by Beth Christman, Director of Restoration Programs

Thank you to the many community volunteers that spent a beautiful fall day this past Sunday restoring and protecting at 14 projects throughout Truckee River watershed, improving water quality, habitat, and helping with Lahontan Cutthroat trout recovery.

This day would not happen without the tremendous efforts of volunteers throughout our community:

  • 50 amazing group leaders gave their time and energy to planning, preparing and managing the day’s restoration projects.
  • About 500 people volunteered to help with project work on Truckee River Day.

Photos (clockwise from upper left): Volunteers survey for New Zealand Mudnails on the Truckee River (2); a fingerling Lahontan Cutthroat trout is released at the River Fair; volunteers take a break from revegetating at Coldstream Canyon;  volunteers pause during the Prosser Creek Spawning Gravel project; a bucket brigade forms on Prosser Creek to place appropriately sized gravels in the streambed to improve habitat for fish. Photo Credit (all): Stefan McLeod Photography.

Save the date and join the fun at the 19th Annual Truckee River Day next year: October 19, 2014!

Hooked on helping the watershed? If your work on Truckee River Day has inspired you to do more to restore, protect, and enhance the Truckee River watershed, here are some ways you can help:

  • Attend a River Talk – Learn more about what we do!
  • Become an Ambassador– Spread the word about the work of the Watershed Council
  • Sign up today for your FREE River-Friendly Landscaping Site Evaluation – Learn how improvements to your property can help protect the watershed.
  • Become a Weed Warrior– Help prevent and control invasive weeds in the Truckee River watershed.
  • Join Adopt-A-Stream– help with biological aquatic monitoring year round and/or monitor tor chemical, physical and habitat characteristics May-September.