Our View: Dirty hands for a great cause
October 18, 2005
In the middle of Truckee’s shoulder season, one event still has the power to draw hundreds of volunteers on what would normally be a sleepy fall day.Truckee River Day, which this year celebrated a decade of river restoration, was a huge success on Sunday drawing an estimated 650 workers. But that is no surprise anymore. Despite the fickle fall weather in Truckee, volunteers have shown up in force each year during the last decade to get their hands dirty for the good of the Truckee River and, yes, also for themselves.This year, much of the focus of the event was to reverse the harm that humans have inflicted on the watershed over the years. Submerged rebar from an old mill that was unceremoniously dumped into the Truckee decades ago was carted out of the river channel on Sunday.And volunteers planted what will soon become a meadow after a creek near Stampede Reservoir is rerouted back to its natural course. The creek hasn’t flowed in its natural bed since an old railroad grade pushed the waterway in a new direction.Another group built a boardwalk over a heavily used trail in the Martis Valley, preserving the often soggy ground that sees hundreds of human and canine feet cross it each spring and summer.Each summer Truckee residents and visitors get out and enjoy the area’s meadows, creeks and rivers. And each fall hundreds of residents comes out to give a little back to the watershed that has given them so many beautiful views, hikes and fishing trips over the summer.And in the spring, when a new meadow begins to form or the scars of a muddy trail begin to close over, the hundreds of Truckee volunteers will know that their time and work made a difference.