Truckee River day needs volunteers
Staff reportsJoin hundreds of residents and visitors for the ninth annual Truckee River Day on Sunday, Oct. 17.Truckee River Day is a work day with activities appropriate for all age groups.The focus of this event is on restoration intended to improve water quality and habitat value within the Truckee River watershed.The Truckee River Watershed Council coordinates Truckee River Day. Several projects are planned for this year. Volunteers will help plant along the Truckee River Legacy Trail, and there will also be smaller planting projects along the banks of the Truckee River.There will be two different projects involving brush clearing to promote meadow health and also aspen stand regeneration. Another project will help restore fish spawning habitat to Martis Creek below Martis Lake Creek Dam.Work projects run either full day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or half day (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The day doesn’t stop after the work projects are done. The Truckee River Day fair takes place in the afternoon at Granite Flat Campground, south of Truckee.Food will be for sale, there will be educational booths, and fun activities.Children can help with the Lahontan cutthroat trout release at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required for Truckee River Day.To aid in planning, registration by Oct. 8 is requested. Volunteers are assigned to projects once they have registered – projects will fill up, so register early to help secure a spot on a first-choice project.Volunteers will be contacted the week prior to Truckee River Day with information about where to come on Truckee River Day and what to bring. Volunteers can sign up online at http://www.truckeeriverday.org or call 550-8760 and a form can be faxed or mailed to you.Paper forms are also available at the Forest Service and some local businesses.