By Michele Prestowitz, Program Manager

It was that first Truckee River Day in 1996 that spawned today’s Truckee River Watershed Council. Since then thousands of nature-lovers have shown up annually with their buckets, shovels and smiles to take on 100s of restoration projects throughout the watershed. Sign up today to be a part of what started it all!

The 22nd annual Truckee River Day and Fair is Sunday, October 15th. Put on some sturdy boots, dig out your work gloves, and grab some friends. Together we will work to restore the Truckee River, its creeks and meadows.

From the earliest days of western expansion, our area was affected by poorly constructed roads, historic logging, grazing and mining, and other human impacts. Now 150 years later, erosion is polluting our waterways with excess sediment, native species are struggling, and habitat is degraded.

But here’s the good news – people like you are working to reverse years of damage. Work alongside your friends—and make new ones—as together we:

  • Restore acres of meadow and riparian wetland
  • Provide habitat for native wildlife
  • Improve water quality
  • Repair our mountain home

Year by year, project by project, the Truckee River Watershed Council spearheads these efforts to restore, enhance and protect our watershed that sustain the Truckee River. Places like the Middle Martis Wetland, Perazzo Meadows, and Coldstream Canyon are now vibrant with native birds, wildflowers, and clean water.

To take part in this year’s restoration projects, register HERE – deadline is Friday, October 13th!

At the end of the day, celebrate the Truckee River at the River Fair from 1pm to 4pm at Granite Flat Campground. This community event, presented by Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships, features fun environmental education activities, live entertainment, and more. Free food by Northstar California. Everyone is invited – even if you’re not involved in restoration projects.

Giving Thanks

Many thanks to our fantastic Truckee River Day Steering Committee, fabulous Group Leaders, partners, and funders.

Truckee River Day on KTKE!

101.5 Truckee Tahoe Radio interviewed Truckee River Day staff during the morning commute today. Get the scoop HERE and HERE.


165 volunteers planted native plants at a restored area in Perazzo Meadows at the 14th Annual Truckee River Day in 2009. PhotoCredit: David Bunker