by Beth Christman, Director of Restoration Programs

It’s that time of the year, time to grab those gloves, shovels and boots and bring family and friends to help restore our Truckee River. The 18th annual Truckee River Day is Sunday, October 20th.

Volunteers have their choice of half or full day restoration projects with different levels of difficulty. There will be 12-15 projects including trail relocation in Johnson Canyon, native plantings to help restore areas in the Coldstream Canyon floodplain, moving barriers in Martis Lake to eradicate aquatic weeds, and conducting surveys of invasive New Zealand Mud Snails in the Truckee River. Projects start at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. and finish between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The River Fair will be from 1-4 p.m. at Granite Flat Campground, located 1 mile south of Truckee on Highway 89. This community event is presented in partnership with Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships and will feature fun environmental activities for kids and adults, and the annual fish release at 3 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from Red Truck. Everyone is invited to the fair even if you’re not involved in restoration projects.

To participate in this year’s restoration projects, please click here to register.

Thank you to this year’s funders, including donors to the Truckee River Watershed Council, Vail Resorts Echo, and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce. For a complete list of all those supporting Truckee River Day this year, click here.