by Kathy Whitlow, Operations Manager

Could you use an extra $400 to spend at an area nursery to finish your summer projects? Through the month of August, we’re accepting referrals for our River-Friendly Landscaping program. Each referral will earn you one entry into a drawing for a $400 gift certificate from the area nursery of your choice.

The River-Friendly Landscaping program helps Truckee-area homeowners understand how soil erosion from their properties adversely affects the Truckee River watershed. We improve water quality by providing a free site evaluation and resources to help residential property owners in voluntarily reducing or preventing soil erosion. The program covers older and established neighborhoods in the Truckee River watershed within the Town of Truckee and/or the following counties: Nevada, Placer and Sierra. Click here to learn more about River-Friendly Landscaping.

How to enter:

    • Please get permission from the homeowner before submitting the referral.
    • You may refer yourself or any residential homeowner within the Truckee River watershed in Nevada, Placer and Sierra Counties to River-Friendly Landscaping by submitting the homeowner’s name and contact information to by 8/31 (at minimum, we need a contact name and daytime phone number).
    • Once verified as eligible, each referral received before 5pm on 8/31 earns one drawing entry. We will contact them and arrange to meet with homeowners and provide a free site evaluation of their property.
    • The contest ends August 31, 2013; referrals received after 5pm on 8/31 will be contacted to schedule a free site evaluation but will not earn an entry in the drawing.
    • The drawing for the $400 gift certificate will be held on or before September 30, 2013.
    • Click here to view the contest flyer.

As an added incentive, homeowners can receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement for labor and material costs until all rebate funds are exhausted.

Funding for River-Friendly Landscaping has been provided in full or in part through the California State Water Resources Control Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (Clean Water Act Section 319).