River-Friendly Landscaping
By Eben Swain, Program Manager

Did you know the average residential lot in our area loses one ton of soil per year?!? This is a major source of pollution in our streams and the Truckee River. Rainfall, snowmelt, or even irrigation picks up pollutants such as fine sediment from bare soil, and carries it into rivers, wetlands and lakes.

River-Friendly Landscaping is a free, voluntary program to improve your yard. Established by the Truckee River Watershed Council, the purpose is to improve water quality by preventing or reducing soil erosion from residential properties. We have also established a new Turf Buy-Back program for those homeowners who wish to convert their high water use lawn to a more efficient landscape using native and drought tolerant plants. These programs provide homeowners with landscaping recommendations to prevent soil erosion, conserve water and incorporate native, drought tolerant and low fire risk vegetation into their landscape. Homeowners can receive up to $1,500 reimbursement to install soil erosion control measures or to remove and/or to replace your lawn.

Get a FREE site evaluation today:

  • Enhance your home and landscaping
  • Up to $3,000 rebate (up to $1,500 per program)
  • Reduce water use and realize cost savings
  • Reduce erosion and improve water quality
  • Create wildlife habitat and improves soil health
  • Be a good steward of the Truckee River and our watershed

For additional information, or to sign up for a free site evaluation for your property, please contact Eben Swain at: 530-550-8760 ext. 7 or eswain@truckeeriverwc.org.

* Funding for this program comes from the California State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources