By Michele Prestowitz, Program Manager

Calling all nature-lovers! Join us for Truckee River Day, Sunday October 14th! Put on some sturdy boots, dig out your work gloves, and grab some friends. Together we will work to restore the Truckee River, along with its creeks and meadows.

The Truckee River watershed is a beautiful place to live and explore, but impacts from 150 years of human activities such as logging, grazing, and mining threaten water

Volunteers planted native vegetation along the Little Truckee River at Truckee River Day 2011. Photo by Cathy Howard.

quality and habitat. Severe erosion is polluting our waterways with excess sediment, native species are struggling, and precious habitat is degraded.

Here is the good news — people like you are working to reverse the damage. For over 20 years, hundreds of Truckee River Day volunteers have been transforming the health and resiliency of almost 200 sites. Places like Perazzo Meadows and Coldstream Canyon are now vibrant with native birds, wildflowers, and clean water.

To participate in this year’s restoration projects, please register here by October 10th.

The River Fair will be from 1pm to 4pm at Granite Flat Campground, with a Lahontan Cutthroat Trout release at 3pm. The fair, presented in partnership with Sierra Watershed Education Partnership, features fun environmental educational activities for kids and adults. Food will be provided free of charge by Northstar California. Everyone is invited — even if you’re not involved in restoration projects.

The Watershed Council leads this important effort in partnership with the US Forest Service, Truckee Trails Foundation, Sugar Pine Foundation, Truckee Donner Land Trust, Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, and others.

Thank you to this year’s funders, including donors to the Truckee River Watershed Council, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Town of Truckee, Truckee Chamber of Commerce, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, and Vail EpicPromise/Northstar California.