River Friendly Landscaping launches in Truckee | SierraSun.com

River Friendly Landscaping launches in Truckee

TRUCKEE,Calif. and#8212; In an area that features some of Mother Natureand#8217;s finest work, Truckee homeownership has both its joys and unique responsibilities.

Many residents have the pleasure of living close to lovely bodies of water such as Donner Lake, the Truckee River and Donner and Alder Creeks. However, many of these properties may actually have a negative impact on the regionand#8217;s water quality. The Truckee River Watershed Council and the Sierra Nevada Alliance have kicked off a River Friendly Landscaping campaign to help remedy the situation.

and#8220;Basically, the Watershed Council is asking homeowners to voluntarily install erosion control on their properties,and#8221; explains Andy Otto, director of land use compatibility programs. and#8220;When implemented correctly, these landscaping methods will help reduce soil erosion, prevent storm water runoff and stop pollutants from eventually making their way to the Truckee River. If they get to the water, the pollutants cause harm to the watershed and to the fish and animals that feed there.and#8221;

The Watershed Council and Sierra Nevada Alliance identified neighborhoods where they hope homeowners will jump onboard the River Friendly Landscaping program. These neighborhoods are close to sensitive lakes and streams. The following property types are of special interest: homes on steep slopes, sites with highly compacted soil and homes that are close to surface water. There are four identified neighborhoods: north shore of Donner Lake, Tahoe Donner, the Truckee River corridor in Placer County, and along East and West River Streets in Truckee. Evaluations will be given on a first come, first serve basis. While any homeowner in any neighborhood can participate, homes in the focus areas will be given priority.

Interested property owners are encouraged to call (530) 550-8760 to schedule a free site evaluation. Based upon the assessment, an engineering consultant will design a plan with recommendations (free of charge) for the property based on erosion control issues. When the project is completed, River Friendly Landscaping staffers will once again visit the property. Upon certification of completion, the homeowner will be eligible for up to a $400 rebate.

In addition to reducing sediment and pollution in the Truckee River, a native plant/low maintenance landscaping makeover may increase property value and esthetics. Homeowners are eligible for other incentives. Each month, two lucky homeowners who voluntarily comply with the BMP directives will receive two Reno Aces tickets.

The program has been funded by the State of California through the State Water Resources Control Board.

An informational mixer is slated for Saturday, June 19, 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. at the Truckee Donner Public Utility Districtand#8217;s Patricia S. Sutton Memorial conservation garden. Refreshments will be provided. Call 550-8760 ext. 4 to RSVP to River Friendly Landscaping or just show up! Visit http://www.truckeeriverwc.org for more information.

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