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River Fair to celebrate the Truckee River watershed

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comThe Truckee High Envirolution Club attends conferences and participates in restoration and outreach projects and cross age mentoring in elementary classrooms to teach about water quality, native fisheries, forest ecology and conservation. Here, the group is shown at the Bioneers conference in San Rafael, 2009. From left: Robin Bath, Chris Hinkel, Christine McMorrow, Missy Mohler (adult mentor), Carly O'Connell, Chloe Borders, Megan Falk and Marine Dageville. On the ground are Amory Kip Harris and Makaiah Mohler.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The 16th annual Truckee River Day will come again with the requisite restoration projects conducted by hundreds of volunteers throughout the Truckee River watershed. And again the community may join in the festive River Fair.

Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP) and the Truckee River Watershed Council (TRWC) will host the River Fair, an event dedicated to celebrating the Truckee River and its native fish, the Lahontan Cutthroat trout. The River Fair takes place Oct. 16, 1-4 p.m. on the river at Granite Flat Campground (Highway 89, River Road).

More than a dozen organizations and agencies will be on hand with fun and educational activities for kids and adults and#8212;-try your hand at fly casting and learn what flies our river fish love to bite, with live aquatic insects on display for everyone to investigate. Kids will enjoy fish themed art projects and the trout tent, a 40-foot inflated fish brought by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Everyone can have fun with hands-on activities related to water, wildlife and watersheds of the Truckee River, which runs from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake, Nev. Be sure to arrive in time for food by Men Wielding Fire and for the annual Lahontan Cutthroat trout fish release at 3 p.m.

For folks who would like to participate in restoration projects before the River Fair please register at TruckeeRiverWC.org or call 530-550-8760, ext. 1. Truckee River Day volunteers will have their choice of half or full-day projects beginning at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m., all ages are welcome. Participation in Truckee River Day restoration projects is not necessary in order to join in on the fun to be had at the River Fair. Visit http://www.truckeeriverwc.org.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com