Summer in the Truckee Meadows is really something to behold. People of all ages enjoy the Truckee River corridor, and most of them pack their trash out with them, but there is inevitably something to clean up at the end of the season.
As the summer comes to a close and the water level gets lower, it’s the perfect time for a river cleanup. This is why Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful hosts our Truckee River Cleanup Day each year on the first Saturday of Fall. Last year generous grants from REI, UPS, and the Truckee River Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada enabled us to assemble over 700 (rockstar!) volunteers to clean up 20 miles of river corridor. This year, we’re doing even more.
The heavy rains and snow from El Nino last year really demonstrated the importance of keeping not just the river corridor, but the entire watershed clean. In the Truckee Meadows, everything is connected. The strong Northern Nevada winds carry trash along fence lines and into streams and rivers. This is one of the many reasons to clean up our watershed as we move into the wet season.
We are hoping for even more volunteers this year, so we need your help! REI, UPS, the Community Foundation have, again, made it possible for us to sustain our cleanup efforts, now we need the people power!