I recently had the pleasure of attending a presentation by the Truckee River Watershed Council and it was very informative to learn about restoration projects they have completed and have scheduled for the future in our area. Many are familiar with the real estate private transfer fees in our community, but not many know that these transfer fees are a stable funding source for organizations including the Truckee River Watershed Council. The Watershed has received over $180,000 from these transfer fees to help support stream restoration projects such as Perazzo Meadows where they have helped return the Little Truckee River to its original channel. This will improve the habitat for native fish such as the Lahontan cutthroat trout as well as offer interpretive trails, picnic areas and a beautiful setting for families to enjoy. Having grown up in Truckee and recreated at these areas, this is something that is very important to me as I am raising my own family and look forward to preserving and sharing the same beauty I experienced growing up. I can’t thank organizations like the Watershed enough for all of their volunteer work over the last 20 years with over 200 projects and 200,000 volunteer hours.
If you are a homeowner within the Watershed area, you may want to take advantage of the River-Friendly Landscaping program which is designed to help evade soil loss from homeowners’ properties. Soil erosion displaces sediment into the Truckee River, which clouds the water and interferes with fish reproduction. The Watershed Council provides free site evaluations, site plans, homeowner assistance and offers up to a $1,000 rebate while available. You can call 530-550-8760 or sign up online. Be sure to visit the websites above to learn more about the Truckee River Watershed Council as well as their calendar of events and opportunities to volunteer.