Matt Freitas, Program Manager

The Middle Truckee River watershed has a 150-year history of old-time land uses that affect our watershed and water quality. Grazing, and logging and the development of infrastructure for a growing community all played their parts. But now urbanization has become a chief source of erosion and sediment.

Though urban areas only make up 10% of our watershed, they contribute significantly to the water quality issues affecting the Truckee River. In fact, excess sediment is the reason lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated the river and its tributaries as “impaired.”

So we can’t wait.  The time to affect the future of our watershed—is now. The Watershed Council points the way. We collaborate, convene, and coordinate. We bring diverse interests together to solve complex problems. We protect the resiliency of our natural resources while supporting the vibrancy of our local community.

To that end, we are initiating two projects focused on urban portions of the watershed. The first, our River Revitalization project, will identify sources of sediment and pollution within the Town of Truckee corridor to identify potential, future restoration opportunities. The second, the McIver Dairy Restoration project, will restore 4-acres of wetland and reduce a source of pollution to the Truckee River.

We seek to hire a consultant to prepare an assessment of sediment sources in the Truckee town corridor and design and monitor a wetland restoration project at the McIver Dairy site.

Please see the Request for Proposals for more information. Proposals are due by 5:00pm on September 1, 2017 to Matt Freitas at or call (530) 550-8760 x6# for more information.

Thank you to our partners including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Town of Truckee, Truckee Donner Land Trust, Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District, Truckee Sanitary District, and the US Forest Service for their participation and special thanks to our funders including the donors of the Truckee River Watershed Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, State Water Board, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Our Truckee River Legacy Foundation, and the Town of Truckee.