One Truckee River
Tell your local elected officials that you want them to adopt the One Truckee River Management Plan, so that we can protect the Truckee River for generations to come!
KTMB and Nevada Land Trust (NLT) have partnered together to develop a plan, called the One Truckee River Initiative for the long-term stewardship of the Truckee River. KTMB and NLT are in the process of pulling together municipalities, agencies and stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan which takes into consideration the needs of all river users in a sustainable way.
We love bringing the community together for KTMB’s Truckee River Cleanup Day, but cleanups alone are not the answer. As our community grows, and we need the river more for drinking water and recreation, we need to plan for the future of and the precious resource with which we have been entrusted. Go to the One Truckee River website to read more about the plan, or to take the pledge.
What is Needed to Protect the River:
1. Reinstate a full-time River Ranger
In 2001, the City of Reno created a River Ranger position for the purposes of cleanup, maintenance, patrol and beautification along the river. The first two years were cleanup work, but with a continued presence mostly maintenance and oversight were needed. At the same time, there was a joint Washoe County-City of Reno Homeless Evaluation Liaison who worked out of the Greyhound station downtown and interviewed and evaluated individuals for assistance, veterans benefits or space at the homeless shelter. A City of Reno police officer provided support and enforcement to the Ranger and Liaison.
Together the three positions made up a nationally-recognized program, but fell victim to budget cuts in 2008. Until 2014, cleanups were still conducted by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office work crew, but the funding for those cleanups will no longer be provided, so trash and dumping along the river is only likely to increase.
2. Expand KTMB Adopt-A-Spot program to include river adoptions
KTMB’s Adopt-A-Spot program allows businesses, community groups and families to adopt sections of roadway for litter removal. In 2014, we expanded this program to include river adoptions so we can engage businesses and residents directly in the health, cleanliness and care of the Truckee River, and include them as stakeholders in this powerful piece of our health, economy and recreation.
3. Three-prong education approach
We are building on our successful Waste Warriors curriculum with two new units; Weed Warriors and Watershed Warriors. Watershed Warriors will be exclusively focused on ways school children can directly affect the river’s health and why they need to care about keeping it clean. Secondly, we will launch a PSA campaign designed to target recreational users in the Truckee Meadows, educating visitors and reminding residents that the river provides our drinking water and we must do all we can to keep it clean. The last educational step are Trash Talks. This elite team of dedicated KTMB volunteers has been trained to present to groups of all kinds about the hidden hazards of litter and illegal dumping and the dangerous effect they have on our community’s health and economy.
4. Ensure a multi-jurisdictional, long-term maintenance plan for the Truckee River
Currently our municipalities do not have a long-term, holistic plan for keeping the river healthy, and we want to make sure one is put in place. We all have a stake in a clean, beautiful Truckee River. Such a plan is ambitious, and would require a lot of inter-agency cooperation, we have had great success with this kind of long-term, inter-agency planning through our Illegal Dumping Task Force, so KTMB is poised to help implement and bring this kind of plan together.
If you would like to know more about the KTMB River Plan, or would like to know how you can help move such a plan forward, please contact us!