Truckee River Day just around corner |

Truckee River Day just around corner

On Sunday, Oct. 16 the 10th Annual Truckee River Day will be held. Ten years ago the first Truckee River Day was held to help restore the Truckee River Watershed.

Truckee River Day involves a community effort ” from locals and visitors ” to achieve the restoration goal by scheduling half- and full-day events that are undertaken by volunteers. Volunteers can select projects that involve strenuous, moderate or easy physical exertion. A complete listing of activities is available on the registration form.

Volunteers are asked to register by Oct. 7 so event so organizers can plan their projects. Volunteers get an extra bonus by registering by Oct. 7, a great Truckee River Day T-shirt. Registration can be made either online or by calling 550-8760.

A post-event celebration will be held at the Granite Flat campground after the day’s projects are completed. Granite Flat Campground is approximately one mile south of Truckee on Highway 89. At this event you can share your Truckee River Day experience with other volunteers and celebrate the good work that you have done. There will be food for sale with family prices and booths about the Truckee River. The fish tent is a focal point for many.

Probably the highlight of the celebration is the 4 p.m. release of the native Lahontan Cutthroat Trout by children. The Lahontan Cutthroat Trout are being re-introduced into the Truckee Watershed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

Much has happened since that first Truckee River Day. The Truckee River Watershed Council ” a locally based group whose goal is to protect, enhance and restore the Truckee River Watershed ” was created.

Besides Truckee River Day, other programs include Snapshot Day, the Truckee River Aquatic Monitors and Restoration Projects.

Snapshot Day is a one-day citizen-based water quality monitoring event that focuses on the Lake Tahoe and Truckee River watersheds. The Truckee River Watershed Council coordinates volunteers for the “Middle Truckee” portion of the event. Other partners include the Clean Water Team of the California State Water Resources Control Board, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection.

The Truckee River Aquatic Monitors is a volunteer-based water quality monitoring program that offers the Truckee community reliable scientific data on local streams. The monitoring focuses on the collection and identification of aquatic insects that are key in determining the health of a particular watershed.

The restoration projects concentrate on controlling sediment and improving riparian and aquatic habitat. Projects are overseen by a Project Review Committee within the Watershed Council.

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

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