River-friendly landscaping announces winners

Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee River Watershed Council is excited to announce the winners of their River-Friendly Landscaping program. Susie Urie, Steve Ramos and Eric Premack each won a $5,000 rebate and Donner Pines East won a $10,000 rebate for completed river-friendly landscaping soil erosion measures.

The River-Friendly landscaping contest began in September 2011 with the objective to restore residential properties with significant erosion problems near rivers and streams in Truckee. Residents were asked to fill out an application and submit photos. Ten Truckee-area residents applied.

The Truckee River Watershed Council and the Sierra Nevada Alliance launched the River Friendly Landscaping Program to counteract harmful runoff from residential homes. Funded by grants from the State Water Resources Control Board, the program implements erosion-control and landscaping measures on residential properties that reduce pollution and create sustainable landscapes.

In addition to their reimbursements the winners will also receive a custom site evaluation and plan. Awards will reimburse for materials and labor paid by homeowners. River-friendly features can include native plants and flowers, retaining wall structures, gravel and mulch among a multitude of other options.

Even if you are not one of the winners there is still an opportunity participate in the River-Friendly Landscaping program. By signing up, homeowners will receive a custom site evaluation and plan as well as up to $400 rebate.

For more information, visit or contact Andy Otto at 530-550-8760, ext. 3.

Truckee River Watershed Council brings the community and#8220;Together for the Truckee.and#8221; It focuses on collaborative solutions for the protection, enhancement and restoration of the Truckee River Watershed.

Funding for this project has been provided in full or in part through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (Clean Water Act Section 319). The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the State Water Resources Control Board, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use. (Gov. Code, 7750, 40 C.F.R. 31.20).

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