Truckee River Day coming up
The 12th Annual Truckee River Day will be held Sunday, Oct. 14. This has become a great community event to help celebrate and restore the Truckee River.
Truckee River Day is a fun-filled work day for volunteers of all ages. Many different types of activities that provide benefits to water quality and wildlife habitat are accomplished each year. The projects are identified as easy, moderate or strenuous in activity, and people can choose the appropriate level of activity for themselves when they register.
Some activities are all day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) while others are half day (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.).
This year’s projects include Davis Creek restoration; Negro Canyon road removal; Gray Creek re-vegetation; a burn area experiment; installing a weather station; Martis Wildlife Area trail re-vegetation; Russell Valley seeding and mulching of an old road through a meadow; a Meadow restoration at Donner Camp; Tahoe Donner Tree thinning; aquatic weed removal in Sagehen Creek; Trout Creek mulching; Musk Thistle removal; Pole Creek road rehabilitation; and Prosser Creek fish habitat improvement project.
Volunteers are needed on all of the above projects.
The more who show up for the event, the easier the projects are to complete. Some, like the Prosser Creek fish habitat improvement project, can be strenuous. I worked on a similar project at Martis Creek several years ago that took two Truckee River Days to complete. This one has an age requirement of 15 years or older due to the physical nature of the project.
Spawning-gravel is carted into the creek with the use of five-gallon buckets with a bucket brigade or wheelbarrows. The gravel is placed in areas with high spawning potential that is void of gravel.
At the Martis event, we had an immediate response from the fish when a nice-sized trout dropped back over the gravel to check it out as we were working on the project.
The Department of Fish and Game directs the project to make sure that the gravel is being placed in the appropriate areas. I would encourage anyone interested in our fisheries to participate in this project!
Of course, the other projects are great as well and will provide tremendous benefit to the watershed.
As an added incentive, T-shirts are available for the first 400 registered volunteers. You can indicate the size of the shirt on the registration form.
At the end of the day, a celebration is held at Granite Flat Campground south of Truckee on Highway 89.
The highlight of the celebration has been the fish release, when children put trout into the river. Children wishing to participate in this event, which usually takes place around 4 p.m., should bring a clean bucket.
Truckee River Day has become a great community event that brings together anyone interested in improving the health of our river, whether they are locals, visitors or second-homeowners. All of us have a vested interest in protecting and improving the health of the Truckee River.
Please participate if you can!
Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.
For more info or to register for Truckee River Day, visit http://www.truckeeriverday.org. Register before Oct. 5 so that organizers know whether there will be enough people for the project.
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