Truckee River Day returns
The 11th annual Truckee River Day will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15. It comprises a group of projects like planting on eroded sites, improving spawning habitat for fish and maintaining trails to improve water quality. It is for volunteers of all ages.
The projects are categorized with activity levels of easy, moderate and strenuous. Participation in Truckee River Day requires pre-registration, which must be done by Friday, Oct. 6. T-shirts will be available for the first 400 volunteers who pre-register.
A registration form is available online at http://www.truckeeriverday.org. You can either register online, print a paper copy or get a paper form by calling 550-8760. In order to see the various projects, take a look at the paper form of the registration online. If you do not wish to sign up for a specific project that is fine as well. Just sign up for anything based upon your activity level preference.
Since its inception, Truckee River Day has done a considerable amount of work to improve the Truckee River Watershed. This year the projects that are listed include restoration projects, building a boardwalk in Martis Valley, planting projects, cleaning up brush, some experimental work and eradication of noxious weeds near the Truckee River.
Volunteers can sign up for a full day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or a half day (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). A few days before Truckee River Day, you will be contacted and told about your project ” the work you will be doing, where you will meet and what you need to wear and bring.
On the day of the event, you will check in and meet your group leader. Your check-in site will vary depending upon which project you chose.
According to the schedule on the Web site, check-in time for all-day projects is at 9 a.m. and half-day is at 11 a.m. All projects appear to be finishing around 2 p.m., according to the online schedule.
After the conclusion of the projects all participants are invited to gather at Granite Flat Campground on Highway 89 to share their stories with the other volunteers and celebrate the work they accomplished. There will be food and drinks, booths, fun activities and entertainment.
Finally, at 4 p.m. there will be a fish release. This is the highlight of the event for the children. Children should bring a clean bucket if they want to help release trout into the river.
Truckee River Day is a fulfilling day of helping care for one of our area’s great treasures. Please volunteer if you are able! It is a day well spent.
Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.