Protecting the River

Our Urban Watershed

Snowfall that begins high in the mountains of the Lake Tahoe basin is part of the watershed that sustains the environment we enjoy in the Truckee Meadows. Water also enters our area whenever it snows or rains in the Truckee River watershed, as well.

Stewardship of this forest-to-desert ecosystem can happen in many different ways through local non-profit and governmental organizations. For example:

The Nature Conservancy: Fosters restoration efforts at Independence Lake and the McCarran Ranch Preserves.

One Truckee River: Offers a series of local programs and learning materials about the Truckee River Watershed and an Educator Resource Guide which includes Citizen Science opportunities to help collect data and connect with the science side of stewarding a healthy watershed.

Nevada Department of Transportation, Stormwater Division: Did you know stormwater can send harmful contaminants off our streets, driveways, lawns and gutters into the river? Become more familiar with what stormwater is and how it impacts water quality through NDOT's Stormwater Public Education resources.

Truckee River Fund: Founded by Truckee Meadows Water Authority and managed by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, the Truckee River Fund (TRF) supplies grants to protect water quality, the water shed, and water resources of the Truckee River.

Keeping our Urban Watershed Clean

While non-point source pollutants may seem like they are not a big deal, over time their impact adds up and that’s when they can become a big problem. Many community organizations in the Truckee Meadows offer opportunities to get involved, but there are also things you can do at home to help make a big difference.

In and around the home:

  1. Keep your trash or recycling from blowing out of your bins.
  2. Make sure your sprinklers aren’t watering the sidewalk or street.
  3. Test your soil before applying fertilizer, it might not need feeding.
  4. Make sure you know how to dispose of fertilizers and pesticides properly as they are considered household hazardous waste.
  5. Wash your car at a car wash instead of the driveway, car washes collect and recycle the contaminated water so it doesn’t flow into a storm drain.
  6. Pick up after your pet on walks. Dog feces can contain up to 23 million fecal coliform bacteria that should stay out of our water supply.

Learn and volunteer:

  1. Keep it clean: volunteer with the Truckee River clean-up and Stormwater stenciling project.
  2. Become a visionary: See the One Truckee River Plan.
  3. Restore nature: The Nature Conservancy has multiple ongoing projects benefiting the Truckee River Watershed

Applying for a Truckee River Fund Grant

Established in 2005 by the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, the Truckee River Fund is a fund to protect and enhance the Truckee River and its watershed. This resource is managed by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Request for proposals (RFP) occurs on an annual or semi-annual basis. Projects are reviewed by an Advisory Committee and then undergo a two-step approval: first from the TMWA Board of Directors and then from the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. To be added to the RFP distribution list, call the Community Foundation of Western Nevada at 775.333.5499.

To date, over 200 projects have been approved by the Truckee River Fund. To be eligible for funding, each project must also secure matching funds from a partner organization or agency. Projects must be specific to protecting the Truckee River.

Below: Grant #206 - Truckee Meadows Nature Study Area, Planning Phase (formerly Rosewood Lakes Golf Course)

Participate and Learn

Coming Events

Get information to better manage water in and around the home.

Coming Tours

Visit the area’s largest water treatment plant, hydroelectric facilities and more.

Ongoing Workshops

Providing interactive and hands-on learning experiences to ‘do-it-yourself’.

Partners

Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA)
City of Reno
Washoe County
City of Sparks