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Truckee River Day full of fun-filled work

Now entering its 13th year, the Annual Truckee River Day on Oct. 19 is a true example of a community event.

Sponsored by the Truckee River Watershed Council, this event has been both worthwhile and well received in our area. In many cases, this has become a family event.

Truckee River Day is billed as a fun-filled work day for volunteers of all ages.

Volunteers participate in many different types of activities that provide benefits to the entire watershed. Examples of this year’s projects include Davies Creek Restoration, Jones Valley Restoration, Legacy Trail Revegetation, Coldstream Ponds Wetlands, a Native Plant Garden, Martis Valley Boardwalk Construction, Martis Wildlife Area Trail Revegetation, Tahoe Donner Thinning, Legacy Trail Revegetation, Trout Creek Mulching, and a Meadow Restoration.

All who are interested in helping out should go to the Truckee River Watershed Council Web site at http://www.truckeeriverwc.org and scroll over to “Programs” and then click on “Truckee River Day.” You can pre-register online. You must register to participate by Friday, Oct. 10. You may also register by fax at 550-8761.

Depending on which event you select, you will be contacted by a staff member the week before Truckee River Day. Check-in locations vary depending on which project you are working on.

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While this is a family event in many cases, volunteers are asked to leave their dogs at home. Many of the areas being worked on during Truckee River Day are not appropriate for our four-legged friends. If your dog really needs to come to Truckee River Day, call Beth at 550-8760 and organizers will try and accommodate you.

When making your selection for the various projects, note that they are rated by physical activity level. They are rated easy, moderate and strenuous. Also, some are full-day projects from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The half-day projects run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you just want to help anywhere needed, you can do that as well by selecting the activity level and whether you would like to work a full or half day.

After participating in your Truckee River Day project you may participate in the end-of-day celebration at the Granite Flat campground on Highway 89 just south of Truckee. This celebration is the highlight of the day for many youngsters as they release fish into the Truckee River.

Kids are encouraged to bring a clean bucket if they want to release fish into the Truckee River. There will also be food and drinks, booths and other fun activities to help celebrate the good work that has been accomplished.

I have found that our Truckee River has a profound affect on the lives of those who live here or visit. Truckee River Day is a way of improving the watershed that we all love.

If you can spare some time, join your neighbors and help make this watershed even better.

Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.