brodhead Park! Please come and join us to celebrate the Loo's opening.  The Portland Loo, River Restroom Project, evolved out of the One Truckee River Management Plan, Phase I that was developed over the course of many years with multiple Government, nonprofit, local businesses, and residents’ input and insight. In 2016, the OTR Plan was unanimously approved by the three local jurisdictions. The installation of the new Loo would not have been possible without our listed partners below. Thank you for your individual involvement and agency's contribution to make this new public restroom possible that will help to protect water quality and improve the Truckee River corridor area…
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Guest Post: Aquatic Invertebrates

Guest Post: Aquatic Invertebrates

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We're incredibly thankful to the folks at the Galena Creek Visitors Center for putting together these awesome resources for Truckee River Month! Make sure to check out their video on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/onetruckeeriver/posts/1864888793647601 Why is aquatic invertebrate surveying important? Aquatic and riparian habitats are some of the most endangered ecosystems, due to pollution, development, climate change, agriculture, and other factors. Scientists need to monitor these ecosystems in different ways to test their health and productivity. Aquatic invertebrates are an important measurement because they play many roles in the ecosystem and are threatened by several different environmental factors. Ecosystem Services Aquatic invertebrates play an important role in their ecosystem. Many are primary consumers, which means they eat plants and bacteria, keeping populations of algae and aquatic plants at a healthy…
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Weekly Trail Highlight: Crystal Peak Park

Weekly Trail Highlight: Crystal Peak Park

One Truckee River Month, Recreation, River Tour, Truckee River Watershed, Uncategorized, Wildlife
Thanks to friends of OTR, Mike White and Mark Vollmer, we will be highlighting a Truckee River trail from their book “50 Best Strolls, Walks, and Hikes Around Reno” each week in May. Their book is available for purchase online at Sundance Book Store. We will be featuring some of Marks incredible photography from each trail on our blog each week. Verdi Mill Pond at Crystal Peak Parl Tunnel beneath Old Hwy. 40 Stellar's Jay Truckee River Truckee River Yarrow Blossoms Red-winged Blackbird Northern Rough-winged Swallow Common Merganser Red-winged Blackbird American Coot Interpretive Signage at the Verdi Mill Pond Unidentified Wildflower Unidentified Wildflower Verdi Glen Resort (1924-1938) showing ruins of swimming pool fountain and barbecue chimney.
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Guest Post: A Look Ahead to Bike Month

Guest Post: A Look Ahead to Bike Month

One Truckee River Month, Recreation
Brought to you by the Reno Bike Project Since group riding is currently discouraged, we wanted to encourage you to try some new rides on your own and look forward to the joyous events of Bike Month 2020, which will take place in September.  RBP Bike Month Events: Pancake Feed & Bike to Work Day CycloFemme: Ride & resources for women, girls, non-binary, and transgender cyclists A Closer Look: CycloFemme: RIDE Together. RISE Together. Reno CycloFemme is a half-day event that helps break down barriers that women, girls, transgender, and non-binary people face in cycling. We accomplish this by providing discounted & sponsored bike rentals, free safety checks, three rides of different lengths for all levels of skill & fitness, ride support, and an after party that celebrates our amazing community of FTW…
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Weekly Trail Highlight: Tom Cooke Trail

Weekly Trail Highlight: Tom Cooke Trail

One Truckee River Month, Recreation, River Tour, Truckee River Watershed, Wildlife
Thanks to friends of OTR, Mike White and Mark Vollmer, we will be highlighting a Truckee River trail from their book “50 Best Strolls, Walks, and Hikes Around Reno” each week in May. Their book is available for purchase online at Sundance Book Store. We will be featuring some of Marks incredible photography from each trail on our blog each week. Tom Cook Trailhead Truckee River Bridge Yellow Indian Paintbrush Yellow Indian Paintbrush Red Indian Paintbrush Globe Mallow Arrowleaf Balsamroot Ephedra - also known as Mormon Tea Bottom of the Tom Cooke Trail Tom Cook Trailhead Signs Last Chance Ditch Last Chance Ditch Truckee River from Bridge Penstemon with Peavine Mountain in the background Penstemon
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Weekly Trail Highlight: Oxbow Nature Study Area

Weekly Trail Highlight: Oxbow Nature Study Area

One Truckee River Month, Uncategorized
Thanks to friends of OTR, Mike White and Mark Vollmer, we will be highlighting a Truckee River trail from their book “50 Best Strolls, Walks, and Hikes Around Reno” each week in May. Their book is available for purchase online at Sundance Book Store. We will be featuring some of Marks incredible photography from each trail on our blog each week. Oxbow Nature Study Area Observation Deck Mike White on the Interpretive Trail Black-Headed Grosbeak Cattails blowing in the wind Cottontail Rabbit Morning sun through the Cottonwoods Mallard chicks in the Oxbow duck pond Mallard chicks in the Oxbow duck pond Red Winged Blackbird at the Oxbow duck pond Red Winged Blackbird at the Oxbow duck pond A pillbug - the only land-based crustacean - on the trail Sage Sparrow singing…
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Weekly Trail Highlight: McCarran Ranch Preserve

Weekly Trail Highlight: McCarran Ranch Preserve

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Thanks to friends of OTR, Mike White and Mark Vollmer, we will be highlighting a Truckee River trail from their book "50 Best Strolls, Walks, and Hikes Around Reno" each week in May. Their book is available for purchase online at Sundance Book Store. We will be featuring some of Marks incredible photography from each trail on our blog each week. Truckee River at McCarran Ranch, featuring Mike White Truckee River at McCarran Ranch, featuring Mike White American Kestrel Desert Peach blossoms Cabbage White Butterfly Canada goose shaking off water after landing Western Fence (blue-bellied) Lizard Red-winged Blackbird Red-winged Blackbird Red-Tailed Hawk chasing away a Turkey Vulture that flew too close to a nest Yellow Fiddleneck Blossoms
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Truckee River Month, But Make It Digital

Truckee River Month, But Make It Digital

One Truckee River Month, Recreation, Truckee River Watershed
May has rolled around once again, and that means it is officially One Truckee River’s third annual Truckee River Month. This year is a little different from the previous two years’ celebrations. This year's Truckee River Month is an entirely digital event. The only physical components of Truckee River Month this year are the banner over California Ave, our signs along the Truckee River path, and, of course, the river itself. Have you seen any of these when you’ve been out and about lately? If you have, we’d love to know! Tag us on facebook and instagram and use the #TruckeeRiverMonth to share your pictures and stories. Check them along the river. These ones are at Mayberry Park. As for the online lineup for the month, we have a great…
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