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Truckee River Cleanup Day on National Public Lands Day

By September 18, 2013

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It's time to give back to the Truckee River, the beautiful stream flowing through Reno and Sparks that we all enjoy and that provides our drinking water. Truckee River Clean-up Day is on Saturday, September 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and your help is needed.

Clearing weeds during Truckee River Clean-up Day in Reno, Nevada
Clearing weeds during Truckee River Clean-up Day in Reno, Nevada
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Volunteers will work at one of several locations along the Truckee River corridor, picking up trash, removing invasive weeds, stenciling storm drains, and more. In 2012, over 700 volunteers cleaned up 13 tons of trash along the river. To join the effort, fill out the online volunteer form and select one of the sites where you would like to work. For 2013, these are Bicentennial Park, Cottonwood Park, Crystal Peak Park, Fishermans Park I and II, Gateway Park, Glendale Park, Lockwood Park, McCarran Ranch Trailhead, Oxbow Nature Study Area, and Reno Sparks Indian Colony Health Clinic. Storm drain stenciling will be a three other locations.

You can get more information by calling (775) 851-5185. People under 18 who want to volunteer without an adult must have a signed permission form from their parent or guardian. Experienced kayakers are also needed to help fish trash out of the water. Following the cleanup, there will be a volunteer appreciation BBQ lunch at Rock Park in Sparks.

Truckee River Clean-up Day is organized by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). Numerous local businesses, organizations, and government entities help sponsor Truckee River Clean-up Day.

National Public Lands Day is on September 28 and there are other volunteer opportunities besides the Truckee River Cleanup Day. Project locations in our area include Washoe Lake State Park in Washoe Valley. On September 21 down in Carson City, you can join the annual cleanup of public land along the banks of the Carson River, Brunswick Canyon, and Prison Hill Recreation Area. For more information and to pre-register, e-mail Lisa Ross, BLM Public Affairs Specialist at lross@blm.gov, or call (775) 885-6107 by September 20.

If you will be somewhere in Nevada outside the Reno / Tahoe area (or anywhere in the U.S. for that matter), you can still volunteer at one of numerous participating sites. Click on the state of interest and you will get a list of projects and details for that state.

Source: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.

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